Breast Reduction FAQ

BREAST
REDUCTION
FAQ

ICYMI, I had a breast reduction at the end of September. Something I’ve wanted literally since I can remember, & it finally happened. I lost 6 pounds off the front of my body in a matter of an hour. Game. Changer. I obviously get a lot of questions & thought compiling them all in a blog post would make it easier on everyone {not to mention I couldn’t find anything on the internet when I was about to have mine, so maybe women looking into having the operation will stumble upon this as well.}

DID YOU PURPOSEFULLY WAIT UNTIL YOU HAD KIDS TO GET THE REDUCTION?

100% yes, but I have a friend who had one before she had any kids and she doesn’t regret it at all! But I knew it could affect my chances of breastfeeding & I didn’t want to risk them growing during pregnancy.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WANTED IT? WHAT SPURRED YOU TO DO IT NOW?

When we were in the pre-op, Jeremy told the nurse “she’s been talking about this since we met 8 years ago” and he was spot on. My boobs have been large for my frame since I got them, obviously having and breastfeeding 2 babies exacerbated that. Our decision to be done having children biologically was the deciding factor as far as when. The moment we made that choice, I called and made a appointment for a consultation.

DID YOUR INSURANCE COVER IT? IF NOT, HOW MUCH DID IT COST?

Unfortunately, my insurance did not cover my surgery. Our policy had an exclusion specifically for breast reductions, and I can’t even talk about it too much without it making me ragey. So we went the CareCredit route - a line of credit specifically for medical procedures.

WHAT WAS SURGERY DAY LIKE?

I lucked out and had my surgery first thing at the morning, which I was praying for because you have to be fasting. They had me take a pregnancy test {negative, praise be} and then change into the gown. I didn’t have to take my leggings off which I was STOKED about because I had no idea how I was going to get them back on post-surgery.

The doctor comes in {obsessed with mine. Make sure you feel like you jive with yours!} and that’s when you start to have the conversation about size. I literally just told him to make them as small as he could without them being disproportionate. He uses some measurement tools and marks all over, where cuts will be made, where things will pull from - & if you’ve breastfed the best part: how high he’s going to bring your nipple. Yes. My nipples are now where they started {I’ll take sentences I never thought I’d put on the internet for $200, Alex}

After that the anesthesiologist comes in to talk logistics, kind of just your normal run through. I literally walked into the operating room {my operation was out-patient}, laid on the table, and the anesthesiologist pushed some medication through my IV. Pretty sure I was out in under 5 seconds. My surgery took about an hour, and I woke up in recovery about 30 minutes after that. My nurse offered me some crackers and sprite to make sure I could get them down, they transferred me to a wheelchair, & wheeled me to the car! Legit.

WHAT WAS THE RECOVERY LIKE?

I needed hands on help for 5ish days. I’m talking help changing clothes, getting in and out of bed, brushing my hair, all of the things. By day 5 I started being a little more autonomous, didn’t need the pain meds anymore, and was changing my shirt and getting up and down by myself - but I definitely still needed help with my kids. I was really lucky to have help for 10 days after my surgery, between my husband and my mom, & I’m not sure I could have done it without them.

The incisions that went over to my sides were the worst, that area is really tender and gets bumped a lot by just using your arms.

Post-Op Day 2

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART?

I really think recovering from anesthesia was the hardest part. I was completely unprepared for how straight up exhausted I was going to be for the two weeks following surgery. Even when I was physically feeling better, I still needed a nap halfway through the day because I was so tired. So if I can tell you anything - it’s that even when you start to recover from the surgery, give yourself grace for how tired you’ll be. It’s normal, it’s common, and the meds will get out of your system in ~2 weeks and you’ll start to feel normal.

WHAT SIZE DID YOU GO FROM - TO?

I went from a 34L {yes, that’s a real bra size. I mean, not the kind you can find at Target, but they make em!} to a 36C. Did I mention I’m 5’2”?

WHAT DO I NEED TO GET IN PREPARATION FOR SURGERY?

  1. Wedge Pillow: Get ready to sleep on your back for a while. A wedge pillow makes it 100x easier and more comfortable. I would lay on the wedge with a pillow under my head, and a pillow perpendicular under each arm to hold them up. It took me a while to find this set up, but once I did I was gold.

  2. Button Down Pajamas: This is a no brainer. I bought a couple of pairs as well as some button down shirts, but let’s be real - you’re going to live in pajamas for the recovery period.

  3. Huge Cup w/Straw: You gotta drink water. It helps flush the meds out of your system & also, who wants to be healing from surgery and dehydrated?

  4. Stool Softener: Anesthesia = constipation. I learned this after my c-section. I started popping these guys a couple of days before my surgery and never had an issue!

  5. Compression Stockings: So some surgeons send their patients home with these, but mine didn’t. And I was terrifying of developing a blood clot post-surgery.

  6. Gauze: Your boobs are going to…ooze. It’s normal, but uncomfortable. So I would just line my incisions with gauze and change it out as necessary.

DID YOU HAVE ANY COMPLICATIONS?

I didn’t, but I sure thought I did - multiple times. At one point the spot where my incisions met turned white - I’m talking white. I called and talked to my nurse and after asking me a few questions she deduced it was completely normal. About a week after that, the same spot got extra oozy and red, and I was 100% convinced it was infected. I actually talked to my doctor this time, and again - normal.

That’s not to say you can’t get an infection, because you absolutely can. I’m just saying stay calm, if you’re keeping it clean and protected, chances are it’s not infected. Just call your doctor.

I really am an open book when it comes to this, so if you have a question I didn’t answer, shoot me a message and I’ll answer best I can!

Blake Guichet