Let’s Talk TaTa’s: How Extreme Weight Loss Affected my Breasts
warning: graphic saggy cleavage ahead, don’t read past this point if that will bother you
I receive a lot of emails about excess skin. I totally understand the fascination because I’m fascinated by this aspect of weight loss too.
I lost 125 pounds, I’ve shared many times about my thighs and tummy post weight loss and as most of you know I had skin removal surgery and Diastasis Recti (DR) repair on my stomach a month ago. You can read more about that here.
My thighs are still a hot mess and my only option, if I want to tighten the skin, is surgery. I’m not really worried about it though. Unless I’m wearing shorts or a bikini it’s not super noticeable and even then it doesn’t bother me much. My breasts on the other hand, well, they’re just not what they used to be.
I’ve always had a big chest. I was a D cup by 7th grade. At 260 pounds I was an H cup so I knew that losing weight meant losing boob. I’ve settled into a 32DDD but it’s mostly pushed up folded over skin sag. I get really creative with my pushing and tucking and can pull off a pretty decent bikini top but naked *shiver*, well, it’s just not pretty.
I’m still nursing my youngest so if I ever were to do a lift it wouldn’t be for a couple years and even then I’m not entirely sure it’s something I want to do. I definitely do not want implants as many in my family have had some scary experiences and the thought of inserting a foreign object to live inside my body forever creeps me out a little.
I receive emails weekly asking if I’ve had a boob job or what my secret is to having such amazing boobs after weight loss and I always have a little chuckle to myself. As flattering as those messages are, I feel like you guys deserve a fair and accurate depiction of the state of things in my chestal region.
My secret is a properly fitting Victoria Secret Full Coverage Bra ya’ll! Go get fitted. It will blow your mind. I wear a Body By Victoria strapless and their Full Coverage for under t-shirts. Victoria makes me look goooood. I don’t wear anything else. (This is totally not endorsed by VS btw, just my truth).
I was also fortunate enough not to lose ALL of my boobs. I think genetics helped a bit with that and the fact that I’m still breastfeeding. I’m sure I’ll probably lose another size or two once that ends.
At 170 pounds I was really happy with the way my boobs were looking but when I hit the 140’s they really began to deflate and the 130’s? Forget about it. Bye bye boobs. I’d like to say it doesn’t bother me at all but it does. Especially during sex.
My breasts were always one of my best features. I never had to struggle with feeling like they weren’t big enough, or oddly shaped, it was the one area I felt really confident about when I was overweight but now it’s probably one of the top two things I’m most insecure about on my body.
Moral of the story? Don’t believe everything you see on the internet. Just because a person takes a good picture doesn’t mean they’ve got it all together. I’ve got stretch marks, cellulite, saggy skin, and jiggle just like everyone else. 🙂 I’ve had lots of babies, gained and lost lots of weight, and my body tells that story. I share all this because I want you to know that YOU’RE NORMAL!