Waiting on Insurance - Montana

I am 5'2" curvy lady with 38 g, I have...

I am 5'2" curvy lady with 38 g, I have neck pain, back pain, and emotional pain from all the comments about my big chest!  I want to be someone other than the girl with big boobies! I have hated them for years, finally had my first consult my Dr. strongly recommended my surgery, due to my smaller frame, the rash, shoulder indents, he said if he could only pick 5 surgies his whole career,  I would be one!

I am on cloud nine, excited for it, now waiting on insurance I am scared, unsure, I have always had big boobs can I live without them? I need support!

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Hello Montana and welcome to Realself... Who do u have insursance with? Did u go through physical therapy prior to seeing your plastic surgeon?
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My appointment was on Jan 11th, all my records...

My appointment was on Jan 11th, all my records from other docs was turned in on Jan 20th and mailed to insurance! The wait is killing me since I made my decisions, I want to know! How long does it normally take insurance to respond?

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Good luck!!! You will love the results and it is worth it!!!
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Hi Montana, I have been considering getting a reduction for the past 5 years and I mean it has been on my mind EVERY day for the past 5 years, I went through the insurance process and I'm sure everything will go smoothly for you. I am trying to schedule my procedure for March as well so I wish you so much luck.

Ask all the questions you need to and utilize this site, the women on here have been so helpful and really give an accurate view of what a reduction is like, the good, the bad, the ugly and beautiful:) Being nervous and all over the place is normal, but just think about the days when you will be able to wear cute bikinis and tub tops without spilling out! I know I look forward to those days! Take care:)
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When could some of you return to work? I work in...

When could some of you return to work? I work in an office?

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No I haven't called, Tuesday will be two weeks, my dr said average wait is two-four weeks! I hope we both hear next week! My insurance in the past has been pretty fast on other pre autho. So let's hope they are with this! Good luck
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I'm waiting for insurance too! I was hoping for a Feb surgery but looks like it will be March also. My insurance says it's policy is to respond within 5 days. I will cross my fingers that both of us get answers next week! Have you tried calling your insurance?
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Hello! Looks like we may be March girls together :) I am also petite like you, and ready to get these suckers off my body! LOL! Good luck with the insurance! I am a grad student and have put my surgery up against my spring break... Basically I am taking the week before spring break off and adding that to the ten days of break so that I get just a day shy of three weeks to recover :) I am sure that is way more then I will need, but it makes me feel good to know that I DO need that extra time it's there.
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My dr called today insurance approved me, schedule...

My dr called today insurance approved me, schedule date for march 5!

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Hooray! So glad for you! I think my insurance papers are lost. Nobody has them. I have to call Dr office again tomorrow.
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Congrats!!!!!
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Congratulations, I am very excited for you!!
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Trying to be prepared for surgery, any suggestions...

Trying to be prepared for surgery, any suggestions on any foods, drinks, bras, scar meds to help we through the first week?

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I am planning on gathering: a surgical wedge pillow (we don't have a recliner for me to sleep in), all my medicines organized in a pill box that tells me when to take them, my nook with a few light books downloaded, a few feel good movies featuring beautiful actresses with small perky boobs, lots of water, including some flavored and sparking options, saltines, my favorite Odwalla protein shakes, fruit, easy to eat veggies, an extra surgical bra (the dr's office is providing this), and one helpful girlfriend to do the heavy lifting so to speak so my hubby isn't terrified by my day one franken boobies :)
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I'm scheduled Feb 27. We will have to stay in touch and compare notes!
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Congrats on your surgery date! Glad I can follow you so I know what I have to look forward to!!

Has anyone taken the vitamedica recovery program?...

Has anyone taken the vitamedica recovery program? Is it worth the cost? Just got my preopp paperwork, scared!i dont like all the warnings of what could happen!

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My Pre-Op is Friday. I'll see if they offer it to me.
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Whats vitamedica program?
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In the pre op paper work they said they sell it for faster recovery, you take the vitamins two weeks before and after, I googled what they were

I had my post op today! Omg, 2 weeks left! I had...

I had my post op today! Omg, 2 weeks left! I had mixed emotions today afterwards, my blood work was good and my mammogram was good! So I thought they are perfect, no issues, why would I do it? Women get their breast taken away from them every day from cancer and I am choosing to do this! What's wrong with me!!!! I treated myself to a chocolate bar to think! Yes I am pmsing! Went back to work, then the back pain kicked in! Bam this is actually why I am doing this, they aren't perfect. They are hurting me emotional and physical! March 5 here I come

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I can't wait for the weight to be off my shoulders. There is nothing wrong with you. I seconded guessed myself a lot. I think it the best thing!
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I am two and half days out, wow! I gave most of my...

I am two and half days out, wow! I gave most of my good bras away and tonight I am having a good bye party for the girls! "kiss the girls goodbye" and we will burn a few bras, looking forward to the girl time, hopefully I can sleep this weekend!

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I am glad I have only one night left, I can't...

I am glad I have only one night left, I can't sleep, my mind is racing and when I do sleep, I dream I am late for sugery! I cleaned house, washed my bedding, have all my comfy cloths out, organized my night stand with things I will need after sugery. Today I will shop for last minute supplies and food. I found this red pimple, bump on my breast the last few days I hope it won't cause issues for sugery!

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Tomorrow is the big day or should I say smaller day?
I am so happy for you! Good Luck and post when you can. Viva
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I am so jealous that you are tomorrow!! Your breasts are beautiful and full so I am sure you will have amazing results and my thoughts will be with you tomorrow pulling for an easy recovery and a smooth surgery!
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Vivalv is your hubbs a doctor too?

My PS office told me to take "pre-surgical vitamins, but the type they told me to get were discontinued. The nurse has been looking for another similar product for me but has yet to find one :( I may end up getting separate arnica and bromoline. We'll see.

Today has been something else, I go from feeling...

Today has been something else, I go from feeling great and no pain to pain, nauseated, and headache. I haven't really slept much. They took over 600 grams per breast 3 pounds! The drains are not bugging me but I have only been draining 10cc doesn't seem like a lot. Is that normal?

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10 cc is really good. The less the better. One of mine was draining and the other never did much at all. The one that drained started out at 20 cc and by the time I went for my pre op it was down to 10 cc. Congrats on your step to a more comfortable life. It's uncomfortable now, but in a few weeks you will be sooo happy.
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Hoping everything goes well for you today keep us updated on how you're doing :-)
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By now you are probably in surgery but I send you all positive energy towards your healing, get lost of rest and take care:)
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I had a good night, slept from 2-7 solid! Now it...

I had a good night, slept from 2-7 solid! Now it feels like I just had a baby and my milk just came in! Loving the ice packs! I find it's hard to wipe after I go the bathroom. Does anyone have a trick for that???

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lol bathroom does seem to be a lil challenging. No tricks that I know off for that. Do you have an anti-nausea med? That is what helped me sleep. It knocked me out in fact. They took a lil more from you. I was right at 3lbs. Wonder why some docs use tubes and some don't? Must be a personal preference. Hang in there, it does get a lil better everyday.
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I took Benadryl at 1:30, they never gave me a script for the anti nausea if I feel sick today I will call
Oh yes! If you feel sick call and ask for anti-nausea for sure! Compazine has been great for me in the past. Some antibiotics make what I call "little kid sick", and I would say every five years or so I will find a new one that does it. Compazine is great for me in those cases!

Day 3! This morning was very rough. The kids were...

Day 3! This morning was very rough. The kids were at school and hubby went back to work.I was in pain but was able to sleep and ice them. My hubby got off work around 1, helped me shower which was the best thing, changed my dressings and bra. I feel a lot better this afternoon. Tomorrow is my post op hope to get drains removed.

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Had my post op today, everything looked good but...

Had my post op today, everything looked good but she said my tubes need to stay in till Monday. Sad about it, she said I may be over doing it! Which is hard 4 kids and a hubby. Will try to relax more

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Awesome! Thanks that makes me feel so much better I think my stomach will bother me too lol but I fully plan on majorly working out as soon as I can when I heal up that is. I'm hoping that I can wear a swim suit and feel comfortable in it lol I'm glad to hear you're healing up nicley and don't have the ken doll look lol
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Hi montana gal,
I'm about the same size you where i'm 5'2" 36G I have my BR on the 26th So my question for you is how do you feel about your body shape now that you've had your surgery I'm terrified that I will look short and chunky lol I'm very curvy now but they are taking me to a full 36C Kinda scared I know it will be worth it regardless and from your pic you look great just wondering if it takes an emotional toll on you after
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I feel good so far, only thing that bugs me is my stomach I see it now!! Lol, will have to workbon situps! they feel small but I measure a d right now, it was hard to get a good picture in my head with the tubes poking out. No regrets. I did tell the dr right before that I am curvy so make them fuller than not. First few days they were square and flat but now they are taking on more of a boob look, and not the "ken doll" look

I got my tubes out today, everything stll looks...

I got my tubes out today, everything stll looks good, pain is better, I was very tearful yesterday not sure why.

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I was suppose to go to work today, but my ps said...

I was suppose to go to work today, but my ps said I should take more time off, thank God, I am wore out, starting to feel better though but not enough for work. Since I got a dr note saying I can't go back to work short term disability kicked in! That means I don't have to use my vacation pay my insurance will pay my wages! I wore jeans today! Starting to feel normal. My boobs are starting to turn brown in some areas but for the most part not much bruising! I measure a 38 c or 36 d very happy!

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Short term disability is a great thing! I too am able to get that through my employer. Glad to hear you're able to collect it and take some well deserved time off. Take care of YOU and the rest of the family will be fine.
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Hey Montana girl! To me it looks like you have more than I do! Lol how are you feeling?
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I will take a naked photo but pretty sure you have bigger girls! They took a lot from you, both boobs I was about 1300 grams

Finally got some pics up, not sure when I...

Finally got some pics up, not sure when I actually took them, will take a newer one soon. I have an appointment tomorrow and back to work Thursday, blah. Starting to feel like me again. Started My monthly and boy do they hurt

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The shape looks great, good for you!
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Wow they look great! Really nice and even. Sorry about the monthly. I got rid of that 2 years ago. That is another surgery I would highly recommend to anyone done having babies.
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Had my appointment today, he said everything looks...

Had my appointment today, he said everything looks good, pinched the nipples I could have punched him :) told him they had feeling. I told him I am still struggling with recovery that I read on here that a lot of people feel good after a week. He said that was true but everyone heals at a different rate and for my body frame they took a lot of tissue. Maybe we feel better that I am not being a whimp. My advice would be don't expect your body to recover in a certain time frame because it may not happen and then you will feel frustrated. I thought I would be up and running after 7 days. I go back to work tomorrow he gave me note that said I could leave at my will if I feel tired or sore. I can start walking on treadmill or do stationary bike but he said listen to my body.

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Can't believe how different docs are. I haven't even went for a walk yet. Can't believe he pinched you! Ouch! I was tired for a long time. Good luck at work and go home if you need to! You look great!
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OMG you look GREAT!!!!! And you look alot thinner, I think its a huge difference!!! WOW you must be thrilled!!!
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I made it through my first full week back to work,...

I made it through my first full week back to work, a few bad days, tearful in the evenings, but the week got easier. They itch bad this week! I found this cute sports bra that goes down in a v shape and clasp in front got it home and it was to big 38 c! Wow never had that issue before, I am going to try the 36 c. My steri stripes are still on, they said they would fall off not to pull them, but it's almost 4 weeks

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I can relate to the itch, I am experiencing that too. My steri strips were removed after two weeks. Maybe they will began to fall off due to being on for awhile.
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I am having a break down, finally my steri stripes...

I am having a break down, finally my steri stripes came off and I don't like the areole area! One is perfect and the other is a different shape! This is the first time I thought what the hell did I do

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oh Montana--don't get all freaked out just yet!! You are still EARLY in the recovery process--nothing will be perfect so soon. Just try to keep calm and maybe if its really bothersome, call your PS and ask about it?
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One of my areoles appeared to be smaller than the other at the stage you are now, but I have to say that at almost two months post, they have evened out as they have healed. Hopefully you will see a difference soon.
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I also feel that you shouldn't rush into any conclusion just yet. Just give it some more time for things to settle in.
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I see a acupuncture for a liver/digestion problem,...

I see a acupuncture for a liver/digestion problem, I went today first time after surgery and he said he would do scar treatment on me, never heard of this, has any one else? I will try to post pictures this weekend of my 4 week post, week 4 has been the best! Almost feel like myself!

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Been following your progress. How are you feeling as the days have gone on? You are looking grest!!
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I meant GREAT!!

Had my week 5 appt, I have asmall incision tear...

Had my week 5 appt, I have asmall incision tear looks gross but he says its okay. Watch for infection. See him in two weeks. Because of the tear stuck in sports bras. I started going back to gym this week. I can only do about a half hr before I wear out. Baby steps! I asked him about the unevenness if my nip area abd he said I am stilling healing and the actually are starting to look closer in shape.

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Montana Gal-did you have your BR in Montana? The reason I ask is because I live in Montana and am considering a BR myself. If you did, would you mind sharing where and who did the surgery? I don't know anyone who's had the surgery to ask about PS's in MT. Any info you could share would be greatly appreciated.
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In Missoula, dr hardy, where are u?
I am looking for a PS in Billings. Have you heard anything about any docs there? I have a consultation coming up in early May.

2 year out

2 years later today! wow how time flies. I am now at a 36 D i gained some weight :( i wish they were still the nice c, but i am working on the weight. The first year i struggled with nerve pain. which has gone away, parts of my boobs are still numb and are worse durning that time of the month, but i am getting feeling in some of the numb spots over time and my left breast itches still, anyone else have this 2 years later????????????? My scars are all skin colored. I have never regreted it and love them. i will post pics later. i am at work and it may be strange to upload them here!

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Very helpful as I am 5 weeks post op and have developed a sore bit that looks just like the one in your one month pic. How long did it take to heal over and did you do anything to improve it?
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