Going Under the Knife? Read This First!
Post-surgery women reveal the whole truth about the most popular plastic surgery procedures -- from (ow!) recovery to (omg!) results
Average cost: $5,384
Procedure time: 2-5 hours
Recovery time: 4-6 weeks
The Wow: Women who opt for a breast reduction surgery rave about their new down-sized cup size and life without back pain. "I am so happy that I really did it and every time I see myself I can't believe how much smaller I look, and my chronic back pain has already disappeared," writes one woman who went from a J cup to a 36 C. "I can't wait to go shopping!" and "I can't wait to work out!" are two phrases repeated over and over by women after they emerge from the four- to six-week recovery stage.
The Ow: Women who have had this surgery warn: don't forget about your nipples! In most cases, the nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying tissue to preserve sensation, so be sure to consider them in your pre-op consultations. "You really have to discuss with the surgeon how he is placing your new nipples. I found out that this is not a 'clear' thing," one post-op patient writes. Others warn that your breasts may not heal at the same rate. "So my right breast is definitely healing faster than my left. My right breast is softer and taking it's own shape whereas my left side is still harder and more "implant-ish" looking. Agh."
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