The idea of having breast augmentation surgery was something I had considered for many years. I had always felt my chest was not in proportion to the rest of my body which was tall and athletic, and this had troubled me during my adolescent years and adulthood.
As a teenager I distinctly remember when I first heard comments about my chest at school. I felt embarrassed and it made me self-conscious. I had known that my breasts were small, but I hadn't realised that other people had noticed as well. From then on I became the girl that walked around the school with school books in front of her chest.
When I left school, and was studying and working, I tried to accept the way I was. I wanted to believe and that it was fine to look the way I did. But when I would go shopping to buy a dress or an outfit it highlighted how out of proportion my chest was to the rest of my body. The clothing I tried on would look great everywhere except my top half. Nothing would fit properly. At the beach I was the one wearing a rashie or a summer dress in the water.
Even getting out of the shower and looking in the mirror, I felt I looked completely out of proportion. My chest made every other part of me look bigger. As a result of this constant self-critique I started to dislike other aspects of my body.
I remember often joking around with my husband as we would lie flat on our backs and our chests looked the same size. Jokes became my way of dealing with the situation. I figured If I was laughing about it then it wouldn't bother me so much.
Despite making light of the situation, it all came down to the fact that I was unhappy with my body. I had come to the conclusion that I needed to make a change that was good for ME.
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