Plastic Surgery?

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Plastic Surgery?
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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 1:24am
This is something I have been toying with for a long time now. All of my life, I have had somewhat large breasts. At this point, I am a 40DD. I am ONLY 5'4!!! And I am also losing weight, so I will look even MORE hilarious as I continue losing weight. And no, none of the breast size is going with the rest of the weight! :(

So, I am seriously looking into the idea of a breast reduction. I am thinking down to a C or maybe B cup. I just HATE having my chest be so pronounced!

So, fess up! Anyone else here had any plastic surgery done? May I ask how it went? How painful was it? How EXPENSIVE? How hard to find the right surgeon? How did those around you react?

If you haven't, would you ever? What about something like a breast reduction? Is it really just a waste of money? It IS really expensive, I know, but I just HATE looking like this!

so...any thoughts on plastic surgery?

Okmrsmommy-36, CPmom to DD-16 and DS-14

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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 11:22am
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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 11:31am
Well.. honestly, a breast reduction is something I would never need, I would have to go the other way. However, I am the black sheep of the family, because every other female has excessively large breasts. My aunt had a breast reduction, from a large DD to an E to a large B. She said it was pretty painful, but was worth it because of the strain on her back etc. She was about 45 when she had it done, and wished she had done it decades earlier. I'm pretty sure if you go through the right channels.. like the weight of them is detrimental to your health in back problems etc, insurance will partially cover it, as hers insurance did, so I would check into that.
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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 6:10pm
omg!! i am sooooo with you. i am large all over, but when i lose my weight, although i lose all over, "they" will be, well, sad looking if you know what i mean. i have every intention of have them reduced, or firmed up, however you want to put it. if this is such a bother to you, i would definitely look into it. they are so proficient at these surgeries now, and the recovery time is not as it used to be. lauren has a close friend who had it done, and i havent met her yet, but we are going to stand together and lift our shirts and take a picture. i will be "before" and she will be "after"!!!! ROFLMAO!

actually i am a 46D right now, and when i lose the weight i will probably be a flabby 38C, which is not bad, but there will be lose skin and im not getting any younger...LOL.

i say, go for it girl!! i know you will be so much happier!

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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 8:48pm
A friend of mine had a reduction. I must say, her the scaring from the surgery is horrible. I'm not sure how many different types of surgeries there are, but they had to detach her nipples for hers. She also had drainage tubes which she said were extremely painful to have removed.

But if it's any help, she's soooooooooo much happier with smaller breasts. She can actually wear a tank top now. Personally, I'm a 36D to DD, but it helps that I'm 5'10". I don't think I'd ever consider surgery, but they are getting to look like a couple of oranges in tube socks.....LOL.

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Fri, 05-23-2003 - 11:32pm
I'm all for it.

I had an aunt that said, "There's only three reasons for *not* having plastic surgery. Either the way you look doesn't bother you that much, you can't afford it, or you're scared. Well, the way I look does bother me, I have the money, and I'm not scared of anything."

I did have some minor plastic surgery. It wasn't anywhere near to the scale of a breast reduction, which is a pretty involved procedure, so I don't know that my experience would be helpful for you. I will say that it was something I thought about doing for YEARS before I actually did it, and my only regret is that I waited so long.

As for the cost, breast reductions are often covered by insurance.

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Sat, 05-24-2003 - 10:21am
One of my closest friends had breast reduction last year and she says it's the best thing she's ever done for herself. And hers was paid for by insurance because her breasts were causing her back and neck problems and she had deep gouges in her shoulders from her bra straps. I don't know the details, but she was not in great pain, although there was some. It was also uncomfortable for a while, but that didn't last long.

I would encourage you to look into it, if not just to look better, but to avoid back and neck problems caused by carrying around all that extra weight.

Let us know what you decide.

Oh, and by the way, I've considered plastic surgery for my eyelids (they're kind of droopy). And I'm currently going through laser treatments for hair removal. I have a lot of heavy dark hair on my chin and neck that has always been an embarassment to me. Laser hair removal has become much easier and less expensive over the last 5 years so I had my first treatment the beginning of May. I'm amazed at the results of just one treatment. I have about 3 or 4 to go depending on how quickly the hair goes away.

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Sun, 05-25-2003 - 3:36am
My dad and my grandma got the droopy eyelid thing done, it was affecting their vision. Both say they'd wished they'd done it sooner.

Edited to fix late night sleepy typos.. LOL


Edited 5/25/2003 3:40:54 AM ET by charlesmama

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Sun, 05-25-2003 - 7:22am
I have thought about it. I have lost 92 pounds and as I have, I was frustrated about some skin on my thighs and belly. However, with determination and alot of hard work, everything has toned up very nicely. My stomach is virtually flat now. I just bought some size 1 shorts yesterday (they fit like the 2's but of course I bought the 1's). I also have bought some girls size 14 clothes too! One thing that hasn't improved is my breasts. I was about a C prior to losing weight and now I am probably an A. The A doesn't bother me much, but they look pretty awful (don't want to gross you out but the word raisins comes to mind). I would love some perkiness there, however I wouldn't want to have any surgery that wasn't medically necessary. The look fine in clothes and dh doesn't complain when they are out of clothes. So, I will stick with what I have.
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Sun, 05-25-2003 - 7:59pm
i never even noticed the droopy eye thing on lauren. she is so critical of herself, but i will offer her a boob transplant if i get mine reduced.....LOL....thats a lifetime ongoing joke we have. she is built just like our paternal grandmother, and i am built or should i say "cloned" after our maternal grandmother.
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Sun, 05-25-2003 - 9:18pm
I see no reason why you shouldn't have the surgery, finances permitting. If it will make you feel better about yourself I see no harm in it. I live in Florida, where it is considered good sport for men to discuss "Real or fake?" as they walk down the street. So I am quite used to the fact that there are loads of women who have had cosmetic surgery.

Also-wait until you finish losing weight to have any surgery. Your chest size WILL change as will the proportion of your chest to the rest of your body. I lost 35 lb and have lost 5 inches in my chest (but I did not lose a cup size) while losing quite a bit in my waist and hips. I look VERY different at size 14 than I did at size 20. I would not advise you to spend money on surgery until you see what you actually look like at a different size. I looked like I had nearly no chest at 42C, but at 38C I look quite chesty. I have no doubt that the opposite can happen as well.

Jenna

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