Dreaming of Small Tata's - San Jose, CA

I have been reading and gathering info from your...

I have been reading and gathering info from your wonderful site for a few months . Ladies you sound so positive and happy . I hope to be able to report something positive soon. So I am 54 and have tried once before about 6 years ago for breast reduction . But my insurance refused to pay.I think it was Aetna . So here I am again waiting on an answer from Blue Shield of CA PPO . I have a lot more documented evidence that I need it this time . I have been "blessed" with big boobies since a young girl 36C . I am now a 42G . Can anyone whose insurance paid for their surgery tell me about how long it takes for them to answer? My PS has been very helpful so far and seems to think I will have no problem .Anyhow at least I am in the waiting process. Its taken so long to get to this point . Thanks for this wonderful place where I can read about women who have been where I am that gives me courage and hope .

Trying to be patient and wait to hear from my insurance. It's not easy ladies . Especially after reading your stories and seeing your before and after pics? At least I will know what to expect when my time finally gets here. In the mean time I will keep reading and dreaming of buying smaller and prettier bras.
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I had some type of Blue Cross and the PS office called me within a couple days that I'd been approved. If you haven't heard from Blue Cross or your PS for awhile-keep calling so they'll look at your documents and approve this life changing surgery. The greasy wheel gets the grease.
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I hope I don't have to wait too long Happy with Smaller. Thanks for giving me encouragement. I will def stay on top of things .
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I am still waiting on my insurance to approve my...

I am still waiting on my insurance to approve my surgery :(
I have Blue Cross PPO and my doctor's office submitted my pix and infor and I was approved overnight. I would keep bugging your PS office to see what they've heard. It's a great thing. I'm so happy w/my results and no more shoulder, back or neck pain. Good luck and I hope you get the good news you're waiting for soon.
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Thank you Perkysets .It has been a week now .I'm not sure if that's good news or not. I will check tomorrow .
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Why is it that Drs. would do shoulder surgery without taking care of what was causing the problem-your big heavy load up front? It relieves so many problems yet Drs. don't seem to be referring their patients to get to the bottom of the problem? How much longer until your BR sugery?
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Still waiting for the insurance company's response...

Still waiting for the insurance company's response. I spoke with Donna at Dr. Lepore's office yesterday who said its normally 2 weeks at least before they hear from them. I am just antsy about being rejected . I just want to have the BR surgery scheduled so I can get it over with. Hopefully by this time next week I will have some news. In the mean time I am reading all the ladies posts and getting educated on what to expect.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that you get an approval from your insurance co. soon.
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Thanks Happy with Smaller ...trying to stay positive.
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Looking at your pictures reminds me of my pictures. I wonder if you'll be wanting a TT after you get the girls down to size and you can see what's below them. I had no idea I had THAT thick of a middle until after my BR and I could finally see the rolls (I didn't see any rolls on your pictures) and decided I didn't want to see the rolls or thick middle.
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I am feeling VERY frustrated tonight. So I've been...

I am feeling VERY frustrated tonight. So I've been waiting on my insurance to approve my BR and today I get a letter from them stating I don't need prior authorization buy they don't guarantee payment until the claim has been received and viewed for Medical necessity and eligibility. Can anyone help me understand this ?
I think that is something you need to call your Insurance about, they explain it very well My approval letter stated that I was approved but that payment was not guaranteed, but they did pay Thank God i also have Blue Cross & Blue Shield Good luck I'm sure you will be covered
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Ladies I have been approved by my insurance!!!!!! ...

Ladies I have been approved by my insurance!!!!!! I will know more tomorrow about when my surgery will be . Hope its soon

So my insurance will pay for my BR. My question is...

So my insurance will pay for my BR. My question is will I have to pay my deductible before my surgery ?
I wouldn't be surprised if you have to pay because I had a health reimbursement account (when I did my BR) where I presented the EOB from my insurance co saying what they would pay to my plan administrator and they'd pay me and I'd pay the bill. With my BR I still had about $2900 to draw from that acct (before the insurance picked up 100%) and the PS office made me pay them that money up front since they said I'd be getting reimbursed right from my health reimbursement plan. I never had that happen with any other place before. I guess they can't repo PS so they want their money up front. Good luck.
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That's what I thought . I will gladly pay that amount.I think mine will be 2500.00 to get some relief. Just do thankful that my ins agreed to pay.
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Hope you can get it all worked out soon so you can follow me on the journey to the flatside.
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So lovely ladies I will be having my surgery in...

So lovely ladies I will be having my surgery in April.!!!!! I will have an exact date next week. Now when I say I am over the moon with excitement I'm not exaggerating :-) I have hoped and prayed and labourer with my insurance for sooooo long .And now its happening! Thanks t:o everyone who has gone through it , I am prepared for what's coming. Now the actual pain I am not prepared for .But it will be okay.In April I will be posting about the healing process. Just so stinking excited :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

I am so confused on what size surgical bras to get...

I am so confused on what size surgical bras to get. I have been shopping online and have found some I like . But not sure what size . Right now I am wearing a 38G to a 40G depending on the brand. I want to be a C but not sure if PS will take me that small. He says a D. Please any help anyone can give me will be appreciated . This is causing me more anxiety than the surgery. Ugh!!!!
PS told me to buy sports bras for the compression. Also you will have your compression garmet they want you in to make sure everything settles down correctly. I was a 46DDD before and 46C now (after Oct BR) and it's wonderful. Keep us posted on your up coming surgery. It's fabulous since you have instant relief.
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I'm using a xl and l surgical bra and I was a 34i and now around a c-d cup although swelling is making me a bit bigger. Definitely ask your surgeon they may have a better idea.
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Thank You Kaderock ....how are you feeling ?
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I got the call this morning .... surgery date is...

I got the call this morning .... surgery date is April 15!!!!!! Wow! I can't believe its finally happening! I have wanted this for a very long time. Pre-op is April 10. Gotta get things ready. I ordered 2 more surgical bras .

So I found out today that my surgery will be done...

So I found out today that my surgery will be done in the hospital because of my insurance paying. Will I have to stay over night or go home that evening? Anybody else go through this ?
Yes went thru the same thing because of the insurance. I recently had TT at the PS surgical center and loved all the one on one care but if you want the insurance to pay (and we all do) you have to jump thru their hoops. Hope to see lots of "after pictures" after April 15th.
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My insurance did the same thing by making me have it at a hospital and making me stay overnight. Trust me, thats a good idea because the nurses will take xomplete care of you on that first night and you will be thankful. Before you leave the will most likely fit you with a surgical bra and give you a spare for when one is in the was. I wouldnt suggest you go out and spend alot of money on bras yet because you dont even know what size you are going to be yet. Ok, you mentioned you are a 42G....i was a 42J. You should go to walmart or target and buy a fruit of the loom sports bra in a 44. It doesnt specify a cup size but it fits like a D and even if the make you a C cup you will be swollen. Even though you are a 42 with the swelling, the last thing you want is for the bra to be too tight because you will be uncomfortable enough. The fruit of the loom sports bra is a front closure and is $9.99. I got one in black and one in white. Of course you will want to wear the surgical bra first BUT if its uncomfotable or like me have an allergic reaction, you need a back up. And do what i did, that ace bandage that you will up from surger in ...take it home with you! Because i am sitting wrapped up in my right now. Also buy some large panty lines without wings. You can put it between your boob and the bra. You incision line will be super sensitive and the band on the bra may rub against it. Also buy some hydrocortisone cream and some bacitracin ointment to put on your incision line once the stitches come out. Get some palmers vitman e oil, scar gel, and sillicone sheets to help with minimizing scars. Get some front button pj's and a couple of zip or button front shirts to wear around the house and to post op appointments. Buy some slip on shoes because you will not be able to bend over because it will hurt your boobs and you dont want a bunc of blood rushing to tham and then swell up and be hurting. I will be praying for you that your surgery goes well and you have a quick healing time. Good luck girl. I will be watching for your updates.
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Thanks for all the info Chibbey I can always send the bras back that I ordered . I am taking them with me on my pre-op appt. to see if they are OK. Where do I buy the silicone sheets ? Getting my scar gel this week. Got the panty liners. First time I've bought them since I was in my 20's . I had a hysterectomy at 28 . I am so glad you've gotten over to the little side :-) Not too much longer for me . Yay!!!
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So I'm trying to get everything ready . I go for...

So I'm trying to get everything ready . I go for pre-op on the 10. Guess I will know more then . This is my problem and I know you ladies will know what to tell me . I live in a Townhouse. When I enter my home I have to go up 13 stairs to get to my living area. I have a big comfy recliner but no bathroom on this level. Then 13 more stairs to my bedrooms and bathrooms. Where do you suggest I stay and sleep ? Walking up the stairs will definitely give me the walking I need during recovery. From reading I can understand that I will be exhausted. What to do ? HELP!!!!
Good luck!!
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I can honestly say I only felt weak and really crappy for 1-1/2 days. I got up and moved around every 1-2 hours just like ps said. Walking doesn't hurt, moving your arms around too much is what really bothered me. Good luck and remember this is a wonderful thing you are doing for yourself and you will be SO HAPPY
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Thank you me950.
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Well my pre-op went pretty good . He says he will...

Well my pre-op went pretty good . He says he will do his best for me . But will make sure he preserves the blood flow to the nipples and breast tissue. I am okay with it now . Everything will turn out as it should for my good . I believe in the power of prayer and I have prayed over the surgery, the surgeon and the outcome . I am very excited and hope the next few days fly by .
Don't worry you will be fine, I am 7 days post op and also have stairs in my house. I have a recliner downstairs but preferred my own bed with lots of pillows. The weight off my shoulders and back was immediate and I'm so happy about that:) the only issue I had was the constipation!!!! The colace pills didn't work for me so I drank natural psyllium husk, worked wonders!! You are going to be so so happy when you wake up and feel so light up top:)
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So I'm all set for Monday . Got the calls from the...

So I'm all set for Monday . Got the calls from the hospital and should talk to the anesthesiologist Sunday night . All of my prescriptions are filled . I am just so ready!!!! I still can't believe it! I have wanted this for soooo long . And I love this group of amazing women . I have always wanted to be in the itty bitty titty club
Wishing you all the best on Monday! See you on the other side :)
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Thank you Bev . I can't believe its finally happening.
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Good luck to you on Monday! I pray that all goes well.
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Today is the last day to carry around this heavy...

Today is the last day to carry around this heavy load . I hate to seem ungrateful . I know a lot of women who lost their breasts to cancer . And believe me when I say I am thankful for healthy breasts. But I just don't NEED them to be this big . And I don't know where they came from because my mother and my sister were both small boobied. My mom is deceased but she used to joke about her being so small and me being so large . My sister is 5'7 and 120 lbs .soaking wet. I have always envied her. So she really doesn't understand why I want and need this surgery. No one really does. And that is why I'm so glad I found this group of women who are supportive and can relate to why I feel this is a necessary surgery for me . I go in bright and early tomorrow morning at 5:30 . I am at peace with my decision . I am not scared ... I have waited so long and now its my turn . Thank you for all the encouragement, prayers and information. You ladies ROCK!!!
Good luck tomorrow and sending healing thoughts your way:) your going to love your new boobies:))
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Thank you suns4me . I am ready . I feel so positive about it .
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Good luck tomorrow! Sending you good thoughts.
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I am finally on the smaller side. Not sure how...

I am finally on the smaller side. Not sure how small yet because of the bandages. Surgery went well . I wasn't nervous when I went it . They gave me this heated gown which I wanted to bring home with me:-) Dr. Came in and marked me and I chose my nipple size . They took me back to the surgery room and I laid down on the table put they put oxygen mask on my face and I woke up in recovery. It went Pretty smooth. No vomiting or nausea because of the patch behind my ear. My sweet hubs has taken good care of me :-) My pain level has been a one all day .I am taking my poo pills with my pain meds. Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes. Going to sleep now
Looking good girl! Are you wearing a Cami? SO pretty!
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The PS put me in this at the hospital. I really like it too.
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You look great. Get your rest and take care
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I cannot believe how good I feel!!! I am having...

I cannot believe how good I feel!!! I am having some zingers and nipple sensation .Very happy the nipples have feeling already. Other than feeling exhausted I feel great. I finally went poo . That was a major hurtle. Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes. Can't wait to take a shower.

Going for my first post-op appointment today at...

Going for my first post-op appointment today at 3:30. He said he would remove the drains:-) :-) :-) :-) This will be my first look at my little boobies :-) Very excited !!!

The drains are out!!! Dr. Said he took over 500...

The drains are out!!! Dr. Said he took over 500 in the left breast and 450 in the right. They are bruised but I think they are lovely . Dr. Said there's still a lot of swelling . Good news is I can take a shower.I will post pics.Thanks to all you wonderful encouragers and prayer warriors.You are truly awesome!!!
You look wonderful. I'm so happy your in the no more back and neck pain club:-)
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Thanks girly...girl . I am so glad I did it . I just keep looking at them . I asked the dr today are these really mine ? And can I keep them ? Lol
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Good for you, my drains didn't hurt when he took them out and they were in there for 10 days. I think the drains help prevent all the swelling. I am so glad I had them because they drained tons. Isn't this a wonderful operation!!
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Day 4 of post-op and feeling great! I haven't had...

Day 4 of post-op and feeling great! I haven't had a pain pill since 2:00 AM . Dealing with soreness.But nothing I can't handle . My first shower will be today :-) Can't wait to wash my hair:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) I still keep looking at my perky set ...still in awe of how cute they are.

Sooooo the zingers started this evening right...

Sooooo the zingers started this evening right after my first shower.... all I can say is OUCH!!!
So happy for u
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Thank you excited2max...
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It's wonderful that you are so happy and your post-op is beautiful!!
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5 days post-op and the itching begins!!!! ...

5 days post-op and the itching begins!!!! Benadryl will be my best friend today :-) I have a lot of sensation in my breasts now . Last night the zingers were off the chain !!! I guess that just means everything is healing nicely . So far ladies my journey to smaller tata's has been pretty easy . I am thankful for no setbacks at this point.
Positive attitude always helps! LOL and some good drugs....
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Aww thank you excited . That is a great compliment for someone to recognize the spirit of joy and peace that lives on the inside of me. I do try to live what I speak. I must say its a joy to have met you thru this forum . Cyber hugs yo you .
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Ladies I have a question ... my PS told told me to...

Ladies I have a question ... my PS told told me to use neosporin on my nipples and cover with a gauze pad.But what about the incisions underneath and along the side ?What's the best and most comfortable thing you used?
You looks awesome!! :)
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Thank you BooBGone :-) Its still hard to believe they're mine for keeps.lol
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I am one week post-op today and am starting to...

I am one week post-op today and am starting to feel myself again. Very little swelling and bruising seems to be better .Incisions are still tender . But I think this has gone pretty good . Very happy with my boobies.
UR BOOBS ARE HEALING REALLY WELL. WOW!!!!
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I have such a good feeling about my body now. My posture is better and I feel so much about myself. My husband even noticed my new demeanor. Who knew 4.2 pounds could make such a difference.o
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I believe much of the effect is psychological not physical. The mind and the body are connected.
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I wanted to share something . You know a lot of...

I wanted to share something . You know a lot of people talk about those of us who choose this surgery. They think we are vain . But for me it has helped me in more that just smaller breasts . I have struggled for about 8 years with neck stiffness and incredible neck and shoulder pain . My surgeon has suggested cervical fusion to help alleviate the pain , but I've been too scared to have it done . I did have shoulder surgery because I had lost the use of my arm and the shoulder surgery helped that . But since having my reduction I haven't had pain! And I can now move my head from side to side and look over both my shoulders without turning my entire body around . So for me this was a win win for me . I ended up with the breasts I wanted and my neck now moves normally .
So day 11 post-op and I met some girlfriends to chat . And now I am exhausted.Its just crazy how easily I get tired from doing nothing . But the best part is my bruising is going away and I am loving my small ones more and more :-) :-) :-)
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I get exhausted too! And I'm normally very active. I was winded yesterday from walking 2 blocks. All if energy in my body is going towards healing.
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Kaye_VK for me the surgery has not been difficult . But I do find I rest more often . And I guess it is taking everything we have to heal . So we must listen to our bodies, rest and eat healthy .
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I'm 12 days out and still sore . How long does...

I'm 12 days out and still sore . How long does the soreness last ? My hubs and me went shopping today and I wanted a nap when I got home. But I am feeling so good :-)
Hi glad things are going well for you overall! I have a feeling we'll be sore awhile. One area where I wish I spoke up was the size of my areola- they look so much smaller!
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I chose the medium size areola . I am anxious to see my PS tomorrow to see what he says.
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Good Luck!
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2 weeks post-op and I see my PS today . I am...

2 weeks post-op and I see my PS today . I am feeling great! I've had no problems . Except for being sore and a little fatigue I feel like myself again.

The stitches are out and everything looks great ....

The stitches are out and everything looks great . Got the go ahead to massage the little ones and use the scar treatment. What a relief to have the stitches out .

Ladies what is the best thing you used on your...

Ladies what is the best thing you used on your scars ? Silicon gel sheeting or something else?
Glad ur feeling awwesome
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Thank you :-)
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I haven't had my surgery yet, but I have been doing my research on scarring. Not to sound like a hippie, but I am much more of a natural type when it comes to this type of stuff. Obviously it's hard to find something 100% natural or organic, so that's why I am going to do my best with using coconut oil, tea tree oil, and this cream I bought called Thentix. These can only be used once the wound has fully healed and it closed up, as with most creams. Guess I'll be finding out soon enough if they work!
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Ladies when did you start using your scar products...

Ladies when did you start using your scar products ? And when did you start? And what worked best for you ?

So today it seems like I did too much and tonight...

So today it seems like I did too much and tonight I am paying for it . Swollen achy breasts . Lesson learned .... tomorrow rest and more rest .
That was me yesterday.....swollen and achy today, so I rested more and iced a lot! Hang in there! We gotta remember to take care of ourselves!
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I was rejected by Aetna too, in my twenties. So happy you found a different company!
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I guess it just wasn't the right time for me then .Still can't believe I have had the surgery . It was like winning the lottery to me :-)
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While I am doing good with my recovery at 19 days...

While I am doing good with my recovery at 19 days Post-op I am very sore and my nipples are very sensitive . I can only guess that this will improve as the weeks go by. If not I will be one cranky little boobed lady . I have read some of the questions to the PS here on real self about the soreness and wound care, and I could not be more confused. I think I need to stop reading so much lol

So ladies it looks like I have used all of my available space on my profile to update . I would liked to have been able to post more pics . Had I realized that , I would have been more careful . Oh well that's what happens when I talk too much .

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Its 24 days post op and I am feeling like myself again . The soreness isn't completely gone but its slowly going away . The fatigue I have is crazy . I tire very easily . It might be my age .lol I just listen to my body and nap . The best decision I've ever made for "Me" :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

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Good to hear you're feeling better. I know I sound like a broken record, but breast tissue is so hormonally reactive that I wonder if removing so much has caused a hormonal imblance and that is what's making you feel fatigued. Eat a few organic rib eyes and see if that helps. Just sayin'. I'm not a doctor just a bit of a know it all. LOL
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I am 4 weeks post op and I feel so blessed to...

I am 4 weeks post op and I feel so blessed to have this surgery and have healed with no problems . I am now back to walking. Very little soreness , hardly any zingers and my energy level has improved . I waited so long for this . And I haven't regretted my decision for this surgery one time . I know I need to lose weight and work on my tummy . But I'm already on it! My reduction wasn't huge . Total of 3 lbs was taken . From a 40G to a 38 D . They are perfect for my body and I am thankful every time I look at them . My advice to any lady contemplating this surgery is , you will know when your ready . And if you love what you already have that is good too. Its all about our personal choice and what we need individually. Don't let anyone talk you into it .... and don't let anyone talk you out of it if that is your choice . Because we only have this one life ,so live it to the fullest . I know I am :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
Thanks so much for sharing your story. I have bad a fusion surgery in my neck and am looking at possibly another one. I'm hoping that I can have a consultation with a breast surgeon soon to discuss a reduction instead of another fusion surgery. My referral for the breast surgeon was denied cuz of my weight. I am 5'7" and approx 220 lbs. meeting with my GP to discuss options for referral.
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Even with your neck surgery your ins. has denied you? That is ridiculous ! If you have a PS who really cares about you he can help you . I was denied 6 years ago because there wasn't enough documentation that it was medically necessary. So I felt defeated. Since then I have different ins. And live in a different state . Plus I had my orthopedic surgeon write a letter on my behalf and my PCP did also . I was approved in 2 weeks . I was shocked and excited. I was terrified it would be canceled. They only agreed to it if I had it within the month it was approved . Which was great for me because I only had to wait 2 weeks until my surgery . As far as your weight goes , there are women who weigh more than you who get breast reductions . But you are saying that the breast surgeon refused you ? Wow ! I am praying that your dr. refers you to the BEST breast surgeon in your area or where ever you need to go for your. surgery . I can't imagine one fusion on my neck but you are facing a second ! My surgery has eliminated my neck pain and I have full movement now .
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Hi glittergal, Sorry if my post was confusing. I have Kaiser Permanente insurance. My PCP did send a referral to the breast surgeon. The referral from my PCP was denied cuz of my weight and BMI. I have an appt with my PCP tomorrow to discuss the referral. I know women a lot heavier than me who have had it done. I am a 40G and that alone should be enough for a referral! haha. I suffer from migraines as well and have read some blogs where the surgery might also help that. So between my ruptured disc, previous cervical fusion, I am hoping my PCP can get the referral to go through.
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splitting stitches

Ladies I am 31 days post op and have had no problems . However this evening I found an internal stitch peeking out under my breast . What do I do ? Its just starting so is there anything I need to do ? I am assuming this is normal ? Most of my scabs are off . But I haven't been using anything under my breasts since surgery . I've just been showering and making sure they're dry . Any advice would be appreciated :-).
You are looking great. I had my BR back in October 2012. My scars are quickly blending in with their surroundings. I have used bio oil a couple times a dat all over. I've also used paper tape on my vertical scars for. Day 1. I still wear tape on my vertical incisions as it aids in healing (moisture?). My PS has been very pleased with my scars healing. I had lipo back in April (trying to reduce a bit more) and that scar now has tape on them. I think moisture is the key. Tape, silicon, moisturizer. All help. Oh I also took and still due mega Vitamin C tablets.
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Thanks kat.
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It's incredibly frustrating to say the least. I know of a few people who have had the surgery and they weigh much more than I do. The stupid thing is in January I started weight watchers and lost 13 lbs in 2 months. Then I ruptured the stupid disc in my neck and wasn't able to stand much longer than 5 minutes to even cook and fast food became the norm. My PCP wrote a letter with his referral. I wonder if I should ask my OB/GYN and the Dr who will be doing the spinal injection to also write a letter?
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5 weeks post op!

Here I am 5 weeks post op and I am still dealing with this exhaustion! Ugh!!!! I'm not even sure its all from my surgery now . I have a very sore hard spot in my left breast that isn't softening up . I called my dr this morning and I see him tomorrow. Has anyone else experienced this ? He did more work on lefty so I'm hoping it has something to do with that . Other than that and being tired my breasts are healing good . The scars look good . My right breast has softened up but the left one hasn't . I know that healing takes time .
My right has hard as a rock section he said its common and takes6-12 months< he said some need a little surgery to remove the fatty tissue but he doubts that's going to be needed in my case,it takes longer for some,my friend had hers 3 months before me and still has a hard spot so don't worry its not uncommon . I haven't had any caffeine at all since my surgery so its not that...I'm still sore and tire easy also but we had a major surgery...and always try to do to much to soon, good luck you look great,,,I love love mine!!!!
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Oh and I will be 12 weeks Wednesday coming . better each day!
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Thanks natalierw:-) I have to remind myself I'm not a young chick anymore:-) :-) And this is major surgery . It helps to know someone has some of the same issues.
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Nothing to worry about :-) :-) :-)

I saw my PS today about the hard spot in my left breast and he said it was normal . He says sometimes it takes months for certain areas to soften up . So relieved about that :-). He took my after pictures today and doesn't plan to see me again until November . Unless I have a problem . I asked him about how some ladies breasts split and he said not to worry because mine wouldn't . I hope he's right :-) So I don't have anymore scanning . My scars look good and I can buy a real bra now . He also pulled the two stitches out under my breasts . I am excited to not be sore and not be tired . And that will come in time . Also very excited to report my XL surgical bra is loose now . So I won't be wearing that anymore :-) :-) :-) Thanks for all your prayers. I feel like I am over a huge hurdle today :-)

My surgeon is a rock star!

And by the way ... did I say my surgeon is a ROCKS STAR ?! Because He Is!!! :-) :-) :-) I couldn't be happier. Now I think I'll take a nap :-)
Your boobs look great. I would be very happy if I was left with that size. I am a 36g and was hpoing for a full c, but you're reduction size looks perfect. I'm also getting the lipo under the arm pit......and added a tt lol. Surgery is next week. Happy Healing
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Thank you JF :-) I am very pleased with my size . I am still getting used to them . I ask for a C cup but he said that would be too small for my frame . And he was right . So I can live with a D :-) I wish I had gotten the tt too. Man the things that are revealed when the boobs are gone and you can see what's underneath :-) :-) :-) Praying your surgery goes well . Its so worth the soreness and achy feelings that goes along with the BR . I will be following your journey . Next week will be here soon!
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Hi Glittergal, Thanks for your kind post to my review. You look amazing! Congratulations and happy shopping - summer is around the corner - it'll be even better!! I'll try to post some 7mo pictures soon. Take care.
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cup size

ladies I went to Macy's today and they measured me and right now I am a 36DD . But that's OK . He told me I wouldn't be a C . Because it would compromise the blood flow . In the months to come I hope to be a D :-) The lady at Macy's was very impressed and commented that I was so brave to have the surgery. All in all I feel pretty darn happy :-). And as a bonus to my day our 7th grandchild was born this morning :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) I'm a pretty blessed Glam/Maw today .
wowwwwwwwwwwww...i am so happy for you! (i love the new cami too.loll) your journey will be an inspiration for many..
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Awe thank you Maddy :-)
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Glam Ma...Love it!!!
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6 weeks postop this coming Monday ....

Some days I look at my breasts and think they're still big ....then I look at my before pictures and realize they're the perfect size for me .
I'm almost 3 weeks post op, I'm 19 and weigh 120 pounds-most of which seemed to be from my girls xD I started off as a DDD and I should be around the B/C range. Reading your story has helped get me through this whole thing! I am so excited for you, and I hope that things only keep getting better and better for you in the future. By the way, you look great!
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Thank you Shelby :-) I'm so happy I could encourage you through your BR journey . This is truly a life changing decision . And with you being 19 you have your whole life ahead of you . Living that life without the burden of heavy painful breasts will be so wonderful for you . I wish I had done mine sooner... but it just wasn't meant to be . Because as you read I was rejected 6 years ago by my insurance and couldn't afford to pay out of pocket. But I now have smaller tata's and feel soooo much better. Best of luck to you Shelby and enjoy your wonderful life :-) :-) :-) :-) God Bless You!
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You look amazing!
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7 weeks postop

Loving my new shape

I love the way my breasts have taken a softer more feminine look instead of the boxy shape they were after surgery . At times I would be disappointed that my breasts were so boxy .I would look at other ladies pictures and their breasts looked so pretty right out of surgery .Mine did not . But they have dropped and fluffed into beautiful little jewels.And I am so pleased:-) :-) :-)
You look really fantastic! Your beautiful smile says everything about how wonderful this surgery is.
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Thank you deka21 :-) That means a lot . This surgery has changed everything for me . At 54 I thought I had lived my best years 20 years ago . But having this BR has given me more freedom to wear beautiful things and have confidence wearing them . It really is the best thing ever.I hope you're doing well also .
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You look amazing! I'm having surgery in 6 days and seeing your positive posts really help. Thank you!
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First time in over 15 years ...

I am being very brave at age 54 ... but I am also very proud that I can post the picture of me in my first swimsuit after 15 years of hiding under overly large clothes . This is a milestone for me . I was horrified to try it on in the dressing room . There's no where to hide under those lights . So I did buy it and plan to wear it to the pool this summer. All because of my BR . It has given me so much confidence .It really has changed how I see myself in a positive way . So ladies if you're considering a BR please don't let fear hold you back . It truly is worth it:-) :-) :-)
Bathing suit shopping as never been so fun! You look great, congrats!
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Thank you notso:-) :-) :-)
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Look at you, rockin' the swimsuit :) You look fab! Isn't it just wonderful all the unexpected perks of this procedure? The instant confidence boost, the freedom to be as active as we want, the weight loss that seems to happen to most of us (well, I enjoy it. At the time of the surgery I could do with loosing a few pounds and inches), and yes - looking fab in clothes we wouldn't wear for love nor money before the BR.
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Swimsuit weather...

You look fantabulous!!! And go girl....you're rocking that swimsuit! You look really great, and I am super proud of you! I agree with you. A BR is a scary, but sooooo awesome and worth it, change in our life!
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Glitter - you look incredible!! Love that bathingsuit on you.
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Thanks Swim girl :-). First time I've had a bathing suit on in 15 years .
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concerned about a nodule

Ladies I have found a nodule in my left breast that's feels different from the hard spots I have . I have called my PS and am scheduled to see him on July 2 because I go to see my new grand angel next week . Has anyone else had anything like this? I am close to 9 weeks postop. It has me a little concerned .
Thank you for sharing, I'm inspired by your story. It's nice to see someone who is not in their twenties healing so nicely, good for you for taking care of yourself. You look great, really great. I'm happy for you, Your story makes me even more excited about my decision. Thank you again!
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I appreciate your sweet compliments. I am so happy :-) I was reminded this week that I don't stress over my breasts anymore when I go out . I always dreaded it . Trying to camouflage them when I went places. But now I don't give it a second thought . A wonderful feeling . Best of luck with your journey . Keep us posted on how you're doing .
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How are you doing? Did you get the nodule checked out? Hope you are enjoying your sweet new grand baby!
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Giving away gently used surgical bras

Hi lovely ladies :-). It's been a while since my last update . I have been busy :-) :-) :-) My 5 year old grandson just went home after spending 5 weeks with us . I spent a week with my son and wife and their beautiful new baby boy in Ohio . And 2 weeks in WV with my oldest son ,his wife and 2 children . I returned home this past Sunday and am still recuperating .lol Anyhoo... I am doing great!!! My reduction was April 15,2013. My breasts are lovely and I feel wonderful . I still get a zinger occasionally .But nothing major. And I have spent a lot of time at the pool this summer . My confidence is over the top!!! So I'm hoping this doesn't sound weird but if anyone is getting ready for their BR and need surgical bras I have three. I wore them for a few weeks but they are in great condition .There are 2 black ...one is the Marena surgical bra size XL ...another black one Isavela size large ...a beige one Isavela size XL . There is no charge and I will pay shipping to anywhere in the US. If you are interested inbox me a message with your info . I know they're used.But sometimes we don't always have the money to pay for bras. They aren't stained or anything . Just a thought . If no one wants them I will find somewhere to donate them . Blessings sweet ladies and happy healing.
You look great! It was so nice of you to donate your bras! Oh, and your body looks great too. :)
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Well look at you!!! You look amazing! I was just telling a friend who asked how I was feeling (2 weeks post op) my only regret is not doing this 10 years ago!
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Hi Glitter, I want to thank you again for the bras, they are awesome, please post new pictures, I think you look fantastic, hope yoor good vibes are on the bras and my new boobs look great too, 2 days to go, see you soon on the other side!
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5 months post op

Hi lovely ladies :-) Its been a while since my last update . So I am posting a picture of me at 5 months postop . I am doing good . But I am still having some breast pain , zingers and my scars hurt a lot and itch like crazy . I am using Palmer's oil and paper tape . My breast scars are fading nicely but the ones on my sides are ropey and hurt like I first had surgery . I am still glad I had my surgery and recovery as been pretty easy . But my scars are so irritating. Maybe its my age ...not sure . But I will be glad when they really heal.
Best of luck to all of you who are waiting on surgery or are recovering .
Thanks mamakas6, AVA 07, excited2max. I had this vision of how I would look after the reduction. But in reality they look better than I could ever dream . Blessings ...
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You are really healing nicely:)
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Thank you .
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I found one of my old bras

I found one of my old bras . I couldn't believe the difference . I tried it on and it was so incredibly big that I smiled all day . Here are a couple of pictures of what I wore and what I wear now .'
You look fantastic!!! I am so happy for you! I am scheduling mine for Jan and am starting to go through peoples stories :) Thank You for sharing.
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Thank you Msblue . Best of luck with your surgery . You won't be sorry . Its the best thing I've done for ME :-) :-) :-)
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I'm still laughing at the new/old bra comparison. I'm temped to burn my old bras! There is nothing like being on the other side!
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6 month update

Wow! How time has flies . Its right at 6 months postop and I wanted to give my update . I am still in awe of my new boobies :-). I look pretty good in my tops if I do say so myself . They started out so boxy gut have shaped up so well that sometimes I forget how bad they were befoe surgery .

part 2 of 6 month update .

Silly thing posted before I finished :-) Anyhow I'm sitting here with my right nipple being over active and my left nipple with no feeling . I still have numbness in both breasts underneath . My breasts ache and still have zingers. My scars itch nd it does no good to scratch them because its internal . My sides still have red ropey scars which is what itches the most . I never could sleep on my stomach and still can't. They hurt when I try . I don't regret the . surgery .But I wonder if all this will go away . I still wear a 38 dd. Was hoping for a c or d . But didn't get it . Too bad :( But still better than a g cup. All in all my surgery has been a great success . But the healing takes time and patience . I still recommend it . It completely cured my neck and back pain . So that in itself makes it worth while. Blessings to all who are going in for surgery...waiting to have surgery ... and recovering from surgery . You won't regret it .
thanks for the update. So glad you are happy with your decision and that you are pain free now.
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Thank you ty5740
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San Jose Plastic Surgeon

I researched PS in my area . I decided on Dr. Lepore after much consideration and his credentials and before and after photos. My breast reduction was April 15 , 2013 . At 2 weeks post-op I m very happy with my results . Dr. Lepore was very caring, and answered all my questions and any concerns I had . My results are beautiful! And I couldn't be happier. I would definitely recommend him .

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