I just realized that I didn’t have a first picture posted. This is what my breasts looked like right after surgery. They were so swollen and so sore. Just looking at this picture makes my boobs hurt, but this is the reality of this surgery. The first time I got up to go to the bathroom, gravity was not my friend…
This is where they cut into my back to obtain the lat flap. It’s not as sore as it looks. In fact I don’t really have much feeling around the incisions. I can tell that someone is touching me (I feel the pressure), but the sensation is extremely diminished.
The little bit of boob you see is from the muscle flap and the expander. They only expanded me minimally. Luckily they only had to cut around the nipple, so I wont have any more scars. I figured I could get tattoos to cover the scars on my back once they heal. Any ideas? After a few weeks they will start to expand me even more.
Right now I’m feeling pretty good. My muscles all feel tight, but my arms no longer ache. the first day or so my arms ached the whole way down, especially in my forearms. It was so unexpected!
I am able to get up and move around now without help, can take short walks, and have even been able to hold down some food! Things are heading in the right direction !!!
So today is 12/16 and I figured I should start posting pics of what these suckers look like. No, I don’t have nipples so you can’t milk me (Meet the Fockers). So here is a pic of what they looked like after the swelling went down after surgery.
Here is a pic after my first expansion. I had 60 cc added to each side.
So as you all know, I got my left lat drain pulled this week. I am gonna post 2 pics here concerning the drains. First, I’m gonna show you what really drains out of them and what you can expect to see after the bloodiness is gone. Then I am going to post a pic of what the area looks like after the drain has been taken out.
So in the picture of the drain you can see the yummy little floaters in there. It’s not pretty, but that is the reality of what comes out. In the second picture you see a little white dot that looks like a pimple. It is not, that is where the JP was stitched into my skin and the skin had hardened around it. It amazes me that I can have an 18 inch drain in my body the width of a pencil and they can just put a bandaid over it and be done. No stitch. The human body is an amazing thing and God spared no detail when designing it.
This next pic is a bit embarrassing for me to post, but I want you all to see the reality of this surgery. My skin grafts for my nipples were taken from the site where they made the incisions on my back for the lat flap. Your back has hair on it right? Well that’s not something I ever thought about. Well one day I was having a super dooper bad day and I looked down at myself and my nipple skin was hairy. WTF? I lost it. At least I am not a really hairy man! When my nipples are reconstructed that will go away, but I couldn’t believe it. Tried to take a pic looking down on my breast in the sunlight so you could see the hair.
NO DRAIN! Not one. Zero , zilch, nada!!! Woooo freakin’ hoooo! Best Christmas present ever! I am so happy. Dr. Greaney, the plastic surgeon (he gave me permission to use his name) came in the room and I was so happy I was almost to tears and had to hold back the urge to hug him. You know what else is awesome? No drain = no more antibiotics!!!!! This is a good day. Thanks God for blessing me with all of this wonderfulness today. I also had my second expansion of 60 cc in both again. This time we are waiting 2 weeks in between expansions.
It’s Dec. 28th and I am still packed full like a sausage because of this seroma. It grows bigger and more uncomfortable everyday so I am hoping that I will be able to be squeezed in to see my Dr. tomorrow. This started on Christmas Day. Keep them crossed for me.
It’s Dec 30, and I am still very uncomfortable. I got up and called the Dr.’s office as soon as they opened, the receptionist took the message and said someone would be calling me back shortly. I go upstairs to brush my teeth and stuff and they call back. The nurse says “Dr. Greaney said he spoke to you on Thursday, what’s going on.” I proceed to tell her that it has gotten much larger and it’s very uncomfortable. She asked how large it was and I told her about the size of a softball and she says “Oh my, hold on a second……waiting….can you get in your car right now and come, if so he can see you. He has surgery this afternoon and can squeeze you in before that”Ok no pressure there….So I run downstairs shake Eric and tell him he has to get up one, can only brush his teeth, we this hair and change his clothes because we have to leave ow. It’s 0915. He gets up and I told him I would be in the car warming it up and that I have ready grabbed his wallet and cell phone. We leave the house at 0926. Not too bad. We really are making good time, no traffic! Score! Then we get a little bit past Conshahocken and some big truck rear-ended a little car so we were in bumper to bumper traffic at this point for about 15 minutes. I’m starting to get a little bit nervous….when we get out of traffic make it to the office no problem, and they must have been on skeleton staff because it took 5 minutes before anyone knew I was there. They call me back to the room and the nurse looks at my back and gets out some numbing agent, a BIG needle, and 2 60 mL syringes. Ok….at this point I’m feeling like a turkey that’s getting ready to be injected with some juices. The Dr. comes in, asks how I feel, and I tell him I feel like a sausage. He laughs and looks at my back and then he said he understood the analogy. He injected the local anesthesia, didn’t really feel anything, then sticks the needle in with the syringe and starts to suck the stuff out. He fills one syringe and empties it into the sink, gets another and pulls back another 40. So that’s 100 mL of fluid. It was yellow and clear and nothing to worry about. He said there is a good chance it will fill up again, but just to call and he can drain it. Whew. I feel much better. Here is my back now:
Here is is a pic after my double fill. My right breast is the one that had the complications, and will eventually have to be expanded more than my left.
Latest fill on Monday, Jan. 20. I got 60 mL in the left and 90 mL in the right.
Here is the fill from last Friday the 24th. This was my second fill this week and he only filled my right breast. I have an appointment the Monday before my surgery for final fills/tweaking to be sure they are to my liking and Dr. Greaney’s standards. My right nipple will be moved a bit because it is still pointing a little bit down. The rippling on the insides of both of my breasts will go away over time once healing is completed. This can take up to a year. My nipple reconstruction will be done 3 months after my final surgery as an outpatient procedure. Ok, here is the pic
Ok, so here are the pics from when I unwrapped myself on Monday, February 10. My implant exchange surgery was last Thursday, February 6th. I have no idea how big of an implant he placed, I got the card, but the volumes were not written on the card.
My BEAUTIFUL compression bra. I have to wear one 24/7 for at least the next 4 weeks.
Here is what they look like. If you actually click on the picture, you will see some rippling and lines. Most of them are from the bra that I had on, but Dr. Greaney told Eric that a lot of the rippling will go away after my implants settle. I still feel like my nipples are low. Maybe they will raise after the implants settle? I just don’t know how I feel. Maybe this is normal?
Here is the left side. The implant sits a little bit higher. Hopefully it will settle in.
My breasts right now, you can still see the right is higher than the left, but they will get there. I am pleased.
The dreaded rash at the start. It got worse but I don’t have a pic.
here are the latest pics. Took these on March 29th. My right is still noticeably different from my left. I go see the doc on Friday, so we will see what he says.
Here re is a picture of my nipple reconstruction. I am so pleased with the results. Remember, there is still tattooing to be done!
Nipple shields make you look like you have headlights! These are pretty freakin fancy I must say!
Here is a pic of the revision he did to my right flap. He made my lat incision just a little bit longer. Not too bad, but a little sore!