Breast Reduction Journey - Tampa, FL

Hi everyone!!! Before I start I would like to say...

Hi everyone!!! Before I start I would like to say how much I love this site. There are so many positive people on here and so many reviews, this is like a kick start helping me want my breast surgery even more.

so I've been wanting this breast surgery everything I was a teenager. my breasts were always huge every since I can remember. wearing training bras at an early age in elementary them getting bigger throughout my grade school years. my most humiliated moment happened when I was in middle school and never want to rekindle that moment ever again.

of course I'm wanting this surgery to better myself esteem. the weight of my breasts also comes with back problems, shoulder problems, and also grooves in my shoulders. the back problems getting worse when I'm working. I'm a cashier at a major retail store so there is constant standing. sometimes I find myself leaning on the snack area by my register while waiting for the next customer because I can't hold the pressure of the weight of my breast. A few of my coworkers noticed it also. and sometimes its a constant need to go sit down and take a break.

long story short, I've just made my first step into making a Dr appointment with a primary care physician to get the ball rolling.I'm very excited hopefully I get the referral to see a plastic surgeon. and in hopes of my insurance approving the surgery. I'm with Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida. if anyone has any input about them please let me know I'm open to all reviews. I've already read their criteria are online and I know that some people didn't have to go through all of the exact criteria. I did fail therapy sessions last year, I only went do to a car accident, for neck and back pain. if anyone knows, do you think they would take that into consideration?

a little background, I'm 23 years old, I've been wearing a 38 DD bra, but I was the recently measured a 38 F cup.

thank you for reading, leave any input the help me on my journey.

Actual Measurement

I just measured myself today sinceiI haven't in a while. Im measured at a 36 I/j according to a site I went off of.


ideal Measurement

Lol sorry guys, I totally forgot to add my dream size... I dream of a B/C cup. Do you guys think thats too small for my frame based on my pictures?
I've just started the ball rolling too, and have surgery booked in London for June 16th. Good Luck on your journey!
THANKS, Good luck to you too
I think a D cup is more realistic. I am saying that because very few women with larger breasts end up a B or C. Larger women usually end up a D or DD (I ended up a DD). No matter what cup size you end up being you will feel a lot more comfortable then you do now. Good luck with your journey to smaller breasts.

Waiting on Referral

Good news!!!! Went to see my PCP today. I thought it was going to be a hassle trying to get a referral from him because im a new patient to him, but it was simple and easy and he agreed that I should see a surgeon for breast reduction. He says within 2 weeks they will give me a call with referral to a surgeon they find. (Also is this usually how pcp give referrals, beacuse I read quite a few reviews and it seems as though some people received theirrreferral on the spot instead of waiting)
Good luck, I would say you look at least an F cup and possibly bigger

referral found

Wow, I didnt think it'll be this fast!!! My pcp called with a surgeon in mind and his name is Naji Baddoura here in Tampa, Fl. Im excited, but I know I still have the hardest part to pass, which is getting insurance to approve surgery.
Good luck!

May 9th

Scheduled appointment with PS for May 9th, a little over 2 weeks..... ugh the wait :-(
I was 38 F and I am 1 week post op, thinking I'll end up C/Dcup. I think D would be awesome on you. Good luck, you wont regret!

ekkk... better view

Call me asap I just had a breast reduction with Dr badourra on April 10th and I want to speak with u before your appointment I was a 36f and now I am a 36c call me at xxxxxxxxxx and my name is star hope to speak with with u soon
After looking at you in the red t-shirt I would have to say you are closer to a I/J Cup then a DD. You can see in your bra picture that your breasts are coming out at top and when a bra fits properly the middle part rests across your chest - mine never fit either until after the breast reduction. You can also tell that you have a small ribcage so a breast reduction will give you great relief. However, when your breasts are really large to begin with it is more difficult to get the smaller results (B/C cup) a more realistic view is a DD possibly a D.
Read up on lots of Gal's Reviews so you will know what to Expect. It helped me an Awful Lot !

bra marks

appt rescheduled

Welp, my appointment has been rescheduled...????.... I was so hyped this week..... well the wait for ANOTHER week......

letter for br

Ok. So I haven't been updating... sorry. But I did meet with my PS, he seemed great gave me a whole lot of information. I didn't have too many questions as of yet, because I wanna make sure insurance appoves me before jumping the gun of asking so many questions. So they took pictures and everything. But now I have to return back to my PCP so he can write up a letter to insurance and my appointment is this coming Friday, until then, im going to lay low and update when my PS sends off the paperwork to insurance.

claim sent

My documents have been sent off.... so the ps office says. When should I call my insurance to see if it really has been sent to them?
I hope you get the approval quickly! I just had my surgery and already feel a lightness! Good Luck!
Me too they are taking FOREVER!!! Lol
I HOPE they HURRY UP _ so it can be YOUR TURN !

Having Second Thoughts

This is taking an awful long time. Ive been constu contact my ps office once a week since my last post. Was told last week my papers had to be mailed and they were sent off the week before last. I'm just getting really impatient with this ps office. I don't understand why it would take this long. I hope I get approved for waiting this long. And to top things off, im currently in search of a new job and enrolling in school in October and don't want this surgery to interfere with either one. PLEASSSSSSEEEEE HURRRRRYYYYY LOL
I thought they sent it off in June. You would have been heard from them by now. It is the hardest part waiting. I would call my insurance company to double check if it has been received. Good Luck!
Yes, it sure is taking forever, my pcp took about 2 weeks to write the letter. Then the PS office took about 2 weeks to mail it out. I did contact my insurance company in between and they still haven't received it but they did let me know that they will contact me as soon as they receive it.
Well that's a plus. I think mine was so quick because it was done over the computer instead of being mailed. Hope you hear something soon.


I'm in search of finding a new office... would I need another referral? I don't want to keeping paying a co pay to just tell him I need a referral...I went to the original PS office to see what's the hold up with my insurance.getting the papers. .. the receptionist said it's taking over 5 week for insurance to get a mailed off paperwork. .. doesn't make since. I can care less how long insurance takes to approve it but they.should have at least had my paperwork! I also showed her a letter from my insurance provider stateing they haven't received papers yet and to have the PS office fax it in instead.... and the receptionist wouldn't even do that! She kept saying that she had to mail it off. So I'm upset with this off and moving on somewhere else....
Please don't lose hope! This is one of the best things I have done in my life. Be patient! If you were in Canada like myself you would wait anywhere between 1 year and up to 2 years!!!! Sure our healthcare pays for it but you have to wait. Did you know that Where I live people can wait more than 3 years to see a neurosurgeon! I started this process in January 2013 and was operated on July 3, 2014! The wait was worth it and had I known it would be this wonderful I would have done this 20 years ago!!!!! Please let me know how you make out!
I just had my surgery 3 weeks ago covered by BCBS. It did take about 3-4 weeks for approval but my doctors asst sent everything to them, including pictures, right away. I am absolutely thrilled with my dr and results. A friend of mine went to him last year for a reduction and lift too and also loves her results. He is Dr. Charles Newman at Newman PS in downtown Orlando. Not sure if that is too far for you. I'm sure he could get it approved and get you scheduled for surgery a few weeks after that. I would be concerned using that dr if his office is already having difficulty just dealing with paperwork.
If you have blue cross and blue shields it shouldn't be a problem for them to approve you. My ps sent off all the paper work and pictures to blue cross and blue shields and it took less then a week for them to approve it. +

any recommendations? ???

Does any have any recommendations to a great Doctor who does excellent breast reduction in the surrounding area of Tampa, FL. Or any in Florida? Please and thank you.

Update: still have not heard anything from the original doctors office, so im going elsewhere.
Hey! I have BCBS federal and it took about 2 months for me to get approved.I went to the PS in April and they called me in June. So sometimes BCBS is slow. I know you're in Tampa (which is about a couple hours from me), but I do highly recommend my PS here in South Georgia.
good luck finding another surgeon, don't get too hung up on an exact cup size, the surgeon has to take into account the width of the breast route and safely maintaining the blood supply.
Very true peediewife. I sometimes wish I was a little bit smaller, but I know my surgeon almost lost my left nipple, it wouldn't have been safe or productive for him to go any smaller. I'm thrilled with them, much smaller than before, perky, tiny areola and I can wear what I like!
Naji Baddoura

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