I had my second post-bilateral mastectomy reconstructive breast surgery on November 21st, 2014. It has now been three weeks since it was done and I am just about healed up. I thought it might be helpful to young women such as myself who might be going through something similar to be able to see what things look like as the process unfolds.
Just before the real boobs came off
A little background information: The first surgery was done at the same time as the mastectomy. I had implants put in immediately. Now, a year and a half later, I had some fat grafting to make everything look a little more natural. It was just in time for the Christmas parties! The bruising continues to a minor degree, particularly in the breasts as there is not much natural blood vessel action going on there anymore. No problem, my party dress doesn’t plunge THAT deeply.
A year and a half later, I have cleavage again!
This photo was taken a few days before the surgery. As you can see, I don’t have a lot of body fat, which is why I was a good candidate for this procedure. My surgeon tells me that most women have a more natural-looking outcome with the implants alone: not so in my case. I was told to put on some extra weight and that the needed fat for the procedure would be “harvested” from my mid-section. I did as I was told, but I only managed about ten pounds because I was on the waiting list for nearly a year and it was hard to keep the weight on.
By far the worst of it was the pain in my abdomen afterwards. There was substantial bruising and equal amounts of swelling. Wearing clothes was difficult; sitting down in them was nearly impossible. Here are some pictures of my very sore and bruised abdomen.
If you’ve never seen what liposuction actually looks like, check out this video. Warning: GRAPHIC! It’s not for the faint-of-heart.
The entire process only took about 45 minutes and was an outpatient procedure, which is to say I was never admitted into the hospital but rather I stayed in the same waiting area both before and after. There were other people sharing my ward, all of whom seemed to be having either elective or non-life threatening things done. I was allowed to go home about two hours after the anesthetic wore off. Though there was a lot of pain, I never ended up taking the Oxycodone that was prescribed to me. I hate the feeling if being stoned so I opted to take Tylenol at regular intervals instead. The key is taking it on a schedule and never allowing it to wear off completely.
So, without further ado, here are some photos of the healing process. I think it turned out pretty good, although the breasts did look fuller before the swelling went down. Oh well. Beggars can’t be choosers. 😛
The day before – wrinkly
2 days after – sore!
1 week after – rainbow
3 weeks after – almost healed, and fuller!