More asymmetries than before surgery

This would have been worth it if it was done well....

This would have been worth it if it was done well. I just don't have good luck with dr's. I once again feel disfigured by a surgeon and will have to go through this again spending several more thousand dollars. Why aren't you dr's more caring and careful even after we give you our entire savings?

I wanted to go down to a small B from a D-DD and I'm a very large C. My initial concern was to remove several painful cysts but most may still be there. My insurance covered the surgery but I paid a very high deductible.

Both breasts are 2 different sizes to the point where I have to pad one side. They were asymmetrical before but not as obvious. The areola on the right is also larger now. I'm 2 weeks post op in these photos and feeling very defeated and upset knowing I'll most likely have to go through this ordeal all over again not covered by ins and somehow come up with the money.

I can really use some words of encouragement or advice. I have friends who were considering this surgery who are so excited to see me and I can only avoid them or I'll burst into tears if I show them.



I've gotten great referrals from a couple of you...

I've gotten great referrals from a couple of you and I thank you sincerely. I'm posting new photos about 9-10 mo's post op. Same shape, size, disasters. I've lifted my right arm to exhibit the issue though it was not easy, feels like my skin is going to rip so I avoid it most times.
Dr. Belinike seems to be the one to see but I'm very open to more referrals in the NYC vicinity. Thank you all!

Discomfort from large size.

Discomfort from large size.


Nov.3 2011: I went to see Dr. Christina Ahn today....

Nov.3 2011: I went to see Dr. Christina Ahn today. She spent a bit over an hour with me examining and thoroughly discussing my possibilities. Great insight and completely informative, she was great and I believe fully competent. Unfortunately, breast reduction revision provides more challenges and Dr. Abramson had already done damage. Blood flow to the nipple can be compromised in a second surgery. Great. But I'm thankful to have met an honest dr. with ethics and listening and communication skills. She prescribed me a mammo/sonogram before taking the next step. She felt some dense mass that raised concern. Wow, imagine that, a doctor with integrity who exhibits care! Such a rarity.

Hi everyone.....Really sorry for being MIA. I've...

Hi everyone.....Really sorry for being MIA. I've been a little apprehensive about updating my review because last I had posted I was overjoyed and couldn't have given a more glowing report of my revision. I don't feel the same as I did back in March/April. At this point of being 9 months post op, I'm pretty disappointed. Dr. Ahn is really great however A) she didn't remove enough tissue. I'm only maybe 20% smaller. I brought in several pictures to illustrate exactly what size I wanted. She convinced me that 80 grams would be enough. I later learn 80 grams is nothing. She proceeded to say that for my height and build, the size is right and that I don't want to be flat. Of course I don't want to be flat but there's a lot of sizes in between now and flat. B) My left breast is so oddly shaped, just like before, no different. My left nipple looks like it has an overbite and the bottom hangs like a double chin. The right breast is better but areola is still huge. The only positive is that the nipples are in the same line, one is not higher than the other. I have another follow up appt with her this week and I'm nervous about what to say. She's so sweet and nice, it makes it very difficult. I think she's probably terrific for primary surgeries, I'm not sure about revisions. I had a pretty shape originally and now I don't. Really not sure what to do. Have her revise it again? If she couldn't make a better shape out of that left breast, can she do it the second time? Spend several more thousands of dollars for a third surgery with someone else? This is so not what I bargained for when I chose to do this. By the time I'm done I could have bought a really nice house with all this money going down the drain. Sorry. I wish I had a better report. It was too soon for me to rave and rave as I had. My scars don't look so great but that's just the way I heal. The scars are pretty thick but I don't even care about the scars, never have. I really don't mind scars if they both looked the same and were pretty.

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Updated on 12 Oct 2011:Poor surgery. One breast is a full cup bigger than the other and one nipple is double the size of the other and furthermore, I'm not even much smaller in size. Awful experience.

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Thanks Fantasia. I'm 9 months post op. I feel nothing's going to change at this point with size or shape. I really don't think I'm still swollen. WIth pms I swell a bit but then it goes back to the same reg size I've become. I'm going to write stuff down, good idea, thanks. I always feel like I know what to say and then I freeze up and don't remember a thing once I'm there! Gives me such anxiety.
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Welcome to the club! You MUST go in with a list because then the PS knows you are not leaving w/o answer. I agree - at 9 mos. p.o. - swelling over.I'm too old for PMS, but that would only account for minor swelling. Good luck & stay strong!
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Wow Fantasia, you were totally right! I met with Dr. Ahn with a list today and she was so nice about it and said she'll do what she can do make me happier. Some things can't be controlled like healing since everyone heals differently and who knows what scar tissue will do. She tried advising against going smaller because I have such a wide base (my breasts do) that it can look like discs rather than project outward. She said the areolas can flatten. She basically ran down a list of risks. Not sure it's any different than typical protocol but I was pretty adamant that I can risk these things for a smaller size if the only other option is to settle with what I got to avoid those risks. I'm too far invested in so many ways. I absolutely hate having to do this again and being handicapped for 2 months. My lifestyle and line of work is pretty physically active. Such a bummer.
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Wow Fantasia, you were totally right! I met with Dr. Ahn with a list today and she was so nice about it and said she'll do what she can do make me happier. Some things can't be controlled like healing since everyone heals differently and who knows what scar tissue will do. She tried advising against going smaller because I have such a wide base (my breasts do) that it can look like discs rather than project outward. She said the areolas can flatten. She basically ran down a list of risks. Not sure it's any different than typical protocol but I was pretty adamant that I can risk these things for a smaller size if the only other option is to settle with what I got to avoid those risks. I'm too far invested in so many ways. I absolutely hate having to do this again and being handicapped for 2 months. My lifestyle and line of work is pretty physically active. Such a bummer.
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Each body style is different. I have a very narrow ribcage and my breasts were overpowering my build. It's a huge decision to go under the knife again w/the risks. Did you ask her if vaser lipo is an option? Much less recuperation.
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I also have a narrow ribcage and narrow shoulders. I've never been a candidate for vaser lipo. I have very dense breast tissue, not much fat. They're fibrocystic and hard as a rock. I wonder where my crappy karma comes from. I've never been so horrible to anyone to deserve this BS. 2 years ago I took my great looking but enormous and overbearing boobs to be reduced to a nice small perky size and 2 surgeries and several thousands dollars later I'm STILL struggling to reach that goal. Looks like by the end of it I may finally have small but VERY odd looking breasts and nipples. I've come too far to throw my hands up and say "Oh well, I guess I'm gonna live the rest of my life with these annoying big tits". Can't do it. Im willing to take the risk, whatever that is, to get this sh*t right.
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I am really sorry you are going through this. I know how depressing it can be after all the time, effort and money. I also have dense breasts but the vaser worked for me. The regular lipo would not have worked at all.
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How much was the vaser able to remove?
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First PS removed about 167 from ea breast, which is VERY little. Dr. Pozner removed almost that much from ea breast w/the vaser and made the shape better. When I had my 6 mos check-up I asked if he could take out a little more under lipo (not going under general again!) and he said I had to wait a full year (March 2013) because with a revision there ill be more swelling than if it had all been done at once. So, I will f/u in March,but even at present size, I am much happier than from the first surgery.
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Wow, I'm amazed you got that much out by vaser! Dr. Ahn didn't seem to think I could reduce much with vaser. Do you have a fibrocystic condition? I have it in spades. I should make sure she meant vaser and not regular lipo. Thanks Fantastic Fantasia!
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I do not have a fibrocystic condition; just density. I guess I did have enough fat tissue. He told me beforehand that he could remove about 100 cc from each, but ended up taking the 165 ea. (Is it cc's or grams?? never sure about that stuff). When I asked my first PS if she could do f/u lipo she said NO...BUT she did not use the vaser, which I found out later. I know that PS do not relish doing a 2nd surgery, but the vaser is safe...if you're a candidate for it.
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This is a MAJOR problem w/ps. They do what they think will look right on you and NOT what you ask for. I had same problem. She can reduce the areola under local, but probably not for a few months.Revisions are limited by the first surgery. My advice - write down everything and go over point by point. My regular GP told me that PS hate to have disappointed clients and will do their best to correct. You MUST be frank - I know the feeling of not wanting to hurt THEIR feelings,but it's YOUR money and your body. My original breast shape after first PS was boxy; second PS fixed that to a degree - overall looks much better...you're still swollen. Keep us posted.
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I'm so confused. Abby's last update, to whim everyone is replying, is (from what I can see) from November of LAST year. Is there a recent one?
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CK - There is an update from March 2012 and it looks like she's had the revision! Thanks for bringing that up!
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Abby: Nipple or areola reduction can be done post-op, or during any further surgeries. My first PS left my areola too large (why I don't know) but she did reduce them under local about 4 mos. post op. This site is great because it's important to find out who the good ones are, and who to stay away from.
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I'm so sorry you had such a horrible experience with Dr. Abramson. I wish I had seen more information on this when I was looking at Drs. I searched and actually see what I believe was your review on some review board. But now I can connect the dots. I'm very happy though that you now have found a new surgeon, who after all your pain and suffering, has been able to give you the results that you had hoped for from day 1.
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On the lighter side, did your Abbynormal name come from "Young Frankenstein?"
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Please try Dr Zachary Farris at The Montifero Medical Hospital In the bronx. He did mine and a couple of my friends. My breast is so perfect that after a couple of months I am still amazed everytime I look at my breast.
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I am soooo sorry that you have had a bad run with this , wether we get insurance or we have to pay for it our selfs makes no differance . The results should be the same. And if the surgeon can't do the job the he should get a new job . It's sadness me because we all have thought long and hard about getting such a huge op done we do not take it lightly , the is a lot to consider . Time off work , family . It is something that can take over a month to be back to yourself , and that a surgeon would make life more difficult for a women is very sad , I want to say he should be accountable and fix it but you would be terrified to let him touch you again . I wish you all the luck in the world that you find someone that you trust and love . Xxx
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I agree w/Symone. It's such a big step and if the results are not what we hoped for it can be depressing to say the least, not th mention the outlay of money if insurance didn't cover it (mine was self-pay). If you do any follow up work, I would suggest a different surgeon.
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just wondering if u decided to go ahead with the surgery and i hope it goes well for u
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Abby it says you updated your post but I can't find your update. I'm dying to know how you're doing!
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I've only heard good things about Dr. Ahn. My first ps didn't do such a hot job either - had vaser-lipo 6 months post-op by Dr. Jason Pozner who was wonderful. Wish I'd known about him first - would have saved a lot of money and stress. Best of luck going forward - we're all here for you.
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Hoping you are well, Abbynormal and that your expectations have been met! I'm hanging in there myself. I feel I'll need revision at some point later this year...again. I wish I'd known of Dr. Ahn 3 years ago :( I could have saved myself from the start (and my family) thousands of dollars in plastic surgery costs :(
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