Goodbye Girls - West Orange, NJ - Breast Reduction
- posted 1 year ago
- updated 10 months ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $5,000
- Erwin Bulan (West Orange, NJ)
I have always had big boobs. I remember being 11...
- 24 May 2012
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....
- 25 May 2012
5/26 - 4 days post op-- feeling good overall. ...
- 26 May 2012
5/29 -- 1 week post opp -- drains removed. ...
- 29 May 2012
5/31 - 9 days post op -- I am back to work, but...
- 31 May 2012
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....
- 3 Jun 2012
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...
- 7 Jun 2012
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...
- 24 Jun 2012
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I met with 3 surgeons. Felt most at ease with Dr B. and his office staff was great help too.