Equal Time Fall 2019

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Everything You Want to Know About

BREAST REDUCTIONS but are Too Afraid to Ask

We sat down with ET editor Sophie Schlosser and asked her everything. Some of the questions have been edited for brevity and clarity. Story by ET EDITORS | Illustrations by SOPHIA HAUTALA Equal Time: What did your parents say when you brought up that you wanted a breast reduction? Sophie Schlosser: So I was in Hawaii with my family for spring break and I was bikini shopping with my friend. I remember looking at myself in the mirror after trying on every bikini that fit her and just crying because nothing fit me. My mom knew that it had been an ongoing struggle with my body image, because my breasts made me look like such a bigger person. So I remember when I brought it up to her, there wasn’t even a moment where she was unsure about it, just because she knew it was really diminishing my confidence in my self-worth. And so I told her in Hawaii and she was really on board with it, really supportive. My dad was a little on the fence, just because he’s more about like, ‘This is a body God gave you. You doing something to it is kind of vain.’ But he knew that whatever would make me happy he would be okay with. But yeah, my mom was really on board and so the minute we got back we started asking people about surgeons and looking for it. And that’s really when we got the process rolling. ET: How’d you find your doctor? SS: So my doctor was a plastic surgeon who has her own practice in Denver. My mom has some friends who would go to her for other plastic surgery reasons, and she was really well known for breast reductions. So I went on her website and I was looking at before

and after pictures and it was exactly what I wanted. All the before pictures were girls that were just like me in terms of their breast size and clearly had the same mental state as I did. Like me, they just didn’t want big boobs. So that’s how we found her. ET: How did you end up affording it? SS: It’s a very pricey surgery. If there were any doubts about it, it was the price of it. Because not only is the procedure itself so expensive, there’s also a million other things you have to do. For me, there wasn’t a plastic surgeon place in Aspen, so we had to drive four and a half hours to Denver to have my surgery and then back the next day. So that’s also more expensive, to get the hotel room and everything. You also have to buy all these specialized bras that you have to wear throughout the surgery. There’s these expensive two tubings that you have to pay someone to come empty for you. But basically, we knew we could afford it. It was just the decision of wanting to put all that money towards this. I think it all just came down to the fact that I couldn’t even lead a normal life living in the way I was in my own skin. And so I think for my parents that became more important to them than the money. ET: What size are you now? SS: So I was a triple E and now I’m a 34C. What they do when you first go into your consultation, they make you go into a