thinking about it, but have a lot of wt to lose

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Registered: 10-05-2009
thinking about it, but have a lot of wt to lose
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Sat, 07-02-2011 - 10:15pm

I have over 100 pounds to lose, and I wonder if I can get a reduction before losing all the wt. I'd hate to have them done and then lose the wt and have saggy girls again, but at the same time, I'm thinking if the girls were smaller, it would be so much easier to be active.

did any of you find you had to lose some certain amount of wt before you could have a reduction? I'm wearing a 42i bra and they are impossible to find, and super expensive. I'd like to go down to a B-C. I was a C in high school and that always seemed large, so I'd like to be a bit smaller than that. Or maybe I was really bigger than that and was just wearing a bra that was too small!

I really want a reduction (and some liposuction to remove this belly, but that's not in the real game plan!)

one more question, I've read/heard that all nipple sensation is lost. Has this been the experience for any of you? I don't really care one way or the other, since I have little sensation now, but it's an issue for my honey (who otherwise completely supports this decision)

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Registered: 07-14-2004

if your going through insurance they might have guidelines you need to meet in order to cover you. i would lose the weight first and see if they get smaller. you could always call a ps and talk to them. everyone is different, but if you have to have a nipple graft ( i think thats what its called) then yeah i think u do lose sensation, if not then you may have more sensation. hope this makes sense. good luck with your journey. keep us posted. by the way im 11 months out. was a DDD now a very happy C. you dont want to go too small and be out of proportion with your body. : )

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Registered: 07-27-2007
Hi!
Some insurance companies do require a certain amount of weight loss before they will ok the surgery. You might want to check with yours to see where they are on this. As far as the girls getting saggy when you lose weight after surgery; I lost about 20 pounds and found the girls stayed the same, it was just the fat around them and under them that left. But I still have a bit of a belly, which was hiding underneath all those years. That is something alot of ladies notice after surgery. I had my nipple moved and although I did lose some sensation, I still have some and it is a bit different, but still good. It all depends I guess on how the nerves, etc. heal up. I still have numb areas on the sides of my girls, but no biggie. I had surgery almost 4 years ago and still everyday am amazed at them. It really has changed my life. I feel so much more confident, can workout so much easier and clothes finally fit, especially dresses, which before forget. Plus all the pretty bras and tops that are available. I went from a 40DDD to a 38C. I don't really think you want to be anything less than a C, but your choice. You will be surprised how small a C is compared to what you are now. Good luck with your journey and stay in touch!!

Nancy :)
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Registered: 10-05-2009
I was a C when I was younger and always thought that was big. I have a small frame, with a lot of fat on it. The parts of me that are big are all fat, but like my wrists, hands, feet, face, all very small. I've been searching the internet for before and after pictures, looking for women that went from very large down to a b or c and have only found 1. I thought she looked terrific with b's. But I'd like to see more.

I'm working on losing weight now. I'm just afraid that I'm going to lose, and work so hard to do that and then they are gonna say I need to lose even more than that. I'll be chatting with a PS soon, I just don't really know where to start. My primary care doc said she'd back me up and started noting my complaints of back and head aches.

Honestly, I'd rather have no nipple sensation than have huge girls that make me feel like a blob! I want to be able to walk into any store and buy a bra rather than using a specialty store or ordering online. To be able to buy off the rack would be amazing to me. To not have that nasty, stinky rash under them would be great, too.
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Registered: 07-27-2007
Your PS will be able to tell you if a B is a good fit for you. And maybe he can take you down that far. Getting their opinion on that and the weight loss will be a great first start for you to see where you need to go from there before surgery. If you don't feel comfortable with him/her, try another one, as you want to know you can go to them with any questions/concerns you might have before, during and after surgery. I found the nursing staff at my PS's office to be tremendous help for my questions.
I was the same way as you, as the PS could not guarantee sensation in the nipples. Ok, sad, but I just wanted those beasts off my chest!!!! Yeah, the rash in the summer, the bulk, the weight, the pressure on my neck and back...ugh. It was all gone though after surgery. I had people say I looked taller and certainly happier!!
And to be able to go in a store and buy a bra off the rack and have it fit and even off the sale rack sometimes...so nice. I can't count how many bras I have now and I just had to finally go buy a white one, cause I said after surgery I would never own a plain white bra again. Well turns out sometimes you need plain. My husband doesn't seem to mind the occasional expense of a Victorias Secret bra and now he says, that more than a handful is a waste!! Ahh I love him :)
So good luck on your trek. Don't hesitate to ask any questions here, we all have and its a great source of info and comfort!!!

Nancy :)