Have you had breast cosmetic surgery?

I am seriously considering a breast reduction/lift a year after I am finished breastfeeding. With each successive pregnancy my boobs have been left a cup size bigger and if that trend continues I'll be a 38DDD once I'm done breastfeeding. My boobs make me uncomfortable physically and emotionally. It is super humid and warm here and I constantly feel "unclean" no matter how many times a day I bathe. I'd like to hear from any of you who have had this procedure; was it very expensive? How was the recovery? Does it require follow-up surgeries and if so how many years until one is required?


Asked by alleyway.ink at 10:22 PM on Jun. 20, 2008 in Health

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  • I had implants put in approximately 12 years ago....boy,do I regret it! I have gained some weight,consequently, so has my chest, my breasts pull terribly on the middle of my back and are forming a small "hump" from being bent over. I was not told that you needed to have your implants "redone and replaced" every several years! I haven't been able to afford to get these out! I understand it makes your breast tissue thicker and therefore, harder to detect breast cancer. If I were you, I would "go for it." Plus, nothing I buy fits right on top...enormous breasts, smaller arms and narrower shoulders~

    Answer by amoonstar at 10:37 PM on Jun. 20, 2008

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  • I had a mastectomy at the age of 40. I opted for a breast reduction of the remaining breat to match the breast reconstruction of the removed breast. I had a sensational experience! My breasts appear ten + years younger than they normally would (they were sagging at 40 and 8 years later, still not saggin like golf balls in wet pantyhose!). I have light scars and it is obvious I had incisions but I was completely uplifted by the effect. Make sure you have a reputable surgeon who will show you photos of his work and ask around for recommendations. Not every surgeon does a great job so be very thorough in selecting one. Hope all goes well for you.

    Answer by manna1qd at 11:10 PM on Jun. 20, 2008

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  • A family member had this surgery done, and her insurance covered it due to the back problems, which was awesome, her recovery was about a year due to the size she went down too, her scars are very visible, but she was very large, so I think it was worth it to her, after we are done having kiddos I want the same surgery!!! Good Luck!

    Answer by ProudMammaBear at 1:26 AM on Jun. 22, 2008

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  • ok well you know i havent had it done but i've been looking into it for a while. tricare will likely cover mine, you may want to check and see if yours will as well. i can get more specific on the requirements for insurance if you like, since i worked for your insurance provider for nearly 5 years :) without ins, out of pocket is roughly $4000-$6000. i have read/been advised that the recovery is a bitch and you should expect pain for at least 2-4 weeks. if you're lucky you will go down a size after you get done nursing. i've noticed most people go down rather than up after breastfeeding. as far as follow up procedures, they should not be required unless you are planning on implants as well, which would be sort of redundant. as with anything else, the "cosmetic" portion of the surgery (the lift) wont last forever so you could get a repeat surgery simply for that if you wanted. the lift effect will fade over time with the help of weight gain, loss, gravity, age etc etc.

    Answer by pinkbubbles79 at 3:58 AM on Jul. 7, 2008

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  • I had a breast reduction done, insurance paid for all of it. i was a 54 DDD, HUGE! now i am a 50 C. to me, it was worth it. i had dreamed of one since i was a teen, i had a D cup by 5th grade! i had the surgery last year, at 27. the teasing, uncomfortability, heat rashes, self esteem issues, and lots of pain...all made this surgery worth it by far.
    recovery was rough, mostly due to the staples and staple removal. it was hard to sleep. and painful to mvoe around. you must have someone there for atleast a week or two to help you. my hubby was so wonderful for that part.
    i have huge scars, and one nipple has serious issues with feeling and it looks different than the other one. but considering the pain i was in before, it is really worth it all.
    if you are able to do it, you should go for it. as long as you have supporters and comforters, the healing process will be over before you know it, the healing process will be over.

    Answer by BigT.617 at 5:46 PM on Apr. 7, 2009

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