Breast Reduction & Full Tummy Tuck with 2 Areas of Lipo:consultations with Differing Opinions - Birmingham, MI

So far, I have gone to 4 different consultations...

So far, I have gone to 4 different consultations for a breast reduction and full tummy tuck. I live in the metro Detroit area in Michigan. I am a size 40f/g (40" around underbust, 48" at fullest point). I am 5'7" and 185 lbs. The first consultation I went to was Star plastic surgery in Novi. They just asked me a bunch of questions and gave me prices which were very high compared to all of my other consultations. It was like a drive-thru operation. I crossed that one off my list immediately. My second consultation was with Dr. Andrew Lofman in Birmingham, MI. He had a very good bedside manner, was thorough in explaining everything. In order for my insurance to cover my breast reduction, I would need to have about 575 grams taken from each breast. He assured me that this would still leave me with womanly curves. I told him that I would prefer to be a D cup, he said that he is not able to predict size. I then told him that if I would end up smaller than a C cup, then I think I would die. He assured me that I would definitely not be smaller than a C. My third opinion was from Dr. Ellen Janetzke in Birmingham, MI. My consultation with Dr Ellen was the best out of the 4 I have gone to so far. She spent the most time with me, had the most pictures to view, and seemed concerned not only about the procedure aspect of it, but understood my fears of coming out with no breasts. Her staff was very knowledgeable about the requirements and coverage of the insurance. The staff also assured me that they would take care of any and all paperwork I would need for my employer as well. She said that removing the amount needed for insurance would probably leave me with a full C cup. My fourth consultation was with Dr. Stefani at Renaissance plastic surgery in Troy. Although the doctor had a really good bedside manner, I didn't really care for this place. He had said that removing that amount of tissue from my breast would leave me with flat shapeless breasts. The office staff was not familiar with the requirements of my insurance which is blue cross, so it is a very well known insurance. She even argued with me about it. The ladies in the office were very snooty. Neither the doctor or the consultant took enough time with me to express my questions and concerns and I didn't even get a chance to go over the other areas that I wanted liposuction on. The lady who gave me the prices and went over the insurance requirements with me made me feel like a fat cow. She also gave me the impression that insurance was a pain in the butt for them to deal with. I am just very confused now because I am scared that removing 575 grams will leave me flat chested. despite my height and weight, I only wear a size 10 in jeans. I have a more athletic build besides my giant boobs and apple shape.

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I think it would be best to shop around until you find a surgeon you feel comfortable with and who'll give you clear answers. I am not familiar with US bra sizes, I believe they are bigger than UK sizes, so I don't know if this is helpful, but I used to be a UK 32G. One breast was larger than the other, and from this breast the PS removed 460 grammes, I think. It took me to a 34DD. Please feel free to look at the pictures I posted in my review. Perhaps it would help to have a look at the other reviews here, and see if you see something that resembles you now, and see how much they had removed?
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Decisions, decisions...

I feel like Dr. Janetzke is going to be the one to do my surgery. I remember the feeling when I got done with my consult with her just knowing that she is the one. I am just waiting to pay my down payment because my work owes me over a thousand dollars. There is a $1000 deposit required to schedule surgery. I have plenty of time though, because I want my surgery at the end of November.

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WHat did you decide. I'm 38 or 40 DDD as well, and am scared that the 575 g will make me "flat". My surgery s this week. totally trust my doc, but am still scared.
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I love Dr Ellen. They are like family. My procedure is tomorrow am. EEEK! From reading your notes below we don't live far from each other at all. If you want message me and I'll tell you exactly. Otherwise I am really not saying incase others I know get on here. It is nice to be annonimous. This site is great for support and questions. Love it!
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Good luck on your journey. Congrats on your decision. Can't wait to follow your story
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Four more months!

So, i have my surgery scheduled now for Dec 2nd. I am excited but it is still far away. I have to quit smoking a month before surgery and lose 20 lbs (not required, but want great results). Let the countdown slowly begin!

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Hi sexycurves... I'm a Michigan lady as well going on the 16 for my BR surgery. My doc is kongkrit chaiyasate he's in royal oak...

losing weight!

So i gained a little weight due to stress and got up to 200 lbs. I've been dieting for 2 weeks now and i am down to 193! My goal is to be between 170 & 175 by my pre surgery appt November 13th. Also, i took a bra size measurement last night and i am measuring a 40 band size and 48 1/2 at fullest part of breast. According to size charts i think i am actually a size g. That is huge! I am going to ask my surgeon to make me a full D because i have a larger build.

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Two months to go!!

So, I have 2 months to go now. I still am needing to lose weight so that the surgeon doesn't have to take too much due to the schnur scale. I don't want to end up a B cup. I would really prefer to be a full D or a C at the absolute smallest. I have a larger build and broad shoulders, so I think anything smaller than that would be disproportionate. My quit smoking date is November 1st at the absolute latest. She said two weeks before, but I would rather play it safe. Any tips as to what supplies I should start looking for? I am also having a tummy tuck at the same time. I just want the most bang for my buck.

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I am going with a 38 D. Solid. With my large frame and wide shoulders i think a C would be too small.
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Time is flying by!

Only 7 more weeks to go! I can't believe how fast this is flying by. I have been working out at least 5 times a week for 45 mins and i am down 4 lbs in the past 2 weeks. Recently started on phentermine so that I can maximize my losses because I still need to lose 21 lb by my surgery date of 12/2. Dr said 3-4 lbs a week should be fine and to exercise at least 30 mins per day. I just want the best results. I am currently 193 with a goal of 172. This is for a lesser amount required to be removed for the reduction. I have been yo-yo ing for the past few months but bow it is crunch time, so I have my game face on.

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before pics

These are my before pics. 5'7" 193 lbs. Size 10 jeans, xl top, 40 ddd or f bras.

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going down

I am down to 191! 19 more to go before surgery in 36 days. Wish me luck!

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Getting ready for the new me!
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Feeling panicked

I am 4 weeks out from surgery today and all of a sudden, I feel terrified. I am having a heck of a time getting this weight off. I am worried about my breasts being made too small, the pain, and the recovery. I started having a panic attack last night! I have my pre op on November 13th.

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Definitely make sure you don't smoke for at least a month before. You MUST have a recliner, a walker, minimum 15 days of depending completely on someone else, pills for pain, and some xanax or similar for possible panic attacks or depression. You will experience feelings to the Max. I guess in part because you will, for some time, depend on others. Also a diary or place like this site where to express your changing feelings. I can tell you that everything will be ok after some time and you probably won't remember the ordeal. Good luck!
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How did your pre-op go? Feeling any better after seeing the PS?
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My preop appt got changed to the 20th. My dr said no smoking 2 weeks before and after so I started quitting om nov 1st. Have had a few since then but none after this weekend. It's going really good.

point of no return

Last cigarette. Only been having 1-3 per day for 2 Wks now. I am facing the fact that I have to hit the gym hard. Been stuck at 188 for a week. Making appointment for thyroid biopsy tomorrow. Hope everything turns out good. What it will be, it will be. Going to the flat and smaller boobie side. Xoxo.

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Stressed to the max

So it has been really helpful the way my family has been being. Busted my 20 yo stepdaughter with drugs and have to throw her outta the house again to protect my 3 yo son, had to spend $2500 for new furnace for my rental house, had our tree at rental house fall on neighbors house putting several holes in his roof and pulling his electric line down, son won't sleep in his own bed so I can't get any sleep. I seriously need a stress leave from work being run around like crazy. So tired of everything. Can't wait to be put under and not care about anything and finally get a decent sleep in. Can't wait for pain killers that make me not care about anything. I am looking forward to spending night in hospital so I can finally have some alone time. Pretty pathetic, huh?

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I just had a reduction November 14. Was a 36F. Used Dr. Sherbert, West Bloomfield. Took me 25 years to get up the nerve. Went to a C. Wasn't sure if insurance was going to cover it and waiting to find out was really stressful! Going for my first post op appointment tomorrow. Its been interesting. I didn't expect to be emotional afterwards, but when you've been carting around gigantic breasts for 25 years and suddenly they are not there, its an adjustment! First few days are a bit painful, but nothing to be afraid of.
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Thanks julia! I hope recovery is going good.
Preop went really well. I only seen physicians assistant though. Is that the norm? I feel better after talking about size and expectations. Only a week and a half to go now. They will be taking about 575g per breast.

counting down

The countdown begins! I've got my hospital bed, shower chair, and walker all set up. Organized most of my meds, and gotta get my clothes laid out and organized. Just gotta get my homework done before midnight on Sunday. It's getting very real very fast!

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My michigan sister Wishing you the very BEST :)
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Can't wait to here from you. Hoping it goes well for you!
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Good luck. Keep us update during your recovery.
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some post op pics.

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Thanks ladies for all the support
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Welcome to the flat side. Stay on top of those meds. Happy healing
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looking very good, just got to get through the recovery period now
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day 3

My butt is really flat. Is this normal? I am really not feeling it today. Just feel really tired and run down.

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Looking fab
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Just have one word for you "pacience", a lot of it and forget about mirrors, scales and tried new cloths, oh most important block yourself from any people with negative comments and thoughs. You going to look beautiful
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{hug} you just had pretty significant surgery. it's normal to have all sorts of emotions. don't beat yourself up. to be honest, it took me a solid week before I felt like I was anywhere close to being "myself". be kind to yourself :-)
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9 days post op pics

Got drainage tube and steri strips removed yesterday. Didnt hurt one bit. Got some blood blisters from steri strips, so I have to use ointment on them but no biggie. Cant wait til my boobs start to drop! Have infection around navel and draining through sutures, so they left a couple sutures in. I go. Back next week to get them out.

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Hi babe, you looking good, remember to wash your navel and incision with a mixture of sea salt and water only and then dry it with your hairdryer in the cool setting for about 2-3 minutes, , that help with the infection keep it dry, happy healing,
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ur looking good!
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Almost 6 months post op

Well, I am almost 6 months post op and everything has been going very well! My navel has healed very well except for some bad scarring. My Dr gave me some injections and it has softened up very well! I started tanning about 2 months ago but I keep my scars covered and use high spf sun screen. I do still swell and I see quite a difference between morning and evening. It also doesn't help that I have gained 10 lbs since my lowest after surgery weight (about 2 weeks post op) due to our long and extremely cold and snowy winter. I am slowly getting back into running and plan to run. A half marathon in October. I have included some pics. Some are with me sucking in and some are me relaxed. They are from first thing in the morning. My t.t. scar is a little darker than my breast reduction scars. Don't know why. ..

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Looking great!
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Hey! How are you doing?
your BR result is fabulous
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Ellen janetzke

Very warm and polite. Beautiful office, great staff, and average pricing.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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