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Old 03-03-2012, 04:42 PM   #1
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breast reduction and mental health-candidate?

Hi everyone,
I'm not sure where my story fits in but I am really thinking about getting a reduction-more now than ever. I am 25, 5'4 and 135 lbs, and wear a 36C (very full C cup). While I can't say I really feel physical or back pain with the exception of some PMS discomfort (I feel like they weigh ninety pounds each that time of the month), my size has really caused problems for me mentally.

I am in recovery from an eating disorder and still have problems with disordered eating. In the past couple of years I have developed a lot of Body Dysmorphic Disorder tendencies, where I have anxiety over leaving the house because I'm so worried about my appearance and what others will say to me. I get nervous that someone will make a comment over the large size of my chest, and I have definitely avoided social situations. Summer is the worst for me, where everyone is parading around in tank tops and halters I feel like I have to cover myself up with heavy clothing to mask the size.

I don't know if getting a reduction will change my life but I always think of how wonderful it would be to live without the burden and anxiety of having these boobs and all the distress they cause. I am terrified about getting surgery and anesthesia, so when I've looked at alternative ways to make your chest smaller it just seems like "weight loss" is the only possibility. And I am no stranger to dieting, I've been extreme with it my entire life. I am actually trying to find some normalcy because years of these body image issues have affected my life in a very negative way. And I don't know if I'm a good candidate for a BR because of these problems or in spite of them.

It's hard finding resources on the web for breast reductions and mental health. It seems like more often than not the responses are overwhelmingly encouraging toward getting surgery and I realize the procedure can make life greatly improved. I would love to be an A-Cup. I would even settle to go down a cup.

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