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Acceptance Garments / Re: My first sports bra
« Last post by Salsoul on Today at 02:28:20 AM »
After my recent experience with a certain High Street retailer, where I had been in contact with their customer services beforehand to ask specifically if they could provide a fitting service for a man with gynecomastia, which they confirmed they could, to then turn up in store for it to become clear that they thought I was transitioning, was extremely embarrassing and uncomfortable, I'm reluctant to try again but equally I don't want to buy online as I don't know what will work for me and I wanted to have my measurements confirmed. My only other option is to pluck up the courage to call a local independent retailer, unfortunately they aren't on social media, don't have a website or email address so I'm going to have actually give them a phone call which is just too daunting a prospect. Hence my reticence.
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Acceptance Garments / Re: My first sports bra
« Last post by Johndoe1 on Yesterday at 11:18:05 PM »
I understand. I too was hesitant to take the plunge into full time bra wearing with regular underwire bras, but I have never been more physically comfortable since I started wearing one. After awhile, I got tired of the aching of being compressed all the time in a sports bra. And if I have to go out in public braless, I am VERY aware of the girls free ranging. I really have grown to HATE that feeling. I have really become self conscience when braless in public. So I very rarely am. But it all comes in time.
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Acceptance / Re: Do you ever feel "out there"?
« Last post by Johndoe1 on Yesterday at 11:10:53 PM »
I'd be a liar if I said swoop and scoop wasn't part of my routine.
If you don't swoop and scoop, the bra doesn't fit right and you really aren't getting all the support you should have and after a few hours, with me at least, without S/C, the wires will start to poke in some hurtful places. A good S/C and that never happens and the girls are happy.
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Acceptance / Re: Do you ever feel "out there"?
« Last post by TheDane on Yesterday at 10:49:22 PM »
I wasn't implying that I hate wearing support, just that I am at point in my life where I'm unhappy that things are going the way they are. Which I suspect everyone on here is too-just vocalizing it.

Initially I had Soma measure me at 40B I have yet to find a large supply of comfortable supportive bras in that size.  I recently tried Chantelle I really like their product it's comfortable and fits. But 40B is too loose in this brand. Sister size seemed to work.  I have a small frame but my height makes me look strange than most. At 216lbs I have a belly but my rack protrudes beyond it.

I bought 4 more Champion sports bras before I had travel to PA for a vacation. Glad I did, it's cold here and pokies would be really OUT. 

As Johndoe1 pointed out, I had no idea what I was doing either.  I'd be a liar if I said swoop and scoop wasn't part of my routine.
I haven't gone as far as to try wearing womens blouses for a better fit and less gapping
Images are left and right and this is with a medium support curvy champion.
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Acceptance Garments / Re: My first sports bra
« Last post by Salsoul on Yesterday at 07:04:23 PM »
Salsoul, don't forget to give us a review of you bras when you have tried them out. We are always on the lookout for good bras and how they fit!
Johndoe1 still figuring out whether I'm quite ready to take that step and consider an everyday bra, it's not an easy step to take, following my last experience and trying to get a proper fitting I've kind of lost my confidence. Watch this space though 😉
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Acceptance Garments / Re: My first sports bra
« Last post by Johndoe1 on Yesterday at 03:17:31 PM »
Salsoul, don't forget to give us a review of you bras when you have tried them out. We are always on the lookout for good bras and how they fit!
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Ask a Doctor / Re: Steroid Injection Timeline
« Last post by Fisher on Yesterday at 02:07:00 PM »
Thank you both for the replies. I do actually feel a little improvement today.  All I can do is wait now. 

Is massage still recommended after an injection or would that flush the medication out of the scar area? 

Thanks 

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Acceptance Garments / Re: My first sports bra
« Last post by hammer on Yesterday at 12:01:16 PM »
They both look great! I think it was Rachel that both ABWG'S and I did an interview with years ago, but I could be wrong.

John is right, unless you have the aditute that I do and don't give a shit what others think, you need to be careful about who or what is said and where it is said! Don't get me wrong about myself,  I'm just referring to my 2 models that I have on the bottom of my all post.

Personally I got to the point that I don't stray to far from the farm. That being this forum is the farm, lol.

The way I figure, I got 3 that I REALLY need to please! Those are, God, wife and self, in that order!
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Acceptance Garments / Re: My first sports bra
« Last post by Johndoe1 on Yesterday at 09:54:25 AM »
Welcome to the club Salsoul! After a time, you will ask yourself why did you wait so long. Bigbustsupport is a great site. In my early journey into bras I gleaned some good information there and corresponded several times with Rachel. It's nice to know that there are women who don't mind helping us. I have since found that there are many women who are sympathetic to our situation. Most are in the well endowed category so they understand what it's like to be ridiculed about one's chest. And many chose to help under the radar or to help in ways that do not embarrass us. But beware that just as many women will also not be sympathetic, so discretion is always called for if one doesn't want to be classified as a perv or worse. Guys wearing bras are not universally accepted in the women's world like it isn't accepted in our world. It's a sad fact of life. 
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Ask a Doctor / Re: Only one areolar incision for lean patients
« Last post by Dr. Elliot Jacobs on Yesterday at 09:53:25 AM »
The tiny incision on the side of the chest (less than 1/4 inch) heals so very well that for most guys, it produces a faint scar that is difficult to find (after 6-12 months).

I tend to do my gynecomastia surgery in stages.  First, the lateral nick in the skin and aggressive liposuction.  In about 20% of my cases, I can get everything out and there is no cut on the areola at all. I can do this using a variety of specially designed, sharp and semi-sharp cannulas.  

For the other 80%, I do a peri-areolar incision in order to facilitate direct excision of sub-areolar breast tissue under direct vision -- this gives me perfect control.  If there is any hint at a crater deformity, I see it at this time and immediately correct it.  The peri-areolar incision tends to heal incredibly well.

Every surgeon has his own favorite technique -- what counts, though, is the final result -- and it really doesn't matter which route was taken to achieve that result.

Dr Jacobs
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