Diary of a Breast Reduction: Michelle’s Story

Introduction: Almost 113,000 women choose to have breast reduction surgery every year and our patient kindly shares her story with our readers in a multi-part Guest Blog. Here is Michelle’s story about her experience.

Michelle writes: I heard about Dr. Bashioum on the radio, I read up on the Internet, and then I scheduled a consultation to meet him.  I was nervous at first to have an examination and give my reasons for wanting the surgery during our discussion about the procedure. But, after meeting with Dr. Bashioum, he put ALL of the worries to rest.  His bedside manner was immediate.  He walked into the room and responded like we had known each other for years.  It was a great first impression.  

When I came back 1 month later, I met Dr. Bashioum’s new partner, Dr. Moghaddam. She had the same great attitude.  They have a great relationship and it shows.  I had no further questions, but she also put me at ease,  great bedside manner and talked me through all the steps of surgery and recovery. She repeatedly reminded me that if I had  any  questions about surgery, I should call her.

I have seriously been thinking about this since my breasts developed early in 4th grade when I skipped a training bra all together, going straight to a “B” cup. I have been heavy all my life, and it caught up with me in 1997 when my gallbladder got so infected and inflamed, I had to be hospitalized for 7 days. My condition was due to very bad eating habits and complications of being obese. I was at my heaviest at 187 pounds.  Before my health issue, my desire to have smaller breasts was completely about “looks.” This health issue served as a wake-up call for me.

More about how I changed my lifestyle, focused on my health and my decision about breast reduction surgery, coming up next time.

 

 

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