I had one in 2007 and it was the best thing I've ever done for myself. I'm now a perky D that has been through breastfeeding two children and still looks nice. I'm sitting here typing this wearing no bra and they're sitting like breasts are supposed to.
- You need a GP referral. The GP will most likely send you to a surgeon they know so ask for an 'open ended' referral if you can get one.
- Shop around for a surgeon. It will cost you more in initial appointments but it's worth it. My only regret is that I should have looked around more. My surgeon was fantastic but he only did the anchor surgery when I should have gone the lollipop (see below).
- There are two types of surgery; the 'anchor' and the 'lollipop'. The 'anchor' is the original form and consists of the surgeon cutting under the breast, up the middle and around the nipple. It leaves larger scaring but gives you a lovely, natural breast shape. The 'lollipop' is a single cut up the breast and around the nipple. Healing time is faster with less scarring but the breast shape isn't as natural. I got the anchor but I wish I'd have got the lollipop because I've got bad skin and have yucky scarring.
- It's a major surgery so be prepared to feel knocked around for a couple of weeks after. You'll need minimum four weeks off work and you'll have to limit touching for a few weeks. Also, be prepared that when the drain is removed from under your breasts the day after the surgery, it feels horrible.
- Cost wise, it was $11,500 in total and I was $6,500 out of pocket. It was worth every cent. You can sign up for the public system but there is a two-year waiting list and you can't pick the surgeon.
- Complications: I didn't have many except for seven hideous abscesses that popped up like enormous pimples and altered the scarring. This was probably my skin more than anything and I don't know of anyone else who had them as bad as I did.
It took a long time for the scars to fade to white and about four years to my breasts to settle into their final shape, but again, that's probably because of my skin. I love my breasts now and don't feel like a freak any more. Even hubby gets flashed now, so he likes them more, too.