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  • So, Nelly, you've had this procedure, too.

  • I had my breast reduction about seven years ago,

  • and I was a HH cup.

  • Right, so you're quite a petite frame as well. Yeah.

  • So I felt like I was very out of proportion.

  • We actually have a picture of you. Oh, yeah.

  • It was before. Get ready for these.

  • They are very big. They are very big.

  • So when I found out what breast reduction surgery was, I booked

  • to see a surgeon that week and I had the surgery the week after.

  • So I really went in hard and fast.

  • That's very quickly, to go from consultation to surgery. Yeah.

  • What happened after your surgery?

  • So it was about four or five days after surgery,

  • I felt what I can describe as a ping under my left boob.

  • I wasn't supposed to, but I took off all the dressings

  • to have a look at what had happened,

  • and it looked like a stitch had popped and my breast was bulging

  • through this hole in the bottom of my boob.

  • We have a picture of that, too. You have that? We do.

  • That's flesh coming through.

  • Yeah, that is breast tissue under there.

  • And it was pushing and it was hurting, because you can see my skin

  • is trying to hold itself together but not quite winning the battle.

  • Yeah. That was terrifying.

  • What did you do then?

  • I shouted for my mum.

  • We called the surgeon straight away and he saw me, I think,

  • either that day or the day after.

  • And he said, "It's actually nothing to worry about."

  • It was quite a common thing to happen.

  • But then, I think it was only a day or two after that,

  • I started to feel these pings everywhere, at every corner and

  • every crease around my nipples, under my boobs, the sides

  • and the centres - just ping, ping, ping! -

  • almost all day, every day.

  • And that opening had happened everywhere.

  • Every single line and crease and where the skin

  • had been sewn back together. And so what did your surgeon do then?

  • He suspected that my body was rejecting the internal stitches.

  • So I was left with just open wounds over both breasts

  • and they were getting bigger every day.

  • We thought the best thing to do would be to remove

  • all these stitches and just start again, basically.

  • But he didn't want to operate again,

  • and he said the only thing he would really do for us was to let

  • them heal and it would take a while,

  • but that's when you can then look at scar revision,

  • because I was going to be left with really significant scars.

  • So I then spent the next eight months healing these open wounds.

  • I had to go to hospital three or four times a week to get

  • redressed, which was painful enough as it was.

  • So I spent a long time just trying to recover from what my body

  • had kind of done. So that was eight months. It's a long time.

  • And then came the scars. So the scars were much bigger than what

  • we'd seen there. Much bigger.

  • Much, much, much bigger. Yeah.

  • That's the scars, that's healed. Wow!

  • They really did get a lot bigger.

  • Yeah.

  • So, two or three years ago, I found a surgeon who would do scar revision

  • surgery, so that was two operations to cut out those scars.

  • And today, I'm still healing.

  • Still healing?

  • Yeah, I mean, my scars are still pretty significant.

  • But I've done what I can do now.

  • You just can't know how your body will heal.

  • It can react the way mine did,

  • or you could heal perfectly in a matter of weeks.

  • I just got really unlucky.

  • Have you got questions for Nelly?

  • Regardless of all that happening, are you more comfortable

  • with how your boobs are now or how they were before?

  • I'm happier now.

  • For me, the size they were before was really taking away

  • all quality of life.

  • I was just so cripplingly self-conscious.

  • Yeah. So, even though that's happened,

  • that's been my life for the past seven years... You don't regret it.

  • ..I'm still happier now, yeah.

  • We've got a stat, actually, from the survey that's relevant to that.

  • So it was 62% of people surveyed felt that cosmetic surgery is fine

  • in principle but were worried that it could go wrong.

  • I mean, are the risks really that big?

  • I think you're very unlucky.

  • Yeah, that's very unusual for that to happen, actually.

  • I think, you know, another interesting statistic

  • for this particular operation is it has a very high satisfaction rate.

  • The important thing is to be well prepared for it.

  • And that's really where the consultations come in, when you go

  • to see the surgeon.

  • There's lots of really good guidance on websites such

  • as the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and

  • Aesthetic Surgeons, or the British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons.

  • They've all got guides on there about what the potential risks are,

  • what the aftercare is like, what your recovery

  • will be like. It's all there on the website.

So, Nelly, you've had this procedure, too.

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