My Cosmetic Surgery Journey…

Hand on heart, I don’t think I’ve ever hesitated so much before pressing publish on a blog post. I’ll be honest, even in 2018, the conversation about cosmetic surgery isn’t an easy one.

Nevertheless, during the past 10 years,  the idea of booking a breast enlargement has passed through my mind over and over again. There have been so many reasons I’ve held back, from my love of exercise to my fear of needles, financial reasons and the overwhelming fear of what other people would think. Then, I realized that it was now or never, I’m in a really good place and it’s time to do something for me.

This is an entirely selfish choice; my husband married me with my current 34a chest, I don’t feel any peer pressure and if I want to make anyone happy, it’s me.

I have a drawer full of push-up bras and additional padding, and a small part of me wishes I could find satisfaction in this. But what you don’t know is that I have huge anxiety about being topless, I hide in the gym changing rooms. I kept the light off for a long time during intimate moments, if there was one part of my body I really wanted to change, it was my breasts.

This is far from a light decision, there is a significant cost involved not just with the surgery, but with post-surgery bras for my recovery (plus new bra’s and new sports bra’s for my new shape) alongside the cost of traveling to appointments and time off work. Another big element is accepting the fact that I’ll be limited with my workouts for around 2 months post-operation and finally, the most important fact is that with any kind of surgery, the procedure is never 100% risk-free.   

Why have I chosen to be completely honest and open about my surgery?

To me, honesty is the best policy, how can I form a connection with people if I’m fibbing? I wouldn’t want people to look at my Instagram and think ‘Goodness, look she’s had surgery, she’s kept that quiet’…

Whilst I do understand that this choice is not actually anyone’s business but my own, I hope that I can share my story and perhaps change the way that cosmetic surgery is viewed. Because for too long it’s been considered a choice of women whom are promiscuous or desperately seeking attention and validation through physical appearance. I’m not that person and nor are the thousands of women who have cosmetic surgery each year. 

So, what happens when you go for a cosmetic surgery consultation?

Before booking a consultation, I did some research into the procedure and outlined 3 different companies I wanted to meet with. I’d had The Hospital Group” recommended to me, and they turned out to be the best choice for my requirements, however, I still firmly stand by the importance of meeting a few surgeons. 

In most cases, you’ll be asked for a refundable deposit for your appointment, this is to avoid time wasters and this enabled me to meet directly with the surgeon. I would steer clear of any companies who ask for a large deposit up front, I’ll also add that it’s worth researching your surgeon too.

All UK surgeons have to be regulated, when it comes to your body, it’s not worth taking additional risks to save time or money. Very few people know that you have the right to choose your surgeon, any respectable company will want you to be happy with the person who is performing your surgery. 

On arrival, you should expect to complete a very extensive questionnaire, I was pleased to see that a lot of attention is given to mental health, alongside physical health. Following that, the normal procedure was to meet the surgeon, whom would start by asking what I was aiming to achieve in terms of size and look. Then, in a very professional way, with the company of chaperone, the surgeon took a look at my breasts and suggested the right procedure.

Following meeting the surgeon I was then passed on to an advisor who would answer all additional questions, provide a quote, information pack and available dates. 

Once I’d decided on my surgeon, I returned for another consultation, I was then given the chance to try various implants within a specialist bra. It reminded me of stuffing socks down my bra as an overexcited 13 years old, desperately seeking curves! 

Implants work in a completely different sizing to the standard A,B,C,D – It’s actually measured in cubic centimeter (cc’s) which can make it hard to know your exact post surgery measurements. Therefore, I won’t know my “final” size, until around 2 months post-surgery. I initially booked with very modest implants, then after some reflection, I made my final decision to go a little larger. For those interested, the end result will be around a 34D, due to my height and frame I could go larger, but during my trial, this felt and looked like the right size for me. I wanted a size that I can dress up but could also dress down. 

How do I feel now I’ve only got a few weeks to go?

The feeling of excitement and joy is overwhelming, I’ve spent months constantly researching and planning for this operation. I’m fully aware that I’m going to find the ‘downtime’ during my recovery tough, I’m planning on reading books and finding a new TV series. I have the full support of my friends and husband, he’s taking time off to care for me and I might even catch up on sleep?

My biggest fear is the surgery, as I’ve never actually had surgery or an anesthetic before and whilst I’m not nervous about being under anesthetic, I’m mostly worried about the needle (!).  I’ve had my “Pre-Op” which means my weight, height and blood pleasure were checked. Alongside a blood test as I’ve previously suffered from Anemia and I had to present a letter from my GP confirming that there was nothing undisclosed preventing me from having surgery.

It might interest you to know that my counselor has also written a letter to confirm that I’m in a good enough state of mind to make an informed choice about this procedure. There is a lot more guidance and patient care from The Hospital Group and I think it’s really important that people understand that you don’t just turn up, say you want bigger breasts, pay and volia! 

Pre and post surgery, there’s a lot of information to remember, and strict guidelines for a successful recovery. In my next post, I’ll share how I’m preparing for my surgery, sensible advice I’ve been given and what’s going in my overnight surgery bag. 

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I have such strong feelings about people being comfortable within their own skin and I preach these thoughts on a regular basis. Therefore, admitting that I’m having cosmetic surgery is difficult, It doesn’t feel like a natural fit for my brand, but it feels like the right choice for me…

Whilst I appreciate that this is a topic that doesn’t sit comfortably with everyone, thoughts, opinions, and advice is very welcome…

Katie

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Please note that this post is discussing my own personal journey, cosmetic surgery is a life-changing decision and not one that should be taken lightly. If you’re considering surgery, please give it plenty of consideration and make sure it's for the right reasons.   

6 Comments

  1. November 7, 2018 / 9:13 am

    I have to admit that I never really understood why people had boob jobs (no judgement, just “why?”) … until recently.

    I developed boobs late but once they arrived, I went from flat chested to D cup overnight. At my largest I was a GG cup (and in the wrong size bra, so probably larger). Because they were so big, and because I didn’t have access to decent bras (long/boring story) they rapidly became droopy. It wasn’t a big deal for me at the time because I hid in massively oversized t-shirts, and the size of them meant it wasn’t so obvious that they were sagging.

    After pregnancies and breastfeeding (nearly 4 years total) they were left a sad shell of their former selves and then of course I lost a crapload of weight, and now here I am with D cup boobs again but in GG cup skin. If I pinch the skin above the fatty boob tissue I can pull it up enough to see light through it – imagine a ping pong ball at the bottom of an old pair of tights!

    It’s taken several months to adjust to what my boobs look like now, and while I recognise I’m still “blessed” with a D cup, it’s virtually impossible to do anything with them that doesn’t make it obvious how much excess skin I have. I call them the tiny titties, because self-deprecating humour is my method of coming to terms with what I have. (I also hope that by being open about my adjustment period, and how I feel, and the realities of dealing with boobs like this, that other women feel OK about their boobs whatever the shape/size/etc.)

    So anyway, back to boob jobs – for the first time in my life I totally “get it”, and I get why so many women in the fitness industry (professionally or otherwise) opt for augmentation etc. I don’t think I ever would (because I don’t want the recovery time, and ultimately I’m really bloody lazy) but it’s interesting how my experience has shaped that mindset shift.

    Re: people noticing after the fact – it’s funny you should mention that… a friend of mine who lost a lot of weight and then went on to have a boob job posts regularly on facebook/instagram. She went from flat chested to an ample bosom and I thought it was super obvious. Yet, it wasn’t until she literally spelled it out that half of the people who follow her even noticed she’d had them done! People are completely oblivious sometimes.

    Anyway, best of luck – hope the recovery is smooth and you’re happy with the results. I would say “I look forward to seeing the after shots” but that sounds a bit weird/stalky!

    • Katie G
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks for sharing your story, it’s been really interesting to hear other women talk about how they feel about their boobs. They are such an important part of our feminine form, we wait for them to become big enough for our first bra and then it feels like we fall into a love or hate relationship. I think I forget that we’re all so different and it’s really okay, there’s no wrong or right.

      I relate entirely to the loose skin element, at my largest (I was around 14stone) I was a 36D and although I’ve been lucky not to have too much sagging, I’ve lost a lot of volume. Sadly, breasts don’t just bounce back and weight loss/breastfeeding are frequent reasons I hear for women having breast implants. Maybe we should all work on improving our humor/relationship with our breasts? Good for you speaking up, it’s really important that we talk about this. Along the same lines, I’m happy to admit that currently, mine are like hopeless little-deflated cow udders.

      I will be honest, for a while, I put the idea to the back of my mind, I was brought up in a world where people didn’t do that sort of thing. Surgery simply wasn’t considered a “Normal” choice. Alongside the fact, I simply couldn’t stomach the idea of the procedure, I’m currently putting a lot of work into accepting what’s going to happen.

      On the other hand, I’m so excited to share the rest of my journey and the results, I want to show off my new curves (when I have them) but at the same time. I’m not sure everyone will want to see, so I will be a little bit reserved! 😀

  2. November 7, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    You do what you gotta do. I’m probably a AAA after having kids but at 42 I’m somehow happy that my boobs look like I’m 13 😜

    • Katie G
      Author
      November 8, 2018 / 8:28 pm

      I’m not going to lie – If I had your figure I’d be darn happy too, you look fab!
      It’s so funny how we perceive other people as fabulous, but can’t see it in ourselves and you’re right, I gotta do what I’ve gotta do 😀

  3. Tina V
    November 10, 2018 / 7:06 am

    Katie, you will be just fine. Of course, any surgery has its risks, but you have done your due diligence and you are of an age where you have learnt much about your body – and only you have the right to be the judge of what to do with it. I too had boobie surgery – but the reverse procedure; I made mine smaller. They weren’t back breakingly enormous but they just got in the way of everything. When my chosen surgeon first asked me what size I was, I said 36DD. Turns out I was alot larger. Who knew!!! M&S fitters certainly didn’t! Anyhow, several years on and I love my 34Fs. It took 12 months for the entire healing process to conclude and it was then that I fell in love with underwear. It was pretty underwear instead of practical scaffolding. My boobs may come with all the battle scars of reduction surgery but I love them and I am much more confident with my body because of them. You will be in safe hands with a team who will do all they can to make you feel comfortable throughout the process. Just make sure you follow all the post op advice, in particular the timings. It’s true what they say, you can’t rush a good thing (or two good things in this instance!) 💖

  4. Katie G
    Author
    November 12, 2018 / 11:13 am

    Thank you so much for such a lovely comment Tina. It’s great to read about the other side of the coin and reduction is a very serious choice, but it sounds like you’ve gone in the right direction. I too can’t wait to fall in love with underwear and I’m so excited about my future with new curves. You’ve given me a real confidence boost about it all, thank you xx

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