Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery Questions? Ask a Plastic Surgeon.

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Plastic Surgery

I am 5 weeks post op breast reduction and mass removal from

Customer Question
right axilla (golf ball size)...
I am 5 weeks post op breast reduction and mass removal from right axilla (golf ball size). I have been very frustrated b/c I am not getting straight answers/support from my Dr.
I am 138lbs, 5"5". I was a 36E in Le Mystere which is a brand that runs larger than typical store sizes. (33" ribcage, 40 fullest part). I was VERY specific in that I wanted to be a B and or as SMALL as possible. I had 173g and 203g removed. I still fit in the bras I wore preop. I've been on a support group website and seen a lot of other women that were similar to my size and had MUCH more removed than I did. I am starting to wonder if really all I got was a lift. In addition, although I specifically asked if the removed tissue would be sent to pathology (and was led to believe it would be) it was NOT. I am VERY upset about this.
How likely is is that I'll go down another 4 cup sizes 5 weeks post op. My incisions are red, but healing. Bruising is minimal. Just a little around the "T". I am really trying to keep it together... but I go from being ok to sobbing uncontrollably to being downright angry (which is what I am at the moment.
I have expressed my concerns a number of times-but the response or lack of has been vague and dismissive. I don't know what to do... and I don't know what is worse... trying to express my concerns yet again... or not expressing them... still.
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Plastic Surgery
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Plastic Surgery Question
Answered in 7 minutes by:
5/12/2015
Plastic Surgeon: Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon (MD) replied 2 years ago
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon (MD)
Category: Plastic Surgery
Satisfied Customers: 926
Experience: 30 years experience; Board Certified in Plastic Surgery; Member American College of Surgeons;
Verified
Thank you for your question. From the size you were, it sounds like you could have had more tissue removed. I am assuming that you discussed the approximate you you wanted to be before surgery with your physician. The tissue removed in surgery should have been sent to the pathologist for examination. It sounds like you may benefit from getting another opinion. I am available if you have more questions.
Ask Your Own Plastic Surgery Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago

Absolutely I discussed it. I thought I was VERY clear as I've had plastic surgery over 5 yrs ago that I was not happy with. Is getting a 2nd opinion this soon post op a good idea? Bad idea? I'm hearing from quite a few people that I should wait 3 mos-And that a revision won't even be possible for 6-9 months. Is that correct? I paid for this out of pocket, and don't have another 8k just lying around for the next time. When a patient is this dis-satisfied, is getting money back an option? Based on my measurements provided... what approx amt should have been removed to get close to achieving the results I wanted? I know you cannot give exact amounts... but is 100g per cup size somewhat accurate?

Plastic Surgeon: Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon (MD) replied 2 years ago
You really should get another opinion at this point. Even though a revision should not be done for 6-9 months, another opinion is important to have. Getting money back from a surgeon can be difficult. You can discuss this with your present surgeon. You could have had much more tissue removed. It is not possible to give an amount without seeing a picture and without an exam. The amount you had removed is not considered a breast reduction by many board certified plastic surgeons.
Ask Your Own Plastic Surgery Question
Customer reply replied 2 years ago

What approximate amount removed IS considered a reduction by many board certified plastic surgeons (in general)? Thank you

Plastic Surgeon: Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon (MD) replied 2 years ago
A minimum of 500-750 grams per side is considered a breast reduction by insurance carriers for breast reduction.
Ask Your Own Plastic Surgery Question
Ask Plastic Surgeon Your Own Question
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon (MD)
Category: Plastic Surgery
Satisfied Customers: 926
926 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 30 years experience; Board Certified in Plastic Surgery; Member American College of Surgeons;

Plastic Surgeon is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Herb Goldberg

Dr. Herb Goldberg

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

298 satisfied customers

35 years experience in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Certified by the American Board

Dr. Richard Shatz

Dr. Richard Shatz

Doctor (MD)

25 satisfied customers

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, Member American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Jeffery S. Flagg

Dr. Jeffery S. Flagg

Plastic Surgeon (MD)

13 satisfied customers

Board certified Plastic Surgeon

Plastic Surgeon

Plastic Surgeon

Plastic Surgeon (MD)

926 satisfied customers

30 years experience; Board Certified in Plastic Surgery; Member American College of Surgeons;

Family Physician

Family Physician

Doctor

2,592 satisfied customers

Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years

Dr. Ketch

Dr. Ketch

Board Certified Physician

76 satisfied customers

Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University

DrRussMD

DrRussMD

Board Certified Physician

51,703 satisfied customers

Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, health, prevention, complementary medicine, etc.

< Previous | Next >

Related Plastic Surgery Questions
What can be done for a 48 year old woman, my wife about he
What can be done for a 48 year old woman, my wife about he breasts. She can't find a way to get rid of pain because of them, she has been told she just needs to get lighter by working out more often. … read more
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
926 satisfied customers
I just had a breast reduction last thurs (6 days post op)
I just had a breast reduction last thurs (6 days post op) and when I saw my breasts for the first time yesterday I realized that they are much bigger than I wanted. I know that they are still quite sw… read more
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
926 satisfied customers
I am 68 years old I used to weight 290 pounds. Several years
Hi I am 68 years old I used to weight 290 pounds. Several years ago had a lap band and now I am about 160. My breasts are down to my belly button. Lots and lots of excess of skin. I can't have a impla… read more
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
926 satisfied customers
In 2003 I had brain surgery (right temporal lobectomy and
In 2003 I had brain surgery (right temporal lobectomy and part of that is also craniotomy) since the surgery I have difficulty smiling, when I smile especially the right side of my face (cheek area) i… read more
Dr. Herb Goldberg
Dr. Herb Goldberg
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Post-Doctoral Degree
298 satisfied customers
53 year old WF, I am 12 days out from a breast reduction and
53 year old WF, I am 12 days out from a breast reduction and I have a 1 pm appt tommorow- could probably be seen at 8. I am noticing that the nipple on my left breast looks dark. I also have more brui… read more
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
926 satisfied customers
I am 55 and beginning the process of obtaining authorization
I am 55 and beginning the process of obtaining authorization from my health insurance for a breast reduction. My symptoms include: Height 5'4” 220 pounds Bra size 42G Back and neck pain and stiffness … read more
donmd
donmd
Doctoral Degree
3 satisfied customers
I want a breast reduction but I have heard I am not a good
I want a breast reduction but I have heard I am not a good candiate because i havent had kids? my breasts are a 36ddd i have neck shoulder and back pain from them… read more
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
926 satisfied customers
Until very recently I did not have health insurance. I have
Until very recently I did not have health insurance. I have been told that there is a customary 1 year waiting period before insurance will cover a breast reduction. Is that rule "set in stone"? I am … read more
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
926 satisfied customers
I posted a few weeks ago about my mamo results being highly
I posted a few weeks ago about my mamo results being highly suspicious due to significant increase in calcifications and two palapable masses at 9:00 and 12:00. I had breast reduction in September 200… read more
Dr. Herb Goldberg
Dr. Herb Goldberg
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Post-Doctoral Degree
298 satisfied customers
In February 2010, I had a breast reduction surgery to ease
In February 2010, I had a breast reduction surgery to ease the pain in my shoulders and back. I had both breasts reduced. I was given antibiotics after the surgery to which I was allergic. I was given… read more
Dr. Herb Goldberg
Dr. Herb Goldberg
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Post-Doctoral Degree
298 satisfied customers
I had a breast reduction 9 years ago, and under my left
i had a breast reduction 9 years ago, and under my left breast the scar is keloid, can i get that corrected sugically? are there less invasive ways i can get rid of the keloid?… read more
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
926 satisfied customers
I would like to get a breast lift or reduction but I have an
I would like to get a breast lift or reduction but I have an autoimmune disease (limited systemic scleroderma, or CREST syndrome). Is it advisable?… read more
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
926 satisfied customers
I have had sugery about two months ago how does it take
I have had sugery about two months ago how long does it take stitches to disolve in breast surgery(reduction and lift)and in eyes, upper lids. I am still draining a little in my breasts and still find… read more
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
926 satisfied customers
I really want a breast reduction. But I don't know if my
Hi, I really want a breast reduction. But I don't know if my insurance will cover it. Could you by chance tell me if it's basically the amount that is being taken off is pretty much what the insurance… read more
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
926 satisfied customers
My breast are getting big and causing pain to my sholders is
my breast are getting big and causing pain to my sholders is there any tablet to reduce the size rather than doing a surgery… read more
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
926 satisfied customers
I am interested in breast reduction surgery. I am currently
I am interested in breast reduction surgery. I am currently 38D. Where and how big is the scar for this procedure? Also, are there any future plans on doing this procedure via laser?… read more
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
926 satisfied customers
I had a breast reduction on July 6. On 1st post op visit,
I had a breast reduction on July 6. On 1st post op visit, black areas from blisters, from reaction to sugical tape. Was told to use neosporin on areas and cover with guaze twice daily. 1 week later sa… read more
Dr. Jeffery S. Flagg
Dr. Jeffery S. Flagg
Plastic Surgeon (MD)
Doctoral Degree
13 satisfied customers
Due to being raped as a child I started to comfort eat. Now
due to being raped as a child I started to comfort eat. Now that I am in my 30's I would like to try and get rid of the weight but i think it is more of a psychological thing. Does medical aid cover g… read more
Dr. Richard Shatz
Dr. Richard Shatz
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
25 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x