I wrote to you about a month ago asking for some photos that showed ASYMMETRY and you were VERY prompt and helpful!!
I had my surgery Monday, May 10th -- just 4 days ago.
I am 43 years old, 5'4'', 120 pounds. I have been married 23 years. I walk/jog 5 miles a day & lift light weights. I also eat a very pure, whole food diet -- (none of which helps correct asymmetry)! I nursed babies for 4 1/2 years -- they are now 12 and 19 years old. When the first child was 2 years old, I scalded the left breast, which was always slightly larger in size, but after the accident, seemed even more so. I was hoping that by nursing the second child 6 1/2 years later, if I concentrated on my right breast, that they would even out. Instead, the asymmetry got worse with the right breast shrinking to a size smaller than pre-nursing "AA" and the left continuing its rapid decline so to speak -- tubule elongation (I think that's the term) with the nipple well below the inframammary fold -- a 2.5-3.0 on the ptosis scale. My left breast was a small "B" at most and the nipple was 1.5 cm lower than the right.
The reason I waited so long to correct this, is that my husband was always greatly offended by the suggestion that I do anything corrective since it didn't bother him. Well, I suppressed my desire to have surgery as best I could low these many years, but he knew I was very displeased whenever I looked in the mirror, tried on bras, or passed up any number of beautiful clothing styles that showed my asymmetry.
I finally got to the point where no matter what I did to stay in shape physically, I was still rather disgusted with these breasts. I am also at that golden age of asserting myself in ways that previously I have not as my children are getting older and my own interests are blossoming -- finally, I had the confidence to say to my sweet husband, "I appreciate the fact that you are not bothered by my breasts, but I am and I plan to begin to investigate the options I have to correct what for me, has become an unnecessary burden."
This went over like a lead balloon, but I felt it would be a fitting Mother's Day gift to myself and that it really should affect no one BUT me. After all, I have 2 beautiful children whom I nursed for many years and I am proud of that! I tried to involve my husband in the process, but he chose to be uninvolved -- other than paying the bills. I did my research, shared as much of the process with him as he would allow, explaining myself from a woman's viewpoint, but he still was very offended at the thought. I made the choice to go ahead with the surgery and it saddened me greatly that I did not have his support. I did, however, have the support of many girlfriends, my sister, my daughter (age19) and my mother, all of whom knew I had been contemplating this, dreaming of this for 16 years. If it were not for their encouragement, it would have been a lonely process indeed.
At my last appointment before surgery, I was prepared to call a halt if my surgeon could NOT assure me of the 2 things I wanted most -- symmetry and nipple alignment. If I couldn't achieve those, it was not going to be worth it. Well, we talked for over an hour that day and she answered every one of the 25 questions (your web sight was so helpful -- I can't thank you enough for the service you provide) I had prepared for her, and most important, I was satisfied that she could achieve the desired results.
I am 4 days out from the surgery and I couldn't be more pleased. My breasts are lovely -- SYMMETRICAL -- and my nipples are in alignment. She did a LIFT (mastopexy) on the left breast, removing some of the areola to match the right. Since I was small enough, she did a "LOLLIPOP" procedure straight down from the left nipple and did NOT have to cut under the breast, for which I was thankful due to the potential of serious scarring. Incisions were through the nipple on both breasts.
Having already had a tubal ligation in '82 and a hysterectomy in '94, this was a piece of cake -- I was never in what I consider real pain, just discomfort, tightness, similar to the engorgement of nursing, but without those painful knots in the breast. So, I have been pleased and amazed at the whole process. I go today to my post-op check up and will ask what size I am -- I think I am a full "C" now and should settle down to a small "C" in the coming weeks.
The Doctor said my first words were, "Am I symmetrical?" I do not remember that! But I assure you I am! Unfortunately, my husband is still struggling with my decision, but he's trying to be agreeable and I am confident he will see that I am the same wife and mother I have always been -- just a little more pleased with myself now.
Many, many thanks to you. Feel free to share my story with others. LIZ