My Breast Reduction Story: From a G to a D Cup. Definitely Worth It!

andreaboyd
Tulsa, Oklahoma
My Breast Reduction Story: From a G to a D Cup. Definitely Worth It! - review image.
My Breast Reduction Story: From a G to a D Cup. Definitely Worth It! - review image.
My Breast Reduction Story: From a G to a D Cup. Definitely Worth It! - review image.

Procedure specific satisfaction rating

Breast reduction

Performed 2016

Zwivel Rating
(5/5)
Hi All, My name is Andrea Boyd and I wanted to tell you about my experience having a breast reduction procedure.

For the longest time I had wanted to get a breast reduction, but was too nervous to act. After many years of living with very large breasts, I finally decided enough was enough and decided to consult with a plastic surgeon.

I decided to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Whitlock at Whitlock Cosmetic Surgery Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I live in Dallas, Texas, but traveled to Oklahoma to see Dr. Whitlock, which is 4 hours from where I live, because two of my family members had had breast reductions with Dr. Whitlock and both were very happy with their results and their experience with him.

Before I get to my experience at the consultation, I'd like to tell you a bit about why I ultimately decided to have the procedure. Before the surgery, most people didn’t realize how large my boobs were. I was a G cup. Having big boobs of this size was not so pleasant. I was a very active person -- I exercised a lot and frequently played basketball, so having breasts this large was a real limitation. My friends would tell me to get a sports bra, but there’s only so much those bras will do when you're a G cup. No bras from Victoria’s Secret, Target or any other mainstream retailer would fit me. I had to get all of my bras from SOMA, an expensive online bra store. My breast size also limited the clothes I could wear. Not every piece of clothing would look good on me. I especially hated bathing suit shopping. Beyond my fashion woes, the pain in my back and shoulders was very troublesome and made life difficult. My bra straps constantly dug into my shoulders and my body always seemed like it was struggling to stay upright with the weight of my massive breasts. I’m also a fitness instructor, so putting on three sports bras before work everyday was very time consuming. For all of these reasons, I decided I had no choice but to have breast reduction surgery.

Back to my consultation experience. During my first consultation with Dr. Whitlock, I was asked why I wanted to have reduction surgery and what size I was looking to be post-surgery. I told him I wanted smaller breasts, but still wanted to have boobs. Dr. Whitlock told me my expectations were realistic and I was a good candidate for the procedure. I decided to schedule my surgery that day.

Before I knew it, the date of my surgery had arrived. My aunt took me to the surgery center early in the morning and I was quickly called into the surgery rooms. It all happened so fast, that I didn't even have time to feel nervous. 

Once inside the surgery center, I had before photos snapped of my breasts. Then Dr. Whitlock came in, marked up my breasts and an IV was inserted in my arm. They numbed me before inserting the IV, because I told them I had a huge fear of needles and cringed at the sight of them. I was then guided into the operating room and met the anesthesiologist. He began administering general anesthesia to put me to sleep through my IV. Next thing I remember, I was waking up in the recovery room with a surgical bra around my chest (it looks like a white strap compression garment). I also noticed that I did not have any drainage tubes, which I know many reduction patients do have. The drains collect excess fluid that could potentially build up in your body. Since I did not have drains, I was told that I could shower the next day.

After some time, I was allowed to go home. The car ride home was not the most comfortable experience, but it wasn't terrible.

Once I got home, I was pretty tired from the day's events. I wanted to sleep, but had to do it upright (like you're in a chair). It's not comfortable. You need pillows and towels to support your back, so you can sleep. I would wake up and my back would hurt, but I couldn’t twist to crack my back and relieve the pressure on my spine, so I was certainly in some discomfort. Parts of my upper body hurt and were sore after the surgery because of the way I had to sit and sleep upright. You also can’t lift your arms. Due to this, I had issues doing my hair and getting changed. If you're having reduction surgery, I'd recommend having your hair prepared for surgery (braids), so you don’t need to do anything to your hair post-op. I'd also recommend making sure you have someone with you for the first two weeks of your recovery. You'll have a lot of difficulty doing simple tasks without help and could harm the recovery process. I also recommend buying button down shirts, because you won't be able to lift your arms over your head to put on regular shirts.

Fast forward two weeks after my procedure. I was scheduled for two follow-up appointments and was still sore from the procedure. I guess this shouldn't be unexpected, as a breast reduction is pretty major surgery and lots of breast tissue is moved around. Fortunately, I was given painkillers to mitigate most of the discomfort and soreness I experienced.

During my first follow-up appointment, Dr. Whitlock was extremely rough when examining my breasts to see if everything looked ok- he even caused me to bleed a little! Since I still had stitches in, I wish he was a bit more gentle when examining me. Other than that, Dr. Whitlock said everything looked great and I was sent home to continue recovering.

A month after my surgery, I felt much better. Immediately post-surgery, your chest is very tight. It feels like an elephant is sitting on you. After a month, that feeling had mostly dissipated. I also noticed much of my bruising had diminished. I attribute some of the credit to reducing my swelling to Arnica cream. Arnica has a pill that you put under your tongue and a cream that you apply to your bruising. At this point, I also no longer needed to wear my surgical compression bra. I was able to wear sports bra and was much more mobile.

It has now been 6 months since my surgery and I am extremely happy with my results! My new breast size is a D cup. Some people think that's still quite large, but remember, I was a G cup! I still wanted sizable breasts, I just didn't want huge breasts. I did, however, have one little issue during my recovery. I developed a small green scab, which Dr. Whitlock determined to be a small infection. I was given oral antibiotics and it eventually went away. Besides that, my entire experience was very positive. I can now wear normal clothes, and don't experience the back pain and pressure I used to have. Working out and playing sports is so much easier and more comfortable now. I have zero regrets about getting this procedure and highly recommend doing it if you're suffering from similar issues. I could not be more satisfied with my new body and how it's changed my life for the better!

For those of you wondering, my health insurance covered my procedure and I am still able to breastfeed. Depending on the size of your breasts and pain/issues you're experiencing, most health insurance companies classify breast reduction surgery as a medical necessity and not cosmetic surgery. You should check with your insurance company to be certain though. You should also ask your doctor if you'll have any trouble breastfeeding post-surgery, as your ability to do so will depend on the surgical technique used by your plastic surgeon. Not all women are able to breastfeed after surgery, so be sure to ask your surgeon during your initial consultation.

Good luck with your journey and please feel free to post any questions you have for me below.
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