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    Default Has anyone had a breast reduction?

    I have large and "pendulous" breasts, (as the better health channel put it ) and I am seriously looking at having them reduced after our third and final child.

    Has anyone else gone through this, and with private health insurance?

    The better health website says the surgery may be covered if it is for medical reasons (neck pain), but I would almost definitely request a lift simultaneously, and this is a purely cosmetic procedure.

    Any information would be helpful. There appears to be such limited information on a reduction AND lift.

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    Following I am in a similar situation with a size 12 J bra. Would love a reduction.

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    Default Has anyone had a breast reduction?

    I had one and it changed my life. I had 12F sized breasts that did not get smaller when I lost weight. They can go down maximum of two cup sizes from memory, so I went from 12F to 10E. Very painful but worth it.

    I think the lifting was just part of the procedure. There's a lot of cutting. Just make sure you emphasise your back and neck pain. Most surgeons will confirm it's medically required if you help them do so.

    Also, my breastfeeding capabilities were greatly affected so you need to keep that in mind if it matters to you.

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    It largely depends on what item numbers the surgeons list as to what is covered. The easiest way is to have a consult with a surgeon, ask him which item numbers are involved for the procedure and then give them to your PHI to see what they will cover.

    Bear in mind that some surgeons list more item numbers than others purely to make more money- for example they may list ones to do with blood vessels but other surgeons deem it as an unavoidable part of surgery therefore don't charge separately for it.

    Might be advisable to shop around within the highly recommended surgeons.

    Your PHI may have approved plastic surgeons which may also help with costs.

    It's really part of the procedure to do a lift when performing a reduction- it's in the technique used to do it.

    Good luck OP!

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    Yes I had a reduction plus reconstruction many years ago..
    This was the best thing I have ever done.
    Mine was covered heaps through my PHI and medicare, the out of pocket costs were not very much at all.

    I was not able to breast feed my daughter, at all. Not even able to try.. But my surgeon advised that due to the size of my bust I would not be able to anyway.
    I was a 12 EE barely fitting in to that.

    As its been said, shop around the surgeons find out the costs. They can vary greatly.

    The only thing I regret is, not having done it sooner..

    Good luck

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    Really - you can only go down two cup sizes? That means I could only go down to 12 H. Still too large for my liking,although much better than what I have. I was able to breastfeed with a lot of hard work, so will want to wait until I am done having kids anyway. (Sorry for hijacking op)

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    Subbing out of interest.

    It's something I've considered for myself at times. I hate what my large bust has done to my posture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sally1981 View Post
    They can go down maximum of two cup sizes from memory, so I went from 12F to 10E. Very painful but worth it.
    Did they explain why there's a maximum of two cup sizes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod-Degrassi View Post
    Did they explain why there's a maximum of two cup sizes?
    It's because of the way the incisions go. It's hard to explain without a diagram. They cut in a semicircle under the breast. That incision can only go to halfway up the breast on each side. That's where the limitation comes from. Then they cut out the nipple and slice down from the nipple to each end of the original incision. They take out the tissue from underneath then sew the two ends of the original incision back together. You end up with a big scar under each breast and a smaller one from nipple to underneath. The second one is the only one that's visible.

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    Default Has anyone had a breast reduction?

    Subbing - thinking of doing this in the future. After I finish breast feeding. Post-breast feeding I'm a size 12dd, but I've always been so self conscious of my bust, and I have such a hard time with clothes. I'm sure my posture has suffered as well.

    ETA - I had a look online at post breast reduction surgery photos...
    How long does the recovery take?

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