You already know about breast reduction but there is a step beyond large breasts in which a woman’s bosom is so huge she is medically described as having gigantomastia. (It literally means giant breasts.)
To qualify, each breast must weigh at least 10 pounds. Today, many teens afflicted with the condition go under the knife before the age of 17 to reduce both breasts into a more manageable size.
You may have noticed Soleil Moon Frye was in the news for winning a best documentary at the San Diego Film Festival for a film, Sonny Boy, about her Alzheimer-stricken father.
But Soleil was best known for her four-year run as a bright, adorable 12-year-old on Punky Brewster.
As the five-foot-one Soleil matured and grew into a woman, she developed a 38DD bust line which presented a whole host of problems. For one, she could not run for exercise.
If she tried to jog, boys would taunt: “Hey, Punky Boobster!” There were also practical considerations, with Soleil once admitting it was even hard to give somebody a hug.
The medical complications were all too real however; the huge weight caused back problems and made her bra straps painfully dig into her shoulders.
And young love was a problem, too, because no matter how much a teen lad cared for her, the main attraction became…..well, hey, you’ve got the picture by now.
If she moved too much or too fast in a film, her condition showed a massive chest heaving up and down.
It’s a long video, but the first few seconds show Soleil running with a massive bosom, that rises and falls like huge ocean waves.
Back then, Soleil told People Magazine: “People started to think of me as a bimbo.”
Shortly before her 16th birthday, Soleil went under the knife for breast reduction surgery, an operation that was performed on 88,732 women and teens in 2008, the most current year for which statistics exist. (17,902 men also had the procedure in ‘08.)
According to the record books, the problem has been with us for quite a while and was first described by doctors in 1648; the largest recorded weight was 67 pounds per breast.
The only known medical treatment is plastic surgery.
To qualify for the procedure these days, each of the patient’s breasts must tip the scales at a weight of at least 3.5 pounds.