“Tired of being different”: Why we had surgery.
Hannah Gallop, who is 20 years old, decided to have surgery this year to fix a “really disgusting” problem she had every time she went out.
Women have been trying to get bigger breasts for decades, but more and more women in their 20s are going under the knife for the opposite reason.
Meissa Mason, who is 21 years old, and Hannah Gallop, who is 20 years old, have both decided to get breast reductions in 2022.
Women, especially younger women, are getting breast reduction surgery because they have had back pain for years, they don’t want to stand out after getting too much unwanted attention, or their breast size doesn’t fit their body.
“One funny thing I noticed after my surgery was that when I went out, less men would talk to me or tell me I looked good. This made me realize that most of them were probably just looking at my breasts, which is disgusting and one of the reasons I got the surgery,” Hannah said.
The president of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine, Dr. Anoop Rastogi, said that there has been a noticeable rise in the number of people getting the procedure.
Dr. Rastogi told news.com.au that there are many reasons why younger women are choosing the procedure, but he thinks that the skill with which it is done has improved and that it has become more affordable.
Meissa, who has 136.4K followers on TikTok, posted about her breast reduction surgery there because she had a hard time finding information about it when she tried to learn more about it herself. She hoped that her videos would help people feel like they had more information to make decisions.
The Wollongong woman was right on the line between a F and a G cup, and her back and shoulders hurt all the time. She had wanted the surgery ever since she was 17.
Meissa told news.com.au, “I also thought they were way too big for my body.”
“It really made it hard to get dressed and buy clothes. Because the rest of my body was a size 10 and my chest was a size 16, I could never buy two pieces.
Meissa chose a surgeon after doing a lot of research. She told him she wanted to be a big B cup or a small C cup.
He tried to talk her into a D cup, but Meissa was adamant about getting the size she wanted. She told everyone going through the procedure to speak up for themselves.
“I’m 21, and it’s likely that my breasts will grow a little more in the next five years,” she said.
“After making the videos, a lot of people on Tiktok told me they were unhappy with their surgery because their doctor made suggestions, like the one that asked me if I wanted to be a little bit bigger.
“I would say that you should not listen to that at all. Pay attention to how you feel.”
Meissa’s surgery cost $14,000, which included the hospital stay and anesthesiologist. She saved up for years with the help of her brother and partner, who helped her live on less money.
Her healing has been amazing, with the liposuction healing around her breasts being the most painful.
Meissa doesn’t know why so many young women choose to get this surgery to feel better, but she says that beauty standards are always changing.
“Beauty standards for different body types change every 15 to 20 years anyway,” she said.
“We’ve been through the stick-thin with implants and BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift) periods. Then, I think we’re seeing a trend toward natural body positivity, loving yourself and what you are, and putting less attention on a lot of that kind of stuff. And breast reductions might be part of the deal.”
Like Meissa, Hannah was told to wait until she was at least 18 because her chest might still be growing.
Hannah was also a F cup, but her chest hurt all the time, so she went down to a D cup.
Hannah, who works as a lash technician, said, “At first, I was a little nervous because it was my first major surgery. I was most worried about how much pain I would feel and how bad the scars would look because I am a very queasy person.”
“A lot of my family and friends told me I was stupid, that I was too young, and that I would regret the surgery when I was older.
My friends would usually tell me, “Girls pay to get their breasts bigger, so why waste what you have?”
But now that she feels better mentally and physically, Hannah loves her body and would make the same choice every time.
Hannah said, “I think that in this time, young women with bigger breasts, like me, have a hard time because we “stand out.”
Both women tell people who want the surgery to go ahead and do it, but they urge each person to do their own research.
Dr. Rastogi said that all a person needs to get the surgery is a need for it and the maturity to understand the effects, since the surgery can leave scars.
“They are aware of all the good and bad things that could happen as a result of their actions, and they have a strong sense of who they are,” he said. “They can make a decision, or they can be helped to make a good decision about whether it’s right to do.”