Welcome to RealSelf's Breast Reduction Community!

  • 3 years ago

I'm Kim, the Breast Reduction Community Manager, and I'm here to help you find...
  • information
  • support, and
  • answers to guide you through your breast reduction journey.
More about me. I am...
  • a tummy tuck and breast reduction recipient
  • I am a 49 year old wife and mother who decided it was time to take her body back.  My passion is to support,
    encourage, educate and guide RealSelf users through their process
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I am right behind you, Signum. I'm working off my last 15 lbs and hoping to schedule consults after the first of the year. I started this as an original post (not a comment to yours, which I could have done by posting BELOW your post in the "Add a comment" box....) I started this in the "Comment" box right below where it shows (right now) "Comments-956". Hope that helps and I will be following your journey. How will a BR save your life? I hope all goes well!!
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4 years ago, I was a 36G and was put on anti-inflammatories for all the back pain. I'm a former athlete because of my never-endingly growing breasts. Well, due to the medicine I was on, my kidneys started failing. I was then put on muscle relaxants and more serious pain medication. However, I feel very trapped with just a band-aid on the overall problem. I hate medicine. I don't want to have to rely on it to have even the smallest amount of freedom to my life. And even now, I still risk kidney failure because of this medication. It's just taking longer to strike my system. I'm now a 42H and I have a new, more serious problem with my back that actually directly involved my spinal cord and the disk in between the very center of my back. If the disk protrudes any further out, I will be paralyzed from the waste down. No one is helping me take the steps I need for a much-needed breast reduction. I'm always being told "I can't help you, I don't know how to go about it." And yet I have normal people telling me that if my doctor just tells my insurance that I need it, I can get it done. I'm on the most basic insurance and they don't cover chiropractor visits and I can't work because of my back, so I can't get the money I need to do anything myself. I need a way around and I'm at a complete loss and loosing hope in a lot of things. And it's effecting my every day life and I have severe depression because of it. I get frustrated and loose my patience quicker, I cry, practically at the drop of a hat, and it's extraordinarily upsetting that I can't do some of even the most simple things I SHOULD be able to normally do. I see the doctor tomorrow to tell him the unfortunate news that I can't see the chiropractor, and if I don't pester him with questions to run around with an alternative, I'll just be put off again with absolutely no answer. So my ultimate goal in joining this place was to get opinions and ideas from others of a list of questions to ask my doctor to help me work around the present situation as it stands.
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I am so sorry to hear this!! Here's how I got my BR approved. I have had large breasts all my life and always had sore neck/back/shoulders. I also had tingling in my fingers at times. I finally couldn't deal with it anymore and went to see my personal doctor....she put me on medication and muscle relaxers. I was on that for about 2 weeks then went back to doctor for recheck....the medication didn't work as i knew it wouldn't. I then had to do a few months of physical therapy and massage therapy. This was a temporary fix as usually after an hour of each therapy the severe pain would come back. Finally my doctor suggested a BR and referred me to a plastic surgeon. I had a consult and they submitted all paperwork with documentation from my personal doctor and the massage and physical therapists. The plastic surgeon didn't think i would be approved but about 2.5 weeks later....i was approved! I wish i would have done this years ago. It is difficult for some people to get approved depending on the type of insurance they have. Some insurance companies just want you to medicate yourself instead of fixing the issue. Since my surgery (Oct 1, 2014) i have NO pain in my neck or shoulders!! When you begin on this journey.....get everything documented by your doctors or therapists...this was the deciding factor for my approval. It may also depend on your height to weight ratio and BMI. Good luck and don't give up!
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I can't speak to the insurance issue as I haven't gotten that far in my personal fact-gathering, but I hope that your doctors will become your advocates. I also hope that others in this RealSelf forum will chime in and offer you information that may help. Please don't give up and keep posting so we can be your cheerleaders!
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Hi there. I'm new here. I'm having a hard time navigating the Forum section of the site. The site layout for it's pages are very different than what I'm used to, especially here in the forums. I have plenty of questions and I'm not sure where I can either start my own thread or find what I'm looking for to post my questions there. I have a huge hurdle in front of me in terms of getting my own breast reduction, which I believe could nearly very well save my life. I hope to find the help I'm looking for here. Thanks for reading this~
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Hello signum....I agree this isn't the easiest site to navigate but it is VERY informative! You can literally type in any questions you have right on the newsfeed and some answers may appear if they are relevant to your question or you can ask your questions by updating your status and get people's comments or advice that way. I just had my breast reduction on Oct 1 and it is indeed a life changer!!! Hope you can begin your journey to a new future with less boobs!! :)
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Welcome to the forum Signum.  What is particular are you having problems with.  I am here to help make this easier for you:)
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Well, I want to ask a question about getting a list of things to ask my doctor, but I don't know how to create my own thread to start....
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There are two things you can do.  1. Click Here to start a forum post.  And 2. check your personal messages.  I sent you a link to get started on your very own review page.  If you need me to resend that link just let me know and I am happy to help.
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Hello, I want to have a breast reduction. I check a lot of the reviews here but still can't settle on a doctor for a consultation. In live in the DC Maryland area. Based on your personal procedures, could anyone recommend a doctor? I am 42 years old and I have scoliosis(curvature of the spine). I am currently a 38G. My breast have always been large. This in turn makes my back hurt a great deal. My insurance won't cover it(not a surprise), so I'm on my own. Like all of you ladies, I just want to be happy and out of pain. Thank you all in advance for any help you can give. Have a Happy Day!
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Here is a link to our doctor search.  Click Here and then choose your city, then plastic surgeon and this will generate a list of RealSelf doctors.   This is a great place to start and from here you will also be able to read patient reviews.  
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The link at "Click Here" above does not work. I have recommendations from my GYN, but I would like to see if there are any RealSelf reviews on the doctors he suggested before scheduling consults. Thanks in advance--I will check back to see if the link is working.
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I am 6 weeks post op now and and am really not happy with the outcome. I wore a 34 DDD or a 36DD before surgery I explained to him that I wanted to be a full B or a small C. I went today and bought my first real bra since surgery and I had to buy a 36D, I am SO upset about this. Did anyone that had this surgery still have swelling or get smaller after 6 weeks?
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I had this same problem. You still have swelling and won't see full results for a while. Give it time. It took 12 weeks for all my swelling to go down enough to be properly sized.
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You will still have lots of swelling. It simply takes time for it to go away. My PS said it can take up to 6-9 months for all swelling to go awsy for some people!! Everyone heals differently. Be patient. I am 4 days post op and my big fear was that they would still be too big. My PS stated that no PS can really guarantee what size you can be after surgery as it all depends on the individual's body. He guaranteed me a much smaller, proportioned breasts that would suit my body frame. I, like most women that have massive breasts, wanted to be a B or small C cup as well. Take care and I hope you will be happy with your results as you continue to heal. God bless!
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There are several of us who commented recently on the July thread about how we're still unhappy with our size. I personally only went down about a cup and a half from before my surgery. Yes, I know I still have some swelling but from my vast research, the amount of swelling is maybe half a cup size, if even that. I'm planning to have a revision after I heal up completely. Feel free to pm me, I don't check the forum that much.
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I agree anony1234 that every lady here should be happy with their outcome and take the necessary steps to make that happen.
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This really worries me because as is my PS didn't take me to the agreed on B. I know I have to account for swelling but I'm currently a 36F. I don't have the money to pay for a revision and my insurance just changed to crap.
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Amym77.....I'm so sorry you don't have the results you were hoping for! How long has it been since your surgery? Did you explain your concern to your PS? I would also be disheartened to go through a major surgery like this and not achieve what you were expecting. Did the PS say how much he/she removed?
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Your PS charges for revision? Are you sure, did you ask him? I had a revision on my areolas and did not get charged. My PS doesn't charge.
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Your PS charges for revision? Are you sure, did you ask him? I had a revision on my areolas and did not get charged. My PS doesn't charge.
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AmyM77, did you tell your dr. you're unhappy with your size? What did they say? Did they tell you your revision options and how much it would cost without insurance?
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I'm 3 weeks postop. Yes I have told the PS at both appointments that I am unhappy with the size he just says to wait. He does not do revisions at any discount at all I asked. He removed about 1200g from one and 900g from the other. Total weight was 4.4 lbs.
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I went to the Dr. The other day he says they look he said I can start massaging my incisions within the next 2 weeks and techniques on how to do it and for how long a in a day
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Massage using a firm circular motion.  Use the Bio Oil and do this 2 times a day on all incisions.  This will help break down the scar so that it flattens and fades.  
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