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Saturday, April 4th, 2015
10:27 pm
I just joined this community, but no-one's posted in ages. Hope it's not a ghost town.

I need help. I had a lumpectomy last month, followed by breast reduction on March 19th. I'm on a leave of absence from work and sort of all right. Not too concerned about scarring, but what really bothers me is extreme sensitivity in both breasts, particularly the nipples. I can hardly tolerate clothing, and the chafing of bedclothes is more that I can bear. Right now I am wearing a satin shell inside-out, and even that feels like sandpaper.

I was googling "breast reduction sensitivity" and found a bbs where members were sharing information about topical analgesics. I bought some Blue Emu, but it doesn't help.

Here I am over two weeks out from surgery and don't know how I'll be able to go back to work if I can't wear office attire for 8 hours!


EDITED 4/5/15 ... Yup, it's a ghost town. All I really want is hope that the extreme sensitivity goes away.
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
12:18 am
post op advice

I am now 6 days post op. I took a shower on day 3 and was shocked by the site of them. They felt so small (was a 38ddd) and one was more torpedo shaped and set far from each other. Please tell me someone else experienced same and this changed over time. Now really freaking and wonder if I made a mistake.

Secondly the last two day after I eat I feel extremely nauseous and light headed? Any one else experienced similar effects?
Monday, October 22nd, 2012
7:45 pm
New here and in need of some help :(
I've been reading through many of the posts here and wanted to say it makes me so happy to hear about all the success stories. But it makes me wish even more I can get a breast reduction of my own someday! 

You see, I'm about to turn 19, I'm 5'3" and I have 30G breasts. I've been dreaming about a breast reduction for a long time. I had an eating disorder a few years back and I find my breasts very triggering. I am a healthy weight now though ~140 lbs. I'm pretty athletic and my boobs definitly inhibit what I am able to do.

I cant jog or skip or do any kind of vigorous exercise without my boobs chaffing, getting hot red and hurting. I have chronic shoulder and neck pain, and those dents in my shoulders. Every day I think about how I hate my breasts, how I wish they were smaller. I hunch because my back is weak (I'm trying to fix this with exercise) and I feel insecure when I try to stand up straigt because its like everyone is just staring at my chest. I feel like I'm in mental and physical pain every single day because of them. It really feels like a tremondous burden. 

What makes it worse, is I have very little support from my family. I asked my mom if she thought I could ever get a breast redcution. She said "no, they're not even big enough!" ;~;!!!

I don't understand, she's commented before on how huge they are. I think it might be because I wear loose tops and have wide hips, they seem more balanced or whatever...but still it really really hurts...every single day....I'm sure you ladies can sympathize with that. And my mom was always a B cup, maybe a C cup now so I don't think she can really understand...

Not to mention bras in my size can be so darn expenisve...I just wanna be able to wear a tiny cheap bra from wal-mart that will fit around my rib cage as well as breasts!!! Its like they don't realize you can have a small rib cage AND big boobs!

I just feel incredibly low...at least my sister and boyfriend are finally more supportive. He used to tell me I should wait and just strengthen my back and it will be better...but because he sees I'm in so much chronic pain I think he understands. I do appreciate the massages from him as well. :)

But anyways, I just wanted to ask a few things, sorry for such a boring depressing rant.

1. How was the support you got from family, friends, etc. before you decided to get a breast reduction?

2. Does a 30G sound big enough to get covered by insurance? I know it can be hard getting it covered, but I checked my insurance company's policy on reconstructive breast reduction, and I meet the criteria, I just need approval from docs I guess? think with enough pestering I could get it covered?

3. Also, after looking through some before and afters online, it seems like most of the before pics were large pendulous breasts. My breasts dont hang that low. Their definitely not perky like tiny breasts, but I don't have a huge crease...they like protrude more so if that makes sense... I was wondering if this would effect my chances of getting approved for a breast reduction? 

4. If I was comfortable enough I would post a pic, but I just feel too insecure. If it really seems like I don't match the criteria for a breats reduction I'd like to know. I know I've heard of lots of ladies with other horrible symptoms...for me it is mostly postural, shoulder, neck pain, some headaches.

*Honestly I am so desperate for freedom from my breasts, I am willing to pay fully for it myself if I have to, although that would probably be all my savings. 

Sorry for such a long post...but thanks for reading anyway! I'm so glad I found this! :)

Current Mood: sad
Thursday, October 18th, 2012
5:55 am
breast feeding after breast reduction
Does anyone have any success stories? I'm two years, 2 mos. out of my surgery, and am due in june and i'd love to be able to breastfeed.
Monday, July 9th, 2012
12:16 pm
Surgery Day
Im having so many mixed feelings,

Im so happy that my surgery is Friday, but im so anxious about this entire process.

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
1:30 pm
Hey guys,

I'm a 24 yrs old I'm 4'9 and have a 34DDD and maybe bigger but I refuse to buy bigger bra sizes. I'm having surgery on 07/13/12 and I'm so nervous and scared. I want to know what to expect the day off and the days after. I'm still not certain what will be my exact size. Im afraid that this will be like a shock when I wake up. I have some questions maybe someone can help.

1. How long after can you take a shower?
2. How long is recovery?
3. Can I go back to a typing job after 2 weeks?
4. How is the process of the draining the blood?
5. How are the scars?
6. How many days will you need someone to take care of you?

Thank You in advance for your help.
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
2:47 pm
Some advice needed please!
Hi guys, I need some advice please. I am 21, 5ft5 and a size 28HH, normally a uk dress size 10.
I have wanted a Breast reduction since I started puberty...ha 
I am currantly pregnant with my second child and I have been looking into having a breast reduction for a long time and feel after the birth of my second child this will be a good time to have it as me and my husband would like to wait a good 3-4 years till we have anymore children. A non pregnant me will normally have all the normal symptoms of having big boobs e.g back pain, muscle tension, general uncomfortableness and not to mention very low self esteem and very restricted in clothing. also my boobs are extremely saggy.

the advice I need is should I have the reduction when I have lost my baby weight (normally falls off me in the first couple of months) or should I wait until I have completed my family? Myself and my husband want about 5 children all spaced out and as I haven't even given birth to my second child should I wait as having another baby in a few years will reverse the procedure? I feel like I really need to do this for me but I was just wondering your opinions.
I cannot imagine going through another pregnancy with massive boobs they go up to a 30JJ and it huge for my size 10 frame! Your supposed to enjoy pregnancy but I hate every moment of it because I hate the way I look so much.

P.s I do not breastfeed and I am planning to go private. Thanks for all your help in advance xx

Current Mood: distressed
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
9:24 pm
n00b alert!! Need help ^^;
I've been a lurker on this community for a while.
So this is my first time posting =D

I'm 22 years old, 5'0'', 50~52 kg with size 36 DD.
I've always been VERY self conscious of my breasts, because not only are they too big for my build, they are (don't know the correct medical term) very saggy. Too much for my age.
I also get back pains, and used to get scars from bras.
It's been my biggest insecurity ever since I was 13.
And I decided since I'm old enough to get it done, and that it's the only thing I've been 100% certain of, why not do it now?

But.....I'm a bit lost, and need some help >< 

My questions are:

1. Who is the best surgeon in L.A or the California area? (I live in Santa Barbara) I can't seem to find reviews ><.

2. How long do I need to be in town for? I'm leaving the country in 2 weeks or so.

3.Are there any ways to treat scarring? Wether it was laser treatment, or different procedures?

4.And is it true I won't be able to breast feed if I had it done?

Thank you guys so much, I just wanna say that this community was so helpful to me and I appreciate everyone for sharing their story and helping each other! 

Thank you again in advance ^^.

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
8:58 pm
Hesitating to finally go for it...
I have posted here last year (I'm i'm not mistaken) about wondering if I would be covered or not. Well a lot of thoughts and have going through ever since.

To keep it short, I have a small build. A 32DD (when I work out during the summer I should be wearing more of a 30E) bra size, 5'6", and a weight which ranges from 110 to 117 lbs all year round.

I used to wear a 32F (going up to a 32G) back when I used to lurk around here at 15-16 years old, and was only dreaming of a reduction. Being that age though, I could not go for the surgery myself, and therefore had to wait to be of legal age (18 here in Quebec). I swear I used to COUNT the months remaining. When I stopped the Pill that I used to take to regulate my acne, Diane-35 (which I took for a year and a half), my breasts went down to a 32DD in about 6 months, and I lost 10 lbs. I was ecstatic, it was like a dream come true, my breasts went down in size WITHOUT surgery. Yet it was not really enough for me. Still, when I get in shape, I am very tiny but my breasts do not move at all. I feel like I look disproportionate (people give me at least 20 lbs more than I actually am because of that) and I can't have the look I truly want. Also, when I swell with bad PMS, I'm extremely uncomfortable, and have a bad posture. Sometimes it goes away, sometimes it stays that way a bit longer then gets worse, then a few months later goes down a bit... then I feel relieved. But it never lasts.

I am just tired of having to feel this way and worry about it. I want the body and shape that I want, I don't want to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on different styles and sizes of bras (I'd like to pay for my schooling and my rent instead like everyone else I know!). I know I may be approved for my size and what I want to go down (I think in Quebec you are covered if it's 250g or more), but I may NOT be because there are women to have had pains that are way worse than what I have (it's light, only when I get the PMS or if I'm bloated). I'm at the point where I'd pay for it if I have to. I also have a loving and caring boyfriend who would help...

Yet I'm scared of what, I think, everyone goes through before a surgery. All the horror stories of going to sleep and never waking up, feeling all the pain during the procedure and not being able to do anything, or just plain dying from the procedure... It scares me, and is what is pulling me back I think, that and the money.

Any advice? Have you had a bad experience, or are these cases actually rare?
Sunday, February 26th, 2012
11:08 pm
Surgery in 4 weeks.....help?????
Hi, I am new to this site and it seems like it can help. I am having a breast reduction in 4 weeks and I think I am having a nervous break down...slowly in progress :( I am so anxious and excited all at once. I honestly can't really describe how I am feeling, but I can't eat much or sleep for that matter. All I think about is what if this or that or am I doing the right thing or is it going to be a horrible process. I have read so much on how things will work​ before and after surgery and that's fine, but what about the in between? the waiting? the stress? the feelings??? I am 24 and I'm 32F. I need this done for medical reasons, but I am so scared. This is a life changing surgery and I don't know what to do, or how I should feel or is this normal? Has anyone felt as confused as I am now? If so how did you deal with it? I think I'm going crazy!! Please any suggestions or support would be helpful b/c I don't know how to handle this!!! ( And I though motherhood was scary lol) Thanks! 

PS my pre-op is a week... what are the concerns that you have had and you wish you would have asked prior to your surgery?? 

Monday, January 16th, 2012
3:08 am
general questions
Hi, I am almost 23 and have been thinking about having a reduction for years now. I'm not sure who to bring it up to first (regular doctor or straight to a plastic surgeon). I've mentioned back pain to my regular doctor and asked if it might be because of my boobs but she kind of shrugged and wrote me a referral to a physical therapist. Physical therapy was fine but at the end of the day I really want a reduction, not some exercises and a massage.

Any suggestions? Specific back/neck/other problems/feelings or certain areas I should mention? 

Also, I'm about 5'5, 165lbs, and a 38DD. They're not totally out of control, but I've always been uncomfortable with them and while I'm not a small person, my body is otherwise evenly distributed/proportionate and I'm built fairly athletically. While a lot of women seem to mature in their late teens, my cup size grew from a C to DD during college and I didn't really gain weight otherwise. Lately it has become uncomfortable to run, etc. which is very frustrating. I'm wondering about insurance and if my proportions are enough to merit coverage, so if anyone with similar measurements has had a reduction covered, that would be great to know. I know if depends on the company, but just to know if it's been done and covered would be useful. 

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
7:51 am
I LOVE my new boobs :)
I had my surgery yesterday y'all!  It was SUCH an amazing experience and I can't believe I didn't do it earlier.   I went to Dr. Susan Pike in Round Rock Texas, near Austin. Every single thing about my process, from my consultation to my pre-op to my surgery has been absolutely wonderful.  I am in some pain but my happiness is definitely cancelling that pain out for the most part.  I encourage anyone to get this done if you want it.
I went from a large E cup down to a medium C cup.  This is the best decision I've ever made and I have literally had a load lifted off my chest. It is easier to breathe, my posture is so much better, and I can walk around without having a huge amount of weight hanging there.  They took a pound off the left breast and 3/4 a pound off the right breast.  It doesn't sound like a lot but it has made such a huge difference.
I would give my overall experience a 10 out of 10 for sure.  If anyone has any questions about any part of the process (minus the post-op appointment because I haven't had that yet haha) please please please ask :)
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
2:14 pm
One Week!
One week until my surgery! Any precautions I need to take besides what they tell you in the pre-op?  Anything I need to buy to help me after surgery?  Helpful tips or suggestions would be awesome :)
Thursday, December 8th, 2011
10:15 pm
Random Question
So I know that you get a gown for surgery to wear during the procedure.  In the recovery room do you keep the gown on?  Or do the nurses dress you in the recovery room in clothes you bring for after the surgery?  Or does the person you brought with you dress you? Sorry it's so random!
12:48 am
Surgery December 20th
Hey Y'all,
I'm new to this whole livejournal thing, but I joined because I was googling info about breast reductions and this website board thingy came up.  Sooo I looked and it is exactly what I need to learn from others about it!

I have always wanted a breast reduction (I'm a 38 E cup right now) and I FINALLY have the chance to get one. It is happening in 12 DAYS!!

I went to the doctor's in April of this year and saw a doctor (she was actually a nurse practitioner and totally awesome) about shots for traveling to Korea (school trip).  We talked about standard medical stuff i.e. sicknesses, allergies, precautions in a foreign country where there could be some kind of flu I could get, etc.  Then she proceeded to say "your posture is awful. your breasts are way too large for your frame" (I'm 5'2" and weigh around 146, I'm very muscular with an athletic build).  
Her saying that was totally meant to be because I had no intention of bringing up my boobs (even though I've been DYING for a reduction for about 4 years but never thought it would be possible). 

Never say never I guess.

So she proceeded to tell me she had DDD breasts before she got surgery and started telling me different things about the surgery.  Then she asked "Have any questions?" I asked her questions, told her my life story.  Then she answered my questions and said "I am putting down chronic back, neck, shoulder pain on your chart."  M-i-r-a-c-l-e.  She is seriously a gift to me sent by the boob angels.  

So I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Susan Pike in Round Rock, TX (near Austin) in early August and got right in.  She was fabulous.  She went through standard procedures in the consultation and was very well-spoken and knowledgeable (I recommend her--so far).  Then they asked me what size I wanted to be....OMG.  I had to ask: "I get to decide?!"   
My dream size= medium to large C.  So that is what I said.
Looking at the pamphlet she handed me, under the "Why YOU should consider this surgery" section, I had 8 of the 10 symptoms/emotions/feelings listed.  that is almost 100%. crazy.

Talked with insurance and scheduling lady, it all got approved at the end of September, and I am having surgery on the 20th of this month.  12 days!  Words cannot describe how excited I am........and nervous.  
I am secretly freaking out.

Any information y'all could give me about pre-op, day of surgery, post-op, etc. would be fantastic  AKA a detailed description of every little thing :)
Can't wait to hear from yall and join the reduced boobs ranks!

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
2:03 pm
I am getting closer and closer to my weight goal, and will soon be ready for my reduction. I keep saying "next year!", and hopefully that will still be the case. I'm down 51 lbs, and Ive got around 40 left to go. I feel amazing, but my weight loss has only exaggerated how big my boobs are, and unperky :(

This photo was taken last weekend when my husband and I went rock-climbing. When I posted it on facebook, everyone commented on how good I looked (that felt good!), but ALL I can see are how BIG my boobs are! And all I can think about is how much better and more stream-lined I'd look with Bs or Cs!

That's my biggest issue. I just feel like big boobs look sloppy. I can't wear nice dresses without drawing tons of attention to my cleavage. Everything I wear shows them off, and with my skinnier body, I don't want to hide under baggy clothes!

Sorry to vent, I just knew you guys would understand. I can't WAIT to have small, perky, nice-but-not-the-only-thing-you-notice boobs. I can wear push-up bras if I want attention, but be able to take my "boobs" off at the end of the night, haha. Next year!!!!
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
8:49 pm
almost 1 week post surgery
My surgery was last tuesday on Sept 27th.  I went from a 40H to a 40C (just measured tonight).  I asked to go down to a D, but hey a C is good too and I'm sure it will change anyways. They say it takes about 6 months to actually see the real changes. 

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011
1:40 am
Hi, I'm Liz, I'm nineteen, and I have huge knockers. 
Hiiiii Liz

Current Mood: hopeful
Saturday, July 30th, 2011
11:22 pm
I'm sure this has been asked before but what size were you befor and what are you now?

I'm just thinking what my ideal size would be.
I'm wearing a 30HH now and think a D or C are ideal. But I'm 160 lbs at 5'7. So I'm not exactly a small girl.

Just asking around what size people ended up with. :)

Friday, July 15th, 2011
12:53 pm
How long of a wait?
Sorry to post again so soon!

I'm currently trying to find a family doctor so I can get a referel to a plastic surgeon/talk about getting OHIP to cover the fees.

I'm not in a super rush to get everything done, but I am just curious how long of a wait everyone had from their first consultation till their surgery date. (I'm expecting having to wait at least a year.)

I appreciate the opinions! :)
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