As I have said in my many posts about my breast reduction, I think it’s important for me to talk about it. In fact, I think it’s one of the most important things I am doing right now. I have stated in the past that I struggled to find good information and content on breast reductions when I was looking into the surgery, and that’s why I share so much about mine after the fact. This post isn’t very long and I don’t have any photos to share at this time, so bear with me.
As a teenager, I wanted to know everything I could about the surgery, but also about the people who had done it. When I came up empty handed or with scraps of information, I had to take a leap of faith and just go for it hoping to find a surgeon that could do the best for me, even though I had no idea what the best was. This gave me incredibly low expectations for results and high hopes, which turned out great for me… but I was lucky. I’ve read and heard horror stories about scars and recovery because no one knew what to expect from a breast reduction, took a leap of faith, and the results didn’t meet expectations. Stories about extensive scarring, nasty draining tubes, and more. This is why it’s important for people to share their stories. The more content there is on breast reductions, the more likely it is for someone like me to find information and not have to take a leap of faith.
During my initial searches, I found a lot of posts on tumblr, reddit, and blogs that talked about the reduction in one post, talked about it leading up to the surgery and then posted one after photo, or only did a short “hey I did this” kind of post. This is a little helpful, but not very if you have to piece together various anecdotal information from many different people to come to a vague conclusion. This is why I have so many posts about my reduction. Every part of the process is important, even years after.
This brings me to photos. I think photos are incredibly important to sharing information about the healing process. This is where people can see a month, three months, six months, and years after a reduction. I admit, I didn’t take photos in these increments and I haven’t shared all of mine, but I do for people I know who are seriously interested. But I did a three years after post and I will definitely continue to post about my reduction years from now and more photos. If I have children, expect a post about how my breasts change with pregnancy. If something drastic happens in my life that affects my breasts, you bet I will share that.
Seeing photos and reading about the healing process I think is more important than reading about the pre-op process because seeing how someone else is healing and someone else’s results can inform the decisions of someone else. If I had read more about end results and healing processes I might have made different choices, but knowing what I know now, I probably wouldn’t have. I had an amazing surgeon. I think knowing and seeing how people heal, are healing, and their results during and after the healing process provides us with more opportunities to ask surgeons and doctors questions before we decide to go through with the surgery or that particular surgeon. We need to know what can happen so we can ask our surgeons what they can do for us and what the other options are.
I got lucky on my leap of faith. I don’t want anyone to have to take a leap of faith in their surgeons or the information they pieced together online. This is why I share about my reduction so much. In the future I will post about questions I didn’t ask my surgeon but should have and the “right” and “wrong” reasons to get a breast reduction (Spoiler alert, all reasons are valid expect one).
As a final personal note: If a potential employer sees my content, sees the scars that happen to be on my breasts and decides to not hire me because of that, then I made out on top. I don’t want to work for a company that views breasts as inherently sexual. I don’t want to work for a company that thinks publicly sharing medical information for the benefit of others is inappropriate. I want to work for a company that values me as a person and what I can contribute, not the perceived nature of my content as seen through a sexualized lense.
Check out my previous posts about my reduction!