So sometimes I feel like a freak of nature. I'm 1/2 Japanese American (3rd generation) yet have very full g cup breasts. For those who aren't familiar with bra cup size, it begins at AA, then goes, A, B, C, D, DD (E), DDD (F), DDDD (G), all the way past M. Luckily, they seem to be somewhat proportionate to my body, so I don't necessarily look like I would tip over in a strong wind.
I developed kind of early for girls living in the 1970's (as opposed to growing up now) and started wearing a bra in the 5th grade. I hated the private school I attended at that time. One reason is because there were the same 25 (mostly) annoying people I had known since kindergarten, and the vast majority of those students were total assholes and completely obnoxious. This private school was very, very rich and very, very white. So now, on top of being teased for looking different than the rest of my classmates, I also had my bra snapped on a regular basis. **See, I told you in another blog post that I tend to hold on to grudges way too long!**
Come to think about it, I bet that my early breast development was a catalyst for me becoming a very strong willed and in your face kind of person.
Having huge breasts does require me to make some pretty major life adjustments. Most people know that I'm a huge fan of black or dark colored shirts. It is pretty much the only color that somewhat disguises their actual size so people tend to look me in the eyes when they talk with me instead of at my chest. Also, many designers (including bra designers) do not readily accommodate their designs for larger breasted women. Sometimes I end up wearing maternity clothing (although you would probably never know it) because I seem to have much better luck finding things that actually fit me.
I'm also not able to exercise in the ways many people enjoy. You can absolutely forget about seeing me running or jogging, and even walking on a treadmill usually requires me wearing 2 sports bras. I also don't usually do group cardio exercises because of how uncomfortable it can be.
But what about yoga, Catherine? Oh I've tried it many times! However, it is laughably uncomfortable for me to do even the most basic of poses like downward dog. I get a feeling like I'm being suffocated because they tend to feel like they are right under my chin. By the way, sleeping on my back can occasionally also make me feel a little claustrophobic for the same reason.
So why haven't I gotten breast reduction surgery?
Even though I am 1/2 Japanese American, my skin is very fair with pink undertones. It isn't at all like the color tone my sisters have which is pretty dark and olive. They tan like a nut, and I tend to burn. Having fair skin means that my tendency to bruise is high and often and also scars on me are pretty obvious. This is a huge factor for me because most breast reduction surgeries rely on a standard "anchor" incision which is quite barbaric (if you ask me). Anchor incisions basically cut around your areola down the middle of your lower breast and then to the left and right of the lower breast. Get it, the incision literally looks like a boat anchor. Oh, I forgot to mention one little thing. When it comes to breast reduction surgery, most include the complete removal of your nipple! Don't worry, you eventually get it back at the end of the surgery when they reposition back onto your now smaller breasts. Still, writing about the notion of nipple removal is enough to make me feel somewhat barfy.
I should mention that of all the plastic/cosmetic surgeries, people report the highest rate of overall satisfaction. In other words, they do not suffer from buyer's remorse. However, all surgery involves risk, including death. There is also the possibility that you will end up with lopsided breasts that are way more obvious than the typical and common occurrence of having one breast bigger than the other one. Some less skilled surgeons may also reposition your nipples incorrectly so one may be straight while the other is pointing up or down. Lastly, many women report to having decreased nipple sensitivity after their breast reduction surgery. This may not be a deal breaker for some women because, basically, the farther away your nipple is from your chest tissue, the less sensitive it is. This is one reason some men say they have ridiculously sensitive nipples.
I have heard that some physicians are perfecting "minimally invasive" breast reduction surgery techniques. However, doctors who specialize in a niche are often few and far between.
Over the years I have learned to love my breasts mainly because I always knew I would never have a breast reduction. Don't get me wrong, I still fantasize about having perfectly pert and perky b cup breasts, but that is just not in the cards for me. Plus, I think I would miss them if they suddenly weren't there anymore. I guess I have just come to the conclusion that I will bring them out for special occasions, but will continue to wear a great minimizer bra and dark colored tops.