You may or may not know it, but three years ago I went under the knife and had a breast reduction. Surprise?! Since then I have gotten so accustomed to my smaller boobs that sometimes I forget what they used to look and feel like. It’s crazy. But here I am, three years and two small-ish boobies later. Was my breast reduction worth it? Do I suffer from any post-operation complications? Keep reading for a little update on life after the knife (cheesy, I know).
I won’t do a full recap on what led me to a breast reduction, but I will give you a rushed summary of it all.
I hit puberty early…before most of the kids my age early. That meant everything was growing fast. Through middle school, I was one of the tallest and the most developed out of my peers. Although my vertical growth came to an end (I stand tall at a whooping 5’3″), my boob growth did not. They grew and grew and grew…to a 36 G. Yes, “G” as in “ginormous” or “G” as in “Girl, where did you get those?” This led to the development of emotional and physical distress.
Over the years, I explored my options: weight loss, creams, taping them down, surgery. You name it, I considered it. I don’t know why, but I assumed that a breast reduction was out of the question for me. However, one day I decided to actually take the steps to making this option my reality. I went to a surgeon and was given a list of hoops to jump through to get my surgery covered by insurance. My first go round was a flop. I did not put forth the energy to jump through the hoops. With more maturity under my belt, I tried again a few years later. I met with a different plastic surgeon and on April 1, 2016, I had my surgery. You can read a little bit more about my breast reduction, here.
Fast forward three years later, I have completely healed and can give my truth. I’ll start with the my cons and end with my pros. Keep in mind, this is my breast reduction experience.
This is my breast reduction experience.
Fact: A major incision was made on my body to remove fat, tissue and skin. So let’s be real, scarring is inevitable. I’ve heard stories of people whose scars appear to fade away completely. That is not my truth.
My surgeon performed an anchor incision on me. The vertical incision has faded away for the most part. However, the incision around my nipples and the horizontal incision under my breasts have left me with some visible scarring. It’s not terrible, but it is definitely there. Ideally, I wouldn’t want to have any scars, but it was a part of the risk that I took. There are several options to help with lightening or removing scars, which I may explore later.
I have not had kids yet, but when I do I would love to solely breastfeed. Having a breast reduction can take a direct hit at my ability to produce milk. My surgeon was very upfront with me about the possibility that breastfeeding may be hindered. He also cut around the nipple and the nerves there will typically regrow. So, when the time comes, I’ll know. Again, this is a risk that I took and I have mentally prepared myself for either outcome.
One night while laying in bed, I was randomly checking my breasts for any lumps. I got to my right breast and felt a large, hard lump. Immediately, my mind started racing. Who wouldn’t be shocked?! Thankfully, my general physician (and the Lord) calmed my fears. She confirmed that this hard mass was scar tissue and is completely benign. I was comforted knowing that fat necrosis, or the scar tissue that forms when the body naturally repairs the damaged fatty breast tissue, is a normal occurrence. It isn’t noticeable by looking at me and is harmless, just another difference in my body due to surgery.
Now, on to the positives.
I Feel Lighter
Prior to my surgery, I was weighed down by my boobs…literally. My breasts were so heavy, that I had indentations on my shoulders from my bras digging into my skin. My spine was not aligned properly from the weight of my chest. Yes, I saw it myself via x-rays. On top of that, I felt so disproportionate. I don’t have the largest lower body, so my large upper body *Yung Miami voice* stood out.
Although I was able to conceal it for the most part, I hated it. Since my surgery, I feel like my body is more balanced. I feel so much lighter and no more shoulder indents from bras. Can I get an “amen”?
Increased Mental & Emotional Health
Women are sexualized for their body parts all of the time. It’s not right, but it is a truth. When those features are more pronounced they are not only over-sexualized, but they become an identifier. I was known for having large breasts. I was tired of that association. My boobs did not/do not have a thing to do with who I was/am as a person. But upon initial contact it’s hard to separate the two: personality and physicality. Dealing with that starting at such a young age and it continuing for years, weighed on me mentally and emotionally.
My boobs did not/do not have a thing to do with who I was/am as a person.
Now, no one can say, “Kalyn, with the big boobs?” I’m not identified by my breasts anymore. I’ve learned to love my body, including the imperfections. My self-confidence, although not at 100%, has greatly increased post-breast reduction.
Shopping is Easier & Fun!
If you don’t have large breasts, you might not understand this. It is so difficult to find a quality bra once you get past a DD. I couldn’t just walk into a store and expect to see my size. I had to plan out where and when (because it got expensive) I could find a quality bra that would support my girls. Now, I can confidently go into a random Target or TJ Maxx, knowing I’ll find my size (large C/small D cup). This may seems small, but it’s a major feat!
Let’s talk about how clothing options just opened up for me after surgery! Strapless. Spaghetti straps. One shoulder. Off the shoulder. Open back. The tops and dresses that I can wear now? I am thankful!
I take full advantage of this, too. I’m quick to throw on a bodysuit with no bra and a pair of jeans. Honestly, I probably go bra-less more often than I should. Oh, well!
Even with the cons, I do not regret my decision to have a breast reduction and would do it again in a heartbeat. If you are considering a breast reduction:
- Do your research and ask questions.
- Find a doctor you trust and follow their instructions.
- Listen to your body and do what is best for you!
Did you make it to the end? Thank you for being here, I really appreciate it!