Post to Forum

Grams vs. Cup Size and % reduced

  • Minnesota9
  • MN
  • 1 year ago

My doctor talks grams rather than cup sizes.  He said that my breasts are about 800 grams each and he will be removing 400 grams.  I'm just curious if that is going to be enough.  I would love the option of going braless sometimes and being able to wear a cami or tank instead of a bra.  I'm 50 years old, 5'4" and 125.  I think in most bras I am currently wearing a DDD.  If he takes half away, will I get that coveted B cup?  Has anyone here had a 50% reduction and if so, was the result good?  I want to go as small as possible, but I think the insurance company dictates the amount of grams to be removed and it sounds like a lot of doctors are hesitant to go too small.  If I really could have my way, I'd be an A cup and quit wearing bras all together!  My surgery is scheduled for November 6th.  I am very nervous.  I also wonder if at 50, I will take longer to feel well again than a younger woman.  I was originally planning 1 week away from work, but I think I may do two.  

Comments (8)

I think you'll definitely take longer to heal than a younger person. I'm 9 days post-op right now and finally felt well enough to walk more than the short trip to the mailbox. So I'd definitely recommend taking two weeks off from work. As for your main question, I'd just tell your surgeon to take as much away as possible. They have to leave a certain amount in to retain blood flood. I don't think an A cup would be realistic. Your PS will be able to determine if he can take enough away to meet the insurance requirement.
  • Reply
I had my BR done on 7/9 of this year. I could not be more pleased and overjoyed with the results. I am 67yrs old and in pretty good shape. I am 5'2" and weigh 133. I was 38DD and now I am 36 B/C. I believe I had 400g removed from each breast. I had a wonderful recovery. Other than being more tired than usual, I honestly felt really good after the first week. I have summers off work, but I could have gone back to work after the first week, definitely by the 2nd week. My only negative is I do not have the nipple sensitivity that I had prior to BR. However, the positives definitely make up for this, and my doctor said that the sensitivity may return. I wish you all the best!
  • Reply
You sound like everything went really well! After a few days I felt really good too. After going back to work, I found I was really tired at the end of the days for awhile. The only issue with my sensitivity is that it seems ultra active right now and I live at the North Pole! I have heard that it can return, but I would agree with you that even if not, the pros would outweigh that.
  • Reply
Hi all, I had 1.6 kilos off each breast on 29th august this year. I went from a 34GG/H (uk size) to a 34B. My clothing in terms of tops are now a size 12 or 14 (uk size) and my theare tops (i am an RN) have gone from a 2XL to a medium! I look and feel in proportion. So i have dropped 12 cup sizes and lost 12 inches in length of boob. I also had a FNG and it was worth having. Mine were huge and lay along my abdomen to approx an inch above my tummy button. I now have 2 perky boobs which look and feel amazing and i have my abdomen back! I can choose any clothes to wear. Having the BR was very worthwhile. Hope this helps anyone reading this and contemplating a BR. It is a truly life changing, and life enhancing operation and i would do it again if i had to.
  • Reply
I am happy to hear you are doing so well. Your experience with tiredness is pretty much the same as I had. I did pay attention to the tiredness and tried to get more rest than usual which I believe helped with my recovery.
  • Reply
Deb uk, I so enjoy reading your informative and helpful blogs. I am so happy that you are enjoying the "new you." My primary care doctor told me that overwhelmingly patients report positive results and increased feelings of self esteem after having BR. I too feel that it is a truly life changing experience and would not hesitate to do again.
  • Reply
I am also 5'2" and 120 lbs. my ps took off 360 from one side and 420 from the other. I thought I was a 32F preop, but my new bra is a 32E and my breasts are literally half of what they were. I wanted to be what I thought was a c, but I am very happy. After all, you don't want to look like a child! My surgery was also on nov 6th. Hope u ended up taking at least 2 weeks off of work!
  • Reply
I did take two weeks off! I am glad you are doing well. I had a bra fitting pre op and was told I was a 32G. My PS removed 420 from one side and 452 from the other. I didn't go back for a fitting, but I bought a c cup bra off the rack and it fits nicely! No wonder they won't talk cup sizes. We are probably a different size in every bra. I am so happy with my results though!
  • Reply