A petite 18-year-old has revealed how she is finally pain free for the first time in years following reduction surgery on her 28EE breasts – which she says were ‘a huge target for cruel taunts and unwanted attention from older guys’.
Lilli Maki, from Seattle, Washington, begged her parents for the $10,000 operation when she was just 16 years old, with the procedure then taking place when she was 17.
At just 5ft, Lilli, who is a size XS without her large breasts, said her bust left her in constant agony until 15lb of fat was removed from her chest to leave her with a 28B cup size.
The high school student had to wear two bras when cheerleading or running, said her underwear felt more like a straitjacket and admitted that she would receive cruel taunts from her classmates.
Lilli Maki (pictured right, recently), of Seattle, Washington, has revealed how she is finally pain free for the first time in years following reduction surgery on her 28EE breasts (pictured left) – which she says were ‘a huge target for cruel taunts and unwanted attention from older guys’
Lilli (pictured after the breast reduction) begged her parents for the $10,000 operation when she was just 16 years old, with the procedure then taking place when she was 17
Lilli said her self esteem and confidence has rocketed since surgery, insisting she feels like a ‘brand new person because the weight was literally taken off my shoulders’.
Recalling the comments she’d receive about her larger bust, she said: ‘I remember being the butt of everyone’s jokes – them mocking me about how I looked.
‘Then, on the flipside, I was flooded with comments and messages about how “hot” and “older for my age” I looked as a minor.’
The teenager revealed men as old as 50 would hit on her or try to touch her 28EE breasts.
‘Having big boobs made me a huge target for unwanted attention from older guys particularly,’ she confessed. ‘They tried to be friendly or tell me “you’re so mature for your age”.
‘It was so gross and uncomfortable but at the same time, I found my body disgusting so hearing that anyone liked it almost made me feel good.’
At just 5ft, Lilli (pictured before the reduction), who is a size XS without her large breasts, said her bust left her in constant agony until 15lb of fat was removed from her chest to leave her with a 28B cup size
Lilli was also subjected to taunts from her classmates, with one group of boys even making a video mocking her chest before sending it to people throughout her school.
‘That same group of boys continuously messaged me and harassed me on my Instagram pictures,’ she said.
By the end of her seventh grade, Lilli was a 32D, and she reached 32DDD when aged 15 – with the extra weight putting a strain on her back and shoulders.
She recalled: ‘I had constant pain in my shoulders, my lower and upper back. My neck was constantly hurting from holding myself up all day. It was exhausting.
‘Not only was it draining for my body, but for my mind as well. I couldn’t get away with wearing clothes most girls my age were wearing, and if I did, I got called names – not just from kids but from adults too.
‘Physically, it was hard for me to enjoy being active. Running and cheerleading were the two main activities I had done, and I was never comfortable. I constantly felt held back by my chest.’
The high school student (pictured before her reduction surgery) had to wear two bras when cheerleading or running, said her underwear felt more like a straitjacket and admitted that she would receive cruel taunts from her classmates
When she was only 16, Lilli started asking her parents Nona and Mat, both 45, about breast reduction surgery and in April 2020 she booked her first consultation.
She said: ‘I’d always wanted one, I think since I was a sophomore and realized they weren’t going anywhere. At the time right before my surgery I measured 28EE.’
Lilli was 17 when she had her operation in August last year at Tacoma General Hospital, which was worth around $10,000 but mostly covered by insurance.
She currently wears bras of size 28B or C which she feels is ‘far more proportionate to my body’, and has also gotten back into athletics.
Relieved Lilli said: ‘I’m not breathless anymore is one of the main things and I can run without having to wear two bras. It felt like I was wearing a straitjacket and having to be active while wearing that is crazy.
‘I never in a million years thought I would buy a bikini in an XS, that would fit both my body and my boobs.
‘I have a new found confidence and appreciation for my body. My self esteem and confidence is the ultimate gift I’ve gotten from my surgery.’