Me and My Boobs: The Opposite of a Love Story (Plus a giveaway!)

(Please note this is a sponsored post but the words,opinions and give away are all mine, mine, mine)

I can still clearly remember my first bra: it was a soft cotton number with a small pink rose in the middle. I was in the fourth grade and it was probably the only bra I’ve ever had that didn’t have an underwire.

I was one of the first girls in my elementary school class to need a bra and I’ve always been a bit of a prodigy in the boob growth department. I was a solid D cup by ninth grade, which is was during the short-lived era of the bodysuit as a popular shirt option, so I basically spent most of high school with my arms folded over my chest. It was not a great look.

In college, my bra size crept up enough that I couldn’t shop at Victoria’s Secret any more (her secret is that she apparently hates girls with big boobies) and I entered the era of only being able to find bras in the matronly section of the department store, usually on racks labelled “minimizers” or “maximum support”. There is nothing sexy or cute about a bra that promises “extra side support” or “promotes cooling”.

I’m in my mid-thirties, done having babies, and have come to accept that fact that my bra size, currently sitting at an G or H cup, is likely not going to creep back down to the lower parts of the alphabet on its own.

So, yeah, I’m contemplating a breast reduction surgery.

Earlier this year I wrote a piece about plastic surgery on The Stir and since that piece I’ve been thinking more seriously about whether a breast reduction might be right for me. So, when I recently got the opportunity to interview Dr. Brian Reedy, a plastic surgeon who specializes in breast and body work, I knew I want to hit him up with some of my lingering questions.

One of the first things I wanted to know is how do you know if you are a good candidate for breast reduction. Dr. Reedy explained that there a number of factors to consider, but “in a nutshell, if your breasts feel too large for your frame, you are likely a candidate.” He went on to note that for a lot of women like me, large breasts can be associated with physical problems like poor posture, neck and back pain, rashes underneath the breast and deep groves in the skin from bras carrying a heavy load.

Enjoy that image, every dude with a big boob fetish.

Given that a breast reduction is “as much art as science”, Dr. Reedy recommends that women interested in the procedure consult with several doctors until they find one that they are comfortable with and that they request to see many before and after pictures to get a sense of what kind of work the doctor does. You can click here to see a gallery of before and afters from Dr. Reedy’s practice. Please note this is going to show you pictures of actual boobs, so NSFW … unless your work is super cool with boobs.

Please note this is also the only time I’ll ever likely include links to naked breasts on this blog, so sorry to disappoint any perverts who accidentally wandered on to this site.

One of the things that Dr. Reedy mentioned that I thought was interesting is that whether a woman is getting a reduction or an enhancement, the holy grail of final sizes is the full C, small D. The process of figuring what size I would end up with though is supposed to be collaborative between the patient and the doctor. An over-reduction can lead to breasts that are “flat” or “boxy” looking, neither of which sound like ideal adjectives to me. I’m not especially interested in going from “buxom” to “boxy”.

One of my other concerns in terms of considering plastic surgery is the aftermath. How long would I need to be out of work? When could I exercise and play with the kids again? What will the scar situation be like? And my poor nipples, what happens to the those guys?

According to Dr. Reedy, if I pursue the breast reduction, I can expect to be out of work for “four days to a week” and back to unlimited activity three weeks after surgery. He also notes that some scarring is to be expected after a reduction but that the doctor and patient should “collaborate to reduce the appearance of scars” with a post-surgery routine that could include different wound covers and ointment options. He also shared that although there is some risk of decreased nipple sensitivity, many patients report that their nipples are actually “more sensitive, in a good way” following surgery. So, I could get cuter bras and have more tingly bits? Um. Yes please!

While I am somewhat tempted by the idea of a “mommy makeover” ,which Dr. Reedy notes is an increasingly popular choice, I think I want to keep trying to up my activity level to get in better shape on my own first, as Dr. Reedy says that the ideal candidate is someone who is done having babies (CHECK!) and who is at a stable weight (um, not quite a check yet).

Now, given that I am still a nerdy grad student, I of course had to supplement my conversation with Dr. Reedy with some research on my own. In terms of findings, there were two major ones:

1. When looking up anything breast related, choose your Google terms wisely. Or else you will end up down some internet rabbit holes that, TRUST ME, you don’t want to go down.

2. Breast reduction surgery seems to rank highest in terms of plastic surgery procedures and patient satisfaction.

So, am I going to do it?

I don’t know yet. I do feel like a consultation with a plastic surgeon is in my future though.

Now, as a thank you for reading all the way through my boob related ditherings, I want to give you the chance to win a $50 gift card. All you need to do is leave a comment about your feelings about plastic surgery. Have you done it? Would you? What would you get done, if anything? Easy enough and I’ll choose a winner at on May 25th!

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57 thoughts on “Me and My Boobs: The Opposite of a Love Story (Plus a giveaway!)

  1. Sarah Hart says:

    Great information, Wendy! I have considered similar surgery and this helped give me some more things to think about (as well as questions to ask). Thanks for the open boob talk. πŸ™‚

  2. Bethanyg says:

    I’ve recently discussed this a lot with several people. Sometimes I feel like the ideal candidate, and sometimes I feel like I should leave my natural self alone! Nice to know others have the same dilemmas.

  3. jessicarivera says:

    I had this surgery done five years ago after wanting it for years; it is beyond worth it! And I have more feeling in my nipples than I ever did before. They fit my body, and I don’t feel like I’m constantly attracting unwanted attention. I would give yourself a good week off of work. I felt better after a few days, but still to sure to work after four days off. My back and shoulders have never felt better!

  4. anniedots says:

    In theory I think I would love a little nip and tuck, but in reality I am a huge baby when it comes to medical procedures so for me I think the anxiety and worry over how it would go would be too much for me to handle!

  5. Jenifer says:

    My sister in law offered me a mommy makeover (her fiancΓ© is a plastic surgeon and she is his nurse) as my baby #3 gift. I had laughed her off, but maybe I should reconsider…

  6. Jenn says:

    I don’t think I’d ever do plastic surgery unless it is seriously affecting my quality of life – back pain, neck pain, etc. But I won’t lie – the mommy makeover would be awesome. I’m in physical therapy for the abs right now, that’s my first step to see if it helps. Good luck! Thanks for your honesty =)

  7. Sarah S. says:

    I had breast reduction surgery right out of college, 16 years ago, and I’ve never ever regretted it (even when you consider that I’m sure it was the source of my breastfeeding issues with my kids). Seriously. It was such a game changer!! And maybe this is because I’ve had it done, but I feel like it’s in a completely different category of plastic surgery. I would never consider any other plastic surgery (even Botox). This was a quality of life decision for me, as I think it is with most women with ginormous boobs. Good luck with your decision!

  8. Virginia says:

    Not a candidate for reduction due to my small bits but have a few friends who have considered the surgery. I have only heard good things from the two gals I know who have done this! Good luck and keep up the bloggin!

  9. SarAh says:

    I have the opposite problem – 33 yrs old and still no boobs. I haven’t had surgery but if it were free I would. πŸ™‚ I imagine mammograms are very difficult for buxom ladies. Even for that reason alone, I think you should do it!

  10. Patty says:

    Great article! Good information and a great style. It is nice to hear that there are other real women out there who don’t want bigger boobs!

  11. Sarah M says:

    I have 2 friends who had reductions in their early 20’s, prior to having families. They both were happier than they could have imagined with the results and are glad they made the choice.

  12. Lexi says:

    Two of my fiends have had reductions, coincidently within a month of each other. This was 2 years ago and as far as I know, neither have regrets. I would be happy to put you in touch with them if you would like. and I say, do what will make you feel good!!

  13. Sara says:

    I really want a mommy makeover. After 4 kids, my body had taken a beating. I work out a lot and eat well but I think I need some help to get my confidence back on track!

  14. jaclyn says:

    i am not against cosmetic plastic surgery, but there are other things i would rather (or need to) spend money on….for a while. if it’s a breast reduction, or something more medical vs cosmetic, then my opinion might be a bit different. either way, having perky boobs post children always sounds lovely!!

  15. Dawn K. says:

    I would do it in a heartbeat if our budget would allow. Alas, it’s a rather far off dream right now. I’d get a tummy tuck and thigh reduction-I’m guessing it’d be lipo for that?

  16. Sarah says:

    I’m also an H cup but am (hopefully) not done having kids, so I haven’t given it real thought. It makes sense that the doctor would recommend you be at a stable weight, so I would do my best to get there before the surgery so he fix any sagging that might occur from the weight loss.

  17. Melissa says:

    I’m a GG and I’d probably consider a lift, but not a reduction (maybe if they were larger and affecting my back/life quality). They mostly fit my frame, they’re just…sad..since having kids. Victoria’s Secret is pretty lame, I’m pretty sure they don’t even know there are sizes above D. Also…i’m a bit cheap, so if i’m going to pay for surgery, it’s going to be a tummy tuck πŸ™‚

  18. Laura says:

    Love your interpretation of Victoria’s “real” secret – you are right on! I was that girl in high school too! I would definitely consider the “mommy makeover” after I’m done with children, depending on how big of a chunk of money we are talking about…

  19. Jessica says:

    A college friend had a reduction after our freshman year and swears it was the best thing she ever did. Her constant back pain vanished and she started playing sports and running for the first time since she was fifteen. To say it changed her life is an understatement. If my cups ran over, I’d totally do it too.

  20. Dianne says:

    I had a breast reduction done about 10 years ago…one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I don’t think there is anything wrong with a little nip and tuck. The problem is when people go overboard and do too much.

  21. Heater says:

    I would get plastic surgery in a heartbeat if I had the funds. Id like to recover some of the body I had before kids. Bits and pieces of myself (literally) that have…changed. πŸ˜€

  22. Caitlin (@hbapothecary) says:

    I remember a very dark moment when recovering from sinus surgery (wherein they also had to fix my septum and reconstruct the inside of my nose because there was no cartilage where there should’ve been. My nose doesn’t look different but I essentially had a full nose job.) when I was in tons of pain and felt like it would never end and thought who would DO THIS just for LOOKS?! That said, in the light of day (and staring down jaw surgery that is medically necessary but will also change/improve how I look) I think for ME I would only do plastic surgery if it was really causing pain and other problems that I had a hard time living with. Everyone I know who has had a reduction has been really really happy with it, so I am excited for you! I don’t begrudge anyone else having plastic surgery, that’s for sure. I just…think I’m done putting my body through major medical stuff. Unless necessary.

    • Caitlin (@hbapothecary) says:

      I feel like I should clarify that I am not having plastic surgery on my jaw! It’s surgery to correct function, reduce pain/TMJ symptoms, improve quality of life, and save my teeth, in a nutshell. But it will also fix the ‘mushy’ jawline I have never been crazy about, etc – But as a side effect/coincidence only.

  23. Swistle says:

    Abstaining from entering the giveaway, but still wanted to choose a favorite part: “There is nothing sexy or cute about a bra that promises ‘extra side support’ or ‘promotes cooling’.”

  24. Ashley says:

    I am intrigued by plastic surgery. I’m mostly okay with the size of my boobs, but a little lift sounds appealing. If someone offered me a breast lift and tummy tuck for free, I wouldn’t say no!

  25. susikeefe says:

    I would seriously consider a Breast reduction. Not sure about other cosmetic surgery for other reasons unless I was injured or something. I’ve watched a few episodes of “botched” and the whole thing freaks me out a bit. But I wouldn’t mind being a good ‘ol D cup like in HS. These Gs are a lot of work!

  26. Christine says:

    I have the exact opposite problem. I always wanted a mommy makeover and have implants. Until about 3 yrs ago I became happy with all of the curves and imperfections of my body, including my -A cup size. I think to each their own and there is nothing wrong with a change if you truly want to make that change.

  27. Emi says:

    I’m glad there’s an option for women who need to have a reduction. My friend had a harder time with the insurance paperwork (which covered her surgery) vs the recovery. Plastic or cosmetic surgery doesn’t seem to apply to this- Reconstructive? Restorative? Good insight.

  28. krislee98 says:

    I’ve had several friends who have had reductions and one common theme for them, which they wish someone would have told them, was that their bodies (beyond the boobs), changes significantly after surgery. As the breasts are an area where fat tends to gather, when that goes away, your body doesn’t recognize that right away and there can be an “adjustment” period where weight gain can be an issue.

    I’m a fan of my girls and would consider a breast “lift” before a reduction but other than the caveat above, I’ve heard it’s been a real lifesaver for those who have done it.

  29. Heather Johnson says:

    Excellent post, love your humor! I had a breast reduction just four short weeks ago and it’s the best thing I have ever done for myself. (I am five feet tall and was carrying around a pair of H cups. They dropped down as far as my belly button which is about as unattractive as you are currently thinking!) I knew I had had enough the day I actually kneeled on one when I bent over the tub to clean it!! Funny now, but my God I bet they heard me yelp in pain in Duluth.

  30. t in stp says:

    I’m scared by anesthesia and by the old stories of leaky silicone, but I admit to the siren call of going down to beautiful C-sized boobs. Maybe after I’m done using them for kids’ sustenance.

  31. Carla Huang says:

    My boobs are about a C/D anyway (mostly due to weight gain, they weren’t this big before kids) but if they were a G or H like you mentioned, I would for sure consider the reduction. I know a few friends/family members who had it done, and each has been very glad they took the plunge! Blessings as you make your decision Wendy!!

  32. Lisa S says:

    How is it that in 2015 doctors haven’t figured out a way to take unwanted breast tissue from one woman and give it to another woman who desperately wants/needs it? Figure it out already docs!

  33. TNWSherman says:

    I can certainly see the appeal of a reduction. Mine are smaller since birthing and feeding 2 big hungry babies, but they were a very full D before, and on my medium sized frame, they were a little unwieldy. I can only imagine a f-g-h cup. It would be so heavy, and so hard to find clothes to fit.

  34. Liz K says:

    I’ve never seriously considered plastic surgery. I’m not a candidate for a breast reduction as I’m not large breasted, but if I had a chunk of money (read: will never happen) I would maybe get liposuction. I am actively working on losing those extra pounds and inches with diet and exercise.
    Wonderful article.

  35. Jessica says:

    This is a surgery I will definitely consider after I am done having babies. Thanks for posting this piece, and starting this conversation. I’m intrigued and inspired! Good luck to you with your decision πŸ™‚

  36. Meghan B. says:

    I’ve never considered plastic surgery, but after reading your blog, I can totally see why a breast reduction could change your life. My bobs are more on the “I have trouble filling out a bra since having kids.” Whatever you decide, good luck!

  37. Kim N. says:

    I loved this! I did have a “mommy makeover” over 2 yrs ago. My makeover consisted of a tummy tuck which fixed my diastasis (sp?), a breast lift, and liposuction. With a tummy tuck they usually do some lipo around the hip area to blend/smooth. I chose to have additional lipo of my upper thighs down to the top of my knee area. I originally was just going to have a breast reduction, but when I went in for my consultation, he explained that what was best for me was to do a lift, as I didn’t have a lot of mass to my boobs, picture wide tube socks hanging from your chest…that’s what I had. I hated that they hung so low, they felt heavy, and I also hate wearing a bra. (but I do out in public, you’re welcome!) πŸ™‚ They were so droopy, that when I would run down our stairs they would literally make clapping/slapping noises…ask my wife, it became a fun little game that we would laugh about, something she would never understand as a small B cup girl. Anyway, so as we were in the appt. with the dr., I had asked about him checking for a diastases, which he discovered was about 2 finger widths and wasn’t going to go back. I was completely done with kids, and at a stand still with my weight, so I was a good candidate. We found out the cost of it all and submitted to insurance, which we were pretty sure they would deny, and of course they did. We knew that it was something that I should have done and I was really excited for. The recovery was 2 weeks of me in bed, minimal movement the first week, second week I could go downstairs for a bit and by the 3rd week, I was driving a bit and doing a little house stuff. They big thing about recovery was how tired you are, just from all that done to your body and also the pain pills. I didn’t think the pain was bad at all, unless you are asking about the lipo, then that hurt like a bitch! My legs were black and trying to just sit to pee was quite painful. So long story short, it was totally worth the $12,000+ we paid, the pain that I felt, and the 3 weeks of recovery, which lets be real, were awesome as a little break from being a mom and always on duty. πŸ˜‰ I would do it all over again, without a doubt. My nipples have sensation, there was a period of super sensitivity, but now they are normal again. My scarring is not bad at all, and I am so happy with the look of it. When I go and look at the before and after pics, I am amazed at what an artist my doctor was, and also that I waited as long as I did to have the makeover. πŸ™‚

  38. Johanna I. says:

    My work is super cool with boobs.

    A lot of my Google searches are breast related.

    πŸ˜‰

    I think there are some really good reasons to get plastic surgery and some really bad ones. If money wasn’t an object and there was some part that really bothered me, I’d consider it. But surgery won’t fit the crappy way I eat or how much sleep I lose by staying up late to watch bad TV and play on the internet after the kids are in bed.

  39. lisbel says:

    I recently had weight loss surgery and have lost 92 lbs total, before I never thought about getting plastic surgery…but now ny bets are so flat and saggy it almost looks like baseball inside of a tube sock or a deflated balloon 😣 I mean I am thankful for weightloss but it’s a little embarrassing because I am only 21 years old. I was always a double D cup throughout high school, and now I am ranging a C because of the extra skin. I did love them before but I guess this is my opposite of a love story now too 😳

  40. Christen says:

    I am all for plastic surgery to enhance yourself. I don’t like when there is too much, specifically to the face so it changes a persons whole look a and character. That said, if it makes one happy, I am all for it.

  41. Hailey Eshleman says:

    I’ve considered a breast reduction for the sake of my poor back! My parents both shared their back issues with me, to start. And I’m just not comfortable.

    I think that if it makes you happy or confident, go for it! It’s your life to live.

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