Procedure: Breast Enlargement
Having been overweight all through my teens and early 20’s, when I decided to lose weight and managed to stick to it, it changed my life for the better. I went from a UK dress size 14/16 down to a size 8/10. I was stronger, healthier, and happier all round, however, one of the very first things to go was my boobs. I went from a decent handful cup size C, down to a non-existent A cup. Having been used to having a fuller chest I found it hard to dress for my new shape, to feel confident and sexy in my new body. I had never really imagined myself to ‘be the type’ to undergo cosmetic surgery, but after my research into it I realised a breast augmentation would be the answer for me. I wanted back what I had lost, and I wanted to have a balanced shape like I had when I was bigger.
I was very nervous to tell my mum, she's of the hippy generation and is very much about loving the body you were born in. I knew she wouldn’t understand and after my first consultation I called her crying. I’m very close with my mum so not telling her wasn’t an option, but I want her to be proud of me in everything I do and it was tough at first to pluck up the courage to tell her. I didn’t want her opinion to sway me, because I had firmly made up my mind. It turned out all of my worry was over nothing. When I told her she said it was my body and my decision, she didn’t exactly love the idea and never would, but she knows she isn’t my keeper. I think her biggest concern was how I would pay for my procedure, so when I told her I was paying upfront in full it definitely set her mind at ease.
My partner totally supported me, he had stood beside me through my fitness and weight-loss journey, and understood how I had been feeling about my empty small breasts. Although I know he loves me for me and he in no way encouraged the procedure in that way, he wanted me to be happy and supported me every step of the way. I’m pretty sure he now thinks it’s the best decision I ever made and he loves them!
I had a 3 week holiday to New Zealand coming up and worked my procedure time around that, it's important you give your body lots of time to recover after surgery, so I wanted to give myself enough time before the holiday for my breasts to settle and for me to be able to feel comfortable in my bikini. It was an added bonus that I got to look great in my swimwear and had body confidence too.
I had seen MYA advertised and I knew they were a big name in cosmetic surgery. I had a consultation with a competitor first, and it felt like I was in a business meeting as apposed to discussing a life changing surgery. I hadn’t felt comfortable at that consultation, although information was given I felt it was far too sales orientated and I was a number to them.
When I went into my consultation with MYA I was already quite nervous. I wouldn’t say I had a bad experience with the competitor, but it did make me a feel a little uneasy. As soon as I got chatting to my PC I relaxed. She was so warm and friendly, we discussed why I wanted the procedure, what look I liked…she even showed me her boobs in her bra. I felt like it was two girls chit-chatting about our bodies and I felt confident that the surgeon would be the one to go into my procedural detail.
I got to see the surgeon quite quickly and I have to say it was a seamless process. Initially he advised me of some rough sizes and profiles, but he did want me to come back around a month before my surgery date to confirm everything.
My surgeon is the strong dependable type. I felt very confident in his capabilities as he was in himself. Confidence, and not cockiness is a great attribute in a surgeon. He was quite blunt and to the point, but it is important to remember this is something he does every day, hes not there to be my friend he was there to be my expert.
I was so nervous on the morning, more so before I arrived at MYA, I’m a bit of a control freak and I wanted to make sure I had done everything just right. No nail polish, no make up, no deodorant or body creams. When I arrived I was taken to a lovely private room. I was the second on the list to go down and everyone who came into see me put my mind at rest that I was in excellent care.
When the loveliest lady came in and took me down, I have to say my heart was pounding. She took me into a side room off the theatre, and chatted to me about my boyfriend and my job, taking my mind off what was about to happen. Walking into the theatre was nerve wracking, and I remember thinking ‘this is it…this is my last chance to change my mind’. I looked up at the big theatre lights, the anaesthetist told me to have sweet dreams, and the next thing I know I was being gently spoke to by a lady who I told I loved. I was woke up so kindly by this lady reassuring me I was in recovery and the surgery went well. I felt so happy it was done I told her I loved her, and was a bit confused to be waking up in a different room.
I was wheeled up to my private room on the bed, and the nurses helped me get into my own bed. I cannot express how loving and kind they were towards me. I had a little doze for a while, saw my boyfriend, and they brought me in some food. By the end of the day I couldn’t wait to get home to my own bed, but I found the whole experience to be just so caring.
My first week was hard I wont sugar coat it. There was a few tears, not really from the pain of my boobs, but from my back and neck ache I experienced sleeping upright on the sofa. The stress of trying to sit myself up in my bed, and the lack of being able to do things for myself got emotional (hugely compounded by the lack of decent sleep). However, after about day 5 I did notice a huge improvement. I managed to leave the house and go out for some lunch with a friend, and a friend washed my hair for me which was a great relief. I was lucky enough to have bundles of support from friends, 2 of which took time off work to sit with me during my recovery.
My boyfriend took the evening and weekend shifts. After 2 weeks I felt pretty good, and after 6 it was almost as though I had had them forever. I had no trouble or complications and I was in love with my new boobs from day one, they just got better and better as the weeks went by and they settled into my body and my skin stretched to accommodate them.
I am overjoyed with my results, it's been 8 months now since my surgery and I truly feel like I cannot remember life without them. My figure is balanced and curvy, and I have nice full perky boobs. I think they suit my frame perfectly, so I am so glad I trusted my surgeon on his sizing advice. People who I’m not close with don’t even know I’ve had them done, despite having gone up 5 cup sizes! When I meet new people they don’t look like huge big fake stuck on boobs, and my friends who have seen them up close have said they are the most natural looking fake boobs they’ve ever seen, which was what I asked for.
If someone was thinking about undergoing a breast augmentation I would definitely recommend MYA. Having cosmetic surgery is never a quick fix to insecurities or body confidence issues of the mind, but if it is something you have been thinking about, then talking to someone from MYA is a great place to start your journey without the pressure of feeling like it’s a sales deal and a now or never scenario.
Research everything! Prepare to be uncomfortable and have at least a few days of pain. Some girls report a pain free recovery, but these are mostly girls who had an implant over the muscle, or are just the lucky ones in the minority. I have quite a high pain threshold, but the feeling is very different, read about the unusual tingles you get during recovery so you are prepared for them and don’t panic. The MYA forum is full of girls sharing their experiences and is a great place to start.
You will need some time off work, and you will need to have someone to help look after you in the first few days. Recovery should be taken seriously if you want to achieve the best results, this is your body after all so don’t cut corners.
I feel like a new woman, I can dress in different outfits, I feel comfortable naked, I feel like my love for myself has been lifted. I would love to say that what's on the outside doesn’t matter, and I do preach self love and to be happy in your own skin. I won’t be undergoing any other procedures or starting on this idea that they need to be bigger and bigger. Its hard to explain why, and perhaps I will never understand it, but looking good on the outside and liking what you see in the mirror just makes me feel good on the inside. I’m now in such a good place, where I am healthy, strong, and I love the shape of my body. I can sculpt my legs and arms in the gym, and work on creating a body I love, but I could never have changed the shape of my boobs without the surgery.