After trying to get a reduction since 2005, I finally found the PS and office staff that would advocate for me to my insurance company successfully. I was armed with a current MRI that shows an arthritic spine and neck, documentation of 3 months of physical therapy, a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis and of course all the other stuff (like shoulder grooving) that comes along with having 38DDD (or larger) breasts.
The approval came approx 2.5 weeks following my initial visit to the PS office and we moved in on surgery plans right away. My choice of plastic surgeon stemmed from a few factors. 1. I found my PS on my insurance plan. 2. She is a seasoned PS with a degree from Harvard as well as lots of experience. 3. She is VERY meticulous! Every little detail matters and she takes her time.
Since I live alone, it was very important to prep my apartment for post op. Although I have an awesome friend who stayed with me the night of the surgery (12/29), she could not be here forever. I prepared some dishes and bought some nice foods to sort of pick at with lots of fiber and placed everything on the counter that I might need since you cannot put your arms over head level. Also, put clothes that I might be able to wear opening in the front, on a lower level in the closet. Baby wipes, plenty to drink, stuff to read, ect were also part of the prep.
Pre-op visit, I got my prescriptions so I could pre-fill, instructions on how to measure/document the fluid that comes from the tubes, and this is also the day she marked me up. This took at least 40 mins to an hour because she triple checks her measurements and the math involved in getting the perksters as identical as possible.
Day of surgery, I wasn't nervous too bad until everyone was discussing wheeling me back for surgery. BUT that's the last thing I remember until waking up with smaller boobies. :) My surgery was 8 hours due to my fantastic perfectionist PS. I asked for breasts that do not hang or bulge out on the sides. I also didn't want to be considered busty and told her that I wanted to be a full B or small C. Ask, and ye shall receive! I love them!!! The night of, I did need help with getting things and helping me up but I believe that may have more to do with the anesthesia. VERY WOBBLY! As soon as it wore off, I found that I could do most anything on my own. The following day, Lauren drove me to the PS office so the EXTREME post surgery dressings could get removed and I got to take a peek.
My back/neck pain is already relieved. I have full sensation in the left nipple but nothing in the right. I'm not concerned at all about this just yet though. I was sent home in a comfortable bra that they provided. This is day two. I am caring for myself and doing so with no problem. I am "over" the tubes and wish they could come out. (It doesn't help that my cat keeps trying to play with them) I can really feel the discomfort when my Vicodin wears off but it's not too terrible. Still no bowel movement and I DO have lots of bloating from the surgery but again, not concerned. One thing really cool that I noticed but did not expect is the skin between the breasts that seems to get wrinkly over time after sun damage and sleeping on your side with big boobs is SMOOTH AGAIN!!
I really do feel that I am 40 and now have a chest of a 20 year old again. So. Very. Happy! The only pic I have at the moment is a "before" but I will post some "afters" once I have healed more and feel comfortable taking the sports bra off.