Finally Did It and I Love the Results! - Montclair, NJ

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I had a breast reduction on January 14, 2013. I...

I had a breast reduction on January 14, 2013. I initially was frightened to death at the concept but was tired of not being able to fit into my clothes properly, carrying the extra weight, having pain in my upper and lower back, bra strap indentations in both shoulders and the look of stretch marks all over my breasts because of the weight and sagging that they endured over the years.

I was referred to my plastic surgeon by my gynecologist and when I met her I liked her right away. My reduction was covered by my insurance and it took a full year of visting my primary care physician, being treated for pain and visiting my chiropractor as well before my insurance company approved me. Also, I was rejected the first time and my primary care physician had to show that I have been having back pain since 1999 and then he had to write a follow up letter imploring them to approve it and they finally did.

Right now I am not sure about the costs, I think it is covered in full by my insurance company but I haven't seen any bills or anything yet.

Right now I am thrilled with the outcome. I feel lighter and prettier and I can wear these little soft danskin bras that make me feel petite. I am still healing and have only been post op for 4 weeks My right breast is taking a little longer to heal than the left, and my right nipple is a little bit janky but I am sure that it will all heal nicely in the end.

There is not much that I wish I knew before hand because I have pretty much stalked RealSelf to death for the past year watching other people and taking their journey's into consideration.

It is now about 3 1/2 weeks since my initial...

It is now about 3 1/2 weeks since my initial surgery. I went for my post surgery follow up on Tuesday and have noticed a few things that I didn't notice at first because I was so ecstatic about the surgery. My left breast is healing much faster than my right breast. My right breast feels hard like there is a rock inside of it and it is slightly more swollen than the left. My doctor said that there is a hematoma inside of the right breast and that is why it feels that way.

Also, my right nipple which was always more jankey than the left is slightly sunken in the middle, but the doctor said that it will rectify itself when the hematoma goes away. Hey. I knew it wouldn't be perfection but I still think that my breasts are beautiful.

Oh the left breast has a slight dog ear in the the left side under my arm pit. THAT has got to go. I told the doctor that I will be needing a revision in that spot, everything is beautiful but then I left my arms and that little flap is just under my skin and I am like um....I don't think so.

She said to let it heal for about a year and if it still looks bad she will revise it in that time. I think she's hoping that in a year I will get used to looking at it and won't want to go under the knife again or something. She doesn't know, that there are some things I can live with (like a hematoma) and some things I can't (like a dog ear).

Anyway, she was still attentive and articulate and listened intently to all of my concerns. We are now putting vitamin E oil on my scars and I am using massage techniques 2x a day to break down the hematoma and keep the skin soft. I am still putting neosporin along the incision lines and on that jankey right nipple. I have to admit that after 3 days of massaging my breasts the right one is getting a little less "rock like" and I can feel some movement. I take that all as a positive sign.
Montclair Plastic Surgeon

Was recommended by my gynecologist.

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
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