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.
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.
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?
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)
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.
Scheduled appointment with PS for May 9th, a little over 2 weeks..... ugh the wait :-(
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.
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?
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'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....
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.
So to this day, i still havent heard anything from this office, i feel like they've waisted my time.... The doctor was highly recommended by my pcp. And speaking of my pcp, i don't feel he shoes anything to help out so this year starting FRESH since last year was unsuccessful.... And yes... Breast are still big and feel like they are getting bigger by the minute.... This go round I'm DETERMINED on getting this done...
I have my consultation Tuesday with a new PS. He has great reviews here on RS. and was highly recommend thru a family friend. Geesh i cant wait. Will keep you guys posted when Tuesday comes.
consultation with Dr Greenwald
I had ny consultation with Dr. Greenwald today and i am so excited. It was a quick and easy process. Soon as i met him, i knew he was the one.... (lol I just made it sound like a love story)... but thats how awesome he was today, answered all my questions thoroughly and the office staff was amazing. He had tons of pictures of his BR work.... and when I say TONS, i mean TONS, as if he does this with his eyes closed! I have a good deeling this may work out..... just gotta get approved and now the waiting game.....
1 year after first review... no change
These things are Still big as ever!!!!
No work done just yet. The recent posted pics are what my breast looks like now and what i was born with lol.
The Dr wanted to take 700cc out. I was denied b/c my insurance required 900cc
Yea im still at it
So Ive been still doing my research. I have a few doctors in mind. 1. Tania Medina in DR. and Dr Mel Ortega in Miami(which is much closer to home). Im still also considering Dr Greenwald still. Also does anyone know if Dr. Sergio Alvarez in Miami does breast surgery well. I put in a consultation for Ortega @ Spetrum Anesthesia and i received information back on Alvarez with a quote of 4200 for everything not including home after care. I went to his actual website and he had absolutely no before and after pics of breast reduction.
Im so excited, just put down my $500 deposit and booked with Dr. Ortega on February 16th, 2017. Can anyone suggest and recovery houses? I only live 3 and a half hours away from Miami but i want to look at RHs just in case i don't have anyone to care for me.
My Support System
Im so happy I have a good support system. My mom will be driving me to my surgery and will care for me post op. I was going to do a RH but she insisted on being with me the whole way thru. I've always been the type to just do things on my own regardless of who helps me or not, but im glad she is helping, she kinda doesn't want me to spend money on a RH anyway. Most of my family, (scratch that), ALL of my family members are on-board with my decision, I believe they just know how miserable I am with these things hanging off my chest. I thank GOD for them. But anyway, I just thought I would share my thoughts with you guys...
I also just realized my first post was in 2014!!! lol WOW, I can finally say my Journey is almost to an end...
last words (for today)
If anyone has been reading my previous posts, I am not going thru this with Insurance. I k.onw that was a big concern last year. I am paying out the pocket for everything, I just couldn't. play the waiting game with them.
Thinking about doing Mommy Makeover instead.....Tummy Tuck OR Lipo
I need everyones help. should I get tummy tuck or lipo? thinking about adding it in with my breast reduction. i added pics as well. im leaning more towards TT for the drastic change
Ok so i changed my date 3 weeks earlier, so im scheduled January 26th. I had that his dates seem to land on Thursdays where hotels rates are more expensive on weekends. And im just gonna stick with my Breast Reduction only. Im will be doing a BBL WITH LIPO summer 2017 or a little after. this body will be on point hunty lol....
Thinking of changing doctors for this procedure. ...
Im thinking about just going with Dr. Greenwald for my BR. its so much closer to home, only thing is hes asking 7000 but he's a pro. I want this done as soon as possible so i really have to start saving. i already put down my 500 deposit plus 1000 extra toward my procedure with Ortega. Im thinking i should keep my money with spectrum for my bbl at the end od next yr, but switch to Ghuarni. I think he does a better job with bbls. And i would just set an appointment with Dr Greenwald here in Tampa for my BR. I will be calling his office today for some information..... decisions decisions....
Additional information from previous post...
Dr. Greenwald only does his procedures for BR based on insurance. So i would have to have another consultation with him since its been over a yr since i last met with him and have to resubmit thru my new insurance. Im 100% know i will be denied because i packed on weight. THe receptionist said if im denied, thats when i will get my quote. IM pretty sure its the same as last yr or maybe more..... HELP!!! I NEED SOME SUGGESTIONS. HERE ARE MY OPTIONS:
1. STICK WITH ORTEGA/who does great breast lifts and a few breast reductions at a lower price, 3 hours away from home. (Mind u price is not the deciding factor)
2. KEEP MONEY AT SPECTRUM FOR BBL END OF NEXT YR. AND HAVE GREENWALD DO REDUCTION. Lots of breast reduction procedures, Closer to home, round 7000.
ALL THESE THOUGHTS.....
Thinking on changing again lol. I bet my coordinator is gonna get tired of me. hopefully they dont charge me for changing again. So!, i was thinking on just going with BBL in January and keep pushing for Dr. Greenwald here in Tampa to do my breast reduction and have insurance pay for it(which can be done the end of 2017. Yes, im so stuck on him, but i feel he's the best. I've had big breast all my life, ONE more year of waiting wont hurt. I know i should've thought long and hard about this decision b4 putting my money at Spectrum but I just wanted to be on the bandwagon so bad LOL. if yall have read my earlier reviews, I bet some of you thinking I have lost my mind and I definitely need to find it LOL. I want to change Dr.s too b/c I hear Ortega doesnt snatch you like Ghurani or Alverez.
Making a new Review
I will keep this review for breast reduction and make a new review for my BBL