Post # 1
I have been seriously thinking about getting breast reduction surgery for the past three years or so, and am wondering if any of you Bees have either had it done and your experiences, or if you know someone who has.
Here is some background:
I have always had a larger chest, but not astronomically huge. I currently wear a 38 DD, but I’m pretty sure I need to move up to either a 40 DD or a 38 DDD, because most of my bras are starting to cut into my sides and the cups are too small. I would really like to just be a size 36 C. Also, my right breast is larger than my left, which I realize is normal, but it is at least half a cup size bigger. This makes it difficult to find bras that fit well, swim suit tops, etc. It can also be tricky to find shirts that fit me, because I have to fit my chest, which tends to result in the rest of my shirt looking rather baggy.
I do not experience back problems, but the girls can be annoying when I’m trying to do outdoor work or I’m exercising, as they need to be strapped in good so I can get anything done.
So does anyone have any experience with this? Some general questions I have are things like how did you go about getting the surgery done (talk to your regular doctor, a plastic surgeon, etc.), how long was recovery, and what was the cost? I already know my insurance will not cover it becuase it is not medically necessary. I do not have any children, so would it be better to wait until after that?
Any input would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2
@Twyla_Smith: I do not have personal experience with this, but one of my friends had a breast reduction. She was sad that she was unable to breastfeed her son, which can leave the child’s immune system at a disadvantage (a controvertial topic), and particularly bothersome to her was she has found it very hard to shift her pregnancy weight (breastfeeding helps you to lose the weight), and this lack of weight loss triggered terrible post-partum depression 🙁
If you have a plan to have a child, I’d say wait until then (though I’m no expert and appreciate your breasts would get even bigger), otherwise my friend was so glad she got the surgery and said it was a huge relief for her back.
Post # 4
@MrsYoshida: I have heard of the breastfeeding issues, but at this point when I think about having a kid, breastfeeding is not a thought towards that! Of course that could all change when/if I have a baby, so that is a good thought to take into consideration!
Post # 5
@Twyla_Smith: I have had one and no you can’t breastfeed after having one. I experience breastfeeding before the surgery so wasn’t an issue for me. Recovery is normal 4-6 weeks but I was out and about after about 2. I wasn’t in any pain or anything so never had to take the pain meds after the first couple of days. Cost wise I don’t know my insurance cover it so I only had to pay my co pay and my procedure was an outpatient one. I wouldn’t recommend that if you don’t want to drain your own tubes, but I didn’t have a problem with it.
Post # 6
@hillsab03: this is NOT true. There are people who are able to breastfeed after the surgery. It depends on how the surgeon cuts the tissue, and sometimes the ducts/nervous tissue are left in tact enough to breastfeed, and they can also recanalize/reinnervate, respectively.
OP, I can’t help you with the cost because mine was covered by insurance as it was medically necessary. I was also only 16 so if I even knew at the time, I have since forgotten. My recovery was not too bad compared to what I believe is typical. After 4 weeks I was back to doing very rigorous, competitive activity. I can’t say my experience was anything but good, though I do worry about my future ability to breastfeed. I will be heartbroken if I can’t, but I was totally miserable at the time and desperate for pain relief (it didn’t really help my pain btw, but I have other injuries and issues).
In your case, I would just start with a consultation with a good plastic surgeon. Google around and find someone with a very attractive portfolio. There are also different kinds of surgical techniques and different scar patterns, and my scars are I think more expansive than some techniques but my surgeon said those that produce less scars have a tendency to sag much more much earlier on, so I was happy with the trade off. My scars are actually not that bad at all btw at this point. They faded pretty quickly.
Post # 7
@BlondeMissMolly: I know a few that have had it and don’t know any that was able to breastfeed afterwards. I do know from experience that your breast do get fuller and painful as if you are producing milk but milk never comes out of your breast.
Post # 8
The surgical technique and skill is also important, which is why I can’t stress enough finding a good surgeon.
Post # 9
@Twyla_Smith: It is not an issues for me but it is for a friend. She got one and she recommended not to get it done until after you have children as they grow when pregnant. Hers are as big now as before the surgery.
Post # 10
@phoebephoebo: OMG i would cry ; ( im a 38 DDD i heard its very painful