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I've always been on the generous side of large (34F before kids, up to a 34G once finshed breastfeeding dd1) and promised myself that once my breastfeeding days were over, I'd have them reduced. DD2 is just a fortnight old and i intend to feed her until she's at least 5-6 months, but thought i'd start researching the process now so that I can get going with it fairly soon afterwards.
I'd like to know a few things informally before I start talking to plastic surgeons:-
How much does it hurt? How long does pain last? Will i find it hard to pick up kids (currently aged 2y and 2 weeks)?
How soon after i finish breastfeeding can it be done? I'm a teacher so would be sensible to do it during long summer break but dd2 would only be 7 months by then so might be too soon?
If you had yours done in West Mids, are there any surgoens you can recommend/recommend i avoid?
Is it worth it?
Ta for any advice posted.
Bounce bounce bounce - I am very interested too...sassy, I promised myself that too. Am expecting no 3 in August so probably a 2006 project. Have also just been elevated to 34 G and hoping they don't go any further.
Any surgeons in London anyone knows too? I can't see myself going to a Transform type clinic - whole plastic surgery thing freaks me out, but I think a reduction would improve my quality of like and self image -
I had it done a long time ago. Pleased to say that even though the op was long (3hrs under anaesthetic) I had no unpleasant side effects. I was in hospital 2 days and was out clubbing less than a week later. It really wasn't painful at all.
One thing to bear in mind is that if you scar easily the reduction does leave scars. The technique is different to implants. The other thing I would say is - if you ever intend breastfeeding again, please DONT do it. From a cosmetic POV the reduction was the best thing I have ever done - the PND I got as a result of not being able to breastfeed my baby was not great...
Doesn't really sound applicable to you Sassy, just thought if there were others out there who were contemplating it.
Dejags - thanks for your experience. My family is complete now (esp given the horrible time I have when pg!) so breastfeeding won't be an issue when I get 'done'.
BH - you can get it done on NHS if you are big enough and can prove medical reasons for it - backache, depression etc. There is a 2yr waiting list though!
Any other people got advice for me?
I had one done in 1988. One of the best things I've ever done. I had no pain whatsoever. In fact I was so excited with my new figure I signed out of hospital early (a day or two later I think!) to go strappy-top shopping . You need to discuss exactly where your scars will be. I think mine are a bit unecessarily long and go up under the arms. Also check position of nipples thoroughly when they're planning the op, mine are a bit high.
Scars are there, but not really noticeable, especially with a tan. Go for it!
Dejags - I will probably start a thread on this at some point. I'm expecting my first in June and really want to breastfeed, at least for a few weeks - did you have absolutley no colostrum or milk then?
I had colostrum with my first but was so inexperienced I didn't know how to approach the whole thing. Second time round I mixed fed DS - it went really well.
It is possible to feed - there is a great website www.bfar.com which is really helpful. I think the key is to be realistic - I was desparate to bfeed until six months and it's just not possible for me. I was so much happier second time round - DS got all the colostrum he needed and as much breastmilk as I could produce - if you want any more info, CAT me, I have a great book on the subject.
My Mums didn't and my auties didn't grow back either. The growing back thing was one of the reasons I wanted to wait until after babies as you just don't know what hormones will do to you...they can also do a lift at the same time