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  1. Pre-op: 27 year old, no children, 10AA-A hoping to achieve natural looking full C. Why I chose Dr M: I wanted a Sydney-based specialist who would give me the most natural results. I have had consults with other surgeons prior seeing Dr M. but I felt most comfortable with Dr M and I was confident he would give me what I want. I went through all the photos he had on his website and Facebook and I could not find one I did not like. Further, he has an impeccable record and I was unable to find any negative reviews. DAY OF SURGERY Arrived at Bondi Junction Private Hospital at 7am for 8am surgery. Went through required paper work with a nurse and was checked into my private room. Got changed into surgery gown and watched telly with my friend. Was then visited by the nurses who will be looking after me post op, the anaesthetic nurse and also the anaesthetist. Dr M came in to draw on me. About 10mins after that I was ushered into the surgery room by a nurse (everything was a blur from that point on cos I had to take my glasses off). Got onto the surgery table and under a warm blankie. The anaesthetist then placed catheters into my left hand and left arm. They gave me a gas mask to hold and told me to breath deeply and I was off to another world... Woke up shaking violently and was annoyed at myself for not being able to stop. A nurse came to ask me to rate pain outta 10, I mumbled 4 or 5, it wasn't really pain, just really tight around my chest. I asked her why I can't stop shaking when I'm not even cold and she told me it was just the anaesthetic wearing off. She gave me intravenous Fentanyl (pain relief) and a tablet of diazepam (muscle relaxant). I was drifting in and out at that stage. She came back later to put the post op bra on me (Carefix Alice) and wheeled me to my private room. I continued to drift in and out for I dunno how long.. I eventually stopped shaking and the lovely nurse brought me tea and sandwich which I wolfed down. I asked for my glasses and mobile and messaged my friend to let her know she can come and visit me. That was around 11:30am. By 1pm I was able to walk unassisted and was discharged. There was a chemist warehouse nearby where I collected all my meds. The car trip back was uneventful, kept drifting in and out. Overall, I wouldn't describe the immediate-post-op sensation as 'painful' but more of an 'annoying discomfort'. Very tight around the chest and felt as if the skin around my ribs are being pulled upwards. I find it difficult to straighten my back because of it. Appetite that night wasn't great. Decided to be a hero and not take Senna/Coloxyl since I'm not on Endone (a decision I shall regret for many years to come). Day 1 Slept badly. Sleeping on my back in an elevated position was very restricting and I kept waking up with a sore upper back. Relied on my non-existent core strength to get onto a sitting position before getting outta bed. I wish I had the foresight to do sit-ups weeks prior to my surgery. The area underneath the boobs was very tender, felt as if someone had karate kicked me in the ribs and bruised it. I'm still hunched over, unable to straighten my back when sitting or standing because the skin felt so tight. Belly was very bloated from a combination of slowed transit time from anaesthetic meds, post-op meds, fluid retention and lack of motion. Took 2 Coloxyl tabs before bed. Too chicken ***** to check out boobs... Day 2. Slept well. Ribs still felt very bruised and tender. Got up too quickly this morning and was getting intermittent sharp stabbing pain left side under boob throughout the day. Walked around the shopping centre today, slowly, still hunching. Gathered enough guts to finally take a peek: stiff as, hard as and definitely a lot bigger than before. Belly was very bloated despite passing something so decided to take 3 Coloxyl tabs before bed. Day 3. Woke up with the worse stomach cramp ever and bombed the bloody toilet like its World War 3. Bloating much improved but still soft and doughy from meds and I think fluid. Still have intermittent stabbing feeling left side under boob. Can stand a little straighter today. Had my first proper thorough shower from head to toe, felt like a million bucks afterwards. Day 4. Slept well, no pain. The sharp stabbing feeling went away by afternoon. Ribs feel normal now. Can stand straight. Lower belly still soft and doughy - my friend said I looked about 3months pregnant. Day 5 Slept well, getting outta bed much easier now. Can shower unassisted. I don't think I need paracetamol anymore but still taking it every 6 or so hours just incase. I did get prescribed Endone but have not been using it because I don't have pain so to speak. Boobs still feeling stiff so it hasn't really clicked that it is now part of me. I feel blessed because thus far I have not had any swelling or severe discomfort. Hoping everything will stay the same as I'm returning to work in 4 days! Accidentally forgot to take Coloxyl last night, so we shall see...my dearest toilet, I apologise to u in advance. Day 6 Nipples very tender, but probably due to hormonal fluctuations. Went to the kiddy playground with my friend and her 2 young children, pushed one on the swing (gently) but boobs still became sore in the arvo. Day 7 So...I'm sick. Serves me right for flashing the new assets at anyone who cared enough to see. Tender boobs in morning today but felt much better after loosening the buckles at the front. Side boob felt slightly softer than before but nipples are still tender as. Used some of my friend's breast feeding nipple cream which helped a little. Day 8 Moved back home. Was able to carry light groceries without any issues. Day 9 Drove like my grandma and got beeped multiple times. Even reversed parked - twice. First day back at work, off all meds, feeling good =). Day 14 1st post-op check up with the nurse. She was so lovely. Tape removed, sutures trimmed and incision site healing well. She reapply some tape (microspore) and gave me a roll to take home and change every 7-10days. Week 7 2nd post-op check up with Dr M. He said everything was settling in nicely and I can start wearing underwire bras. I was also given new tapes (Silicon) to use instead of Micropore. I've been wearing the post-op bra day and night up until this point. From today, I've switched to wireless bras (Loveable, Chloe & Lola) - more for comfort, but I'm still gonna wear my post-op at night until I've reached week 8. PS: Bought underwire sports bras today from Berlei to start jogging =D! MY ADVICE: 1. Work on ur core strength - sit ups, pilates, whatever to get u abs strong. Nothing worse than struggling to get up like an upside down tortoise. 2. Don't be a hero, take senna/Coloxyl prophylatically. 3. Chew ur food CAREFULLY, I accidentally aspirated 1 grain of rice, gosh it killed trying to cough that up. 4. Double, triple check ur hospital admission form: they accidentally attached a Jane Doe onto mine, so all my pages had me as having Peanut allergy with Type 2 Diabetes and excessive bleeding during childbirth 3 years ago.
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