I am now 13 weeks out from my surgery. I would do it again and wish I had done it 10 years ago. It's important that you pick a doctor that you feel 100% comfortable with do not settle for anything less. Make sure they are board certifed and have before and after pictures.
PLAN AND PREPARE FOR YOUR RECOVERY TIME. You will need help. Do exactly as your doctor says. If you smoke- Quit! If your PS offers to still perform surgery while you are smoking- FIND A NEW PS!
As for amount spent, my breast reduction was paid for by my insurance and is not include in the $8.000 above. Good Luck!