Like most ladies on this site, I've read a lot of reviews, looked at endless before and after pictures, gone back and forth and back again about having this surgery, and have started writing this review more than once...
So, I'm going to spare the big long story and just tell you the facts according to me - in bullet format. Who doesn't like a list of personal confessions about boobs?!!
* I'm 33 years old, 5'5", weigh 205lbs, and wear a 36G bra.
* I don't hate my boobs. I just hate how much they weigh.
* I've wanted breast reduction since I found out about it at age 16, but I've always put it off for one reason or another. Life gets in the way sometimes.
* My back, shoulders, and neck hurt all day - every day. I have given myself stomach ulcers because of all the ibuprofen I've taken for the pain.
* I had my Insurance Consultation with my surgeon on 12/12/12. The doctor was comforting, reassuring, and everything I could ask for in a PS. He even wears a bow tie. Yes: A bow tie! He sat down with me and discussed my expectations, the technique he would use, and the likely outcome of the surgery. He told me I was a great candidate and would likely be able to get insurance coverage for medical necessity. He took measurements, then decided how much tissue would need to be removed from each breast. Finally he took "before" pictures of my front and side, then sent me to speak with his surgery coordinator. She answered any billing questions I had and got the ball rolling with insurance approval. We talked about losing weight and she encouraged me to lose 20lbs by the time I have my procedure. Then I was on my way to start the waiting game.
* My surgeon estimates that he'll need to remove 600ccs from each breast. That's volume. I have no idea how much that's gonna weigh. I hope it comes out to 15lbs of tissue off my chest. Hey! A girl can dream.
* I met with my PCP on 12/21/12 to get a letter of medical necessity for my insurance. I'm a little (I lied. I'm a LOT) OCD, so I basically wrote the letter myself and asked her to sign it. haha! It included what kind of pain/symptoms I've had from my overly large breasts (back/shoulder/neck pain, shoulder grooving, skin irritation, etc), how long I've had these symptoms, treatments I've tried (ibuprofen, physical therapy, massage, chiro, etc), how long I've tried them, effectiveness of these treatments, and why breast reduction is a necessary step to resolve my symptoms. She's all for this surgery and found my "taking initiative" with the letter to be charming, so she happily rewrote the letter in her own words and forwarded a copy to me and my PS. Hooray!
* On 2/18/13, I got the green light from my insurance! I made my boobs give each other a high five to celebrate. God, I really hope I can't do that after surgery.
* I scheduled surgery for 5/9/13 and kicked my weight loss mission into high gear. At the time of my consult, I weighed 235. I've lost 30lbs since Dec '12.
* I had my pre-op mammogram on 4/11/13. I had to get one because of my prior history of fibroadenoma. My doc wanted to be cautious. I wanted to crawl under a rock. Mammograms suck.
* I have been eating "clean" since I got approved for surgery. This means, very limited refined carbohydrates, no fast food, very little eating out, no dairy (I'm super lactose intolerant), no gluten, lots of fruits and vegetables, and lean meats. I've also been doing yoga every morning and walking every evening. I feel fantastic and plan to keep it up during recovery.
* At age 11, I went from flat to C over one summer and became the least popular girl in my 6th grade class.
* By age 14, I was a 34DD, and was the most popular girl in my 9th grade class...weird.
* To play soccer I wear an underwire bra, underneath a sports bra, underneath a tightly wrapped Ace bandage. That's just so my boobs don't bounce around and dislocate my shoulder during a game - again. Yes, this has happened before. Multiple times. During multiple games. I've had shoulder reconstruction because of it. I am so excited to be able to run with out all this "support".
* My posture sucks. Hunch. Hunch. Hunch.
* I wear deodorant and baby powder underneath and between my boobs to avoid the "fromunda cheese". It works most of the time.
* Sometimes when I go to the movie theater, I get popcorn stuck in my cleavage. It itches.
* My best party trick involves me sticking a bottle of beer in my cleavage and bending over backwards so that it pours into my mouth. I'm gonna have to find a new party trick.
* Boyfriends have always loved my boobs and girl friends have always been envious. I wish I could detach them from my chest and give them away. "Here, knock yourself out, but be careful not to poke an eye out!"
* My sister is flat as a board. We have always joked about doing a "breast donation operation" to even out the difference. I still wish that was an option. Sorry sis!
* My pre-op appointment is tomorrow. I can't wait. I'm up late because I can't stop thinking about it. I'm still trying to figure out a way to broach the subject of the "breast donation operation" with my PS.
* I have attached some before pics. I just hope I remember to post more pics as I go...