Waiting is So Suspenseful, but I'm Ready to Get This over With. - Nashville, TN

When I was going into the 8th grade, I was...

When I was going into the 8th grade, I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus. Upon starting medication I was wearing easily a 34-36B bra size, but that soon all changed. I was put on 20 mg of Prednisone (steroid) and it seemed that over night my breasts grew to a size 36DDD. I was so devastated and embarrassed. How could I be so young and have such large cantaloupes on my chest?! No matter how much I have tried to be comfortable with them I could not get over the fact that my body was now so un-proportional and daily activities such as cheerleading and track were now so hard to do because of the restriction of these mounds. I began thinking about reduction surgeries once I reached high school, but more so once I went to college I definitely always had the thought in the back of my mind and now it is finally here and an option to do so after talking with my parents.

I recently went on the 22nd of this month to see a PS who I felt himself and staff were the best option and had the best reviews and accreditation that I had seen thus far. I was so nervous because I have only had one surgery before, and it was just a basic kidney biopsy and I was able to do daily activity the day after with no problem. THIS is way different where I will basically be on bed rest 1-2 weeks with no activity or work. I hate being restricted or being cooped up in the house all day. But if this can take away the excessive back pains, the bra strap grooves, the under boob rashes, and the bad posture then I will do whatever it takes.

I had a few questions for those of you who have had the surgery before. I told my PS that I wanted to go from a 36DDD to a 36B or small C. He said that he could definitely do that for me and that he had a certain method he uses that will prevent a lot of scarring. He also explained that he does not use drains. He took pictures, measured my breasts and had his Surgery Coordinator submit a pre-determination letter to my insurance company. By the way, I did contact my insurance company prior to setting up the consultation with my PS.
I have BCBS on my father's account. My question is does anybody have this insurance or have used this insurance to get approval? Have you or were you denied with this insurance? And how long can I expect to go until I hear a response, accept or denial? I am so impatient so waiting for the response is killing me.

I want to have the surgery when I get out for winter break in the beginning of December. My PS said that I would be fine to go back to class in mid January and that I would even be able to go back to work after a week and 1/2, just no lifting over 5 lbs and no strenuous activity. Which is fine for me seeing that I work at the Y and my job consists mainly of scanning members in.

If anyone could respond and help a sister out I would appreciate it.


Hi DDD4V, wow I can definitely relate to your desperation for a response from ins. I hv BCBS New York however they r my insurance for hospital stay. I hv another insurance for surgery and doctors. All insurance requirements r different. My GHI ins approved my surgery but they required a certain amount of grams to b removed from breast they also required a letter from my general doctor describing my complaints and whether her belief was I was a good candidate. I believe I looked into BCBS thinking it was my primary ins and I think they hv a bit of a stricter requirement. I think they told me it was required 500grams b removed from each breast. They may also require evidence of alternative solutions. Such as have u tried chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy for a few months. They may require documentation from that person. Whatever u do don't get discouraged! I'm finally getting my BR done August 12. It's been a long time coming. Im 40 yrs old now. I also went when I was 17 and was denied by parent ins cuz I was too young, breasts could still grow, etc. I was so devastated. And I just learned to hide my size 32F the best I could. Twenty plus years later I decided to go bk after being in and out of physical therapy, chiropractors and still having pains in neck shoulders back. This time they approved rather quickly! I completely understand what u feel. Please don't give up if they deny. Continue to appeal if it's what u really want. Ur still young so go for it! Hopefully u hv already heard some news from them. Be patient. I'm sure it will be worth it. Good luck! (:
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I was a DDD and went to the B cup.   However I did have the drains for a short time.  You will feel amazing when this is done. 
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