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Breast Reduction Update

Two Fridays ago I had a consultation with my surgeon and his nurse at PENN.


The whole thing started by getting vitals taken and my weight charted.


Going in I only had 1 worry as my last post mentioned....


MY DAMN WEIGHT!!!


My BMI was to be no more than 35 FLAT.


That morning after a steak, egg & cheesesteak sandwich and A donut - I weighed in at 215 at home - making my BMI at 34.7 with my height of 5'6.


I had my suspicions about my scale at home not matching the doctor's scale from a random post I saw on Facebook the day before.


Boy was I right to be concerned.


It was a sad day when I stepped on the scale to see 223 lbs.


223 puts my BMI at 36 - temporarily disqualifying me from proceeding with the surgery.


I knew the direction the conversation was going to go as I was heading back to the consulting room but had to hear the doctor say it from his mouth that I was not getting surgery in 2 weeks as I'd hoped and been planning for.


Not even to the room yet and my heart was ALREADY BROKEN -_-


Overall and in general, it was a really loaded appointment; emotionally speaking.


After the surgeon came into the room we got right down to business.


He asked what size bra I wore and was surprised when I said I don't wear one at all.


I know it's frowned upon because boobies need support and all.


But if anyone understood how painful bras are to me (I get the right size from the most expensive specialty shops so don't!) they'd understand why I would rather the strain of natural heaviness than the force of the bra trying to keep them supported all day every day.


He went on to ask questions about my expectations of the procedure, my extracurricular activities, my health history and the level of support I had in place post-surgery.


Expectations:


Before this appointment, I was pretty aware of how necessary it was to manage expectations as there is no way to give a patient an exact size or look.


The doctor will get as close as s/he can and the healing process does the rest, obviously tho right.?


Apparently not, he told me people are often frustrated because the breast settle differently in some instances.


So when he asked what size I wanted to take my size 36F breast down to I quickly responded 'a small C'.