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As a card carrying feminist from the 70's, I thought I would never do such a thing as have someone shape my body. But after losing weight, gaining a pouch of extra skin, after having cysts that made me look 6 months pregnant and needing a hysterectomy, I decided to have an abdominoplasty along with my hysterectomy and rectal repair that I needed to relieve myself of pain. It was a pretty big surgery, the insurance did not pay for the plastic surgeon because it was considered cosmetic. However, they did pay for everything else except the plastic surgeon. I had 5 pounds of skin and fat removed from my abdomen-this was about 7 or 8 years ago. The feeling returned in my abdomen finally after about 2 years.
On this Monday, 10/16/2012, I had a breast reduction. Of course, it is still healing, and in a compression bra that pinches a little, but I already can't believe the difference. My posture is easier, it is easier to walk and get up and down, if you can believe that. The surgeon removed about 3/4 of a pound from each breast, and of course it is lifted. I still have sensation in my nipples, it actually feels better than when they were hanging off the pendulum, pointing south. They were lifted about 10 inches, if that gives you an idea of how much was hanging down and pulling on my neck and back muscles. I am 63 years old, and finally I will be able to walk and exercise more easily. My insurance paid for this surgery, as it was considered medically necessary. I had indentations in my shoulders from my bra straps, neck and upper back pain, and numbness in my upper arms. The plastic surgeon told me that most women that have a breast reduction(is almost always a lift-no implants) are overweight. He said that the weight practically falls off of them after they are healed because they feel so much better and can move and exercise better.
I tried yoga this summer, but it was impossible to get into any of the positions because of the pendulous breasts pulling in front of me. I went from a 44DD to what I think will be a 36 or 38 small C. I can't believe it-I look like a normal person-clothes button in the front and even those pesky jackets zip and button all the way up.
Any questions, I will be happy to answer. My only regret is that I did not do this in my 30's when I was done having children. It would have saved me all these years of discomfort, poor fitting clothes, and inability to feel free when exercising. I tried all kinds of bras, and believe me-none of them worked and none of them were comfortable. I was fitted by professionals who said if I had the right bra I would be comfortable. I have drawers full of bras that were not comfortable.
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