You may have seen me mention on Insta recently that I’m on the final countdown (6 days and counting – eeekk!!) to my breast reduction surgery and after a bit of thought, and several messages from people with questions, I’ve decided to share my experience with you all. This is going to be a bit of a mini-series – which you’ll find under the “series” tab on my menu – see what I did there 😉 – as I’ll be doing multiple posts, talking about everything from what it was like on the day to my healing progress over the next year. So if this is something you’re considering, something you’re already doing or just something you’re interested in reading about then stay tuned and join me on my journey. First up, a bit of background info and what lead to my decision…
Why I Decided To Get Breast Reduction Surgery
My boobs first popped up when I was 9 and by the time I left primary school I was already a C/D-cup. It was so annoying for me as I was a huge tom-boy when I was a kid, constantly playing sports and running around like a loon, but it got to the point by year 6 that it was absolutely mortifying having these giant knockers bouncing all over the place during lunch-time football games or threatening to pop out of my top whilst hanging upside down in a tree. They only continued to grow throughout my teens and when I started uni at 21 I gained some cider-fueled weight and they got even bigger. I’m now a 32G/GG. G for Ginormous.
For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamt of having a smaller chest and so the decision to have breast reduction surgery was quite an easy one for me, for many reasons. My main motivation is that I just don’t feel comfortable because of them, both in clothes and naked. You know those funny Buzzfeed “big boob problems” posts? Well they’re all true; constant boob sweat, no running/jumping without the proper attire (a quick jog upstairs to grab something is a no-no!), you can’t wear strapless, you get back ache all day and it’d be less painful having my whole body tweezed than it is laying on my front.
One of the biggest issues for me is that buying clothes has always been difficult because so many on-trend fashion styles aren’t made for people with watermelons attached to their chests; swing tops or baggy styles just make me look pregnant whilst tight vests or low cut tops make me look like a stripper and I just spill right out of cute little bralettes. Actually there’s always the possibility of spilling out of anything that isn’t a turtle neck…I once had BOTH tits pop right out of my top in front of about 20 people when I jogged down the road on a night out. Mortifying true story.
I also need a mortgage to buy bikinis and bras because high street shops don’t go up to my size so I have to buy from specialist shops which massively over-charge you for the pleasure. Imagine the struggle in summer, all my friends are cool and stylish in pretty summer dresses where I’d cause car collisions if I wore the same thing so I’m restricted to more coverage and the overheating that comes along with it. Not to mention the fact that if a dress fits my waist and hips then it’s stretching at the seams around my chest, with my boobs acting like a chin rest, but if it fits my chest then it looks about as good as wearing a potato sack. What a joy.
Why I Chose The Harley Medical Group
In summer 2015 I took the first steps towards making my smaller boob dream happen and had consultations with both The Harley Medical group and MYA. However I changed jobs not long after the consultations and my current job requires a lot of overseas travel making it difficult to fit in an operation – you can’t fly for 4-6 weeks post surgery and I usually travel 1-2 times a month. January is always our quiet month at work as there are no major sports events going on so I’ve had to wait for a January where I have the funds AND have nothing else going on – January 2018 is that time!
I used The Harley Medical Group several years ago for laser hair removal and found them extremely professional, reassuring, knowledgeable and generally I felt very at ease with the experience. However when I went for my consultations I thought it a good idea to meet with a few companies to be sure I was going with the best option possible. I went in to the consultations with a completely open mind, not knowing who I’d want to use for my surgery or what I should really expect from it. In 2015 I made a decision very easily on which company to go for as I felt that one was miles ahead of the other but, as that was two years ago, I decided to give both companies an equal chance again this time around.
The Harley Medical Group, as I expected, were the same professional reassuring nurses I had remembered and I came away from my consultation feeling confident and informed of what to expect. The office itself is clinical, with advise leaflets and posters around the room, the consultants are professionally dressed in their nurses outfits and they give you tonnes of information and booklets to take away to help you decide. They then follow up once to see where your head it at with your decision and to offer any more advice you may need. Most of the consultants I have met have also had their own surgeries however you’d never be able to tell as they all look so natural which it what I would be looking for. The consultants are all trained nurses who will be taking your blood work and running all required tests on you, their certificates don the walls of the consultation rooms, as you’d expect to see in any doctors surgery, and this all lends to the extremely medically professional feel to the way they work.
My consultation with MYA didn’t leave me with the same good feeling. To start with, the office is covered in pictures of celebrities who’ve had surgery with them which to me just feels like follow-the-crowd advertisements and it also has signs everywhere reminding you that MYA stands for “Make Yourself Amazing” – as if I have to edit myself to be amazing and can’t just be great the way I am?! Secondly, the consultants were dressed in short, tight mini-dresses, sky-high heels with layers of make up and they’d also very clearly had surgeries on their chests, lips and faces. Now please don’t think I’m saying that people shouldn’t dress a certain way or have lots of work done as I firmly believe in everyone having the choice to look the way they want to, and I’m sure they wouldn’t really reassure and excite many people who were aiming for the same results. However I’m someone who doesn’t want to “look” like I’ve had something done so I didn’t feel like I could relate to them. Especially when, upon leaving, one even suggested I could take brochures for other surgeries such as Liposuction etc – it felt like I was being told I needed it.
It also didn’t fill me with confidence that when I looked at my consultants I saw someone who looked ready for a night out on the town rather than, potentially, putting a needle in my arm to take my blood. It didn’t help that in my head I was comparing this experience to the nurses at HMG who were the polar opposite. (I know this is a very superficial way of looking at the situation but I can only speak honestly about the way it made me feel). Lastly they were a bit of a nuisance after my consultation as they called me every week for the first few months and, even when I said I had decided against the surgery with them, they still called once a month to try and get me back in for another consultation. I just found it a bit OTT and felt very pressured to give them the answer they wanted; I don’t think it’s really a situation that hard sales tactics are appropriate for. Needless to say, I again made a decision very quickly and knew that HMG were the company for me.
Everyone keeps asking me if I’m nervous about my upcoming op but, as it stands, I’m not nervous at all – I’m thoroughly looking forward to my new boobs, even though I know it will be another 6 months or so until I’m healed and can really see the benefits. My BFF is already counting down the days until we can go bra and bikini shopping together!
If you’re thinking of getting this surgery or have already got it booked/had it done then I’d love to hear from you about anything from advice to questions. If I can help you then I will and I’d love to hear any advice from people with experience – especially the kind of advice that the doctors don’t tell you! Hit me up in the comments below x