Hi, ladies. I'm so happy I found this site a few weeks before my reduction surgery on March 6. I've always been self-concious about my chest size and wondered why the universe was so unfair to make some of us develop so disproportionately. I've heard a lot of theories about early puberty due to hormones in our food and dairy, etc, but hey, I was born in the late '70s, so WTH? Anyway, apparently I'm a throwback to my maternal Grandma's people, with extremely dense breast tissue--and overly large ones on a medium frame. Just a few months ago I started seriously considering a breast reduction. I'd gotten really fit a few years ago by doing farm work and landscaping, but even then after losing 25 pounds, my breast size stayed the same. After I returned to the world of desk jobs, I gained 30 back...ugh...and my breastal area got BIGGER...to the tune of a 36 E/F or therabouts. I've had neck and back pain for years, and I've seen a chiropractor regularly for a long time now. I was so sick of not finding clothes that fit my medium-sized body and XL chest. I felt horribly matronly for a 38-y-o and started wearing baggy shirts and cardigans all the time.
I had a few consultations with a few surgeons and was so happy to meet my doctor. He's gotten excellent feedback and ratings in the SF Bay Area and has a wonderful, friendly, demeanor, and takes an empathetic and collaborative approach to helping you get the results that look the best for you. After only about 5 days, I got approval from BCBS...which was amazing to me considering how they like to fight over "medical necessity".
Two weeks later, March 6, I had my surgery. It went very well, the hospital staff at CPMC was excellent and so warm, and I had no complications from anesthesia (I did let them know I have had nausea and vomiting after past surgeries). I am about a 36C now and healing very well. There has been very little pain post-surgery. This is a decision I will never regret! I would absolutely recommend checking into this procedure if you are having the same feelings I was. I will try to update with pictures soon. I'm about 12 days post-op now and feeling better every day. Back to work Monday, though, boooooo.