Breast Reduction: 34K to 34B - Exeter, NH

I am currently 3.5 weeks post-op from my breast...

I am currently 3.5 weeks post-op from my breast reduction. I'm in my mid 40s and prior to having 2 kids, was a 34D/DD. But after 2 kids, I measured a 34K and lived with that for a decade. I considered a BR for seven years but I kept losing my nerve, kept thinking I was being vain, that I should lose weight instead, etc. Eventually, I developed acute spinal pain (MRIs, PT, etc), which limited my ability to exercise and that was my wake up call.

My goal for my BR was to be able to exercise and live without pain and discomfort. This was my 1st surgery ever and though I had some complications from the anesthesia, I'm VERY happy with the results of the reduction. The procedure was a standard pedicle method with an anchor incision pattern. I never lost sensation in my nipples though there are parts of my breasts that are still numb. She performed a significant breast lift as well. My breasts are as high and perky as they were in high school.

I got measured for a bra last week (Week 2 post-op) and currently fit in a 36C in a sports bra though I am mostly wearing my surgical bra and the spare surgical bras I bought on Amazon. Why? Because one of my incisions has not entirely healed and the surgical bras sit lower on my chest wall, allowing the scabs to heal without friction. I have kept a journal during my recovery on an online blog and plan to publish it soon. Right now, my focus is on resting and following my physician's orders but I will say right now, 3.5 weeks post-op, that I have minimal swelling, zero pain and the scars look good.

Regarding the cost: I'm in the Northeast in a major metro area and the hospital I went to was absurdly expensive so my costs are not typical. But my procedure was deemed medically necessary and my medical insurance covered all but my deductible of $2K. Overall, this was hands down the best gift I've ever given myself. If you are considering a BR, ask around - you may be surprised how many of us are out there. Women who've had this procedure are the best source of information about it.

Last tip: Don't be discouraged if some of your friends and family are not encouraging about this procedure. I encountered a distinct lack of support from some people who I thought would understand my motivations. I realized that their reluctance had nothing, and I mean NOTHING, to do with me, my breasts, and my life living with huge breasts. It had to do with their body image, their feelings about surgery and their own breasts. Only after the procedure, when they saw me and realized that I had chosen small breasts (from a K to a B) that I had done the BR for medical and comfort reasons, not for reasons of vanity. So take heart, it's your body. Listen to yourself, not others.
Portsmouth Plastic Surgeon

Dr Marble and her nurses and P.A. Denise are OUTSTANDING. Dr. Marble did an amazing job with my large reduction - my new breasts look terrific even though they are still in the immediate post-op phase.

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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Wow $26000.00 sounds like a lot of money. I had my breast reduction done at the mass general in boston and the insurance co. paid for it but it was nowhere near that amount of $$. At mass general you could have an extended tummy tuck and I believe still not pay that much money. Wow, I guess where you go does make a big difference in price. I was thrilled with the MGH, it's a well respected hospital. Great comments on other peoples reactions to these surgeries especially when you are doing it for your overall well being! Yes, do it for you and nobody else and their opinions really don't matter!!
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I agree the cost was outrageous and I would not have used this doctor/hospital had the procedure not been covered by my insurance. It goes to show how much the cost can vary between providers. To breakdown the $26K: physician fees (surgeon, nurses, PA and anesthesiologist) were about $12K and the hospital fees were the remaining $14K. I did stay in the hospital for 23 hours post op though. I would have considered a hospital in Boston area if I had to pay out of pocket.
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Thank you for sharing the details of your procedure with the community.  I actually really liked the surgical bras and didn't mind wearing them at all.  

Great advice about how others react and comment on our decisions:)   This is 100% about you and not what others may think.
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