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Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I appreciate the web site and will go there next to look. I agree with you about male doctors wanting to keep breasts larger. I have had friends tell me this who visited surgeons for consults.
Hope you heal soon and start to feel comfortable again with arm movement.
In many if not most cases, insurance will cover breast reduction if medically necessary-each insurance company has different criteria, but plastic surgeons know that.
I am on a site called breasthealthonline that lists surgeons those members have used and recommend. They have a lot of before and after pictures and all kinds of very good information.They also have forums for abdominoplasty, breast reconstruction after cancer, augmentations, etc.
They recommend three consults before making any decisions so you can find the best fit for a doctor. they also recommend you find a plastic surgeon that specializes in your surgery.
My error was that I did not make myself clear about the sides under my arms-I wanted that gone, he said he would take care of it, and now that my breasts are smaller and lifted, that area really shows and puffs up over the sides of my bra. Now I know that you may have to pay for that correction along with the insurance covered breast reduction/lift. Most breast reductions are also lifts because years of pendulous breasts means stretching tissue and nipples much lower than they are supposed to be.
You do not have to be a normal weight to have a breast reduction-in fact most people are overweight and it becomes easier to lose weight after reduction when it is easier to exercise.
You cannot be a smoker, most PS will not do surgery on a smoker because of a high rate of complications, necrosis, healing poorly with poor skin elasticity. I think they like you to be a nonsmoker for at least 4 weeks, but not sure.
I hope this helps anyone looking at this-I never thought insurance would pay for my breast reduction, because people had told me all sorts of things that were not true-like I had to be at my ideal weight, that they would not make my breasts as small as I wanted them, that insurance wouldn't pay for it if I was older, that they would reduce but not lift them.
Also, reading other people's experiences, plastic surgeons are a varied in their opinions and skill levels as anyone else in any other job, so it pays to take your time, go to enough different ones until you are sure you have someone that will listen to you and has the skill to do what you want, within medical safety. It is common for PS to leave women bigger than they want to be-it might be a man thing. I had one plastic surgeon I consulted with ask me if my husband knew where I was and what I was planning, and if he approved!! That plastic surgeon also said he would not know what size I would be until he did the surgery, a D, C or CC. Well, that is a little true, but they can make you smaller if they have the skill and there are no other medical reasons not to.
Also, there are some internal bra techniques that they can do that use your tissue inside to make support so they don't sag after, and also so you don't need to wear a bra if you don't want to.
I opted for a C cup even though I wanted a B, because I thought it would look better with my body size and the surgeon thought so too. Now I sort of wish I had gone smaller, but I am only 5 weeks post op and still have swelling.
Hope this is helpful for anyone out there. I had a tummy tuck/abdominoplasty years ago with a complete hysterectomy, and that was a lot bigger surgery than the breast reduction, but this one has been more difficult in some ways as I must use my upper body and arms more than my hips and waist when I move.
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