Hello! Several people have asked me some very good questions that I think might be helpful for everyone to hear. Always happy to share-- if there's anything more private you'd like to know, please PM me, I'll do my best to help.
One question I hear a lot is: what size are you now? And the answer is still "I don't know for sure, but I also don't particularly care because I look and feel exactly how I wanted to." I'm so happy that I can wear these comfy and flimsy cotton bras now (no sag = no scaffolding necessary!), that I think they will be my staple. I've worn underwire against my will for so many years, I'd be glad to never look back. My most educated guess, visually based on bras in the stores, my measurements, and photos of similar women, would lead me to guess 34D or DD. So many people think this is still a "very large" cup size, but in actuality, it isn't. "G" on the other had totally is, lol. People think of D/DD as porn star/VS model size, but especially for someone with a ribcage size and hourglass frame like mine, it's quite modest. I can't emphasize enough the importance of using PHOTOS to communicate with your surgeon about your goals and expectations. You already know so many women are wearing the wrong size bras, so "I want to be a C cup" could visually mean something totally different from one person (even a surgeon) to another. Photos are universal-- "I want to look like this girl" can't really be misconstrued. If they're a good surgeon, they'll do their best to get you as close as possible. I also want to emphasize how much better I feel, without any sag and passing the "pencil test." This is the true test of a successful breast reduction in my book-- the relief of back and neck pain, and the lack of sag. Not only do they look amazing, but also because they were fully lifted, they bear no weight. I don't have to lift them up to shower. I don't have to stuff them into uncomfortable bras. They don't pull on my neck and shoulders. I don't have to buy XL/1X sized clothes that drown my 33 inch waist and make me look frumpy. I can wear empire waist and cinched dresses because my boobs don't hang down to my belly button. It's a whole new world. Cup size? Who cares! Show 'em what you want to look like, tell 'em how you want to feel, and don't let 'em NEAR you with a knife until you're confident that they'll do right by you! If you're ever in Arizona, Dr. Cohen is the best. ;)
The other question is: how did my boyfriend react to my new breasts? He loves them, he loves how they look, and he loves how happy they make me. He's still been hesitant to touch them, only for fear of hurting me, NOT for lack of visual attraction. (TMI: He's told me that he can't wait to get his hands on them, lmao.) I insist that I feel great now and in no pain, but I'm waiting for him to come around on his own. :) He did love my big breasts, but let's face it-- my grandma sag wasn't pretty... no way around that. If your partner is truly supportive, I trust that they will love your new body if you decide to go through with it. They might be scared of the incisions at first. It will be weird for them to see you for a while. But they will get over it. And they will see you, finally happy.
Here's some more background... I've lived with my boyfriend for about a year and a half, and we've been together for A LOT longer than that. He knew me in high school when I didn't make any sports teams because I couldn't run and jump well anymore. He's seen me frustrated in fitting rooms where nothing cute fits me. He's seen me cry in the pool trying to swim laps, and popping out of my suit. He's seen my weight fluctuate because exercise hurt. He's watched me hate my body for years. He, more than anyone, knew how much I needed help. When I told him I was considering the procedure, that was his opportunity to say "ugh, why ruin such a good thing?," like I've heard the media say EVERY TIME about busty celebrities' reductions. But he didn't say anything like that. His face lit up, and what he said was, "oh yeah, do it!"... And I cried.
Something else I thought might be interesting for people to know is how many grams were removed from my breasts. My understanding is that grams and CCs are relatively interchangeable, but the units used in my pathology report specify "grams," so that's what I'll use. Lefty was bigger, so he removed more from that one to make me symmetrical. He took 743g from lefty, and 675g from righty. As you can see, keeping in mind I was a G cup before, I'm still left with plenty of nice breast tissue. I know CC limitations are a common concern for ladies paying for surgery with insurance, so I thought some numbers might be helpful to go with my photos!
Hope I've helped! I check this daily, so feel free to leave questions and comments. Love, Ginger.