Sorry for late reply I have been away for work.
Thank you all so much for all your replies, they have all helped and helped, and knowing the op is not as big as the mastectomy one is a great help, think I'm going to go for it.
Chris you asked me where in the country I am from, I am in the London area, when I went to discuss my immediate reconstruction with the plastic surgeon I told him I did not want lots of operations and would only be prepared to have the one op so he decided to do the permanent implant, after the op I waiting about 1 month then they started to fill it with saline, this was done 4 times and I am now at the point were it cannot be filled anymore, once the other breast has been done and I am happy and they look fairly even they will then take the port out of the implant where they have been filling the implant up from, and too be honest I cannot wait as the bigger you get the more the port feels uncomfortable, but if you can deal with a mastectomy you can deal with also anything else I think, really hope this helps, if you want to know more please let me know.
I am not as well blessed as you (normally a 36 c or d) but ended up in M & S and bought a mid support pair of bras quite cheaply. I lived in them for a couple of months. My local shop has quite a wide selection of sports bras but only one pair fitted.
My surgeon suggested a front fastening bra as this is easier for him to dress me after the op. The ones I bought were back fastening but that didn't matter. Be prepared for a couple of uncomfortable nights sleep but as I have said earlier, the results are well worth it. I didn't have much swelling. With regard to what size to buy I guess you should look for a tight fit as you will be smaller. I hope this has helped.
I had a reduction when my lump was removed. Went from a G cup to a D. Surgeon said I would be a D - which I am now, but I also had some DD bras for the swelling. I found sports bras best as the post surgery ones I had only seemed to have one set of hooks/poppers and were either too tight or too loose. I was told to wear bra night & day for 6 weeks, so I bought a belvia bra. Found it was not supportive enough for daytimes but Ok to sleep in. I had painful nipples, so bras with a seam across the cup were agony, but bras without seams were too strechy and not supportive enough. Ended up in a sports bra and using either the pads from the belvia bra or tissues to protect my nipples. It is 3 months on & my reduction only boob is fine. No pain now, the scars are fading and nipple has normal sensitivity. The other side had radiotherapy and not yet settled. Would have been back in an underwired bra weeks ago if it wasn't for the rads. Hope this helps. Elaine
Hi Sweet Candy and all others who have replied, just seen this post and wanted to thank for information. I had left mx end July 13, originally with option of delayed recon. As I'm "well blessed", when I went for my check up my surgeon suggested a reduction of right side. I wanted to consider for a while and went back to discuss in Nov last year, back last week and have decided to go ahead. It's good to hear that the op is a smaller one, as I'd got the impression that it was bigger! At the moment I'm not considering a recon of my left side, but think that the having a smaller prothesis to wear has got to be easier, and the weight reduction might help my frozen shoulder!
My surgeon recommended a support bra - is something like a sports bra ok or a very supportive mastectomy bra better - and this might be a daft question, but how do you know what size to go for? I'm hoping to go down at 4 cup sizes, but understand that there will be swelling afterwards?
Any info would be great
Hi sweet candy
I had right mx in September 2012 and only had reduction to left breast 2 months ago. I agree with the other post that it is a much smaller op and for me the results are very good. I was, however, surprised at how uncomfortable is was for the first 6 weeks but the benefits are worth it. I also agree that if you go ahead with this that you sort out a support bra as this will be needed. I understand that the thought of more surgery is daunting.
Its interesting to note that you had a permanent implant. I have been asking my surgeon for one and have been told to wait for 2 years!! I return to him in a few weeks and hope to go on the list for this op. The saline one is very much like a hot water bottle. Can you tell me more about yours and where in the country you live. I hope this post has helped you make your mind up.
Wonder if you can help with some feed back.
I had a mastectomy on 1/July 2013 with permanent implant, everything has gone well, and the hospital is now talking to me about sorting my other breast out.
They want to reduce it and lift it to match my other breast, I keep swinging between wanting it done and not wanting it done due to another op.
Has any one had this done and can you tell me how it all went.
Thank you ladies