Sheridan Larkman started developing breasts at the young age of 8. And they just kept growing.Screenshot/Today Tonight
As Kidspot reported, the 23-year-old mother of two now wears a 34K bra, and she has been waiting seven years for breast reduction surgery. As she told “Today Tonight” in the video below, her small frame can’t support the weight:
“I’m only 5’4 and I have not got that height to compensate for the weight or size of them.”
Growing up, Larkman heard the comments, which were difficult for a young girl to endure. By the time she was in high school, Larkman wasn’t able to find bras that fit in her native Australia and had to order them from overseas. She told “Today Tonight”:
“A lot of comments and looks — it wasn’t very nice for someone of that age to go through that as well as having breasts and you know, it wasn’t my fault they were growing. It’s just what my body was doing.”
Even now, she finds she can’t get through more than a few wearings before the underwire pops out and the bra starts to fall apart, probably because of the pressure and weight.
But Larkman’s biggest concern is her health. She already suffers from near-constant pain in her shoulders and back. And she can’t afford to wait before addressing the problem. She told “Today Tonight”:
“I’ve got mild scoliosis — that in turn will get worse if I don’t fix my condition soon.”
Tired of waiting for approval for a Medicare-funded breast reduction, Larkman started a crowdfunding campaign and hopes to raise enough money to pay for it herself. As she wrote on GoFundMe:
My breasts are draining my health […] and I am so tired of of dressing to try and cover everything so I don’t get crude comments.
Larkman looks forward to the day when she can play with her children and get dressed without worrying about looking appropriate. Most of all, she wants to avoid bigger health problems in the future. As she told “Today Tonight,” a reduction may be the only way to keep her healthy and active:
“My health is my main concern and getting it right, because I don’t want to be old and have to be in a bed curled up because of the strain put on my spine.”
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) states there are a few nonsurgical ways to treat the symptoms of large or heavy breasts, including massage, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and chiropractic.
While some also recommend weight loss or good bra support, the ASPS says that neither has been shown to be effective in alleviating the symptoms. Moreover these and other mild interventions rarely provide real relief for women with severe, ongoing problems. In those cases, the most effective treatment is mammaplasty, or surgical breast reduction.
According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), approximately 112,142 women in the U.S. underwent breast reduction surgery in 2016 (as well as another 31,368 men).
The ASAPS suggests breast reduction for women whose breast are too big for their body frame, and who experience back, neck, or shoulder pain as a result. It may also be a good option for women who are unhappy with their appearance, who have one breast that is much larger than the other, or whose heavy breasts have areolas and nipples that point down.
According to ASPS, most women who have had reduction surgery report high rates of satisfaction and relief. For Larkman, getting a reduction would go a long way to restoring her confidence and outlook on the future. As she explained to “Today Tonight,” she’s struggled with the problem for much too long:
“I hate my boobs … I always hated them. I look at other girls and think ‘I wish I could just look like that.'”