How A Breast Reduction Changed My Life

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When I say that a breast reduction changed my life for the better, it is because I feel like every aspect of my life has benefited from it. It is something I truly believe and every day I am still in awe over how I feel due to it. After having two children less than two years apart in my early twenties, my breasts began to sag to my belly button, truly no exaggeration. It wasn't so much the aesthetic of them that bothered me, it was the weight.

It was heaviness on my chest. I trained for and ran a half marathon in 2014 and had to wear two high impact sports bras. It was just very uncomfortable to work out, and since I do so on average 4 days a week, it was the only part I would dread about exercise. How horrible is it to love exercise but feel limited due to a part of your body?! It didn't stop me, but I had to use a personal trainer and center my exercises around what my breasts would allow me to do.

Another one of the difficulties of large breasts is finding clothing. No matter what I wore, I had a huge brick of breasts just waiting to say "Hello" to people! V necks actually made them appear a little bit smaller, and high neck shirts would make them look gigantic! I went to SOL and got fitted with some bras, a lovely 36F in most of them. Paying the small price of $120 a bra is not easy. Looking back now, what I had to spend in bras that year would have been the deposit on my surgery. We like to travel and I did have to get special bathing suits from there, too.

The frumpiness of the clothing that would cover them made me feel like my personality wasn't shining. I would wear baggy sweaters and large hoodies to kind of tame down the cleavage. But I am not a frumpy person at all! I love cardigans, clean lines, pearls, etc. (No surprise from The Preppy Doula!)

Me, in Turks and Caicos 2 months prior to surgery.
Me, in Turks and Caicos 2 months prior to surgery.

Fast forward a few years later, I had breast reduction surgery! You can read about the FAQ's of that surgery in the link. Long story short, it was a super easy surgery, fast recovery and the results are incredible.

When I woke up from my breast reduction surgery, I was in the post-op room. I asked my doctor how much he took off. He said 3 pounds. I couldn't believe it. 3 pounds! That is SO much taken off my chest! And what is amazing is I could immediately sit up and breathe better than before. The results were immediate which is unlike most plastic surgeries!

6 days Post Op, feeling wonderful!
6 days Post Op, feeling wonderful!

Sometimes when I am still sleepy while getting dressed, I start to routinely grab a large sweater just out of habit. Then, I snap out of it! I grab a cute tank top, my favorite cardigan and put on some lip gloss. It's amazing the domino effect of FEELING GOOD about yourself will do.

Playing with my kids. At this time of day I would usually be in a robe and unable to jump up and say "yes" to them when they asked to play. I am able to walk around fully comfortable and able to engage in play at a moment's notice.
Playing with my kids. At this time of day I would usually be in a robe and unable to jump up and say "yes" to them when they asked to play. I am able to walk around fully comfortable and able to engage in play at a moment's notice.

I am saying "yes" to my kids more often. I am able to go out in the heat to the park and not have to cover up the cleavage. I can just wear a tank top still be modest and comfortable. I don't have to rip off a bra with underwire the moment we come home. Which means I am dressed more and hiding out less.

I am interacting more with my community. I am not darting from the drop off the children at school to my car. I am able to stay and have conversations with other parents and their teachers without wondering if my breasts are bothering someone.

Who knows if they were bothering someone? I do know they were bothering me, though.

Confidence comes from within. I am so happy that my heart is shining from the inside out now and I can be myself!