When I say I went from watermelons to peaches, I am not exaggerating! For most of my post adolescent life I was top heavy, had tig ol’ bitties…whatever. Did I mention I went through puberty in the 4th GRADE (another story for another time…whew)??
So, being ‘the girl with the big boobs’ quickly became a huge part of my identity. I couldn’t help it. It definitely had an impact on the way my confidence was set up, my physical comfort and just life in general (another one for another time).
I used to wish so badly that I could go run without wearing two bras. Go bra-less without looking like somebody’s grandma. For real, y’all. I always carried it well. My bras FIT, no overexposing, etc…my mother always taught me to carry myself highly. And because of the way I presented myself pre-surgery, after my surgery, most people tell me they didn’t even realize they were as big as they were. I learned to hide them very well.
I’m not sure when the talk of a breast reduction first came up, but in the past two or three years I started taking it more seriously. A few years back, I was referred to an awesome plastic surgeon by my primary care doctor at the time. I went to the consultation and was sent home with a long list of things to do to show that my operation was medically necessary and therefore able to be covered by my insurance. Needless to say, I didn’t complete this list of things and kind of gave up hope on getting a reduction.
Fast forward to January this year, add in the ‘new year, new me’ mindset and I was ready to give it another go. I had moved to a new city, gotten a new doctor and was ready to try again. My doctor referred me to another awesome plastic surgeon. I went to the consultation, prepared to hear about this list of things I needed to do again.
I’ll just sum this up by saying this: I had my consultation and sent my request to be approved by my insurance in January 2016, I received a call that I was covered by my insurance in February 2016 and had my surgery April 1, 2016. The. Best. Day. Ever!
Maybe you, too have tig ol’ bitties (or know someone that does) and are considering a reduction. I’ve come up with a few tips to keep in mind. Check them out!
Be prepared for the cost.
Breast reductions can cost anywhere from $6,000-10,000. Yeah, I know. I’ve read and heard about many insurance companies denying paying for a person’s breast reduction based off that long list I was telling you about. It may consist of things like, visiting a chiropractor for a period of time, being prescribed pain medication for the pain large breasts cause, losing weight and things like that. All to make sure that your surgery is medically necessary and not just cosmetic. But, don’t let that discourage you! It all depends on the person, their insurance company and THE PLASTIC SURGEON. I say, just follow your doctor’s suggestions and have faith.
Patience is key.
Start to finish, this process WILL test your patience. From waiting to hear back from your insurance company for approval, to going through the healing process (which I still am going through). The healing process can take a year or more to fully be complete. Patience is key! I am super impatient, a few days after surgery I was ready to get out of the bed and GO! Bad idea. I decided to go out and run a few errands…a couple days after surgery. Who does that? Well, it caught up with me and I ended up with a major headache and finding out I was dehydrated!
Don’t let horror stories get to you.
We know breast reduction is a major surgery, but as far as pain…it’s really not that bad! I watched so many Youtube videos and read so many stories from people who have gone through the process and it ranged from ‘It was a breeze!’ to ‘I thought I was dying!’ I know everyone has a different pain tolerance, but I promise…I PROMISE, if your procedure goes well, this is not a terrible experience. After the first days, I experienced more discomfort than pain. Literally, I didn’t even need my pain medicine after day two. I just took it at night to make going to sleep way more comfortable.
Ask questions, seriously.
Before, during and after…ASK QUESTIONS. Have a list ready for your doctors. Find someone who’s gone through it before that can walk you through the process. If a question crosses your mind…just ask it! It’s a good feeling knowing what to expect with a procedure like this.
Embrace those melons.
Enjoy your big boobies while you have them! I never thought I would say this, but love on them. Sometimes I feel like we (my twins and I) didn’t get a proper good-bye. I was so used to always having them, that some days it seems like something is missing. It’s really like being granted a second chance to do life differently.
Best thing you’ll ever do!
If you go through with this process and if your story is like mine and several women out there with huge boobs, this will be one of the greatest things you’ll ever do. Hands down! Period! *drops mic* The pain and heaviness is instantly gone. No more shoulder indents from your bra straps. You can now wear that dress, you know which one I’m talking about. It’s amazing!
Anymore questions about chopping off the twins, just let me know!