Is it worth it?

  • Sandrina
  • Mission Viejo, CA
  • 2 years ago

I started to blossom at the age of 15 with a bra size of 32D.  Now at 54, 5'3, 135 pounds I have a bra size of 36DD.  I am way too top heavy and feel all the discomforts that come with the territory!  Bathing suits are a pain to find!  Tank tops during the summer look ridiculous and so on!  I have needed a BR for YEARS and chicken out everytime!  I am now at whits end and have consulted 3 PS.  I found the one I intend to go with.  He said he would remove about 600 - 800g per breast!  Yikes!  I have been assured that my PPO will approve this surgery in the next two weeks.  My surgery can take place in mid June 2012.  I am so afraid of the drain(s) removal and my reaction to the pain meds at post-op! I am a true CHICKEN!  However, I do know I need to do this!  I have complete support from my husband aka my nurse to be.  I am praying that I won't chicken out and will woman-up and proceed with a much needed procedure!    Any words of wisdom would be so appreciated!    Thank you.........

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Does anyone have a PS they would recommend in California?
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Hi sandrina :). Congratulations on your BR. Sounds like you had a great experience and are recovering nicely. C cup is awesome!
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Well I did it on 6/4! Thank God all went well! It was a 3 hour surgery and the doctor removed 3 lbs from the girls! No wonder my shoulders always hurt! I arrived at 10 AM and was there for just about 5 minutes with my husband. At that point I was counseled by my PS and his staff. That took no time. My PS drew his map on my chest and off to the OR. The staff was warm, competent and friendly! I was given some happy juice and that is all that I can remember. I was told by the staff, my husband, and my son that I came out pretty aggressive (which is totally not my style). I was very out of it for quite some time. I am a 911 Dispatcher and was giving out police calls over and over again.....weird stuff! My drive home is not something I can even remember. I pretty much slept on and off my first night. I have had 0 pain, only tugging and pulling sensations. Extra strength Tylenol has been all I have needed. It's been hard sleeping on my back with an oxygen mask and an Aqua Compression Vest. My PS is pretty cutting edge with his wonderful gadgets. I will be using these two items for a total of 7 days. I am a C cup which thrills me beyond words. Due to my cowardness I have not seen the ladies. Too creepy for me to look at! I know I am a true chicken.......I told you all I was. No drains were installed. My first shower which was on day 2 was a bit cumbersome, but doable. This is day 4........I am feeling tired and a little down.......what the heck, that is not like me! I have been told this is a natural feeling after having such a big surgery. I am thankful to all of you, my loving heavenly Father, my over-the-top loving husband, son and daughter.

I can't tell you all enough how much I appreciate your kind words and gentle support. I seriously believe I would of backed out of this procedure if it wasn't for you brave ladies that encouraged me.

God bless you all and please feel free to contact me anytime if I can help you. I would be happy to even give you my cell number.

Hugs to all,

Sandrina - the coward! LOL!!!! But I did it!!!
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Missy CT - great advice. I had my reduction last summer and I love my smaller breast. I do however have hypertrophic scarring. The scars actually still hurt. I understand that I may be one of those women who needs a good 2 - 3 years for my scars to fully heal. I still love the results and would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Hi Everyone - I'm 18 years old and I have a size 32DD. I don't think I have too much neck and back pain but sleeping on my front is a pain, I get rashes underneath my breasts, and worst is the painful shoulder divots that my bra straps leave. The worst part is I'm only 5'2" and 125lbs. Perfectly height weight proportion except for my breasts. I can't find a single bathing suit that fits me and the only bras I can wear that are cute for someone my age are by betsey johnson and incredibly pricey! Don't even get me started on trying to find a strapless bra... I have to wear a size 8 in dresses because of the bust and then the rest of it looks baggy on the figure I worked out vigorously to get. I tried eating healthy, upper body exercises, everything to try and reduce my bust but nothing worked, in fact I'm pretty sure they are just getting bigger. I'm currently having an issue with my menstrual cycle so I don't get the increase in bust size every month but when I do get my period they are unbearable and don't even fit in my sports bras. Running is a disaster, my friends go running all the time and I can't join them because I have to either endure the pain or hold my chest. Wearing 2 sports bras is too painful. I've just recently started really researching and looking into breast reduction surgery but I've been thinking about it for awhile. Does anyone close to my age or did this close to my age have any words of wisdom/advice for me?
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I first thought about breast reduction at your age... I am now a 34GG. The reasons I chose not to do it at that time was my concerns about breast feeding, scares and everyone opinion i should be happy with my boobs and that they all wanted them. At this point I didnt feel i was in much pain but looking back the aches and headaches were all there I just thought it was normal to feel that way.

So, I have put up with them for another 9 years due to getting busy with university etc. The pain has got worse, and of course all the problem have remained. And now i look at older ladies with big boobs and see that basicallytime will only make it worse. But specifically I have decided to start the process now it because I started running again (trying that is coz god it is not fun and coz a fortune in buying sports bras to try and find one that did something) and I want to be able to be fit and healthy.

What I would say would be:
Know everything about the operations, the scars etc and that you are confident that you will be alright with these and with actually having smaller breasts.
Look at all the things you will loose and what you will gain from the operation and take it from there.

Personally if I was 18 again I would have probably still waited a few of years to make sure my body had finsihed growing etc to make sure i didnt have it done and then them grow some more, but I would start looking into it all and trying decided what I want. It took me the 9 years to get to a point where I can say i am happy with my body and either way I will be happy. However the problems just never stop, what they prevent me from doing and the attitudes people i have to deal with tip the scale. Not having the problems will be worth the scars etc and looking back i wish i had the confidence to decide this earlier.

If you want to chat about aything just message me :) and good luck with your journey ! x
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Thank you so much! I was definitely more looking into weightloss again after reading your post, however, I went to Nordstrom's today to look at some new bras because I guessed the discomfort in my 32DD was from wear and tear and no longer fit me right after too many tumbles in the wash. When I went they re-measured me as a 34DDD/F. The 34F bra's were only too big because my chest isn't broad enough to support such a massive bra on a small frame I'm only 5'2"! Instead I squeezed relatively comfortably into a 34DD, though the straps and elastic around my chest were not as supportive as the F which still resulting in divots in my shoulder as I am experiencing right now. I'm literally out of options and miserable. I've recently converted to veganism in the hopes of staying away from fatty milks and cheeses and instead taking a calcium supplement. I'm depressed, miserable, self conscious and it's now taking its toll on me financially with these new bras and now new sports bras as I've outgrown the old ones. *sigh* why is being blessed in the chest turning out to be a curse.

- M
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Thank you Marla. You brought up some good points. I did get a little concerned with the dr. that wanted me to stay overnight. I have talked to a lot of people now about BR's and not one of them stayed overnight in the hospital, not one. Makes me a little curious to say the least. Unfortunantely, I can't take Vicodin, it makes me sick, but I am sure there is something else that I can take.

I feel like some type of "looney" on a roller coaster. One minute I am saying "no way am I doing this surgery and the next minute I am ready to go with the process. Crazy.......I am usually very level headed in my thought and decision making. Oh well......Thanks again. I am very happy that you are progressing so well. :)
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I just wanted to say I am exactly the same. i have just be refer and now im like ....nooooooo i dont want to, tomorrow ill be like I want rid of them now, the next day ill be like well they arent that bad etc etc.... i think its just a difficult decision coz it is important and there is a risk but so many benefits too.
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Ok .......I saw a BR surgery on my drs. web-site which he told me to watch. I think I am backing out! Really....... This is truly a major surgery......you ladies that have gone this route are hero's in my book!

Please someone answer this....... I had 3 consults with PS's. 2 out of the 3 send you home after the surgery stating there is "no need to be in a hospital." The one remaining dr. said he absolutely keeps his BR patients overnight for pain control, monitoring for bleeding and for observation of how a patient is recovering from the anesthesia. Plus this dr. said you have to have drains for proper healing and the other two drs. say drains are not needed. Can someone please shed some light on this? Thank you........:).
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Hi Sandrina, I had my BR 3 weeks ago. My PS did not use drains and I walked out 2 hours later and went home. My pain was easily managed with Vicodin for about 4 days. It is a little achy and a kind of sunburn sensation. Giving birth to my two kids was harder! I would say the Dr who wants to put in drains and keep you overnight....wonder if he has had issues before. The other two sound more confident in their work. I asked my PS straight out if he had any patients have serious problems and he told me about 2 people who had health issues and their recovery was difficult. If you are healthy you should be fine. I saw videos too and it is interesting to see. When I went in I was out quickly and don't remember a thing. I woke up fine and once I was fully awake and able to walk, I went home. I slept a lot the first three days and it was pretty easy. I have been tired easily and am just now getting my energy back. You need the 2-3 weeks with help at home and really give yourself a chance to rest and heal. I love how I feel, no more neck pain and my clothes fit! Some are hanging off me and I will have to get rid of them. It is an amazing feeling! I wish I had done this a long time ago. I was very nervous too until I made the appointment and it got a lot closer, I felt fine the day I went in. I was so ready to be rid of my huge breasts and the pain they caused in my neck and back. Once you choose a PS you will feel a lot better. Take care : )
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Sandrina,

I will not be in the hospital overnight. My daughter had this surgery 4 years ago and went right home....do not watch any surgery's ...I'm sure it is scary!

Lizzy
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Lizzy.......I hear you about watching any surgery! I won't do that again! The PS I am going with does not keep his patients overnight either. He said it is more risky to keep patients in the hospital due to the germ issue. Works for me! Take care and keep me posted on how you are doing!

Sandrina
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Sandrina, I did stay overnight for observation, but I probably didn't "need" to. this is major surgery, but it isn't life threatening. They don't go into the chest cavity and don't mess with muscles or anything. I had drains, but they weren't so bad. I've mostly slept since the surgery but was able to go to a friend's wedding Saturday and church on Sunday. I do have a health condition that makes wound healing longer and energy lower, but over all it is the easiest recovery. As long as you have someone to do the lifting and help out with food, hair washing (though I washed my own hair two days after surgery) etc you will be FINE. This is a breeze and the back/neck/shoulder pain is gone immediately.
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Great stuff to hear. I know in my head I need to do this........I just have to do it! Thanks for sharing :)!
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Hi Lizzy54......You bet we can do this! I am afraid, but I refuse to let fear conquer my progess. Believe me, if I get a BR it's progress. I am soooo sick and tired of the pain and the difficulty I have in finding cloths with a relatively small/medium frame and oversized breasts! It's complete madness for me to continue in this physical state. Right now I am in a holding pattern. I am waiting for the approval from my PPO's Blue Sheild and Blue Cross! I am being told that it usually takes 1-2 weeks. It's only been about 5 days or so. I feel very blessed to have met all of these great people on this blog. They all get it! Let me know how you are doing and I will pray for you! God bless....
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Sandrina,

Just wanted to let you know that I am also 54 and about the same size as you....I have been working hard at trying to out run menopause...trying to keep myself in good shape, but constantly discouraged by how I look because of my big boobs...my husband asked me if I wanted to do it....at first I was upset, "OH NO, you think I'm fat" of which he reassured me that he just wants me to feel good about myself and he knows how hard I have been working at looking good. So I too have had alot of negative thoughts about how I am afraid I will stilll feel fat with now smaller boobs, or that I am doing something to myself which is "not for me". something that will make me feel like "not myself". But I also get an excited feeling to not feel top heavy and to buy normal size tops and to have it not be the first thing I see....I want to look attractive in tops and dresses....Our minds play tricks on us...I even thought maybe I should see a shrink instead....

I am scheduled for June 1st...will keep you posted on how I feel...all that I have read from everyone and the pictures that I have seen helps me to want to continue....I hope you will want to continue and we will all be posting in July how happy we are with the results...WE CAN DO THIS!
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Hello, I am considering have my 34 GG reduced . I am 27, size 12 (uk) on my waist that is and they cause me hell.

I worry about the same things, i am such a wuss with pain and things. Currently my doctor has told me to loose weight, coz yea that will work !?! but i am hoping to lookin into getting PS advice in a couple of months.

So, its competely normal to be worried and scared and as you may have seen on here so many people are and it is a huge choice that everyone has found it hard to make. But i have to say i think its the right decision.

Stick on here talk to people read the comments etc and it will give you the support and strength you need. We are literally all in the same boat , i have been putting it off for about 10 years already and i actually asked people on here that question and i got over 30 years in responces so you really arent alone. Just try and think of all the benefits that will come with the reduction. Maybe pick out an item of clothes or somethign you really want to wear to remind you of why you doing it to. I have started writing a journal of having big boobs most of it is negative and it really is motivating me to see why its worth it.

I hope some of that helps, i feel maybe i started to ramble. I really do wish you good luck and do keep us posted on how things go.
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Hi Sandrina,
Me too. I am a big wuss and scared. From what i read on here and from what kimmers and the girls all say... 'its part of the territory'.
To help me I read what the post op BR ladies have to say as they have 'been there'. That is my biggest reassurance- their experience.
A good Dr will listen to your fears and if the drains being removed is your fear ASK and make sure you get good pain relief an hour or so before they are taken out. Bear in mind for me i would rather have drains (if i had a choice which i dont my PS puts them in) than not. Drains after any op arewhat they say: to drain away fluid which would otherwise build up and make you feel sore and/or give you an infection. Lisen to Kimmers and the post op girls- they know what they are talking about. love and courage
x x
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Hi MissyCT........thank you for your comments. I know I need to do this! As I am typing this my boobs are leaning on my forearm! I have to woman-up and do this. Please let me know how you are doing. I will be praying for you to have strength, peace and courage.
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Thank you Deb uk! I am so glad to hear that I am not the only chicken. You are all so awesome for being so kind.
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You are going to love having the smaller breasts.  You are a small fry like I am and we simply can't carry all of that weight around on our back, neck and shoulders.   I started as a DDD...UGH!

The recovery from this honestly was not so bad.  The first week was the worst and it was more soreness and tightness than anything.  You can do this!!!   Best thing I ever did for myself and I would do it all over again if these things grew back.  

The drain removal was just a little pinch and pull but no pain.  It happens so quickly you don't even know it.  

I will keep my fingers crossed that your insurance approves quickly!   And you did the right thing by having 3 consults.  I highly recommend meeting at least 3 at a minimum.  So you have done your research, have everything in the process and are ready!!

You will feel like a totally new woman when this is done.  Stay calm, deep breath and know the nerves are all part of this.  They will ease as you get closer.

Keep me up to date!

 

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Thank you Kimmers25. I really appreciate your knowledge and time. God bless......
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I 100% agree with Kimmers25. This surgery is great!
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