I have all ways have large breasts. I went from a little undershirt to a C cup bra when I was 11 years old. All the boys made fun of me growing up. I hated my "blessing". I think I grained weight so I would like "bigger" all over. Back in 1990 I had stomach bypass surgery and I lost 100 pounds. I weigh 145 lbs and I'm 5'3". I needed a surgery to repair a hernia so at the same time my surgeon did a tummy tack about a year later. My boobs got smaller but I'm still 36 DDD. I never had boobs that stood away from my body they are more like "tea Bags".
I didn't think that I should do anything about my large hanging breasts. In talking with my brother and his wife they asked did I ever think about getting a reduction done? I told them no because I thought others would think I was vain. They told me others in extended family have had it done and was so happy they did it and that the insurance paid for it.
Wow I have lived so long in fear people would talk bad about me I never really thought about it. After that talk I went to my family doctor and asked what did I have to do to start the process. He sent me to a Back doctor and got x-rays and my insurance approved me to go to see a plastic surgeon. I went he took pictures and did all sorts of measurements and handed me a booklet on breast reduction and told me to look over it and call if I wanted to start the approval from insurance. I told him yes let's do it. That was Sept 21,. I waited and waited for the call but nothing. I called them and they told me it takes sometimes months to get approval. I call again Nov 10 and they told me no word yet. I called my insurance only to be told they never recieved the packet from the PS. I called the doctor back and they told me they sent it. So the insurance company went to their office in person to pick up my packet. I got the approval on Nov 28th. I called the PS to tell them about the approval and they told they heard nothing yet. Come Monday Dec 3 I got a call from PS it was approved and they have me in surgery Jan 22, at 0700. and to come to their office for pre-op Jan 11th. I asked if that is when I could find out about what size and how much he will take out, how long the recovery will be, what I should I do to prepare for the surgery. Thats when they told me "oh all that was talked about in your interview a few months ago." I asked if I could see the doctor to ask these questions and she told me "No" the appointment is only for pre-op only. I told her I wasn't comfortable about working with doctor and his staff. She told me that because I was getting the reduction done only for medical reasons they don't talk about what I want to look like. WOW!! I was shocked!!! I told her could I please talk to the doctor or have him call me? She said no he was way to busy for him to call me. She could have the medical Assist call me.
The medical Assist called me and told me that the doctor had written down what he was going to do so he must of told me what he was going to do. I asked about what size would I become? She told me he was going to take at least 500 grams from each breast. (like would know how much that is). I told her that the MD never asked me what I wanted to look like. She told me "well if you were going to have this done for appearance the MD would of asked me BUT because I was having it done for medical reasons that is not up to me it was up to the insurance company and that I have to just trust the doctor" WTF? I goggled the MD and found out the MD is a great DR but the office staff rude and awful. I called my insurance again to ask could I have a second opinon. They told of course. When I talked to my GP office I asked about the PS and they told me that the MD is good but that they did hear about the office staff and if I wanted to change MDs I could. My GP was going to talk to the PS office to see if they could change the way they were treating me.
I'm scared that if I change the PS I will have to start all over again with pictures and get approval again. I did talk to other PS office and they told me they could get me in to interview and take pictures and measurements and get approval and still have surgery around the same date in Jan. It would be in a different surgery center about an hour away from me. So I waiting to hear back from my GP office to find out if she got any better results out of the PS.
I wanted this all my life but afraid to ask for it and now I have the chance to change my body but so afraid that the PS office staff will take it out on me. The PS called my insurance company and told them I was going to tell on them. The insurance company's Medical Director called and wanted to make sure I knew that the PS office "did everything by the book" But sure they think that way after I told them my side of the story.
So here I sit waiting and really thinking is this what I really want? What should I do go with this PS or do I start all over again and maybe the new PS is not as good as the first one?
I found this site while searching for more info on breast reduction and about the stories of other woman going thru this same thing as me.
I thank you for your sharing and support. I have told one person my room mate about this surgery and my approval date. I have a 38 year son that lives 1 hour away and is very busy with his life (he is getting married June 1st). He is not the type to have to know everything I do. He is a police officer so he is just into the "facts and only the facts". I know that I want to get this done and I know I will be very happy once it's over.
I dream about going to buy "pretty bras" not just the industrial strong ones. I can find a swim suit that I'm not falling out of or paying 4 times the price of normal suits. That men look at my eyes and my smile instead the girls. I hate being told "WOW do you have some breast there". Trust me I look much better with my clothes on than without. The tea bags are not sexy. When you lay down on your back the they hang over each side not sexy. I'm not trying to look sexy just look like every other "normal woman".
I have never had "perky" "stand up" "firm" breasts in my life.
since I found this site I have found out that I should be a Mamo which I just called in for. That I should buy sports bras that close in the front. Buy button front PJs. To bring pillows for the ride home. And the pictures are very informative. Thanks for all you wonder women have shared. I too want to share my journey with you and others going down this scary but exciting road.