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post #1 of 24
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So I've lost 22lbs so far and Thursday after work, Lesley and I decided to go to winners to buy some new tops for our new thinner look.

So browsing the racks we pulled out a few cute tops and headed for the fitting rooms.

Unfortunally all shirts made these days are for women with zero to no breasts. They looked cute from the boobs down, but I couldn't cram these puppies into the top. It happens every time I go shopping for tops.

I'm thinking reduction, seriously.
post #2 of 24
When I was 20, I was a perfect size 10. It was SO EASY to shop! Now, 20 some years and 4 kids later, it is so hard to find clothes to fit and flatter. I hate shopping now!

I don't know how big you are on top, but since I am not very big on top, it ssems like a shame to have a reduction! If I was going for surgery, I'd have my belly reduced!
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by Creepyowl
So I've lost 22lbs so far and Thursday after work, Lesley and I decided to go to winners to buy some new tops for our new thinner look.

So browsing the racks we pulled out a few cute tops and headed for the fitting rooms.

Unfortunally all shirts made these days are for women with zero to no breasts. They looked cute from the boobs down, but I couldn't cram these puppies into the top. It happens every time I go shopping for tops.

I'm thinking reduction, seriously.
I've got some good news for you then (and congrats on the weight loss)!

Canadian chain Jacob will be opening 5 Josef stores across Toronto (read this in Metro) which will cater to women with larger than "average" bust and hip measurements, though I don't believe they are plus sizes (I'm assuming you're regular size).

Personally, I love Jacob and will like Josef even more because I've got a booty that seems to look best in Gap jeans, which seem to fit every body type. Josef clothes seem to address my body type issues, at any rate.
post #4 of 24
Lucky I don't have big boobs I'm NZ size 8-10 and it's so easy to find clothes that fit me at the moment!
post #5 of 24
If you are serious about having a breast reduction I say go for it! I have known several people who had reductions and they said it made them feel so much better about themselves and it also releived their back/neck/shoulder pain.

Also if you're not serious about having a reduction there are plenty of catalogs out there for big-busted women. Not all of us can shop off the rack, I know I sure can't!
post #6 of 24
I say go for the breast reduction if you can.
Our neighbour had one about 20 years ago and it relieved a great deal of shoulder pain etc. Only thing is at age 60+ post menopause she is bigger than she was before so dreads to think how big she would have been without the reduction.
Unfortunately the only time I'm well-endowed is when breast-feeding
post #7 of 24
I am not a big fan of breat reduction but that's only bec I have had so much medically necessary surgery that I am prob biased. Surgery is always a risk no matter what it is and is something to consider very carefully and cautiously.

I do find that so many clothes are small - and all the ones on sale are small or really large, there is no happy medium. When I was younger, OF COURSE I could get into size 5 (and that was before anyone ever heard of size 3, lol) but now I am somewhat larger shall we say ( ) and it is sometimes frustrating. I mean, I am not overweight but I am not small like I was either, sigh!!

And that brings up another topic. I was at a wedding recently and almost every one of the bridal party were what I would definitely term overweight (I would not say clinically obese but very close to that danger mark.) I can't help but wonder what size they will be when they am my age!! And since I see so many kids in my practice, my own observation is there are more overweight kids!! NOT good!!!! This does not bode well for these kids (in their 20's actually, lol) or for our health care system!!
post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by CyberKitten
I am not a big fan of breat reduction but that's only bec I have had so much medically necessary surgery that I am prob biased. Surgery is always a risk no matter what it is and is something to consider very carefully and cautiously.

I do find that so many clothes are small - and all the ones on sale are small or really large, there is no happy medium. When I was younger, OF COURSE I could get into size 5 (and that was before anyone ever heard of size 3, lol) but now I am somewhat larger shall we say ( ) and it is sometimes frustrating. I mean, I am not overweight but I am not small like I was either, sigh!!

And that brings up another topic. I was at a wedding recently and almost every one of the bridal party were what I would definitely term overweight (I would not say clinically obese but very close to that danger mark.) I can't help but wonder what size they will be when they am my age!! And since I see so many kids in my practice, my own observation is there are more overweight kids!! NOT good!!!! This does not bode well for these kids (in their 20's actually, lol) or for our health care system!!
About the breast reduction. I would be VERY hesitant to ever go in that direction. It is a serious surgery, from my understanding.

I don't know when I was EVER a size 5. I'm about a size 12 now. But if you go shopping in the US, I can tell you that their sizes are not equal to ours.

When I was in Buffalo, NY, last summer with my then boyfriend, I went to a few boutiques and their size 10 matched up to our size 12, and their medium is a large in Canada. It was an interesting shopping observation.
post #9 of 24
I would say, if you feel that your chest size is causing you physical pain, to go for the surgery, but if "the girls" are just making life difficult, then maybe it wouldn't be worth it.
I'm only a B-Cup, so reduction surgery is, uh, not even remotely on my mind, but I have had times where a large shirt wont fit me in the chest, which is rediculous because my boobs aren't big at all! I'm so glad I don't have big boobs, actually. I can go bra-less in summer if I want to and I don't have anything to weigh me down, well, except for the REST of my body, which could use some reducing!

In high school I was a size 4 or 6, and now I'm a 12
I'd like to be an 8 (US sizes)
I'm following the WW plan right now which I've had success with in the past.
What plan are you on? 22 lbs is a big achievement!
post #10 of 24
being really small isnt easy to find clothes eaither... nothing seems to fit me right :-( and when i do think something will fit me they dont have it because they order so few small sizes
post #11 of 24
I sympathise, though well done on the weight loss! That is great. Don't even think about reduction until you have reached your ideal weight, then decide if you are happy with your overall shape. I found as I lost weight before that bits of me went down at different rates, and I felt a bit strange at times. Now I am trying to do it all over again, (sigh).
post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by OllyExtra05
I'm following the WW plan right now which I've had success with in the past.
What plan are you on? 22 lbs is a big achievement!
I'm following Weight Watchers. I didn't join the program, I have all the info and a friend of mine and I have been following it since May 30th.


Oh and about the reduction. I used to be the perfect 36 - C and then they started growing like weeds. I"m not a 40 - DD and I hate them. I look in the mirror or any picture of me and all I see are breasts. And becasue of them I do sufffer back pain and shoulder pain.

I'm on a waiting list. I'm going to have it covered by our Ontario health plan, but that means the plastic surgens here in my town put you on a different list. I was thinking of heading to the GTA to get it done so I can get it done sooner, but I don't know of any good doctors there. I just don't want to see any doctor, I'd like to hear good things about the one I go to.

So it might be awhile before I go in for the surgery, but at least it will give me time to reach my goal weight.
post #13 of 24
Been there... um, and back!

When I was at my smallest weight after a year long diet, my boobs were still a full D. I've always thought about reduction surgery, but not seriously. I struggle with my weight and I'm sure the moment I gained a bit, it'd all be right in the boobage area having made the surgery pointless.

How I would love to be able to buy the cutest bras at Victoria Secret, but it ain't gonna happen. Mine look like granny bras, and when you're that size they have to or they'll be completely uncomfortable.

I found tops in a sweater weave or stretchy material worked great. They'd not-too-obviously stretch to fit some places, and stay formed to hug the others. I'd still get a slightly larger size, though, so the boobs don't look SUPER HUGE.
post #14 of 24
Oh dear, how I feel your pain. I had a reduction when I was not yet 17, and a 34DDD (no, that's not a typo, 3 d's!!) Being young and active, I was a mere 125 lbs, and I went berserk shopping for clothes to show off my new, normal sized bust (34B, was QUITE pleased!)

Now, 14 years later (almost to the day) I've gained over 40 lbs and I'm now a 38-40DD, depending upon the mfr. I'll concentrate on losing the weight first, but I'm not hopeful that it will alter my cup size, as I"m genetically predisposed from both sides. I've already decided that if that's the case, I will give myself a second reduction as a graduation gift.

In the interim, it IS incredibly difficult to find tops to flatter our ample figures!! Large (US) is made to fit someone of my girth, but definitely not of my bosom. And XL fits my bosom, but invariably winds up looking like a maternity top!! ARGH!
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by journey
I totally agree. I am a 38 DD, just went down from 40 DD and I really, really want to be a 36 C. I have 35 lb to lose.
I hate my size. I would like to just NOT wear a bra for once, or not worry when I wake up in the morning at someone's house in my T-shirt. I always put on a bra in front of company.

I feel your pain, but just wait until you are at your goal weight, and then have a re-think about things......

Aw to be a 36C again. That is what I want to be. I haven't been a C since college. They just won't stop growing, and when I see my great aunt it scares me that they'll end up that size. She has to order her bras and they cost an arm and leg.

I know I'll end up getting it done, its just waiting that is killing me.
post #16 of 24
i hate having a bigger chest also. my friends are like all envious. but its because they dont have to deal with it!! if i had the money. reduction all the way man!
post #17 of 24
I had a breast reduction done when I was 17, and I've never regretted it for a second - it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. It's certainly nothing to take lightly, but it's not horrendous, either - I only stayed in the hospital one night, and was only in much pain for a few days after that - after a few days, I was sore and changing the bandages wasn't much fun, but I was in pretty good shape. I went back to work (and this was a pretty labour intensive job, hauling stuff around) after I believe three weeks. It was well worth it.

If you're looking to go out of the GTA and want a doctor rec., I had mine done by a Dr. Scilley (I believe his first name was Christopher) in London, at the London Health Sciences Centre - he was great - very open about the risks and willing to dicuss the procedure with me, no complications of any kind during the actual surgery, great afterward as well - I would certainly recommend him. I don't have his contact info any more, but I'm sure you could google him.
post #18 of 24
Okay, I did find his contact info afterall :
Dr. C.G. Scilley
London Health Sciences Centre
South Street Hospital
phone: 519-667-6755
fax: 519-667-6627
email: chris.scilley@lhsc.on.ca
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Juniper
Okay, I did find his contact info afterall :
Dr. C.G. Scilley
London Health Sciences Centre
South Street Hospital
phone: 519-667-6755
fax: 519-667-6627
email: chris.scilley@lhsc.on.ca

Thanks so much. I'll talk to my family doctor about a referal.
post #20 of 24
I just wanted to say congrats on the weight loss! Twenty-two pounds is DEFINITELY something to be proud of!!!!!!
post #21 of 24
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Originally Posted by RicaLynn
And XL fits my bosom, but invariably winds up looking like a maternity top!! ARGH!
Oh...I've had that problem. I loved a shirt I got till my friend walked in with an almost identical shirt that WAS a maternity top! And since my tummy isn't it's flattest (I'm working on it!) I did get asked if was pregnant. Fortunatley I liked the lady who asked or I'd have been upset. I feel all your shopping pains! If I go for a reduction someday, I think I will wait till after I have children and go through life some more. But since my back is sore and tired durring most days I do believe I will someday. Oh and as far as 'granny bras' go...Fredericks solved that problem for me very well! Support and style!
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles
If I go for a reduction someday, I think I will wait till after I have children and go through life some more. But since my back is sore and tired durring most days I do believe I will someday. Oh and as far as 'granny bras' go...Fredericks solved that problem for me very well! Support and style!
That someday may be now - check w/your health insurance. Mine was covered under my mother's family policy, as I already had excruciating bouts of back pain and divots in my shoulders from ill-fitting bras. A simple referral letter from our GP and a frank consultation with the cosmetic surgeon were all it took to get the procedure covered.

I do find that Fredericks has some larger sizes available to avoid the "old lady syndrome" - but even those were hard to come by as a 34 bust. Not so much now that I'm rounder elsewhere, but I do hope to avoid that once I've reached my goal!
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by katspixiedust
I just wanted to say congrats on the weight loss! Twenty-two pounds is DEFINITELY something to be proud of!!!!!!

Thanks! I'm trying for more, just really hope I can stick with it and not fall off the wagon into a bag of cookies
post #24 of 24
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I'm heading to the Fredericks webpage to see if I can find something that isn't too high in price and will look cute. Thanks for the tip.
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