Deciding to Have a Breast Lift After Losing 95 Pounds: A Review of My Procedure, With Videos and Pictures!
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After having weight loss surgery and losing 95 pound, plus a tummy tuck, which removed 9 pounds of fat and excess skin, I decided it was time for me to have breast lift surgery performed.
I consulted with my bariatric surgeon, Dr .Robert Wilcox, who did my weight loss surgery, and asked him about my breast lift. He referred me to his partner, a plastic surgeon named Dr. Alfred Speirs. Dr. Wilcox told me that Dr. Speirs had much more experience doing breast lifts, as plastic surgeons typically perform most breast lifts. I was fine with this and consulted with Dr. Speirs.
I met with Dr. Speirs and he told me that as far as breast lift candidates go, I was a good one. We decided not do to a breast augmentation with my lift, because I was already a top-heavy person and had enough breast tissue to be left with good results without needing breast implants. I was a 36DD, had lots of excess skin and it had taken a toll on my body. I was getting rashes from my loose skin and back pain from my heavy breasts quite frequently. I decided to book my surgery for March 11, 2015, which happened to be the date of my son's birthday. Tricare, my insurance provider, covered 100% of my lift's cost.
Unfortunately, around the time of my surgery, my family had to relocate to Houston, Texas and I had to fly back to Fort Carson (where my doctor was) and stay with a friend of mine (army wife).
The date of my surgery arrived and I went to the hospital at 6:15 a.m. My entire procedure was finished by 9:30 a.m. My procedure felt like it didn't take long at all. Time flies when you're knocked out by general anesthesia. Out of all my surgeries, this was the easiest surgery I've had. I woke up feeling little to no pain and I only stayed at the hospital for a day. The pain medication I was given was Tylenol with codeine. My breasts were also wrapped up very tightly.
After 4 days, my breast lift recovery was well on its way. I went back to see Dr. Speirs for a follow-up appointment. He told me to let the tape covering my stitches to naturally fall off on their own. He told me everything looked great and cleared me to fly home to Houston, Texas. Back home I went!
On day 5 of my recovery, I returned home and honestly had no issues at all. I was off from work for 3 weeks at my request and really took it easy during this time. My breasts were extremely swollen and I couldn’t lift or work out at all. I had to buy new tight sports bras and I had to learn how to sleep on my side, as I was a stomach sleeper.
In the end, I went from a DD to a full C cup and with the removal of excess skin and breast tissue, the lift my headaches and shoulder pain go away. By May, I felt like myself again. I don't think my final results were visible until July. I say that, because July is my birthday month and that was the first time I could put on a sexy dress and not need a bra or girdle.
I know surgery is different for everyone, but for me I have been very happy with my breast lift results. Making the decision to get a breast lift procedure was one of the best decisions I've made. If you're experiencing pain and rashes from your large breasts, I highly recommend getting the procedure done.
See my videos below for more about my experience having a breast lift!