Yes, it was life-changing. But there's a lot that no one tells you about the surgery, recovery, and all those mental highs and lows.

By By Sophie Dweck
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When I graduated from high school, I made the biggest decision of my life: I was going to get a breast reduction. I was 18 and had only just entered adulthood, and reluctant to go under the knife for such a serious surgery-but I felt like I just couldn't put it off any longer without sacrificing both my mental and physical well-being.

At a petite 5 feet 3 inches tall, I had come to hate my 32G bust size. There was, of course, the fact that people were constantly staring at my chest rather than my eyes. But more importantly, I couldn't fathom looking at my naked body in the mirror. Saggy and drooping breasts-every teenage girl's dream, right?! My self-esteem and body confidence were basically nonexistent.

Just to put my breasts into perspective for you:

  • I couldn't fit into normal bras or bathing suits. Seriously, I just couldn't find a bathing suit top or sports bra that fit. Shopping excursions just ended in disappointment and frustration time after time. I finally just stopped even trying, wanting to avoid the trauma of the experience. You're probably wondering, so how I did swim? I usually didn't. Though if I did, which was rare, I'd wear a t-shirt or a Speedo one-piece (clearly sticking out on the beach like a sore thumb with all my friends in cute bikinis) with two or three sports bras underneath that didn't fit or support me. Oh, and to find a basic bra to fit me required a visit to a specialty lingerie store for a custom fitting (that means $100+ for a bra). Definitely no Victoria's Secret for me.
  • The back pain was seriously terrible. So bad in fact, that I had to hang up my dance shoes and leotards, and end my six-year dancing and gymnastics career once the size of my breasts got out of hand, which was when I was about 14. After that, my 10 years of piano playing had to come to an end due to the pain I'd endure while playing an eight-minute sonata. Slowly, things started chipping away and I felt as if I was a teenager living in 60-year-old woman's body. (And I looked like one too: My posture was so bad, I actually couldn't stand or sit up straight.)
  • Oh, and I definitely couldn't work out either. It was completely out of the question-and it was something I was in dire need of because I was no longer in shape. (Want to know how people with big boobs feel like when exercising? Here are 11 thoughts everyone with big boobs has during a yoga class.)

I had never gotten a surgical procedure done before. I was a nervous wreck. So nervous that when my plastic surgeon, Mark Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S., started to draw incision lines around my nipples, down my breast, and under-sort of like an anchor-I passed out. That was a first for me, too.

But I did it. Although the surgery was supposed to take just two and a half hours, I ended up being under the knife for four and half because the doctor and his staff underestimated my breast size. (Seriously!) He removed 450 grams of tissue from my left breast and 350 grams from my right, leaving me a 32C-the smallest size possible that was proportionate to my body. (Here are seven things you didn't know about boobs.)

As most people who have had the procedure done will tell you, it's life-changing. I was able to do the simple things I hadn't been able to do before like standing up straight, properly fitting into clothes, and working out. While I wouldn't change my decision for all the money in the world, there's certainly a whole lot-including the physical pain and mental highs and lows of the recovery process that nobody likes to talk about-and what I wish I had a heads' up on. (And yes, there's a lot I'm still dealing with today, nearly three years later.)

Here, the unfiltered truth about post–breast reduction surgery.

1. If you thought the worst part was over, think again.

Once the sedatives and drugs wear off post-surgery, and that throb of pain and wave of nausea hit you, you're in for what feels like the longest road to recovery-ever. And it kind of is. Imagine period boobs, but like 3 gajillion times worse. And, hate to break it to you, but chances are your surgeon will be attaching fluid draining tubes into your incisions, which will stay there for about a week. (Basically, it's a long thin tube connected to a small part of your incision that drains out unwanted buildup of fluid into a mini suction bulb at the end, post-surgery.) I looked like the Terminator or some sort of robot with wires coming out of my chest. And that's not even the worst part of it. I had to drain each tube into a measuring cup every couple of hours and record how much fluid came out. Let's just say I've sworn off of any ruby-colored juice since. **CRINGE**

2. OMG, you're so itchy.

Think back to a time you had a mosquito bite or irritation, and scratched it (even though you're not supposed to). Now imagine being itchy on recovering scars with stitches, and not being able to scratch them-AT ALL. I finally understood what it must be like to have a hard cast on a broken arm or leg. It's not a fun feeling. But since I wasn't in a hard cast and I was on high doses of painkillers, what the worst that can happen? Maybe I can get a little scratch in. WRONG. Don't. Do. It. (Or be prepared for some of the worst throbbing pain you can imagine.)

3. You literally can't do anything.

When you can finally force yourself out of bed, you literally can't do anything. Doctors usually tell you not to carry anything substantially heavy for two to four weeks. THAT'S BECAUSE YOU LITERALLY PHYSICALLY CAN'T. Don't even attempt to grab the pint of milk from the fridge for your coffee-you're wasting your time. And for the love of God, don't try to see if you can lift your bag yet. And feeling so helpless for the next month or so takes a mental toll too. It's frustrating not being able to do things you normally would. Like, say, showering. (Yep-showering is quite the procedure since you can't get your chest wet.) While I didn't think the recovery period wasn't going to be so bad, I was definitely in for a rude awakening. And yes, I was dramatic about it.

4. Current thoughts: Did I make the right decision?

Walking up and down the stairs is going to take a while, granny. By the time you make it to the top or bottom, you're going to be wet with sweat and in need of a vacation ASAP. Just take your time, and if you need to be somewhere, give yourself an extra hour-that's the drama queen side of me kicking in again. Oh, and if you're in a moving vehicle, just pray you don't go over a bump. Trust me on that one. Those are just a few of the many painful things you'll endure once you're off painkillers. And unfortunately, the pain is going to last for a quite a while. The good news? The pain subsides as time goes on. The only words of advice I can give you is to be patient. And yes, you made the right decision.

5. And if you can't even handle a road bump...

...what in the world makes you think you'll be able to handle a trip to the gym? Word of advice: Work out when your body is ready to. After a month, I thought I'd be ready to get back into the swing of things, and I only did more harm than good-aka back to two doses of ibuprofen every four to six hours. And when I was finally able and capable of working out again, it was an adjustment. If you do the math, I hadn't really been so active for four years, so there was a slight depression that washed over me as I tried to build my fitness up again. Not to mention, I was really reluctant to work out too much during that first year since I was nervous I would do some serious harm to my body. I felt delicate. But I was determined to get back into shape and slowly regain my strength. Eventually, I could work out for an hour straight without pain or stopping to catch my breath. And it was amazing being able to enjoy the things I loved most as a kid again, like running, dancing, and playing sports. You could say it was a figurative and literal weight off my chest.

6. You're also going to lose some sensation in your breasts.

For over a year, my boobs were numb-if you tried to pinch me, I wouldn't feel it. Today that numbness has subsided, but I've lost most, if not all, sensation in my nipples. Yes, it's a bummer and I'm still coming to terms with it. (Interestingly, while I was recovering, my nipples were super sensitive when something brushed passed them-and I'm not talking the good sensitive. If a small, cool breeze swept by me, I'd see stars.) There's also the fact that I still experience sharp pangs in my scars-probably from the nerves-that can last for a couple of seconds and bring me back to those gruesome memories of the post-recovery pain.

7. And then there are the scars.

Those are inevitable. The doctor will give you some sort of silicone patch or cream to apply onto the incisions, but it's not going to do much. If you're like me and your scars turn keloidal (a bumpy, raised scar caused by excess collagen), you might want to resort to more extreme measures, like a laser procedure. While the process isn't so bad (the doctors numb your breasts and then target the incisions with a laser) the recovery was rough. My breasts ached and were extremely sensitive, and my scars formed scabs. Since it was like going through surgery round two, I never returned for more sessions. (Another method is through injectables using steroids, but due to my fear of needles, that's going to be a no from me.)

8. Eventually, you'll love your scars.

Whether you like it or not, you're going to have those scars for a long time, maybe even forever. I've actually learned to embrace mine. It certainly helps having a significant other like mine who has accepted me and my body-flaws and all. Just be prepared for what's to come. While I had to give up some aesthetics, it was worth it for my happiness. As cliché as it sounds, I've learned that life really is too short to care about the small things. So go ahead and rock your scars if they peek out in a bathing suit or if you're showing off some side boob. For me, they're a small price to pay for the freedom to do the things I love again.

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Comments (35)

Anonymous
April 12, 2019
I had my surgery a little over a year ago. Afterwards I had an infection that needed to be drained which is common if they dont put drain tubes in you after surgery. Within 3 months I started experiencing symptoms of what we now know to be fibromyalgia that my dr said was brought on by the physical trauma of the surgery on my body. I was really healthy, never a health problem before the surgery in my lifetime. I went into the surgery feeling like side effects etc couldnt happen to me. But they did. I had one of the best surgeons but I still have mega scarring. I have the loss of sensation in parts of my breast and my nipples almost always look like headlights without me even realizing it. As the scar tisdue settled in a year later, I experience frequent pain under my armpits almost like a lymph node is swollen all the time because tissue is pressing on nerves. That is something they dont tell you. When I exercise my breasts also get tingly and go numb. Just those odd things. I think posture improved and back pain is less but I traded it for a host of much worse symptoms. Be very sure you want this. I was healthy and had I known that the lifelong nerve pain was my destiny after this surgery, I dont think I wouldve made the same decision.
Anonymous
March 30, 2019
I had my breast reduction 5 years ago and at that time I thought it was the best thing I could have done. I do agree with all of the symptoms that everybody is posting it is a long rough recovery but after about a year you do get back to some normalcy. I ended up having lumps all over my breast andthe surgeon left part of my areola below my new nipple area and I have more pain now than ever and I have gone back up to a size 40-4D. I started out as a 36 -4D.I can't even wear a bra for one no bra fits me but some of the lumps are down at my bra line area. I still can't get a swimsuit to fit me so I still wear a one-piece and have to cut out the soda in bra because my boobs are too big again.I don't know if anybody else has had their breasts grow back but this is horrible and I don't think I could go through another breast reduction surgery.and maybe if I do this time I'll just have him cut all the way off cuz I have no feeling in my nipples so why have them.
Anonymous
March 6, 2019
Nice post on Breast Reduction and thanks for sharing I will provide a link for my patients to your site. Keep up the good work. On a side note after doing the breast reduction procedure for over 30 years it is surprising that a significant number of patients don't understand the difference between a breast lift and breast reduction. Also, the vast majority of patients that I have interviewed think that it necessary to completely detach the nipple from the breast tissue which is definitely not the case. Finally, sorry to hear about your problem with pain following the procedure. I have found that my patients rate their pain level on a scale of 1-10 as a 2-5 and I attribute this to the following: 1. I numb the patient’s chest with a long-lasting pain control solution prior to them waking up. 2. I instruct the family and the nurses to give the patient a prescribed pain pill every 5 hours for the first 24 hours whether they request it or not. This allows for a smooth period of pain control in the first 24 hrs. and gives the patient the realization that the after-surgery pain period was much lower and much more tolerable. Joseph W. Rucker MD FACSwww.ruckermd.com The Five Differences between Breast Reduction and Breast Lift (https://drrucker.wordpress.com/2019/03/05/five-differences-between-a-breast-reduction-and-a-breast-lift)
Anonymous
February 1, 2019
Hi everyone, i'm in need of some experienced advice here. I'm a 5ft 22yr old that was an 8G and has probably just gone down to an 8C or D. I'm currently 3 days post-op and i can't even sleep i'm so depressed, i've tried on some of my old top and singlets and i feel so un-feminine in them now... i think i went too small!! i'm nervous and feeling regretful and emotional. Did anyone feel the same way after their op? any advice would be so appreciated!
Anonymous
April 12, 2019
I certainly did too! After a few months they start taking notmal shape and filling out a little. They should look pretty natural by the 6 month mark :-)
javeschi
March 28, 2019
You are emotional because of the post op from the anesthesia. I was crying like a big ole baby about a week after the surgery. No rhyme nor reason...I called the doc and she said to just hang in a few days. I was not in any pain, btw, it was all the drugs and getting rid of the anesthesia in my system. It works itself out. You will get through this and you made the right decision...
terrihdcomcast
January 29, 2019
I had my surgery on Dec. 26 (merry Christmas to me!). I shared some of the writer's experiences; some I did not. Every person is different. What's important for anyone considering this (as is my 16-year-old daughter, my not-so-mini-me) is even in best-case scenarios, for some this can be rough going. Bumpy streets STILL pain me, 4.5 weeks post-op. As thorough as my surgeon is, she overlooked pain from nerve regeneration. Loss of nipple sensation can happen (so far, so good for me); it's one thing to lose this in middle age, but I'm not sure I'd want to risk that as a young woman (and let me tell you, that's an awkward conversation point for a mother and a teen daughter). While some benefits are obvious (going from a 34H to 34D), the less visible ones are even better. My shoulder (which was flirting with rotator-cuff surgery) feels amazing. My back and neck feel NORMAL. I walk upright without pulling myself backward. My body is profoundly healthier already, and will be more so when I am (finally!) able to exercise at the level I've always wanted.
Anonymous
January 19, 2019
I had my surgery three days ago and like BARB I am struggling most with the fact that I was made too small. I was a double/Triple D and I look like a B now. Struggling figuring out how to be a woman with tiny breasts after years of having large ones. I am glad I did this, because at 51 you, I want to be more mobile and be able to run, etc. but the transition and itchiness are killing me. I liked my doctor but I wish he had a better way of picking out your end size as I said heavy C and I feel I am a light C or B right not which is to light for me.
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January 15, 2019
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Anonymous
December 18, 2018
I am day 6 post surgery and have felt no pain in my breasts or chest, but my lower back is killing me. I am wondering if it is the change in posture and if anyone else have that side effect?
Anonymous
I am also one week out as of today from surgery. I have experienced some minor back pain but I believe that it’s from the fact that I’ve been sleeping on the couch and on my back which is not my norm. Not sure if you have been sleeping in a different position as well that may be causing your pain. My biggest issue has been that I was at approximately 36F and had asked to be reduced to a full C. Technically there’s no way to tell exactly what size I am now but I am shocked at my size (thinking I am closer to a small B) I am having great difficulty dealing with the fact that they appear to be so small. I went to get the stitches out today and I was told that the shape will not be settled for probably about six months and I totally understand that but I don’t think that will change the fact that they are so small. I am not a small woman I am about 56 and weigh about 180 lbs. I don’t think that the new size is in proportion with my body. If anyone has any suggestions on how to better deal with these changes I would greatly appreciate it as I am really struggling.
Anonymous
November 28, 2018
I had my surgery 6 months ago and I have experienced all the side effects Sophie has mentioned and her depiction is accurate (at least to me). Getting a breast reduction has been the best decision of my life and if you talk to anyone who has gotten one (my mother) they will say the decision was the best of their life. Don't get me wrong its a hard road to recovery at first but it does get better over time. My surgery was done by a plastic surgeon and even when done by the best surgeon, the scars will still be large, red and raised (at least in my case). I am disgusted with the scars and it is still some what sore on the incisions, even now but I was more disgusted with my saggy, huge and ugly post pregnancy breasts. I now have breast that look like they did when I was a teenager and many times I don't wear a bra and no one can tell. However, I now have developed this pain underneath my right nipple that feels like a stabbing dull pain and it comes and goes. Has anyone else experienced this? I am thinking about going back to my surgeon to ask about this pain as this is something new over the last 2 weeks. At the end of the day, we all need to do what is best for our own bodies and if getting a breast reduction/lift included, will make you feel better in your own skin, go for it! Life is to short to be unhappy and full of fear of what 'might happen' and start living life now.
Anonymous
November 16, 2018
I beg to differ with the article, and I’m kinda glad I didn’t see this prior to getting my surgery. I’m 27 and I got my surgery Nov 2,2018. Best decision of my life. From the moment I woke up I haven’t felt any real pain. Just discomfort. I was a 44EE I think ( I say I think because I was wearing 44DD bras and still I had boob coming out the sides and the top portion) I’m not sure how much my doctor took out, however I’m 38C anywho I was prescribed Oxycodone for the pain. Stopped taking it by day 4 because I was allergic. The day after surgery I was able to get up and go vote. Yes it’s itchy but I slowly rub it to soothe the itching, my nipples are very hypersensitive now, and overall I feel awesome. Im 2 wks post op. I can’t do much and I don’t do much because I wanna heal the best way possible. Overall this is the best thing that could have happened to me. Oh and I did have drains. Took them out that following Wednesday. I feel great lol
Anonymous
December 6, 2018
Hi Reddladi305, I actually just got my breast reduction on 11/2 as well. How do you think your breasts are healing? I feel like mine look weird. The surgery performed was a lolipop. Underneath my boobs seems to be all bunched up? Also I have a little, tiny bit of yellow pus on my sports bras when I take them off to change every day. Also I just tried putting this circa silacon tape on the scars and when I took it off it seems to have irrtated me. My nipples went from looking like they were healing ok to red and bumpy. Lastly the bottom portion of my boobs seem lumpy? I was just curiuos if you are having any of these same issues...I see my doc again on Tuesday the 11th but I was just curiuos what someone who is going through this thinks...thanks!
Anonymous
November 30, 2018
I go in for surgery in a few hours. This article scared the living [filtered] out of me. Especially since some times I am a drama queen. Hearing of you guys easy recovery has soothe me down a bit. Been up since 6 am surgery is at 1pm. Nervous but excited.
Anonymous
November 4, 2018
I had 6 lbs taken out of each breast day sergey and i took tyenal thats it not much pain but he didn't pull my skin enough and it started to die on each breast so i had to do the cream they give to burn victims it took a while but it workrd i have scareing ay the bottom but thats it i did have pinching a little bit well the nevers were comming back thats it it was not hardly any pain
Anonymous
October 18, 2018
At the risk of being disrespectful to the young lady who wrote this article, I am 5 days post op, and not experiencing any of the things in this article. I am 53, have been thinking about the surgery for a while and finally pulled the trigger on it. Maybe my maturity level has helped with my recovery. I also had a terrific surgeon. I have had very little pain or discomfort. My breast area looks like a war zone right now, but a month from now it will be fine. This young lady's surgeon should have explained, where the incisions would be (they are long); that the surgery would last at least 4 hours due to the amount of stitching required; and that total recovery would not be overnight. I highly recommend this surgery. After just four days, with some swelling still in the breast and abdominal area, I can see such a huge difference. I am very pleased.
Anonymous
November 17, 2018
I’m currently in my 5th day pos-op. I wish I would have done this years ago. I was prescribed oxyContin and Norco for my pain, I never needed them. I woke up with no pain and still no pain. I do have tingling around my nipples and sometimes a sharp pin size pain between my breast, but im still recovering from my surgery. The hardest thing for me is getting out of bed. . I suggest not waiting to long to go use the bathroom, when needed. I’m 61 Years old and I can’t wait to put my clothes on and start moving around again, I know I’m going to feel and look great . Best decision EVER!
Anonymous
October 26, 2018
Same here. I'm 45 and just had the surgery 2 weeks ago. My recovery has been surprisingly easy.
Anonymous
October 1, 2018
I am 10 days post-op and am very glad I didn't see this beforehand. I was a 42H and I am so happy with my post surgical results so far, except maybe I would have liked a little bit more in size than I appear to be right now. However, I am too soon out of the gate to determine how everything will settle in and look. I was off pain pills on day 3,only Motrin since, BUT I take it around the clock. I have annoying discomfort, not pain. I showered two days after surgery, and I did everything on my own. I did not have drains and like an above poster, I was glued and wore a post surgical bra. My Dr. Also does liposuction on the sides, which was probably the most uncomfortable part of my post-op. I have been driving since day 4, cooking and doing minor things around the house, but I have made sure to get a lot of rest. I am alarmed to hear such horrible post-op experiences, but grateful that mine has only been uncomfortable, but manageable. I'm also back to work tomorrow, so that makes 11 days post-op. I would also like to mention I am in my forties, and am not a fitness guru, so I think everyone's experience is unique to them. I wish I had done this twenty years ago, I love how much better I look and feel!
Anonymous
September 25, 2018
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the world. I to have most of the post-op issues that you are speaking of. I appreciate you giving me the full fledge truth the ugly and the bad my decision to have breast reduction still will not change given the fact I am right now living in the state of HELL. I know this too shall pass and I appreciate women like you that gives the full version of what life would and could be thank you may God bless you stay beautiful blessed and let the haters hate they don't do anything but motivate and don't let don't let the haters even become a part of your greatness
Anonymous
February 12, 2019
Wow!!! Everyone is entitled to how they feel. We are all different. Some bodies, and minds, heal better and feel better than others. Every one of these posts are valid and offer insight into the whole process involved with a breast reduction. I saw no “haters” in any of these comments and opinions except perhaps one. Calling someone out for having an opinion is not what sharing experiences is about whether your opinion is different or the same. I thank the person who wrote the article, but I also thank everyone who’s experience was the opposite of hers as was my experience. I’m grateful that we have the opportunity to do something to improve our health, discomfort and lifestyle. Unlike our grandmothers that had to live with embarrassment and discomfort their entire lives
Anonymous
July 27, 2018
To be honest I think this post is kind of misleandig .. I had my surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago and, in my opinion, thinking to much about going under the knife in this situation is not good advice (specially when your advice is to overthink post-op, which is supposed to be uncomfortable ). Sure, responsible decision making is necessary... but the odds are that quality of life is going to improve massively as a result of breast reduction. The reason I think this way is because my post-op has NOT been anything like yours, NOT as painful and frustrating. Ive realized that Im so happy and thankful, that the itchiness and discomfort have been easy to endure (and accept as part of this life changing process). I am not saying that every recovery process is going to be as smooth as mine, or a little tougher like yours... I am saying you SHOULD NOT GENERALIZE because every body is different, and if I had read this post before my surgery I probably wouldnt have had my breast reduction, just because of the horrible endless recovery you described here, which is not my case. So please, please, dont go around telling everyone it is that awful, because in my case, I have wecolmed the pain and itchiness with gratitude... other girls should have the oportunity to find out how recovery feels like for them without been terrified by yours. Post op is not something to be generalized...
Anonymous
September 25, 2018
Mfc-hfp...How freaking dare you speak so horrible about the person that made this post. This young lady shared her experience to the world, an you did not. I was searching the internet to find someone that was speaking up on the post-op surgery and what my challenges would be and not one time I saw your name on any post. This is her struggler of her surgery real information, her story is clearly different from yours, and if so do your own DAMN post, instead of insulting someone that is trying to deliver the truth of what their struggle was. Apparently there was something in a title that caught your attention. I just had my surgery a week ago and everything she stating is true I have the itching, pain, numbness. I have everything she stated, SO how dare you speak so harshly about her speaking the truth. Not all women will have the same outcome that she and I and many other women has and will have. These are true and revelant post-op issues. Don't try and silence her with your ignorance of the truth because you feel that women should know what HELL post-op surgery could be like who are you to tell anybody what they shouldn't do, who are you, who are you. Now you need to do your own spelling learn how to spell and go do your own post and tell the women all your experience you had see how many people comment on your post.
Anonymous
July 27, 2018
Sorry for my grammar (my keyboard is in spanish and auto- corrects everything) and I write this while experiencing some strong ass itchiness. Ps. I dont intend to be rude or anything, I just think your post might scare girls/women and prevent them from changing their life, based on unaccurate info.
Anonymous
July 23, 2018
I had my surgery done on July 19th. It’s my 4 day post op and honestly I don’t have almost any of the experiences written in the article. I don’t have drains, just a surgical bra (like a sports bra). Almost no pain and my surgeon give me only 5 narcotic type of painkillers (I’m on Tylenol since day 3). I can lift my arms (not for long time but enough to do my hair), I can prepare breakfast for my 3 year old and have strength to yell at him if needed 😊. I was walking next day after surgery and definitely can make coffee and grab a gallon of milk:) My incisions are partly glued and I can feel my Nipples and I don’t have any numbness. I’m active and have been doing CrossFit for a while now but I’m also about 15 pounds overweight so not a super great form I would say... any way I might be lucky or my surgeon was the best ;) don’t be afraid of the surgery, just be aware that every one is different:)
Anonymous
November 9, 2018
I agree, similar experience, I did not have any drains and all I wear is my surgical sports bra, I am 4 days post op and I want nervous pre op at all, I was just so excited to get rid of these gigantic things. I can lift, wash dishes, take the trash out, I even drove for the first time yesterday, not sure if I was supposed to but I had to pay some bills lol, after a while it is very exhausting and I'll need to sit down and take a rest, my doctor prescribed me with tylenol 3 to take for a week which doesn't really take the pain away which I am not really bothered by, the most uncomfortable thing is trying to find a comfy way to sleep, I do experience numbness in my right breast, hopefully the feeling will come back, other than that I am completely happy with my decision, I dont care about the scars, I just care about being comfortable in my own body finally.
Anonymous
June 23, 2018
Well I just got my breast reduction 3 days ago and honestly I can lift things, go up and down flights of stairs and I believe it’s the level of strength one has. For instance, I am in the military and live a very active life. I lifted weights for about 4 years prior to having my breast reduction and honestly I think that helped with this transition. I don’t have these tubes everyone speaks of hanging out of me but I have a compression strap like around my breasts and that helps I suppose but it is hard to breathe. I haven’t been able to sleep restless but that’s understandable. We shall see when they remove this compression off me how I feel. I couldn’t be happier with my transition though already and haven’t even been able to see my breast
Anonymous
June 21, 2018
Yes exactly this are all the points i was informed about from my surgeon. It is great to know all the stuff because otherwise you just will be constantly surprised - not in the best way:-) But not everyone experiences all of this for sure. Well little pain after, itchy and of course scars was normal after my surgery. And imagine that i had to even take a plane back to UK because i had it done in Prague. But honestly it was not too bad at all. Yes the scars are there, but they healed so nice and after the year there are faded so no worries. Got some creams for healing at Forme clinic and for sure they helped. It just takes a time. What is the most important is that your new breasts make you happy.
lissa129
April 18, 2018
I totally understand why a woman would want to do this -- I am also a large breasted woman who is only 5 ft tall. However, another consideration -- many women who undergo breast surgery cannot breastfeed their infant. If that is important to you, you may want to wait to have breast reduction until after having children.
Anonymous
May 6, 2018
Everything she said is the 100% true...Just had my surgery May 1st and I am in the hell zone....my doc said you can breastfeed but I would wait since your breasts might get bigger post birth therefore a waste of suffering. My baby is 14 months therefore I was ready...I meant 2 ladies at the hospital who had the surgery pre babies and were about to have it again now post kids!!!!
Anonymous
February 6, 2018
I had breast reduction in 2004 and the only downside for me was the scars. I recovered fast, didn’t have drainage attachments or issues. I would suggest finding a good surgeon and ask about what could reduce scarring. I feel if I had more knowledge back then my scarring would be minimal.
yweight
April 24, 2017
Thank you for sharing with women how risky this surgery can be, for some it's rewarding but for all risky and painful. And most women experience all of this with the exception of the keloids it depends on your particular skin. Some have even died, someone I knew from a breast reduction so choose wisely. I've considered it but need to stay at a stable weight first also there is a risk with weight gain you can end up with big breast again if your weight stable or not if that's the place you gain weight. TV and celebrities make it seem oh so easy and painless but it's not. Thanks again for sharing.
Anonymous
April 6, 2017
Great depiction of your personal struggle. I wouldn't say everyone who has reduction surgery goes through all of this. Other factors include what technique was used for the reduction and how many pounds were taken off.
Anonymous
January 10, 2018
Is it worse the more breast you take off I'm a 44 DD what should I go down to