I'm currently around 120lbs (8 stone 8), 163cm (5"4), moderately active with no kids. The few bras I have bought that fit are 34AA and even so, I don't fill them! :( Will be uploading a "before" pic.
Why I decided to do it now:
I'm currently on a break with no work/study commitments. Financially, I have the money, which I want to spend on this and get it over and done with. I have wanted to do this since I was around thirteen years old around the time I went through puberty and did not develop breast tissue. I was very self conscious as I was pear-shaped and the lack of breasts accentuated this even more.
Who I am going to tell:
Only two people know who are close to me, and that is my best friend and my boyfriend. I will not be telling anybody else, not even my parents (this will be tricky as I live with them - more on that below).
Why I chose Brussels:
After doing a lot of research, in particular, Beaucare in Brussels, I have chosen to do it there as the experiences that I have read have all been very consistently good. I have to admit that the price of the operation is one of the factors I considered. At £2,200, compared to £5,000 in London (near where I live) it makes sense, and after the consultation I had today, I have a gut feeling that I can trust them.
I had a consultation this afternoon with Dr Vrambout at 1 Harley Street in London. He went through some forms and asked if I had any allergies, previous surgery, etc. and then he asked to look at my breasts, after which he recommended I go for 280cc. He stated that the distance between my nipple and lower crease was short, therefore he wouldn't recommend any bigger. I showed him some pictures of what I wanted, and he said that as I had little breast tissue, it would not look as natural as the ones in the pics, it would look more round (will upload a pic of that). However, obviously the surgeon (hopefully Dr Ulens) will have the final say in what size I'll have.
After that, I asked him some questions which I had (I made a list). These are essentially the main things i learned:
- Dr Ulens has had more than 13 years of plastic surgery training, she works on Fridays. I'm hoping to book for the 29th of April.
- I will be provided antibiotics, painkillers and a surgical bra - this will need to be worn for a month after the surgery apart from taking it off to wash etc.
- There is a pre-op with the anesthetist, then the surgeon, then the op will happen on the same day
- The incision is most likely under the crease.
- 1 month no pec exercise, 1 week usually is the recovery period.
- People tend to arrive Brussels the day of the surgery and go straight there. I asked about staying a week in Brussels to recover, and he basically said that most people just stay for a day and then go home. I was slightly surprised about this, but then again I have read this from previous reviews aswell.
- Going back for followup appointments is not necessary if everything is fine. Stitches can be removed by a GP in England easily after 10-14 days. He emphasised that while you can go back after a week, then a month, then 3 months to check everything is fine, most people don't do this and it's fine not to.
- There is a 1 year warranty in case anything goes wrong. I assume this is for if the implant does not stay in the pocket, or anything like that. I may e-mail them to ask more detail about this and to see what exactly this covers in more detail.
- Prices go up in July apparently, due to some new tax laws taking effect.
After the consultation we paid him £40, then he gave me a document which had guidelines on what to do before & after treatment, a map of the clinic in Brussels, a form to fill in for pre-op, their bank details to send the money to (£1000 to secure the op date).
Overall, Dr Vrambout was very straight to the point and although I have read reviews about him seeming quite rushed, and to an extent I can see how it can feel that way, but I think he was thorough enough with his explanations and advice. It's clear he's done this a lot. So after payment, my boyfriend and I left and now the documents that I've signed are making their way back to the clinic. After that I can book my appointment, although I did send them an e-mail earlier asking about potential surgery times and availability of Dr Ulens.
My parents not finding out:
I am going very modest as has been stated before, 280cc is not very large, and Dr V stated it would be going from AA to a B cup roughly. I am more than happy with this. My boyfriend and I are currently thinking of staying in Brussels for a day or two, and then returning home (not not to my parents' house). They will be assuming that we are on holiday.
I am keeping this from my parents because they are very traditional. They will see this NOT as correcting a deformity (which is the way I see it) but will associate it with a lot of things (such as vanity, promiscuity, etc.) and to be honest I just want to leave out all the drama that their knowledge of it will bring. They flipped out after my first boyfriend (who I am still with incidentally), so this is really something I want to be kept private. I do not believe that I'm obliged to tell them, and to be truly honest, I don't think that they would want to know about it, and holding it as a secret does not burden me.
I'm not sure what else there is to say, but I am feeling very positive after the consultation. I was given some documents after the consultation and this had some info on accommodation, guidelines for treatment, etc. and I feel like I'm ready. They recommend to wear an outfit on the day of surgery which can be worn from the front like a blouse or cardigan and not pulled over your head (pretty obvious stuff).
So, good luck to everyone who's on their own BA journey! If anyone has any questions or comments, feel free. :)