After Breast Reduction, A 40-Year-Old Mom Finally Loves Her Body

chalupatamale on 3 Sep 2013 at 9:00am

breast reduction changes mom's life

RealSelf member chalupatamale is a 40-year-old mom who developed a hump on her back because her breasts were so heavy. Breast reduction surgery has now given her a whole new life. She documented her transformation here on RealSelf. This is her story, in her own words.

Hi, I’m Anna. I’m a 40-year-old mom of 4-year-old twins living in Atlanta, Georgia.

My boobs have always been saggy. I never liked them. Jumping was always a problem. Even in my 20s, when I weighed only about 150 pounds, they were still big and bouncy. Here's a much younger me, in Greece at age 19, doing my best to hide them:

Young girl many years before life-changing breast-reduction surgery

At age 40, the years had not been kind to the boobies. Let's just say they were 'south of the border' and extremely large. Then, I found out one of my friends had gotten a breast reduction, and she said it was the best thing she'd ever done. I considered it, but then I thought, "Well, I’m overweight and maybe I should just lose weight first." But I never managed to actually do that.

Really, it was in the last 10 or 15 years that they had become a problem -- to the point where I developed a hump on the back of my neck from bad posture. I didn’t realize I was slumped over all the time. I now know I wasn’t standing up straight because my boobs were so heavy. You can get some sense of my posture from this picture:

RealSelf member prior to life-changing breast-reduction surgery

After thinking about it more and more, I realized that I just had to make this decision. I told my husband obviously. My mum also knew- she weighs about 110 pounds, so it was kind of hard for her to understand, but she was supportive. I told the two friends with breast reductions.

I didn’t want to make it public knowledge at the time, but now I’m telling everybody. I feel like they look good. Even though I'm still overweight, I have a much better body image and actually enjoy looking in the mirror.

And, I'm motivated to change. I owe it to myself to get into better shape — not just physically, but mentally. I’ve kind of been in a slump my whole life and making excuses. One excuse used to be, "Even if I do lose weight, what’s the point? My boobs are still going to look like crap." I didn’t think it was ever going to look good, regardless of what I did.

I have a halter neck swimsuit, and I wore it years ago when my husband and I went to Jamaica for our wedding. I only wore it once after our trip, and it hurt my neck so badly that I never wore it again ... until now.

The halter top fits me again after breast reduction surgery

I've been recommending this surgery to all my 'big-boobied' friends. And when I see women [struggling with trying on clothing] in the stores, I want to go up to them and say, "Have a breast reduction ... it's life changing."

To read more about chalupatamale's journey, and see more before-and-after photos, click here.

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