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Does anyone have any experience with this? I know she’s been thinking about it for a really really long time. I fully support her in doing this, I know she’s been in alot of pain and has the worst time buying bras/clothing. She’s like 5 feet 2 inches and a 34 G (I think). So anyways, her Dr says she’s on the list and it looks like December will be when it takes place… well the wedding is the end of december.. What sort of recovery time is she looking at? I gave her full Vito power on the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and told her we’ll find a seamstress that can alter hers the day before if it comes down to that.
My father is a Dr at the local hospital in the city where she lives, so I know she wont be having the surgery the week of the wedding or anything. They pretty much only do emergencies in the week between christmas and newyears. I’m more worried about her recovery. She’s the type of person that would just ‘push through’ rather than miss being in the wedding and I dont want her to hurt herself… she said she wouldn’t miss it for anything, but I’ve made it clear that her health is the #1 priority, I just dont trust her not to put on her ‘brave face’ and keep going even if she should be resting.
So.. has anyone been in a similar situation?
Post # 3
You sound like such a considerate bride. When I opened the post I figured it would be a bride complaining that the Bridesmaid or Best Man was taking over her day with her surgery, but I was pleasantly surprised. You’re a really good friend! My mom did have a breast reduction, but in the early 80s, so I don’t want to give misinformation thirty years later.
Post # 4
@bride2befl21340: Thanks, I’ve been doing some of my own research and apparently it can take up to 6 weeks to recover. Though i’m not sure is that’s for a full recovery, or just to the point where you can get out of bed. The waiting list can be from 10-18 months, but they said probably dec of 2012. Through my dad, I know that breast reductions are being taken off the table as far as medicare goes, so if she goes off the waiting list, and the goes back on, it wouldn’t be covered by our taxes anymore and she’d have to pay out-of-pocket. And I definitely don’t want to see that happen!
Post # 5
@capergrrl: I”ve not had a breast reduction, but a good friend of mine did about a year ago. If it helps your friend, my friend had undergone physical therapy, nerve blocks, and lots of meds. Within a week of her reduction, she felt the first real difference ever. She was back at work within three weeks, if I recall correctly. She definitely still had some (very minor) issues even a few months post-surgery (she told me the nerves have to re-connect). She probably won’t be able to lift much, and it depends on when teh surgery is as to how she’ll be.
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@MsLobizon: Thank you so much for your reply, it was very helpful!
PS. Love your avatar, Maid/Matron of Honor has an adorable pug also 🙂
Post # 7
A friend of mine got a breast reduction and she had to take two full weeks off of work for it. She was in a considerable amount of pain for about a month and had to take it very easy.
Post # 8
I had one almost 14 years ago. So everything I say should be taken with a grain of salt, because the techniques and recovery period have probably improved since then.
I would say that the first two weeks are very, very painful (there are a lot of nerves in that region!). Soreness continues for about 6 weeks. But I think that after the first two weeks, I could have easily been in a wedding. I may not have wanted to dance much (bouncing = PAIN) but I certainly could have worn the dress, stood up for my friend, and enjoyed the dinner and cocktails.
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I have had a breast reduction, 5 years ago. I was in pain for about a week but after that I was fine. It was during my Christmas break from college and I remember going Christmas shopping before my drains were even taken out (granted not for very long)
Honestly, by New Years that year I remember being excited to wear an awesome cute top that I would have never been able to wear before the surgury. I think your Bridesmaid or Best Man should be fine
I should also noteI was reduced 10 cups sizes so I would say my reduction was pretty drastic
Post # 11
that’s awesome that you are being considerate of her!
one of my best friends had one in may and i would say it took her a solid 2 months to be able to function normally. for a few weeks she couldnt even open the fridge by herself 🙁 it was terrible to watch and i can’t even imagine attempting to be a happy, helpful or functional bridesmaid in that state. but i guess that everyone has a different recovery. she knows her body better than anyone, so if she thinks she can do it then i’d say definitely pick a dress that isnt restrictive at all on the top half and maybe one with thicker straps? my friend had to wear a special (totally not cute) bra for a several weeks after the surgery.
Post # 12
My XFMIL got it and was in bed for at least a week, she was recovering for at least a month but she also has diabetes which I think complicated the healing. I don’t remember exactly how long her recovery was, so this is a bit of a guesstimate.
Post # 13
I had a consult for my breast reduction today and the Doctor said that while different people recover differently, most people are good 10 days -2 weeks post op. He said the biggest thing is your energy level, that people are generally really tired after for 2-6 weeks, but not really in pain. It can be a very physically and emotionally draining process apparently. Are you haveing a gap at all? Or would it be possible to have somewhere your Bridesmaid or Best Man could lie down for say 1/2 hour during cocktail hour or where she could retreat to during the reception if she starts to feel to tired?
Also, another thing to consider when looking at dresses is what kind of recovery bra she can find. Most of them look like sports bras, but have thick straps, so she may want to get like a bateau neckline and/or a little matching jacket to hide the bra…
Post # 14
i had one last year (actually, i had two, cause they weren’t even after the first one). it was a long recovery process, because of the amount of tissue they took out. it took almost two weeks for me to be able to be off the pain meds completely. and i agree with the draining thing, it took me a good month and a half to be able to go through the day without taking a nap or two.
also, i had to wear a binding bra for a month, 24 hours a day, after surgery. this could put a hitch in the plans for her dress. just fyi (:
it was the best thing i’ve ever done. i have no more back pain, i can see my feet when i look down, it’s awesome. i went from a 38H to a 38D, and i’m happy as a clam.