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Husband Disapproves Of Wife’s Decision To Get Breast Reduction Surgery

Jeanette’s story:

For as long as I can remember my nickname has been ‘Jen Big Boobs’. Friends joke that the first thing they see when I walk through the door is my chest. I know they mean no harm – just as ­­I know that my husband, Steve, adores them ­­– but it’s reached the point where they have ­­got to go. They simply dominate my life. Whether I’m trying to get comfy in bed or walking down the street I can’t forget them for a moment. They are always there, getting in the way of everything I do. In primary school I was the first in class to wear a bra. So when my pals changed in the classroom for PE, I’d change in the loos. Big boobs weren’t a huge surprise – they ­run in my family. But it was embarrassing and ­I didn’t like being different. They’ve singled me out for loads of attention. Buying bras has always been and still is a nightmare. I have to order specially-made ones that are ugly and cost up to £50. By the time I was 20 I’d already gone to see ­my GP about a reduction operation. He was ­sympathetic but said I was too young for ­surgery.

Steve’s story:

I love my wife’s big boobs and don’t want them reduced. I don’t mind admitting that I ­adore Jen’s boobs. She has an amazing figure. I defy any man to say he doesn’t love big breasts, especially when they are as ­firm as hers. Even women would love to have Jen’s ­body – and many pay to have their ­boobs enhanced, not reduced. While I know it gives her backache I love her chest and it makes me so sad she wants to change herself this way. For a start, I feel her breasts define her. I’m not just worried she won’t like her new figure afterwards – my primary concern is that it’s a big operation. As well as being expensive, it isn’t a straightforward procedure. There’s always a risk with general anaesthetic and ­I worry something could go wrong. I’ve read horrifying stories where women have contracted life-threatening infections or ended up with no nipples afterwards.


Men are at times worried about their wives and the effects of plastic surgery. Significant others of breast reduction patients at times may fear the loss of their beloved breasts. I have seen this a few times over the years. Interestingly when they later realize that their wives’ breasts have not been removed, but reduced and also re-shaped, many of those same men have been pretty damn happy. :)

With that being said, Steve’s being a bit selfish here. If Jen’s miserable with those larger than large breasts, why should he not vote for her comfort? The fear of the procedure might be genuine, but in the right hands on a healthy patient the operation is pretty low risk. There are always the very rare circumstances that could come about, but most plastic surgeons do not see such an event throughout their careers.

Steve’s got guts though. To say something like her boobs define her would get many men a long trip to the couch.

*This blog post was originally published at Truth in Cosmetic Surgery*

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