My First Bra Fitting After My Reduction

My First Bra Fitting After My Reduction

After my breast reduction, I wore my stained surgical bras for months pining for the day I could buy new pretty bras.

When I was allowed to buy and wear real bras, we went straight to Nordstrom’s. Mom and I wanted to get me something special as my “first bra” and mom actively boycotts Victoria’s Secret after one employee told me their “bras would fit me if I gained weight.”

So to Nordstrom’s we went. We browsed all the bras, picked out a few I liked and took me back to get a fitting.

At this point, by breasts were healed, but were not pretty. They looked stitched together and angry.

I was terrified that Continue reading “My First Bra Fitting After My Reduction”

My three year Breast Reduction Anniversary

My three year Breast Reduction Anniversary

In honor of my three year breast reduction anniversary, here is a Q&A of all the breast reduction related questions I have ever received.

These questions come from private messages I have received and things I am generally asked in person. I did a similar blog responding to my friends fears surrounding the operation here. 

Q. Why did I decide to get a breast reduction?

A. After years of physical pain, emotional pain, and sexual harassment, I decided it was the only thing that would improve the quality of my life. I thought that if my breasts weren’t abnormally large, people might treat me like a person, my back wouldn’t hurt all the time, and I might actually be okay with my body.

I started developing breasts around eight or nine and they grew quickly and painfully from there. This means I started getting catcalled at a young age, I was constantly mistaken for being older, and we all know how cruel kids can be.

When I entered middle school, people Continue reading “My three year Breast Reduction Anniversary”

Breast Reduction: Fear, Excitement, and the Process

Breast Reduction: Fear, Excitement, and the Process

My friend Shelby and I collaborated on this blog when it was originally posted on our original blogs. Since this is moved content, it will not contain links to the original blogs.

Plastic surgery is either a topic readily embraced or shunned because of the word “plastic” and society’s association with cosmetic procedures with “Botched,” Hollywood fakery, and vanity. We are here to talk about one procedure in particular: the breast reduction. This procedure is one that almost always improves the lives of those who get them and more than not, is medically necessary. Shelby has one scheduled, and I (Brette) had one over two years ago. As Shelby comes closer to her scheduled surgery, she has some lingering worries. Having gone through the experience myself, I have Continue reading “Breast Reduction: Fear, Excitement, and the Process”

My Breast Reduction

My Breast Reduction
Senior Prom in “custom” formal wear
This picture was taken the night of my senior prom in 2014. My dress was “put together” with a corset from Frederick’s of Hollywood and mom made the tulle skirt. Shopping for formal wear was pretty much impossible, just like shopping for everything else. A lot has changed since 2014.

Lets dive into this: I started my period at nine years old. Around the same time, I was fitted for my first bra- it was a big deal- mom wanted my first bra to be something I could wear for a while because she thought developing so young must be a fluke. Well, the bra we bought was an uncomfortable B almost C cup (whatever that meant). I was too small for teen and adult bras, but too big for training bras. I actually Continue reading “My Breast Reduction”