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Old Mon, Mar-04-02, 07:21
MissBecca MissBecca is offline
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Hi again everyone

Thanks for the support. Just a lil update:

I went to see the plastic surgeon last Tuesday, and he was very nice and easy to talk to. I went armed with a list of questions but decided to let him do all the talking first because I was sure he'd answer many of them in his 'usual spiel' - which he did.

He does plastic, reconstructive and micro-surgery. He is especially well known for hand surgery which I find reassuring because it means he's a 'surgeon of precision'. He showed me some before and after pictures, particularly of women of similar breast size to me, which I found reassuring. I had no idea how common this procedure is around Perth. He himself does about one reduction procedure each fortnight for private patients, and has about 50 patients on his waiting list at one of the large public hospitals (and, unfortunately, they may never receive treatment - other more urgent plastic surgery cases arrive in public hospitals all the time so he never gets very far down his waiting list - thank goodness I have private health cover). He has only heard of about three cases of nipple necrosis (tissue dies off) in Perth - two with the same surgeon who uses a different technique. (It's never happened to him thankfully.)

When it came time for the examination, I was VERY GLAD INDEED that his hands were not cold!! I was quite nervous about this part. I'm not really used to have my breasts 'manhandled' (I'm a single gal!!) and I wasn't sure if I'd get all embarrassed and blushy and sweaty, but it was fine. I guess I just switched all that stuff off because it's a medical thing - a bit like having a pap smear, I told myself.

Still geared for May. That's the best time workwise, and also by then my cat will be old enough to have been desexed and go into a cattery for a few days. I should also have lost a few more kgs by then

Rebecca
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Old Wed, Apr-03-02, 03:24
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I'm all set! Surgery is booked for 16 May. I'm boarding my cat at the animal hospital and she is having her surgery (desexing) on the same day! That sounds just a bit cute doesn't it?
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Gee Becca, that's not that far away. Good luck. Do you know how long the hospital stay is?

cheryl
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Old Wed, Apr-03-02, 07:16
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Hey Cheryl

Yup the hospital visit is between two and four nights. It really depends on how long it takes before the drain is ready to be removed. That's a thing that's individual to each person - but on average it's between two and four nights for the stay. I was a bit worried about the drain - being familiar with what netballers go through when they have their knees reconstructed - but I'm assured it's pretty painless as it's not being pulled out of a joint!

Would you believe the only niggling doubt I have is nothing to do with my personal safety or fear of 'going under' or the scarring or anything like that - it's more to do with what my potential future partner/husband might think. Sometimes I worry that he (whoever he may be) might have issues with me 'tampering' with what God gave me. But then I think about people born with birth defects and how no one would question them wanting to get it fixed. In this case, it's not a defect as such - just something that causes discomfort and pain, not to mention difficulty buying underwear and clothing, and also makes me quite self-conscious. I won't deny there's some vanity involved in deciding to go ahead with it - and I guess if a man in the future had a problem then it's HIS problem. Nevertheless, the thought niggles.

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Old Wed, Apr-03-02, 08:06
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Becca,
I know what you mean by that, the main thing that is holding me back, apart from the cost, is my husband. I don't know how he'll react, he likes my big boobs. Many of my smaller friends are envious and say they would like theirs to be my size. My reply is "until you have them that is". To me they are a burden. I don't have back pain as such but do get a lot of neck & shoulder pain. And buying bras is a real pain. I saw some beautiful ones in my size the other day, beautiful colours, great price but the fabric would not have lasted very long for me.

Cheryl
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Old Wed, Apr-03-02, 08:58
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That's about the only niggling doubt I have - what potential future husband might think (I'm single at the moment), but I figure it's something I'm doing for me. I'm the one who has to put up with the heavy boobs, shoulder grooves, chafing etc ... and not to mention the difficulty with buying nice bras and bathers and so on. (In fact shopping is the thing I'm looking forward to most post-surgery.)

I reckon if your husband loves you, he'll support anything you do that makes you feel more comfortable, raises your self-esteem and makes you feel more attractive. Hard pill to swallow - as I said, it's my one remaining doubt (and I'm single!!!), but it's the truth. It's a very personal decision and ultimately you're on the only one who can make it.

As soon as I can, I'll be back online and I'll tell you how I'm going and give you regular updates. All the stuff I've read points to it being the best decision a large-breasted lady can make ... I'll give you my views on that and some very frank feedback.

I've been posting on two forums so I can't remember if I posted costs to this site (and I can't see my original post at this moment). I have private health insurance which means that I'll be forking out about $2500 of my own money. If I didn't have private health I'd have to wait about 7 years for public, or spend at least $8K. That $2500 (plus the $500 I've set aside for SHOPPING) was a good chunk of my savings for my first home ... but this is important to me NOW, and I can buy a house anytime. Self-esteem comes first I reckon.

Rebecca
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hey rebecca,
have been reading your posts,
and i went to the doctors today and said i had neck pain and also back pain and asked if it was from my boobs, she just laughed at me,

so was wondering how do you go about getting medicare covered, getting your doctor to give you a refe, and how much did it ended up costing you, as i keep sending about $10,000 which seems too much
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Hi Raddle,

I'm no expert but I think a good place to start would be to ask someone that does breast reductions. Ask them what the criteria is for cover by Medicare, etc.

Rebecca mentioned she had private health insurance - I have a feeling that would bring the price down and also the surgery date (if you're suitable) closer.



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Old Wed, Jan-02-13, 06:42
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i keep sending about $10,000 which seems too much
I went to a PS two months ago and got a quote, here in the states...
the doctor's fee was reasonable..
it was the operating facility and the anesthesiologist that cost more than the PS's fee...
i couldn't negotiate any of the fees..
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