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Post-surgical photos. Photos of breasts. A lot of my swelling has resolved, and I’m more easily sleeping on my back, but it’s not particularly good sleep. I have gained more range of motion in my arms and it’s easier to get dressed now. There is still a good deal of tightness in my chest, and sneezing is uncomfortable. It seems that the implants have settled some, but I think my nipple situation is what it is. They just aren’t going to be level. The right one (which was good before) now seems to be almost pointing downward. I am hoping that the implant will further settle so that this might resolve itself.
Here is how I was looking in a shirt back during week 2. This view was sort of a view looking down.
The beginning of week 3 brings much less in the way of swelling. It’s still not feeling wonderful when I sit up in bed in the morning after lying flat. I can feel the implants sliding downward and it’s not a good feeling. It feels gross. Somewhere between sore and burning. As I understand it, it takes about 2-3 months for a capsule to form around the new implants. I’m still not supposed to be doing activities that require pushing, pulling or lifting more than 5 pounds but I can drive. Still no hiking, working out and definitely no running.
The itchiness of the first few weeks has passed, and even though a lot of swelling has gone down, I can still tell the skin is stretched pretty tight in certain spots. I’ve been applying lotion and this helps a lot.
The bruising has mostly resolved. Week 2 saw the worst of that. The marks seen on my breasts below are from a sports bra.
After showering I am having to lift up each breast and make sure everything is dry along the incisions. My breasts feel quite heavy. Even though I have adhesive remover, I have not been able to bring myself to try to wipe or mess with any adhesive that might be left over from my bandages. I’m just not feeling like I want to mess with them much. They are still numb in several areas, and how much of that will come back I don’t know. Prior to this surgery they were mostly numb from the nipples down. Curiously, I now have numbness in different areas and a small area of my lower right breast that seems to have regained some feeling. Very interesting.
I go back for my one month post-surgical appointment soon. I’m getting closer to the finish line!