Goodbye Girls - West Orange, NJ - Breast Reduction

I have always had big boobs. I remember being 11...

I have always had big boobs. I remember being 11 years old and showing my mom the stretch marks on my newly blossomed bosom. By 12, I was wearing her clothes and looking very womanly - exacerbated by my tendency for being chubby. Fast forward 30 years, I found myself trapped in a body topped by my 42h breasts. I had years of treatment for neck and back pain which only yielded temporary relief. I always wanted a reduction but felt I would not be a good candidate because I was overweight. It was also important to me to nurse any children I had. Last year (3 years after the birth of my beautiful daughter), I found a book about breast reductions which explained that weight loss often has minimal impact on breast size. I did more research and renewed my pursuit of physical fitness. I hired a trainer (a wonderful investment in myself) and started exercising (cardio and strength training) 6 times a week. Over the last 9 months I have reshaped by body and feel great. My breasts never changed. So in March, i started looking for a PS and sought coverage from my insurance company. I met with 3 PSs and had my surgery on May 22. I am hopeful that I am a D when I am fully recovered. I am excited to see how this transforms my body and self image. I am grateful to my husband who has been immensely supportive throughout this journey.

May 25 (3 days post op) --- feeling pretty good....

May 25 (3 days post op) --- feeling pretty good. Drains still in. Pain is manageable. Missing a shower. Will get my hub to wash my air later.

5/26 - 4 days post op-- feeling good overall. ...

5/26 - 4 days post op-- feeling good overall. Stepping down Percoset. Tired at times. Just trying to rest. Digestive system is back on track. My appetite is minimal. I got on the scale today and with clothes and drains I have a 7 pound weight loss. Wow.

5/29 -- 1 week post opp -- drains removed. ...

5/29 -- 1 week post opp -- drains removed. Didn't hurt, just a weird sensation. Took 20 seconds per side. Got to shower and put on regular clothes. Yeah!

5/31 - 9 days post op -- I am back to work, but...

5/31 - 9 days post op -- I am back to work, but only from home. Still observing precautions. Or trying too. It's hard because I feel pretty good through most of the day. I pause to nap in a recliner during lunchtime. Rest I know is still important. I basically poop out around 4pm.

Sleeping has been somewhat annoying. I am a side sleeper so being on my back has given me new back pain/ache. So I take Percocet to ensure a decent sleep.

Today a fun shopping excursion. I have to attend a black tie wedding in a few weeks. I found a great dress. And it was 2 sizes smaller than usual!! No matronly garb. Sexy sequins for me.

Tonight my boobs were a bit swollen. I put ice packs and had a rest after my swell shopping outing.

6/2 - 12 days post-op - Feeling better and better....

6/2 - 12 days post-op - Feeling better and better. Still get tired but over all can't complain. I am pretty sure I over did it today in terms of activity. I go back to work tomorrow at my office. Lots to get on track before the AM.

I have a 1 hour commute each way on a bus including a 10 minute walk. I will try to take a taxi tomorrow instead of the walking part. And I will use a wheelie bag to carry my things. Wish me luck.

Yesterday I saw my MIL who does not know I had surgery. She called me skinny. I don't think I have ever been described that way in my whole life. Luckily my 4 year old didn't spill the beans on the surgery. She doesn't know specifics but she told her whole day care that "mommy, had a boob boob on her chest. She had a surgery?"

6/7 -- 14 days post-op -- back to PS today for...

6/7 -- 14 days post-op -- back to PS today for follow up. He removed the original tape and i got a look at the scars -- which appear to be rather slight really. I'm very happy with what i am seeing so far in terms of scars. I got new tape and same instructions (bra 24/7 and sleep on back, etc.)

My breasts feel like they are sunburned at times. Mostly towards the end of the day. I am using ice for relief and tylenol. It is not debilitating, but it is annoying. I hope this goes away soon.

I also stopped at a good bra store and worked with a sale person to find another bra. It was quite interesting. I actually tried on a C cup bra! And it wasn't laughable! My breasts are still so firm, the cups on many bras didn't quite work, but I can see the possibility.

I also visited one of my personal trainers today to prove that I am alive and well..... can't wait to get back to working out. My body is aching for some activity!

On another matter, my insurance company is reporting a preliminary costs of more than $20,000 for the surgery, OR, etc. This doesn't reflect my coverage yet, but it looks like my out of pocket for anesthesia will be about $250. I have a high deductible, so I know I will owe $2,700 myself -- but considering the reduction was more than 1 kg (yes, that's 1000 grams) per breast... I am hopeful they continue to see the absolute necessity of this surgery.

My overall weight is down 10 pounds since prior to surgery -- half of that is boobs. Crazy.

June 24 -- one month, 2 days post op -- making...

June 24 -- one month, 2 days post op -- making progress and feeling much much better. Finally have all the tape off and don't have to wear the post surgical bra anymore. I actually got another fitting for bras yesterday -- at Nordstrom. All I can say ladies is: all bras fit differently -- I have one 40C bra, two 40D bras and one 38 DDD. Anyway you look at it... this is much improved from the old days of G/H. My breasts feel fairly normal to the touch, but I don't have any real sensation on the skin around the horizontal scars. I guess this will come in time. I don't really mind as i'm enjoying how I look so much more -- clothes look better, can consider other choices (though I basically gone from an Apple shape to a Pear shape -- don't have a clue what to wear.) But I put something on yesterday and thought... "i look sexy." All good stuff.
Erwin Bulan

I met with 3 surgeons. Felt most at ease with Dr B. and his office staff was great help too.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait tmes
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Hi there, You are doing amazing. I can't get over how great your incisions look. you must be thrilled.
I'm 4 weeks post op today & I was also an H cup down to a C, I had 1065g from 1 breast & 1040 from the other removed. Very similar to yours. I totally get what you're saying about not knowing how to dress. I was just saying that the other day. Instead of trying to down play the boobs, now i'm having to down play my belly. lol. I've never been a pear in my life but here I am. I refuse to buy new clothes though until I lose some weight. For the first time in my life my bellys bigger than my chest.
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You look great!!!
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Just saw your updated pictures! You look great! I bet you feel great too!
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Looking good! Congrats and hoping you have a very speedy recovery :)
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Take your time and just go slow the first couple of week back to work.  You will adjust but it only takes time.

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sounds like you are having a manageable recovery like i did. pretty amazing that one day we've got boulders and the next pebbles. cool. you look great, btw. take it easy tho and don't over do it too quickly.
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Your new boobies look awesome. I am so happy for you.
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Looking good! Can't wait to be in your shoes on the other side. Keep going the way you are and that new dress for the black tie wedding will soon be too big. Keep us posted.
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Slow it down a bit and rest.  The ice packs are also a big help for the swelling.  

I bet you had fun shopping!!

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StaceyLynne,

Thank you for posting how you are feeling. I am scheduled for tomorrow morning, they just called and moved up the time so I am now early at 9:15 am.

I also have been working extremely hard the last few years trying to beat menopause and not look like a pear with big boobs. I am hoping to go to a nice C cup, I told the PS not too small or too large, try and make them look good for my body type, but nowhere near a D cup please....

I too have been working with a personal trainer....looking forward to doing some exercises without the girls in the way....

My PS is very mellow, said I can do whatever I feel up to...I am glad to read how well you are feeling, I am planning on really resting this first week a much as possible....
Wishing you all the best and may your recovery continue to go well.

LIzzy
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Wow what a difference!  You look amazing and must feel like a new woman.  Keep us up to date as you heal.  We love seeing the new pics.

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Welcome to RealSelf!  So glad to have you with us.  

That is an amazing weight loss..WOW.  Hang in there and keep us up to date on how you you are healing.  Be patient and get your rest so that you have a totally smooth recovery.

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