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Okay, I know i have heard there is no way to spot reduce but this has to be wrong, oh please God let it be wrong!

I have a size D cup and really wish they would just shrink. I hate my big D's :o( does anyone know what can be done besides getting breast reduction? I mean i dont want to be flat either but a size B would be nice.

Fri. Oct 7, 12:20pm

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Like you said, you can't spot reduce. I have a similar problem, having always been big on top. You can do chest exercises to firm up the muscle underneath, which might result in some reduction if the muscle is toned rather than fatty. This would be bench presses or push ups. I've lost about 10 lbs. and have not seen much change in my boobs (actually, they are different sizes and the smaller one got smaller, which REALLY sucks).

Friday, October 07, 2005, 12:25 PM

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OP here

AAAAAAAAAAAa :o( this really blows since even if I do lose weight i cant get nice fitted tops because my boobs will be way out there and its just very uncomfortable for me. I guess I can try the bench presses and see if it helps out a bit. my friend had said when you loose weight your boobs will go down too, but i havent seen them go down at all. :o(

Friday, October 07, 2005, 1:03 PM

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are you on the pill?

I have the opposite problem - I'm pretty flat - but when I went on Yasmin, my breasts filled out nicely. Maybe going off the pill or changing to a different hormone mix would help?

Friday, October 07, 2005, 1:15 PM

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It actually depends on the person. Some do lose weight in the boobs others don't. My sister does but my friend who is a triple D doesn't. What she has done is lose most of her fat she is down to a normal BMI and has toned up a lot. Her boobs are still huge but because the muscle is toned and solid she is smaller through the bust and can wear nice clothes. How much weight have you lost and much do you still need to lose? You might find that when you get down to your goal they are smaller. So you want a B cup? I am a B cup and I wish my boobs were bigger, at least a C.

Friday, October 07, 2005, 1:19 PM

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OP again

I'm on orthoevra, the patch. I've pretty much been big all my life. Well maybe not so but have always thought i was. Before having any kids I was a B cup,then i had my first child and they grew to a C cup, then after having my second child, they are now a D. I'd hate to think they would get bigger if I ever have any more children.

I would settle for C but would love a B. D is just too much for me. I have lost 20 lbs. and have about another 20 to go. I'm hoping if I do reach my goal, they will shrink.

Friday, October 07, 2005, 2:01 PM

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Another 20 lbs. may shrink them a little. My younger sister had Ds and she ended up getting a reduction. She is so happy now; can wear "normal" tops and feels like her body is in proportion. It's not for everyone but you only have one life to live and if you lose all the weight you want to and still aren't happy in your body because of your chest size...well...

Friday, October 07, 2005, 2:16 PM

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it can be done!

a few years ago i lost alot of weight, and my chest went from a D to a small B. The main thing i just kept doing was cardio, i never did any upper body things really. I think its just one of the last places that really wants to go down because its supposed to be fatty there. but dont worry, it is possible!

Monday, November 07, 2005, 4:23 PM

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I went from a D to a full B by consistantly doing cardio and adding in weight training in the couse of about 14 months. I actually would have preferred to stay around a C and am worried they are going to continue to get smaller as I get into better shape.

Monday, November 07, 2005, 5:36 PM

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For those that went from a D to a B, how much weight loss are you looking at?

I need to lose some there, too... but I wonder if it's possible. I have only 6 more left to lose, and I'm a DD. I would be happy with a regular D, or really anything smaller.

Monday, November 07, 2005, 8:48 PM

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From heaviest to current weight was a 30 pound difference. But the boob shrinking happened in the last 10 pounds for me. I went from a size 12 to a size 6 - and a D to a B

Monday, November 07, 2005, 11:13 PM

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Oh thank goodness!!

I am soo happy to see that some people actually did achieve this, it only makes me want to try even harder to loose the excess weight! I soooo hope my boobies shrink! LOL I dont want them all gone, i just think a D is bit too much.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005, 9:32 AM

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is there a way to get reduction surgery and have it covered by insurance? my aetna plan deems the surgery "cosmetic", and does not pay for it. can i get a doctor to show it's necessary? please comment if you have experience with this... thanks!

Monday, August 07, 2006, 9:13 AM

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My mom had a reduction recently and it was covered by need it to be a "medical necessity" (ie back problems, etc.)

Monday, August 07, 2006, 10:10 AM

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thanks for the info about your mom. i just made a chiroprator appointment to get checked out. too bad i can't donate these!

Monday, August 07, 2006, 11:08 AM

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I had surgery covered by insurance

But had years of documented back pain and worked with my doctor on losing weight first. I was still overweight when I had the reduction. I went ahead because I was lopsided and if the smaller breast got any smaller, it might not have been covered, even though I had chronic mid and upper back pain. How messed up is that? Best thing I ever did. I can be totally athletic now and no more pain, though it's taken some time to rebuild my neck and back muscles after so many years of abuse (I'm in my 30s now).

Monday, August 07, 2006, 11:39 AM

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I am a full c/small d and started running in April and have lost almost 2 inches off my bust. Although you can't "spot reduce" hopefully if you continue to exercise you will slim down everywhere. So far it's been working for me!
Good luck and let us know how it goes!

Monday, August 07, 2006, 11:40 AM

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i gotta tell you-i've definitely lost inches elsewhere, but my boobs are still 38DD/40DD. i really look strange from a profile, and am extremely uncomfortable. when i use my eliptical trainer, my boobs start to "hurt" from the motion, and i cannot even imagine running!!
can anyone tell me more about the recovery process following reduction surgery-typical time for recovery, can i shower, etc?

Monday, August 07, 2006, 2:14 PM

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It does sound like you might be helped best with the surgery. I have known 2 people who did it, one said the recovery was a breeze and one said it was miserable!!! I do know you wear a special bra for almost a year and most people have draining tubes for about a week which isn't fun at all. And they are sore for quite some time. And it should be covered if you are having back/shoulder pain. Both women I know had it covered by insurance but they may have been bigger than DD...

Monday, August 07, 2006, 3:02 PM

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About recovery: the drains stay in for a week and they hurt. Nothing else really hurt after the surgery, just soreness. I had codeine and I think I only used it for 2-3 days after surgery (and my surgery went long - 4 hours). You wear a special bra or sports bra 24-7 for a while afterwards, I'm thinking it was like 6-8 weeks for me. Then only to sleep in (otherwise it hurts). 10 months later and I've still got some tenderness and some areas that need to fill out a bit more, but they look great and the scars really fade.

Monday, August 07, 2006, 3:27 PM

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So far, I've lost 25 lbs. and my boobs have definitely shrunk. I'm still wearing my 38D bras, but they are really big now. In another 5 or so pouonds, I think I'll be a C, which would make me very happy.
I'm doing both cardio (very fast walking and biking) and strength exercises for the whole body. I love doing bench presses -- I feel so athletic!
In my 20s I was a 34C but I don't know that I'll go down to that. I would be really happy if I became a comfortable 36C.

Every person and every body is different. We all put on weight differently and lose it differently. But one's boobs can certainly shrink with weight loss.

Have faith and keep at it!

Monday, August 07, 2006, 3:59 PM

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thanks for all the info on recovery!

Monday, August 07, 2006, 4:05 PM

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I had a breast reduction in 1998. I didn't have drains, came home the day of surgery and never took any pain medication (I had been given a prescription for something, never used it). I wore a sports bra for several weeks. I had some sort of surgical glue to close the incisions along with steri-strips (tiny bandaids). The steri-strips were removed after about a week. The only real pain I had was during my 1st period after surgery, with the breast swelling of PMS I had some pain along the incisions, Ibuprofen managed that.

I was never able to lose weight in my breasts and in the past 8 years, my cup size has gone up. I was a ddd before surgery, a c after and now a d cup with little change in my overall weight. If you are considering a reduction and have the body type that easliy gains weight in your breasts and can't lose it, you may want to keep that in mind when you talk to your surgeon about how small you want to go.

Monday, August 07, 2006, 4:46 PM

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WHAT..... I've NEVER had the problem you mention and I'm DDD!

I've never had the problem you mention and I am a DDD. I wear a good bra. IF you look awful in your clothes even after losing weight -- more than likely you are wearing the WRONG BRA!

Go get fitted properly! That's the real problem. It is not anything more. I've been a model with national ads and people never knew how big I was and I NEVER heard that I did not look anything but terrific.

AND, when I went into the corporate world the same.

AGAIN, if you look bad-- IT's more than likely your bra! Cheap stuff at discount stores or mid-quality stores like Sears won't work. PERIOD. YOu will look funny and gross in nice clothes.

Like Oprah noted ... 80% of all women wear the wrong size bra.

That is exactly what you noted. If you are big --- you should know better. PERIOD!

Monday, August 07, 2006, 8:10 PM

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OK, ignoring that last, rather insensitive post and moving on...

For most people, the first place you gain weight is the last place it comes off. For me, that means my chest shrinks first, belly last. Other people put weight on in the chest first and lose it there last.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 9:07 AM

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The poster didn't say she looked bad, just that she was uncomfortable with her size.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 9:08 AM

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well thanks for the rather forcefull opinion of my bra buying tendencies...however, i do not buy my bras at discount stores (where did that thought even come from?). iam happy for you that you do not have the same issues with your breast size as i do. however, you being comfortable with your body really doesn't help me feel comfortable about mine. thank you for sharing..
i really appreciate all of the helpful, informative comments about the surgery! i explained to the female chiroprator i will be seeing on friday what my concerns were and my reasons for visiting with her, so hopefully i will get a sound medical evaluation with regards to this discomfort i have been experiencing for so long!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 10:12 AM

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what are the showering restrictions during the recovery period?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 3:26 PM

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No showering restrictions. The bandages are basically tape that will eventually dissolve/fall off. I think I probably didn't shower for 3-4 days, but then was fine. You tie the drains up with a string around your neck as a "halter". Tho', my surgeon has a more organic approach to recovery (little drugs, sports bra not one of those special order deals, etc.) You just want to be careful of your wounds/scars so that they heal nicely (most of mine are practically gone and it's been 10 months only).

Tuesday, August 08, 2006, 3:52 PM

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op here: so i'm off to the doc at 430 this afternoon. thanks again for all of the experiencial advise!! i'll post what the doc tells me , if anyone is interested...

Friday, August 11, 2006, 1:25 PM

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curious of fix

Can you still breast feed after breast reduction surgery.

I am a size 8 with a 28GG cup.

It is exhausting and I would like to fix this.

I thought loosing four and a half stone would do it but no.

Thursday, July 29, 2010, 6:06 AM

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