New Nipples

I’m 2 weeks and 1 day out from my breast reduction. The drainage tubes were taken out on the 3rd day and I returned to work the Monday after the surgery. Most of the steri strips have fallen (or may have been pulled) off. I can really start to see what my final size might end up being.

I will probably be a small D, still a little large for my liking. Poor me, right? I don’t mind the scars. The scars aren’t as bad as I would have expected, especially so soon after the surgery. I feel more confident. I like the way my body looks in clothing now. My back doesn’t hurt as much and I’m hunching less.

Probably the worst part of this surgery so far is that the incisions itch horribly! I know that means they are healing, by I want to claw my skin off. Literally, I’m causing bruising to my boobs because of how much I am itching them! The pain from the whole surgery wasn’t that bad at all. I would say on a pain scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst pain I’ve ever been in, the worst I felt was probably a 2. I have taken Tylenol 3 times for some discomfort. Quite pleased.

Well, besides the itching, I saw my nipples without the steri strips for the first time since the surgery…I don’t really know how I feel about it. Maybe I’m used to my old nipples. I knew those nipples, they were just mine, for so many years! Now they are weird. Maybe because they are higher? I can’t quite decide what I’m not thrilled with. There is scarring all the way around both nips, this could be why I don’t like them.

The scarring seems to be worse around the nipples. It is red and angry looking. There is some puckering around the skin of the nipples. I’m sure they will heal in time and I’ll get used to them. I told my husband I was worried he would find me unattractive because my nipples looks weird. Of course he didn’t agree. I don’t feel like he would tell me the truth about it. Or, he’s a guy and they are boobs and therefore, they are exciting either way? I don’t know.

I am very critical of myself and expect perfection in every area of my life. I am still beyond happy that I had the reduction and lift. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I feel like at this stage in healing process it’s been a pretty good recovery with minimal issues. I just don’t like my nipples right at this moment. I might just need to get used to them, which probably means staring at my new boobs for far more time than is considered normal.

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