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  • 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,
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Hi everyone. I have met with my PS and I am approved by insurance. I just need to schedule the procedure. I am appreciating all the info on this site. I am thinking of scheduling for late November. Will I be up to any Christmas shopping or wrapping? Is it realistic to think I will be able to host Christmas dinner for my family at about 4 weeks post-op? Would love to get any thoughts on this!! Thanks!!
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I'm only a day post op but I seriously feel great. Minimal to no pain. I feel way happier. I know a lot of people are different so just remember that. But I think four weeks post op you would probably feel good. Good luck!
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That's awesome I'm glad to be feeling better everyday and just seeing that there smaller makes this all worth it now :) still glad I did this
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I had mine July 3rd and I was up and about after 3 days of rest. I was driving and doing everything but lifting heavy objects. Everyone heals differently. I had almost no pain and I had no bruising. Today I'm three weeks post surgery and I went on an 8 hour shopping spree! :)
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That's awesome I'm Almost 2 weeks into it and still bruised and swelled some but been doing more every day and next a lot of appts so should help even more glad ur doing great
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Wow! I will hope to feel like you do, but I know from this site that recovery is very different to each individual. Thanks!
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WOW CONGRATS I was in pain for 10 weeks and still have feelings in them that need to return to normal my scars are at there angriest color red but that is normal healing of the scars around the nipple and inscisions I had anchor style done
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You might, but it's impossible to tell because everyone's recover is different. You would need to prepare to have a lot of help. Heck, that time of year I'd just wait until after Christmas when all of the activity dies down.
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Lol!! MJ1964, did you buy bras and clothes?
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I looked at a million bras but I held back since I just recently bought 6 cute little sports bras! I did buy two sweaters to go back to work.....both V-necks and my boobs weren't falling out! Imagine that!
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Hey. I am one day post op and I feel great. But did anyone have a feeling of shortness of breath? Like I get that feeling sometimes idk if it's because I'm looking for it or what. Did any of yall have this problem?
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No, I didn't have any shortness of breath. Take it easy and I think maybe I would call your doctor Monday if it continues. I felt great too! I had minimal pain and absolutely no swelling.
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No shortness of breath here.
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What pain medication did they prescribe you? I was on Norco, and I'm pretty sure that is a side effect. It was like every once in a while I would realize I hadn't taken a breath in too long. I would call your doctor and ask, and make sure you're following dosage instructions. For me, this stopped as soon as I stopped taking the Norco.
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Finally made the decision to get a breast reduction after years of putting up with having large breasts. I'm in Scotland and I went to see my doctor yesterday and unfortunately I don't meet the criteria. She said that neck and back pain is not on the criteria, and you can only get one if you have one breast 2 cup sizes larger than the other! Absolutely devastated, after finally plucking up the courage to make this decision! Does anyone know of any good surgeons in Scotland, I'll look into the price of going private but realistically I'll never be able to afford it!
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Well, called my insurance today. They denied me. It really didn't surprise me with the exception that they said that the amount of tissue to be removed was not enough!! I mean come on!! So now a peer-to-peer review will have to be done. I hope I get to sit in on that because I have a few things to say myself.
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I'm sorry to hear that. I hope the peer to peer review helps, and you get approved in the end. Good luck
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Just curious if you have Aetna for your insurance? I have Aetna and I was denied about 6 years ago and I decided to try again. They denied me again but I have a really awesome PS and she got them to approve it when she had the peer-to-peer review. And I was told that the peer-to-peer review no one besides the surgeon and your insurance co. Are allowed to be in on the call:(
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What is a peer to peer review? I've heard that term before.
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It is when your surgeon gets on the phone and talks to doctors that work for your insurance company and try to give them good validating reasons of why you should have the surgery even if you don't meet the criteria the Insurance company has set. It is very hard to get them to reverse the original decision of denying the surgery.
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It is when the Health Director of the insurance company and the surgeon have a conference call. I really hope that I can sit in on this so that anything that I may not have been clear on can be fully understood.
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I have BCBS of NC. If that happens to be the case, then I will definitely want to talk to my surgeon again to make sure that she understands exactly what size I want to be and everything that I have gone through.
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Keep at this and don't give up.
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I was denied as well wannabesmaller dont give up I got another opinion after I knew they denied me dont get to worked up file a appeal like I did I had my family doctor right up a letter for me saying we werent saying my big breast is the cause of all my surgerys but it is certainly a aggravating symptoms> I have a letter I wrote and a letter he wrote saved if you need help It was overturned in my favor they paid it all. Some insurances have a clause in there policy that it needs to be medical necessity and we have to prove it to them!~~~ Keep your head Held High get in there and FIGHT cause you pay your premiums!!!!
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Took my first shower since my br last Tues felt great :) was so happy dr said I could and can wash my own air, Just still keep it easy and can increase activity each week! Hurting but happy cause I know pain will go away
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