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Going through the breast reduction procedure ended up being just as smooth as I could possibly dream. For months, I had the worst-case scenario envisioned. This paranoia lead me to research blog after blog on what to expect. The good news was I did not feel I had a terrible after surgery experience. I credit that in part to my preparedness with the items necessary for a smooth experience. I put together this list of my top five items needed to have a smooth breast reduction experience. If you have not already read about my breast reduction experience, you can do so here.
While researching, I found individual doctors have different sets of after surgery procedures; however one commonality I found was the suggestion to sleep on your back for the first several days after surgery. Many doctors suggest two to three weeks of back sleep while your stitching heals. This sounded like a nightmare to me! For as long as I can remember, I have been a side sleeper. I have never been able to comfortably sleep on my back. This lead me on a search for an angled wedge pillow to help keep me propped up and on my back. My hope was to find something comfortable enough for me to at least sleep a few continual hours during the night.
Although my doctor only required me to sleep on my back until it was comfortable enough to sleep on my side or my stomach (which only took a week or so), I have been back sleeping since the surgery. This pillow is amazing! It is not only comfortable, but it is wide enough to keep me from tossing and turning. I truly feel as though I haven’t slept this well in years. Even though this was just supposed to be a surgery pillow, I believe I will keep it for good!
Your doctor may require a surgical bra to wear directly after breast reduction surgery. Unfortunately for you, mine did not. I do not know where to direct you for a quality surgical bra. However, at some point you will need to eventually work your way into a wire-free sports bra for the months following surgery. Although regular, over head bras are an option, I highly suggest the zip front option. This makes taking the bra on and off a breeze. This particular set it sturdy enough for support, but also cost effective. You do not want to start spending lots of money on the high end bras just yet, as your breast will not be true to size for several months following breast reduction surgery.
Immediately following breast reduction surgery, you will want to have a top that is easy to put on and take off. Of course, you can use a button down, but I preferred the zip front tops. These tops are the easiest to maneuver, when compared to having to button small buttons. This is especially handy just after surgery when you are still a little loopy from the anesthesia. Again, I wouldn’t spend too much money, as you will likely ooze and bleed on the shirts just a bit.
This suggestion is more out of preference, than necessity. It is highly suggested to have a high intake of water in the weeks following your surgery. Staying hydrated helps your body, especially your skin, stay healthy and regenerate. You may not think of it as a traumatic experience, but your body has just gone under severe trauma. Anything you can do to help you keep a healthy diet regimen will be beneficial. For myself, the infusion water bottle allows me to add flavors to my water naturally. That helps me intake more ounces of water in the day. My favorite combination is cucumber and lime. It gives a very refreshing taste I look forward to, instead of feeling like I have to have. Other common fruits used in diffusing water bottles are strawberries, kiwis, and lemons. You can be as creative as you like. Just make sure you get your water intake up!
After my breast reduction surgery, I asked my surgeon if there was a scar cream he recommended. I was fully intending him to up-sell me on the higher end products he sold in his office. I was pleasantly surprised his suggestion was to use Scar MD. His reasoning behind suggesting this product was the fact it was silicone-based. This allows the collagen to regenerate quickly within the skin. He said if I did not choose scar MD, I should look for a silicone based product. I have only been using the product for a few days, but so far I am happy with it. I can clearly see the very thin barrier it creates when applied. It is gas permeable, so it is a breathable barrier. There is no discomfort when using scar MD. So far, I’m very happy with it.
Of course, every person has their own unique set of needs when going through a major surgery. This was just a list of the items I compiled using the commonalities in the blogs I read before my surgery. Instead of having to scour the internet for suggestions like I did, you can use this list of my top five items needed to have a smooth breast reduction experience.