Monday Musings About Mastopexy…

On Friday I had my last big (haha, no, just regular size!) breast reconstruction surgery and it went well.  I was more nervous than about the previous surgeries, mostly because of the complications I’d had, I guess.  I talked my wonderful plastic surgeon down to just cutting open my right boob to exchange the temporary saline-filled expander for a permanent silicone implant.  Okay, that was a little dramatic.  There’s actually just an incision under my boob.  I’m back to wearing the surgical bra and have a drainage tube in, but only one this time.  A little achy and sore, but not terrible pain.

But what he also planned to do was suction some fat from my abdominal area and insert it above the implant to further soften the look.  And do what’s called a mastopexy to the left breast to perk it up a bit.  Or a lot, as the case may be.  But I stayed firm (haha, cracking myself up, may just be the pain pills!) and nixed all that because I couldn’t face the thought of developing clots or unnecessary bleeding like before.  But he did explain that I could choose to do the mastopexy at a later date if needed and it would still be covered as reconstructive surgery.  I checked with insurance and that’s true.

So then he asked me to sit up (we were in the little curtained off room where you wait before outpatient surgery), me in my paper gown, so that he could draw the incision mark under my boob with that lovely indelible marker.  And with totally detached clinical appreciation he said to me and hubby, “These are probably the best match I’ve seen with a one-sided surgery!”

I completely chose to believe that he meant my unaided boob was unbelievably perky all on its own and rather closely matched the surgically enhanced one.  So I awkwardly said, “Thank you?” and we parted to meet up later in surgery.

Then a nurse started my IV, pushed me and my gurney to an operating room where they slid me onto a table exactly the width of my hips and had me breathe into an oxygen mask a few times.   And that’s all I really remember…

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56 responses

  1. Sounds as though all is going well for you…..Blessings and Hugs! ❤

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  2. Hope you continue to progress towards complete wellness quickly and with your very much appreciated humor intact.

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  3. From the beginning; You are doing a fabulous job at handling it all. Keep healing! ❤

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  4. Of course, it was perky. Glad to hear it, and that all is going well. Hugs. ❤️

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  5. Perky is happy! 🙂 Heal up, rest up, Dee! We’re all amazed by your wonderful and positive spirit through this journey. ❤

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    1. Rob, there’s been so much about this whole process that I’ve found somewhat amusing — some parts not so much, of course, but a lot is just plain silly! Have to find your enjoyment wherever, right?

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  6. The best match! 👍 xo ❤

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  7. Attitude is everything and yours is definitely perky! I love the expression “unaided boob.” (I actually aid mine with underwires.) Hugs & continued healing to you!

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    1. Yep, when I can get back to wearing normal bras, an underwire will even everything out!

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  8. Glad you came through with some humor. Good for you. Onward and upward.

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  9. You are doing great and it makes me happy

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  10. So happy to hear you are finished with it (if you so choose) and that you’re still smiling! Here’s to healing and a good match! xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Meg, they’re definitely close enough!

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  11. So glad that you came through this with your sense of humor still intact! Blessings to you and keep healing and getting stronger!

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  12. Happy to hear that all went well. Hopefully your recovery time will be short and complication free.

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  13. Good for you for sticking to your guns. It was a nonmedical decision and one that was yours to make. Hope recovery goes smoothly for you and you will be your usual perky self before you know it;-)

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    1. Thanks, Linda, I get that it’s his job as the plastic surgeon to return you to perfection, but I started out kind of far from there, so I don’t need to look for perfect now, LOL!

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  14. Smiling…Continue to get well, wishing you lovely days ahead.

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    1. I know, I’m so glad to have it over!

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      1. Exactly. Hugs!

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      2. Thanks, want to do lunch when the weather is better?

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  15. Diane, I hope you are well and post-op is going nicely. Heal up and stay perky!

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    1. It’s going well so far. Just glad to be done!

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  16. Always the jokester…That’s really the only way to get though life. Looking forward to lunch next week ❤ Blessing Mz. D

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    1. Thanks, Patti, me, too. My doc is just SO sweet and sincere!

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      1. Let’s hope he’s easy on the eyes too !!!!

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      2. Well that’s a total win, win ❤

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      3. Yes, and I love his nurse practitioner, Nicole!

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  17. Hope the recovery there is going well!

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  18. Wishing you a quick recovery. 💗

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    1. Thanks, it’s going well, glad to be done!

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  19. I’m glad you’re done with surgery. Ha ha, I can just imagine the awkwardness with the doctor. 😋 Rest up!

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    1. He is funny without even meaning to be, you know? He’s so sincere…

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  20. This is great news Diane. So, so glad to hear this and perky is awesome 🙂 You are such a wonderful soul and I truly admire how you kept up your positive vibes all through. Rest well and blessed be.

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  21. Glad to hear things worked out well for you. Just one question, did the doc crack a smile to your “thank you?” it made me smile.

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    1. Nope, he’s always sincere, never laughs at my jokes!

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      1. Well he obviously needs a funny bone. Your jokes are a riot.😁

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  22. So happy all went well. Mastopexy sounds like some prehistoric find!! 😃❤

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  23. I love how you always have something positive to say. I’m hope you heal quickly. You’ll be in my continued prayers.

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    1. Thanks, Cap’n! I prefer to find the humor in most things 🙂

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      1. It’s a great quality and one I’m envious of.

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      2. Aw, thanks, I wish I had your poetic heart!

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      3. You’re welcome! Any & all poetry in my heart comes from a teenager trying to woo women! I wasn’t very good at that, but I’ve never been able to stop writing! 😉

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      4. I hope you don’t stop ❤

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  24. What an experience no pain no gain

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  25. You are an amazing woman. Straightforward and pulling no punches! I am from a distance, applauding you with a standing “O!” hugs and blowing kisses xo

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  26. So glad it went well dear xxxxx

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  27. Glad you’re remaining positive and perky! Gentle hugs.🤗🤗

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