Started the NHS br process.

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Registered: 08-21-2011
Started the NHS br process.
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Sun, 08-21-2011 - 12:34pm
Hi guys I'm new to the forum and just wanted to get as much knowledge and advice I can.
I'll give you my stats first:
I'm 17, 5ft3 and weigh 8st4 (53kg). I'm a size 30H/HH depending on the bra.
I saw my GP a year ago and he told me to come back in a year if it's still bothering me. So i went back and he referred me to the hospital who had me for about 10 mins and took my stats and said I should expect a letter from the surgeon? You can imagine my confusion but I was out the door that fast I had no time to ask questions!
I gather the PS is the one who will say yes or no? But is there anything you guys can help me with? Any advice? Experiences? Much appreciated !!

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Registered: 07-27-2007
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 10:17am
Wow, I guess your head must be spinning! It sounds like you are a perfect candidate for surgery, considering your size. My niece was 17 when she had her surgery and did very well with it. As far as the PS being the one to say yes or no, I would think it would be the insurance company who would ultimately give the go ahead. Now if you don't have to worry about that, great! Also the PS will see if he/she believes you are a good candidate and if the surgery would be safe for you. It is certainly a life changing surgery and it sounds like you are very large chested and I am sure any physical activity is tough. That was my nieces problem, she couldn't do any kind of sports without pain.
Ask lots of questions when you do get to see the PS. Is the hospital or your GP the one setting up the appt for you? Hopefully you feel comfortable with them. Ask about healing, nipple grafts, size after, restrictions while healing, where surgery will take place, length of stay..... Hopefully you will get many answers from them and be on your journey!! Keep us posted!

Nancy :)
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 12:25pm
Hi Nancy. I'm everything above! It's the hospital that sets up the appointment. Just getting anxious waiting for a letter. They said it can be up to three months !! I can only dream until then :( I can express how much I want the surgery! I've wanted it since I was 14. Every day I'm reminded of my chest size and I'm sick of it! I'm just scared they'll say no :( but down to my age!
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 2:32pm
Well I will keep my fingers crossed for you that they approve it for you. Your age really shouldn't make a difference. I mean obviously the size of your breasts isn't going to go away on its own. And as you age, the problem will only multiply with time, unfortunately....
Stay positive!!!

Nancy :)
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 2:39pm
Thanks so much! Really appreciate the support! Can i ask how bad the incisions are after?
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 2:51pm
The incisions run from under my arms, under my breasts, and under the other arm, ending/starting about mid armpit area. When I have a bra on, you can't even see them. I also have the insicions from around my nipples to the bottom, under each breast. They had to move my nipples and make them smaller to match my new breast size. Gotta admit, it wasn't a pretty sight, at first, but when I looked past that part and saw my new smaller girls, I was so thrilled. It probably takes about a year for the scars to get to where they are pretty faded. Proper care with healing and massaging the scars and rubbing cocoa butter cream into them, really helped fade and soften mine.
Hope this helps. If you lived near by, I'd let you see!!! he he!

Nancy :)
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 2:56pm
Haha yeah I mean it was said to me as I have young skin I could heal nicely I just think I'd be horrified at the sight of them afterwards! But how long until you dont look like you've been chopped up? Where did you have your surgery? X
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 3:06pm
Well certainly your young skin will heal really well and fast, Im sure!
Serioulsy, it is not as bad as you might be thinking. Within a couple weeks, the incisions start to heal, the redness and swelling goes down, and I would say by the 3rd month, you really look pretty good. And I was 49, you are 17, so it will certainly be sooner and better for you!! I looked at the scars as a victory for myself. If you are really scared of how they will look chopped up and all, maybe you are not quite ready for the surgery. I would see if you can research some more online and see before and after pictures. That really helped me alot. I understand for someone your age, you have just started your life as a woman and would be a bit scared about the scars and all. So you have to really think hard on if you will be ok with them, because they will never totally go away. But even when you look at me from a front view, naked, it is hard to see the scars. Of course, get up close and look under my arms and you will see them. They are not the smoothest in all areas either. Not trying to scare you, just prepare you.
Keep asking the questions though, that is how you learn!! Maybe some other ladies who have had the surgery can weigh in on their feelings about scarring ~

Nancy :)
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 3:14pm
The hospital asked about my view on the scars and to be honest I couldn't care about them never going away it's the bit straight afterwards where the look like they could fall apart with a touch! The amount of pain I am in and how that will be fixed outweighs everything completely! Did you not fear your nipple was going to die? I think I will have to have mine replaced and made smaller! Where was your surgery? I've read so much I've ram out of stuff to read I end up on the same thing twice!
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 3:22pm
Well good for you not worrying about the looks of the scars. It will definitly outweigh what you are going through. You really will feel instantly how wonderful it is to have that weight off your chest!!!
I was more worried that I would not have sensation in my nipple. I didn't even think of it going to die. When he removed it, I believe he still kept the nerves intact inside, made the circumference of it smaller and then stitched it back on my smaller breast about 3 inches above where it was!! And it looked kind of ugly the first month, all the stitching around it, but that faded the quickest I feel.
And I remember the feeling of reading so much stuff.....your head spins and you can kind of freak out.
It will work ok I'm sure for you. Hopefully some other girls can help make you feel comfy about the whole idea. In the 4 years I have been on these boards, I have never encountered anyone who said they regretted having it done. Some have had their problems with healing, etc., but still say they would do it again in a minute!!

Nancy :)
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 4:32pm
Reading so much makes me anxious and inpatient. As I know they can turn around and say no! I have a bmi of 20.7 so I know they can't say I need to lose some weight. I can't think of any other reason apart from my age! But like you said it will only get worse! Just don't want to get my hopes up and be shot down! :)

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