I did it! - Hoping for 34H to 34D - Fairfax, VA

Hi Ladies! So I have been lurking for awhile,...

Hi Ladies!

So I have been lurking for awhile, and finally decided to post something myself! I think my story begins in much the same way as most of the women here. I started developing very young and got my first bra when I was in third grade. By high school I was probably around a D cup. I had done gymnastics basically my entire life so being surrounded by a bunch of flat chested gymnasts who had no problem commenting on the size of my knockers was fairly traumatizing. When I was a sophomore in high school I came home one practice crying after a teammate made some particularly hurtful remark. I still remember my mom saying "well if you lost some weight, they will get smaller." From that moment on, I became obsessive about dieting. I tried to eat less than 1,000 calories per day while squeezing in at least two workouts. I ended up losing 25 pounds in about 2 months. My boobs, however, were still huge.

When I started college I think I was about a DD (although I was definitely wearing the wrong size). I started to become a lot more comfortable with the size of my chest, but they still continued to grow. I then ended up being diagnosed with Crohn's disease in my first year of college, which caused me to get really, really sick at the start of my junior year. My doctor put me on prednisone, and as anyone who has been on high dose prednisone before will tell you, I got FAT....and my boobs get even bigger. I've lost most of the prednisone weight, but my boobs never shrunk back down! What gives? I should probably also mention that I started birth control when I finished the prednisone, which I'm sure probably added a cup size.

So here I am now a senior in college (just a few weeks from graduating! wahoo!), and I just scheduled my breast reduction surgery for June 26, 2013. I had been thinking about getting a breast reduction since high school, but I finally decided to do something about it and saw a plastic surgeon during spring break. The office basically told me that it wasn't likely that my insurance would cover it since I had no documentation of back/neck/shoulder pain. So I decided to tell myself that I didn't need it anyway. I decided that I would go get a bra fitted properly and that would solve all my problems. I strolled in to Nordstrom wearing a 36DDD and walked out with the only 34H bra they had in stock. Yep, I'm 22 years old, 5'4, 150lbs, and a 34H!

I was surprised when a few weeks later the doctor's office called to tell my insurance had approved the surgery! I actually feel a bit guilty after reading so many horror stories about trying to get insurance to cover the procedure. But since I started to tell myself I didn't really need it, I now keep second guessing my decision to go through with it. To be honest, my pain isn't even THAT bad. I just find it annoying that it is really hard for me to be active, and I am a really active person. I did cheerleading throughout college and ran a half-marathon last year. I would really like to run a marathon at some point. Of course being able to button up a jacket would be a nice plus as well.

I think I just need someone to confirm that my boobs are indeed huge and that I would benefit from this surgery. So, any advice? I'm driving myself crazy here!

One last thing, and this is probably a total shot in the dark, but has anyone had a BR while taking Remicade? It's supposed to suppress your immune system, but there isn't a lot of information about how that translates into your risk for developing a surgical infection. I have been on it for about a year and a half and have never had a problem with infections.
HI There, I too have Crohns disease, I got diagnosed right after I graduated college, Im so sorry you were just starting college, I was always greatul my schooling was done. Im on Pentasa, Have you discussed with your GI about being on remicade and having a br? I know he would be the one to let you know what the risks would be, and make sure the ps you meet with knows this as well. I know with crohns our immune systems like to act crazy at times, Im trying to stay healthy for my surgery as best as I can. My surgery is June 19th and IM very nervous and excited!! Talk to your drs., your health is No. 1 and then after that you should do what makes you happy. I look forward to being able to be more active and not having my boobs in my face all the time while trying to stretch (and wearing a bra And a sports bra over that) My insurance is covering mine too and I figure GOOD ive had enough bad stuff with my disease Im choosing to do something for myself. :) Im hear if you want to talk some more. I understand - Good luck - please keep me posted on your decisions
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Oh and I also have struggles with weight which drives me nuts! Arent people with crohns generall skinny?? I dont have that issue grr. And yes you have a great waist :)
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Hi Singingrose! Thanks for your response! I just posted this, but I did end up making an appointment with my GI. She said that as long as I don't get my infusion two weeks before or two weeks after the surgery, I should be fine! My surgery ended up being scheduled 4 weeks after my last infusion and 3 weeks before my next so everything worked out perfectly! Also, I know exactly what you mean about "doing something for yourself." Part of the reason I was so hesitant to have the surgery was that I absolutely HATE feeling like a patient. I also hate feeling like my family has to take care of me. After going through so much with Crohn's, I almost felt like having big boobs was a stupid reason to put myself and family through the stress of surgery. But then I just decided, "screw Crohn's!!" I have been in remission for almost a year, and I have wanted this surgery since high school so nows the time to do it! In regards to weight, I actually know quite a few people with Crohn's who struggle with the same thing. I think some of it is due to lots of prednisone use, but I also read an article saying that some researches think that there is a gene that is linked to both Crohn's and obesity. I don't struggle TOO much with weight. My body tends to always be 5-10 pounds "overweight" according to my BMI, but I'm also pretty active so I like to tell myself its muscle lol If I have a bad flare though, I will easily lose a bunch of weight. P.S. Your boobies look great! I hope you continue to heal well!
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Surgery Tomorrow!! (06/26/13)

Okay, so it only took me 2 months to update my first post. I guess blogging isn't really my thing. But I just wanted to thank everyone who sent me encouraging messages, you all really helped me in making my decision.

I had been most worried about my risk for developing a post-op infection because I'm considered to be immunosuppressed due to a medication that I have to take. However, I spoke with my gastroenterologist who prescribes it, and she said that as long as I don't take it two weeks before or two weeks after the surgery, than I'm not at a higher risk for infection. I get my medication at a hospital through an IV infusion every 7 weeks. The date of my surgery actually worked out perfectly because it was scheduled exactly in between infusions (a good omen??).

I had my pre-op appointment with my PS last week, and she estimated that they were going to remove about 700 grams from each breast. I should be about a D cup. I think I would be really disappointed with anything smaller than that. Especially because I still want to lose 10-15 pounds after the surgery and don't want them to end up too small.

I'm definitely super nervous, but also just ready to get it over with! I can't believe it's actually happening tomorrow!!
good luck!
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You are going to be so glad you did this! You have an amazing body hidden under that large chest. Good luck, good luck, good luck!!!!
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Good luck tomorrow ByeBye!! You will do great and you will LOOK great too! I am 50 and am 2 weeks post op and I also wish I had done this years ago. Keep us updated!!
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Three Days Post-op

I'm now three days post-op and feeling pretty good. I was in a lot of pain when I woke up from surgery, but was feeling a lot better after three or so hours so they let me go home. I got my drains removed the following day, which wasn't as painful as I was expecting it to be. Yesterday was by far the worst day because the nausea patch the anesthesiologist had given be had worn off. I literally could not keep anything down and since my PS was in surgery all day, she couldn't call in a prescription until about 12:30 (I had been up since 6:30). But now that that's over with I feel pretty good. I have very little pain, and stopped taking all prescription pain meds yesterday.

I posted one picture, but it is kinda hard to tell the size. I'll post some better ones in a few days. My one concern is that I think they are the perfect size right now, but obviously there is still a lot of swelling right now. I think it may just be my mind playing games though because as of now I still can't really fit into a 36D bra. I'm really hoping to be a 34D (down from a 34H) once the swelling is gone.
Wow awesome congrats on having the surgery, and having it fit in to your schedule perfectly :) the size looks great on you!
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The swelling will go down. I'm one week post op and I have noticed a reduction in the height of them, they do drop down a little bit and look less round and therefore less large. Keep positive, they are looking good so far and they are going to keep on getting better and better! Good luck! :)
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You look great. Welcome to the other side. Rest as much as possible and drink plenty of water. Im so glad that everything went well. Keep us updated :)
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A better picture

I posted a better photo cause its hard to tell the size in the one I posted yesterday. I can't wait until my post-op appointment on Tuesday so I can get the bloody steri-strips taken off!
Congratulations girlfriend. I'm happy for you and you look awesome. Your breast size and height and weight are almost the same as mine. You give me hope.
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Wow, You look great!
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