I Had Breast Reduction Surgery
When I was 12 I started to get insecure about the size of my breasts, I noticed that people would talk about how advanced mine were for my age and it didn’t help that I was self-conscious about my waist too. This feeling just gradually got worse as time went on. I was getting older and the flexibility into what shirts I could wear was becoming increasingly limited as time went on.
I was 15 when my Mum first introduced the idea of getting a breast reduction to me. I wasn’t keen on the idea at first, I tried my best to stay away from having surgeries and I the thought of choosing to change myself wasn’t something I had ever crossed my mind. Except I decided to start the process of having the surgery anyway. I went through the Austin Hospital for my surgery.
At the end of 2017 I had my first appointment with the surgeon and we spoke about the issues I had at the moment and how I wanted my body to look. My surgeon nicely explained how everything can look different and not completely identical. However, anything that was different to what I had at that current time would’ve been lots better.
Between the age of 17-19 that was when my boobs were the heaviest. I couldn’t find any bras that were adequately supportive and I just continued using the bras that I already had because even if I brought new ones it wouldn’t change anything. At my biggest, I was a size 8G. At 16 I was a 8F and after that I stopped shopping for bras.
Looking back, I can’t believe that I thought that was okay for me to be that size. I was literally swimming in my own chest and I was continuously having back pain which I didn’t realise was because of my boobs till after my surgery.
In the middle of 2018 I decided to change my diet from being vegetarian and go completely vegan. I cut out all forms of dairy and eggs. A month after going vegan, I also started to try intermittent fasting because I wanted to lose weight in my stomach. It was October and I had been vegan for 2 months and being doing intermittent fasting for about 3 weeks. I noticed that my boobs felt lighter and my bras felt as if they were a little too big. I asked my Mum and we went to try a new bra to see if they had chained. My new diet allowed me to drop 2 cup sizes and I was an 8E. I was pretty happy because now it wasn’t a lot lighter except I still looked like my torso was just boobs because they hadn’t changed position. I’ve realised that my weight change in my chest was from cutting out all of the the dairy that I was having. I believe that because I no longer was having the hormones and fat that is in dairy my chest just naturally shrunk.
Now that my chest had changed I was becoming very nervous and about my surgery because I didn’t want to loose my boobs completely. From my first appointment, it was planned that she was going to reduce the size of my breasts in half. Being a 8E I no longer wanted that drastic change because I like how my chest makes me feel less self conscious about my stomach.
Thankfully, my surgeon was completely understanding and together we made a new plan for the surgery. She didn’t think my boobs were that big but she listened to me and we decided that we would do a small reduction and do overall a breast lift so they were no longer sitting extremely low.
On the 17th or December I had my breast reduction surgery. It was exactly like those plastic surgery reality tv shows, but slightly less glamorous. Before being put to sleep, the two surgeons came in and drew on me where they would incision and lift. I looked like a drawn on doll.
The surgery went very well. The surgeon came to me when I had woken up and explained everything they did. The best part of all was that I was dressed in a crop top. A crop top! I had never been able to wear those. I was extremely happy, the crop top was a crop top was a normal one from Cotton On size and even though it was a size small my new boobs fitted in perfectly.
The most annoying part of the whole surgery was the draining tubes that were attached to me to me. If I wanted to get up to go to the toilet or sit up in my wheelchair for a few minutes they draining tubes needed to come with me.
Luckily, due to my level of spinal cord injury I wasn’t in very much pain because my chest has very little sensation anyway. However, I did feel a little tender and very nauseous.
I hated the stay in hospital and I just wanted to go home. I only spent the night in there and was able to go home the next day so I could properly rest.
At home I just continued to heal. I couldn’t drive my car for a month and I couldn’t train for athletics for about 6 weeks. Except, I was doing circuits outside because me not doing any physical activity for 6 weeks would make me go stir crazy.
The scarring hasn’t been too bad. I’m a person who doesn’t really care about scars if they’re not visible. The cut that they did was like a lollipop so there’s a line going down but I honestly forget about the scars. I could make them less visible but they’re not purple or ugly. It’s a pretty minimal cut and you can’t see them when I wear shirts, dresses or bathers
Since my surgery, I’ve had a lot of positive changes. I no longer have back pain, I can wear nice clothes, my posture is a lot better and I have so much more energy.
Each time that I try on a new item of clothing where I can go braless it’s very exciting and feels like a win. In March, I wore a really nice dress and I didn’t need to wear a bra. It felt amazing and I wasn’t even self conscious at all. Most of the time now also when I work out I just wear a crop top. It’s amazing to have that luxury.
I no longer have boobs of 40 year old women, I now have boobs of a 20 year old women.