Best Choice Ever! - New Hampshire

So I know I pretty much sound like a broken record...

So I know I pretty much sound like a broken record to all of you, but oh my lanta what a relief it is to find this site. There is so much going through my head about breast reduction that I can’t keep my head on straight.

I’m 20 years old, am 5’5, and about 150. In seventh grade I remember wishing that I wasn’t so flat-chested. Well, someone in the wishing world was listening and in eighth grade I went to a D. By freshman year I was a DD and by senior year I was a DDD (I take the wish back, seventh grade self, I take it back damn it!). Though I too discovered the beauty of European sized bras and I was a 32 FF in those. Though to my dismay, over the past two years I’ve gotten two sizes bigger. I’m currently a 32 GG, and in regular department stores I can squeeze into a DDD if I cross my fingers and ignore the parts that don’t fit very well. What happens when I get pregnant some day and they get even bigger? Or what if they just keep getting bigger regardless?

For years I have been so self-conscious. I’m sure all of you know how it feels, shopping trips that end up in tears, back and neck pain, and emotional distress beyond all reason. In college, one of my roommates told me she doesn’t care if I walk around not wearing around with a bra or not, she forgoes one all of the time. Well, pardon me, but are you kidding? I don’t think so, they can practically touch my toes if I try hard enough.

I’m done my junior year now in college and I’m going to be a senior. For a few years my mom has been urging me to go get a consultation. She’s in the same boat as me and has told me she has regretted not getting one. She’s 52, and I’m already a size bigger than her. I’ve been avoiding it for a while because I’m so young but it’s not like they’re going to go away or get any better. So, I sucked it up and went and had a consultation. The PS had his own private practice. He was nicer than I expected and actually told me that I was an ideal candidate, and not only that but my insurance company might actually cover it! Well hit me with a broom and call me Uncle Harry, that sure as hell wasn’t what I was expecting. Once I was out of the appointment, I also started to hear that with my specific company it will only take about 2 weeks to hear back! Since it’s a private practice, they started talking about how I’d even be able to schedule my surgery at the beginning of August.

So now obviously I’m FLOODED with questions. Am I too young for this? I’ve had a ton of things to think about – two of my aunts have had reductions and they’ve loved them and my mom is going to get one. It’s not like they’re gonna go away any time soon. What if they’re way too small afterwards and I regret getting rid of what I had? What if they don’t come out as great or as perfect as I thought they would, or they look awkward with my body.? I could go on and on. I’ve read so many posts on this website and it’s a comfort to hear what everyone has to say, and it’s also a comfort to know that I’m not alone, but now I have a huge decision to make and I need help.

Also, I'm not sure if I'm posting this correctly so bear with me..

So I heard back from my insurance company, and...

So I heard back from my insurance company, and they said they would cover it! As of right now, I'm pretty sure I'm going to through with it, and I'll be able to set a date when my PS comes back from vacation! I'm pretty excited, and about 300% nervous!

So I finally decided that I'm going to go through...

So I finally decided that I'm going to go through with it! My surgery is scheduled for July 23rd, and I'm very excited and very nervous! I feel like I have no idea what this is going to entail, what things I'm going to need to buy for it and I'm a bit overwhelmed!

Finally got it done! Day 2 now, pain is getting a...

Finally got it done! Day 2 now, pain is getting a little easier. I can't believe it's done!

So, yesterday I noticed that one small area around...

So, yesterday I noticed that one small area around my nipple was swollen and now a small piece of my nipple is sticking up, There's no visible hole and there were only two drops of blood that I saw in my bra from it....I called my PS and he said everything was fine, just put some neosporin and gauze over it. Did this happen to anyone else? Because I'm kind of wigged out because there's a part that's a little bit...detached. It's a little difficult to describe. There's only very minimal pain from it though, just a stinging sensation every once in a while.

Overall, this procedure was totally worth it. I'm...

Overall, this procedure was totally worth it. I'm about 3 weeks post-op and I still cannot believe how good my boobs look. The back pain is already almost completely gone! The best part about this though is the confidence I have now. It's incredible how great I feel about myself and I'm happy to say that I have zero regrets. Many thanks to this community; being able to see the many women who have gone through this, and all of the positive things they had to say helped me make the best choice of my life so far.

I'm about 6 weeks post-op and this morning I...

I'm about 6 weeks post-op and this morning I noticed a small blackened area underneath my right breast about the size of two pencil erasers. I'm a little uneasy about it. Has this happened to anyone else?
Dr. Bruce Topol

I had read that this PS was rated the best plastic surgeon many years in a row in NH. I hadn't known anyone personally who had gone to him but I heard through friends of friends that he did a great job. I would very highly recommend him. His bedside manner was excellent. Whenever I had any questions or concerns before and after surgery himself and his staff were excellent. There was never a wait when I went to see him. Overall, I had an excellent experience.

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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Might be a good idea to call your PS.
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I am so totally happy for you:)

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Thrilled that you are so happy, Ally! This procedure is so liberating!
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Hey Ally! Glad to hear that you made it and are doing well. Get plenty of rest and before you know it you will be back on your feet!
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You will do great Ally! There really isn't all that much you need to get ahead of time, I found that I actually had way too much and didn't use most of it. What I found essential was button front pajamas (they were so comfortable and so easy) gauze pads which I changed regularly, easy to digest foods, stool softeners like Docusate Sodium because pain meds are constipating, entertainment like DVDs, books, magazines, etc, antibacterial soap (I used this every shower from two weeks prior to surgery until at least 6 months post op and I didn't have one bit of infection)

With your surgery coming so quickly you won't have too much time to freak out and soon those GGs will be just a memory.
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Thanks! I'm blown away that it took only about a week and a half for them to get back to me! In the beginning of July I'll go back and set a date for the surgery; it seems like everything is happening so fast!
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300% nervous? I'd say you are doing pretty well then!!

Congrats on the approval!
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Your doubts and worries are totally normal. I was a 34H and I'm a 34DD now. My PS took me down to the size that he thought he could safely get me to in order to maintain sensation and circulation, and at a DD I'm certainly still curvy, I'm just much more comfortable. The lift really does help with the strain on your back and shoulders. Look at the pictures from the PS, give it lots of thought. When you are ready you will know it. I'll be thinking of you
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Thanks for commenting! I'm glad too, though I still need to look at pictures of his work just to make sure I've made the best choice. He's been rated the best in NH for multiple years, but maybe I'd feel a little better about the whole thing if I could see what he's done. My mom's right behind me! She plans on having her consultation when I go back to school in the fall.

I do feel awkward with the chest size I am now. If they actually sat up where they were supposed to and didn't sag I wouldn't be considering the BR. Since they don't I just feel so burdened all the time -- I'm 20, I shouldn't have to have boobs that sag like I'm ten years older.

I'm having difficulties with feeling guilty about getting the surgery. If I get it will it feel like I've given up on my body? I'll supposedly be going down to a C or a D, most likely a C. When the PS told me that I think I got a few shades whiter. It's not like I abhor my chest now and I love being curvy...but when I think about how things could be if I got it done, the pros (as of right now) seem to outweigh the cons. Am I the only one having this much difficulty making a decision, and should that be an indicator that maybe I'm making the wrong choice? Or am I over-analyzing everything?
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Hi Ally! Thanks for your review. I'm so glad you found a doctor you like. Sounds like you and your mom should just share a recovery room!!

I can tell you from my experience that I don't regret it one bit, except that I wish I had done it 20 years ago when I was your age, so I don't think you are too young. I doubt you will be too little. Right after surgery, I thought I looked soooo small, but I'm actually a DD...and wish I was smaller. That seems to be the case a lot, if someone is a bit dissatisfied with their size it is generally because they tend to be too big still. I doubt if they will look awkward on your body, and besides, don't you already feel awkward with your GGs? And while there is a chance that they won't look perfect to you, you need to remember that they don't look perfect now either, but will the quality of the rest of your life be better for having had the surgery? My new breasts certainly aren't perfect, but I think they are pretty stinkin' awesome and I love the confidence and freedom I now have :-)
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Welcome to RealSelf.

You are feeling and going through what we have all gone through with this process.  All normal feelings and questions.   I assure you that you are doing the right thing.  You are miserable with your breasts and they have haunted you for years.  The simple fact that you are thinking about this surgery is your answer:)

Keep your chin up and focus on the positive.  I can tell you that this is the best thing I have ever done for myself and would do it all over again if needed.  

You are going to find awesome support here on the site and I know all of the ladies will help you though this process.  

Keep posting and join in on some of the forums as well.  Here is a link for you to check out and make some connections.  Breast Reduction Forums

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Thanks for the encouragement; it's so good to hear and read about everyone saying that it's the best choice that they have made. I love this site and it's great to finally talk to women who have gone through the same thing, because I know I'm going to need help sorting through all of the worries that I've been having :)
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Well the worries are all a part of this process but we are all here to support you:)

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