33 Year Old, One Toddler, Breast Reduction 32E to B or C 115lbs Need Relief! - Nashville, TN

I have my consultation for great reduction...

I have my consultation for great reduction scheduled 6/21. This is something I have ALWAYS wanted to do, but I wanted to wait until I was finished having children. My daughter is almost two, and we have decided she will be an only child. I feel like I just need to do it now while I have the courage. My back has been killing me lately! I thought maybe after breast feeding my breasts would shrink. Hahahaha...think again. They got two sizes bigger and now sit about two inches lower pulling on my shoulders daily. I can't stand it anymore. I have been reading so many reviews, but one thing I have yet to see mentioned is what to do about caring for your children. This makes me think maybe my timing is off. Should I wait until my daughter is older? I'm planning on letting my mother-in-law keep her for a week or two while I recover. She will be two by the time I have surgery. Anyone have experience with having a breast reduction with small children at home?

6 days until consultation

I started to get really nervous about the surgery. I was pumped to do it for a while, and reading other reviews has made me nervous. Most people say they are glad they did it, but I am nervous for the first few days afterwards. I am mainly nervous about the anesthesia. I had a c-section two years ago and didn't even take pain medication. I feel like I can deal with the pain afterwards. I just don't want the nausea and unpleasant side effects of the pain meds and anesthesia. I was thinking maybe I could get away with just Tylenol, but I have yet to read anyone who has done that successfully. Looks like I will need the pain meds at least the first few days. I am also worried about my two year old wanting to be picked up. It is going to be so hard not to pick her up and hold her for several weeks. I don't know why I am nervous when the surgery has not even been scheduled yet. Ya for anxiety! Haha

Consultation

Well, I had good news and bad news during my consult. The doctor said i would be a great candidate for breast reduction because I still have good breast density and they are large for my size. However, with Blue Cross Blue Shield they require 400g to be removed and that would leave me at an A or small B. He does not recommend this because it would be way smaller than where I would want to be. Now I am scrambling trying to figure out what I can do to finance this. I have Care Credit, but I would only have 6 months to pay it off interest free which is impossible. I have credit cards, but the interest rates are high and I don't want to pay high interest. So now I am just looking at all of my options. I just can't imagine having to put up with this back pain anymore. I was so convinced I would be able to get it covered. I was disappointed. You would think they would consider my weight and height compared to my bra size. I am determined I am getting this done some way somehow. I have put it off for years and years. I don't want to have to put it off again! Will update once we decide what to do.

Another Consultation scheduled

I decided to make a consultation with another doctor. They said that hopefully they will be able to get it approved by my insurance and suggested getting a letter from my chiropractor. I have the next consultation scheduled for July 11th. I feel better that at least they are going to try to get it approved. If they deny me, at least I know it came straight from the horses mouth.

Submitted to BCBS TN

I went for another consultation with another doctor and he told me that based on my weight and height I would only have to have a minimum of 240g removed. My chiropractor of 4 years also wrote a letter, and all of this was submitted to Blue Cross Blue Shield Tennessee. I hope they approve my surgery! My back hurts so bad. Sometimes I just hold my boobs up with my hands to take the weight off and my back immediately feels better. I have also been getting headaches daily, and I feel like it stems from chronic back pain. I will update when I get the results

Care Credit and Surgery Costs

Insurance denied me for surgery. However, I decided to go ahead with the self pay route. I'm planning on using Care Credit because the interest rate is lower than my credit cards. I had to put $800 down and I was able to do 6 months interest free. I have done this before with dental surgery and it was a really good deal. The surgery itself can be either 24 or 48 months of payments with 15% interest. I decided to do the surgery in January because it is a slow time at work, my daughter will be 2 1/2 by then, and I am hoping I can get money for xmas to help with my surgery expenses. This surgeon was my favorite and also just happened to be the least expensive so that's great. My pre-op is scheduled for December 19th.

Pre-Op

I had my pre-op a few days ago. It was pretty straight forward. We discussed the procedure, and what my goal was as far as size. We decided on a C. They will remove around 100g from my left breast and 200g from my right to even them out. He said that most people tolerate the procedure well. I was really, really nervous when I decided to schedule the surgery. I haven't really had any anxiety about it since then. I guess just making the decision to do it was giving me anxiety. Now that it is for sure happening I just haven't thought about it as much. Dr. Tarola really put me at ease. He said that I may be able to return to work after a week since I have a desk job. He also said that Tylenol might be sufficient for the pain. I am more nervous about the anesthesia and pain medication than the pain from the surgery. I just hate feeling out of it. When I had my c-section I only took Tylenol the entire time and had no problems. I also had a crown put in without any numbing medication. What a weirdo right? If I can make it through the first day and recovering from the anesthesia I think I will be good! I have surgery at 8:00am January 9th. So I will update then!

Surgery is tomorrow!

My surgery is tomorrow morning at 9:30. They said it should take about 2 1/2 hours. I've been nervous all day, but also excited. I'm mainly nervous about waking up from anesthesia. I hear a lot of people saying they feel dizzy, nauseous, and miserable when they first wake up. I'm just hoping I feel tired but now sick to my stomach! I'm also slightly worried about being in a lot of pain when I first wake up. Although, I have heard less people say that. I just know I will be happy in the long run. There is no turning back now. I will update after surgery if I'm coherent enough to type

Before and after photos

Here is a before photo and my goal photo. You can see one side is much larger than the other. They are going to remove 100g from one side and 200 from the other.

About to go back

I'm literally feeling terrified right now. My anxiety level is through the roof. Either way this is about to happen. See you on the other side with smaller (hopefully much smaller) boobs

Day 1- Home from surgery

I'm going to try to write as much as I can but I'm pretty tired right now. Surgery went really well. They gave me lots of anti nausea medication, and a patch behind my ear. Before I knew it, they wheeled me back to the OR. They gave me something in my IV and told me I probably would not remember anything but I do! I remember everything in the OR until the transferred me from one bed to the other and that's when I stopped remembering. Everyone was so nice it put me at ease...well maybe it was the medications but still. Next thing I know I was waking back up in the room I was in at first. They asked me my pain scale and I said 2 out of 10. No pain, no nausea, just sooooo tired. After an hour in recovery and feeling pretty good they tried to get me to stand up and use the bathroom. I tried two-three times but every time I would get lightheaded and lay back down. They let me go ahead and leave and wheeled me to the car. The car ride wasn't bad. I had brought a pillow to put between my chest and seatbelt which helped a lot. I was mostly awake the whole car ride. Since then I've been cuddled up in the bed sleeping in and off. I can barely stay awake ten minutes or so with out falling asleep. The pain is stil very minimal as long as I'm laying down. I've tried to get from the bed to the bathroom a few times and it is no pleaseant! I don't see how people get out of bed without using those muscles. Tomorrow I can take off the bandage and take a shower so it will be my first look. I'm not sure how much he had to take from each because he left before I woke up. He talked to my husband a lot, but they didn't discuss that. I guess I'll ask at my post op appointment Monday.

Day after surgery

Today has been mostly a fog of sleeping and eating. I woke up with blurry vision which was really odd. I still have it, but the doctor said it could be from the anesthesia. I also had a motion sickness patch behind my ear this morning and one of the side effects of the medication was blurry vision. I can't read or watch tv. Because I can't really see it. So I figured I would just spend the day resting. I took my bandages off today and attempted to take a shower but I almost passed out. No shower for me today. I bought all medium sports bras, and none of them fit. I guess because I'm so swollen. I have a regular one on right now. It doesn't open in the front but it is the most comfortable. I had a slight cough when I went in to have surgery that was left over from a sickness a few weeks ago. The cough has gotten worse. Also, I have a fever around 100 which I read was normal right after surgery. I'm just keeping an eye on that.

3rd day

I just woke up, but I can tell I feel much better today. I was so dizzy and had blurry vision yesterday. I pretty much slept all day because it was too annoying to stay awake. I'm assuming the vision issue was from the patch I had behind my ear. Also, I have not taken any of the Percocet I was prescribed. I have only taken Tylenol. I did take two phenergan yesterday because I was dizzy. Today I woke up and made myself breakfast & everything. I have no soreness in my arms as other people have described. I am very sore around my ribs though. I put a few maxi pads into my sports bra to keep the bra from rubbing into the incisions. Other than that nothing new to report. I'm probably going to hang out in bed all day with my pillows again and watch movies. I'm going to attempt to take a shower again tonight when my husband gets home from work. I still have that nasty cough today. I have been coughing up stuff though so I guess that's a good thing. I will post photos tonight when I take a shower

Day 4 (exactly 3 days since surgery)

Today I woke up and decided I was going to try to start moving around more. Laying in bed is making me sore and I'm getting cabin fever. I got up and made some tea then took my first shower. It was probably the quickest shower in history. I just get light headed and am so worried about getting the incisions wet. But I do feel better now that I've washed my body from the hospital. I just noticed today how winded I get walking up the stairs, or even just talking on the phone. Everything just takes a lot of effort. I know that will come back with time. My level of soreness has gone way down. I feel like I can move my arms pretty good and can push myself out of bed much easier. I do have some swelling and notice swelling under my arms a little. Im just so happy with the way they look. They are so much smaller and my back feels a million times better already. Im sitting up straighter and feel like I can breath deeper. I know this is going to be one of the best decisions of my life. I can't wait to see how I'm feeling in a few months
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