I haven't been on ivillage for a very long time. I read your info and think I may be able to comment.I am a 52 year old that was in a very similar position size wise at your age. I had the opportunity to have a breast reduction about the same time, but decided to put it off since I was moving out of state. Well...many years later I have finally had it. December of last year. All those extra years of carrying that weight around. I can tell you, that you probably will always need the surgery even if you did lose a ton of weight. I lost 60 pounds and they were still huge. I don't regret having it done one bit. Yes, at first I did notice my stomach a lot and still do some. But at least now I can exercise easier to work on that part.
About the 1 week off, I would highly recommend giving yourself 2 wks, especially where you have to do some bending in your job. It took me almost 2 wks just to have the drains empty out. You sure don't want to go in full time at least!
I encourage you to do it. I wish you the best. If you have any questions at all, just ask.
I can related.
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