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    I know there are several women on the board that have had it done. If you are one of them and care to share, I am very interested in your experience. I am seriously considering having this done, but am scared to death. How is the scarring? How long did it take to feel 'right'? Side effects? ANY issues?
    Is anyone sorry they did it?

    Thank you to anyone who shares their story!

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    Lynnie, I'll check today with a friend of mine. She is a member of a message board that helps with reductions etc.

    I was considering it at one time, and that board had tons of nice people and info.

    i'll PM you the web address when i find it.
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    I have an appointment at the end of August for a breast reduction consultation. There is definitely a medical need - my posture is terrible, I have grooves in my shoulders from bra straps, and I have neck and upper back aches that give me headaches almost daily. I recently lost some weight and it didn't help shrink my cup size any, only my band size. As I get older, I can really feel the effects of my large chest so I figure it's time to do something.

    I'm a big wuss though when it comes to anything medical so I'm not sure that I'll go through with it - I'll have to weigh the risks vs. benefits at my age. I do know that it is the plastic surgery procedure with the highest patient satisfaction and anyone that I've talked to about it says it's the best thing they could've done.

    PS - I go crazy when I hear women getting implants. Unless it's after a mastecomy or to fix a deformity, I don't know why women want larger breasts? They just get in the way of everything, clothes don't fit well, they make you look heavier, it's harder to exercise, and they cause neck and back strain. I wonder how many women regret having them done afterwards?

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    i had it. and all i can say is: do it! especially if the only thing holding you back is fear. you're done having kids (i assume?) so you don't have to worry about not being able to breast feed which is one of the risks associated with surgery.
    i did it about 10 years ago and it's seriously the best thing i could have done. you really need to do your research and find a good doctor, one who's board certified and who comes highly recommended. i had it done in the US and my doctor specialises in reductions and i knew two women who had had their reductions done by him and were really happy with the results so that really helped. and another thing is you have to feel comfortable with your doctor. i went to another doctor first, in switzerland, where i was living. he was supposed to be the best there and i'm sure he was a really good doctor but when i went in to meet him, i just felt like i was another number to him, like he wasn't really listening and i just did not feel comfortable trusting him to operate on me. about a year later i went to see my doctor in florida and it was the total opposite, i immediately felt at ease with him.

    as for the operation itself, first they'll run some tests and i also got a clotting test done (they make a small cut on your arm and see how long it takes for the bleeding to stop). i went in early in the morning, the operation was a few hours, i was in recovery for about 2 hours and then they sent me home, but i know this varies depending on the doctor and on how you're doing after surgery so they could make you stay in the hospital for a couple of days.

    you'll be out of it for about a day or two. i never really felt any pain but they give you meds and i took them for 2 days. you will feel discomfort though, more than actual pain, but that's also cause you're all bandaged up and groggy from the anaesthesia and the meds. i stopped taking the meds after a couple of days and felt fine, after a few days i was walking around but taking it easy. you can't lift your arms above shoulder level for 2 weeks and no exercise for about a month while it heals. but after a week (or less) you're pretty much back to your normal life save for the exercising and lifting your arms part (and no carrying heavy stuff obviously).

    i had the anchor technique - which means they cut around the nipple (but they don't cut it off - imagine a mushroom, the nipple is the top of the mushroom and the nerve is the stem. they just cut around the nipple but leave the 'stem' intact so you don't lose sensation), then they make a keyhole shaped incision ending with a curve at the bottom of the breast. when they put it all back together you end up with an anchor-shaped scar, around the nipple, vertically down the breast and then a curve at the bottom of the breast.

    the better your doctor, the less scarring you'll have. i'm also lucky that i scar really well. the scar around the nipple is invisible because it's really thin and it's camouflaged by the change of colour between nipple and breast. the vertical one is very fine and hard to see and the one at the bottom of the breast is kind of naturally camouflaged as well.

    because nerves take a long time to grow and 'settle', it will be about 6 months to a year before you feel totally 'normal' again and until you regain normal sensation. the first 6 months or so you'll occasionally get these shooting sensations around the incision areas. not painful, but like a sudden, very mild electric shock. that's the nerves. but it's really not a big deal.

    you have to wear an ugly semi-orthopaedic bra day and night for a month but after that you're free to start shopping for pretty bras. not that you'll really need one cause they hold up on their own after the surgery, that's one of the advantages.

    wow, long post. anyhoo, pm me or post if you have any more questions. but i have absolutely no regrets. yes, there is scarring but if you have a good doctor and no scarring issues it will be minimal. with mine, you need to look closely and have good lighting to see them because they're flat and thin and the same colour as my skin.

    oh yeah, i don't know what kind of insurance you have. with mine, they covered the operation depending on how much weight they remove from each breast. mine weren't big enough for them to cover it but they did end up paying for part of it after my doctor spoke to them and said that those guidelines were too general and that my operation was medically necessary and because i'm on the short side (5'3'') even though the weight they removed was less than the insurance guidelines specified, my breasts were big enough that they were affecting my back, posture, etc... i'm not sure if in my case it really was an absolute medical necessity but keep that in mind so you can get your insurance to pay for at least a part of it. talk to your doctor.
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    Wow, thanks Sput! I had no idea you had this procedure! Can I ask how old you were when you had it? And you said it was about 10 yrs ago---how are they holding up now? And how long till you.....you let someone get intimate afterwards (if you remember). I am semi worried about that aspect as well....my husband is a boob guy, so I know this will be somewhat weird for him.
    Can I also ask what cup you went from, and what you went to? PM me if you would prefer.

    I am a 38DDD now. But I would bet that I am more like a 38F or something. I am losing weight too (I'm not overweight though) and its VERY hard to do anything cardio wise with these tata's. I haven't run since I was literally 14 yrs old. I never did sports because of this. I am 40, done having kids and am sick and fucking tired of these damn things. I have to wear huge shirts, that make me look like a whale and I'm just done.
    I doubt it would be covered under my health insurance, since I have never made an issue about my back/headaches....but my shoulders have some really nice grooves going. I'll still explore it, what the hell. But at this point I am planning on probably having to pay for it myself.

    Thanks everyone---and thanks MsDeb--appreciate any info you could pass along.

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    no worries. ask me anything you'd like. i was 18 (so it's been a bit more than 10 years actually, more like 12) and i wasn't in a relationship when i had it done so i wasn't intimate with anyone right away. i imagine i wouldn't have wanted anyone to touch my boobies right after, at least not for at least a month or until they felt less tender. you could probably have sex before that but just without a lot of boobie action. maybe not for the first couple of weeks cause you don't want to pop a stitch or anything. they tell you no exercise for 3 weeks so that's probably the same with sex.
    i started sleeping with someone about 6 months later and it wasn't a big deal. it's never been an issue for sex. honestly, most guys don't even notice anything until i tell them about it - you need to look closely and with lots of light to see anything.
    i was about a dd and i went down to a small c. i've noticed that when i'm working out more and my weight goes down a bit they go down to a large b. the doctor will look at your body type and frame and determine how much to remove according to that. but if they are very large, it might not be possible to make them that small. a friend of mine had really big boobs and she wanted the doctor to make them a small b and he said it wasn't possible because the scars would be too noticeable and it just wouldn't work on her. it's different for everyone, you have to ask your doctor what size he thinks you'll be.
    oh, and they're holding up very well. no sagging at all and i can still pass the 'pencil test' with flying colours
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    I am definately having this done at some point. I was at the PS the other day for my botox and I was reading one of the PS journals in the waiting room and it said 'Post op pain level: prepare for agony' which freaked me out.

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    Lynnie I PM'd you the link
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    I'd love to have it, but I'm sure Blue Cross Insurance (or any other) won't cover it unless deemed medically necessary. I need to start going to the chiropractor or my doctor and have them document my back pain, etc.

    I have 36DD's and I'm sick of them. I would like to be a C cup. I wasn't even an early developer of boobs. I didn't get my boobs until I was 15. I inherited them from my grandma. Thanks.

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    Oh man reading about the "joys" of big boobs gives me sympathy pains for you guys. My mom had huge boobs but I didn't inherit them. She actually started losing her boobs once she was around 50. I think she went from a DD to what looks like a C, which is good because her frame is pretty small. Sounds like a total pain in the ass to have to deal with them, hope you get some relief lynnie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooter View Post
    I am definately having this done at some point. I was at the PS the other day for my botox and I was reading one of the PS journals in the waiting room and it said 'Post op pain level: prepare for agony' which freaked me out.
    maybe that's if you don't take anything at all but that wasn't my experience at all. and they make sure you don't feel any pain at all the first couple of days because you get some pretty good meds. like i said in my mega-post, i felt discomfort. your whole chest feels kind of sore and tender but not actual pain.
    2 girls i know who had it done after me (by the doctor i went to the first time and decided not to go with) had a similar experience.
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    I always had a "hips and tits" chassis, but once I had kids the tits became a G-sized problem.

    I had the surgery about 10 years ago and I am SOOOOOOO happy with the results. I don't need to tell you the downside to having big tits but the upside of having "normal" ones is spectacular!

    You can find the info about the actual surgery all over the internet and your surgeon will explain it too. Yes, there is scarring which does fade over time although it never becomes completely invisible. However, the main scar falls in the crease under the breast to to all intents and purposes it can't be seen. There is another circular scar around the nipple that disappears into the aureole over time. The third scar is a vertical line from the bottom of the nipple down to the breast crease and again, that fades completely - or mind did anyway.

    Post Op pain? Surprisingly little, or at least nothing a panadol couldn't fix. Bruising? Again, surprisingly little. I was expecting my tits to be black and blue but they weren't at all. Tender, yes but a good sports bra helped there.

    I was in hospital for 24 hours and was able to get back to my usual routine after a couple of days rest at home. The only restriction is no heavy lifting or other obviously stupid stuff.

    I guess we all react to anaesthetic/pain differently but for me it was a breeze - certainly compared to childbirth! It's a "big" operation compared to, say, implants but having nice neat tits makes it worth every cent and every minute. DO IT!

    Go and see a surgeon who specialises in boobs and he will be able to answer all your questions - with pictures too!
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    They are definately bigger after the kid. I also had premature ovarian failure so I have the hormonal issues of a woman in her 50's. deep sigh....

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    Lynnie,dear! I have posted this before, but my beloved and sassy Aunt in her late 70's got tired of her back hurting. She would have to sit down and rest in the middle of making dinner. She teaches water aerobics and volunteers at a museum on day a week & counsels or visits new widows. She also has her Bonco club and her Red Hat club. I digress.
    She hates wasted time, so she went straight in and had breast reduction. It went fine, except she was not allowed to drive for -I believe-2 weeks. That drove her crazy. She never took so much as an asprin-said it didn't hurt, why should she?
    SO-if my aged Aunt can do this, you sure can! The only thing that makes her mad about it is that she didn't do it earlier.
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    I had it done 5 years ago at the age of 22 and it was the best decision I ever made. I was a 36F before surgery and a 36C afterward. In the last year I've lost 20lbs (I'm down to about 110 lbs), and I'm down to a 34b.

    As for the surgery, I didn't think it was all that bad. Yes, it was painful, but I was never in excruciating pain. The worst part was having the drains removed. I did take a full 6 weeks off of work and I made sure I was fully recovered before I returned (my job at the time involved a lot of moving around, so a full recovery was vital).

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