A woman who had back-breaking size 32G boobs, that reached down to her stomach, is unrecognisable after travelling to Turkey for a breast reduction.
Phoebe Howie, 20, from Aberdeen, Scotland, was just 12-years-old when she started having to double up on wearing bras to support her chest.
By the time she was 14, she was wearing size 32F cup bras and hated her quickly developed boobs.
With a small size six frame, Phoebe’s 32G breasts caused her severe back and shoulder pain and made her feel extremely self-conscious because they drooped down to her stomach.
After trying to get on the NHS waiting list for a breast reduction since she was 17, the a bar supervisor, decided to take matters into her own hands by saving up and flying to Turkey for breast reduction surgery.
Phoebe Howie, 20, from Aberdeen, Scotland, who had back-breaking size 32G boobs, that reached down to her stomach, is unrecognisable after travelling to Turkey for a breast reduction
In June last year, Phoebe travelled to Turkey and spent £3,800 on her breast reduction and lift surgery which took her from a 32G to a 32D.
Phoebe added: ‘I had big boobs for my entire teenage years. The first time I realised they were becoming a problem, I was around 12 and wearing a D-cup bra.
‘I would wear a sports bra with a normal bra on top just for the extra support. I went to a school where we didn’t have uniforms and I found it so difficult to find clothes that I felt comfortable in.
‘Having big boobs just ruined everything. All of my friends would wear nice dresses and tops to parties, but I covered up in baggy clothes, jumpers and jackets.
‘It was awful and I was so self-conscious. I could never shop in normal shops or order clothes from the same websites as my friends because I knew they’d never fit my chest.
‘They also restricted my movement. I couldn’t join in like everyone else during PE in school and I couldn’t enjoy the gym because I was self-conscious about what to wear and was in constant pain.
In June last year, Phoebe travelled to Turkey and spent £3800 on her breast reduction and lift surgery which took her from a 32G to a 32D
She said her boobs were in plaster when she woke up and she was too scared to look at them for a couple of days
Phoebe is over the moon with her results and can’t wait to enjoy her new physique in clothes this summer
‘I just wanted to live a normal life, borrow my friends’ clothes, and wear what I wanted.
‘They covered my whole stomach area and it really bothered me because I like my back and my waist, but I could never wear any backless tops or dresses.
‘If I wore high-waisted trousers, my boobs would cover everything. They made me feel a lot bigger than I was, and I was just a size six everywhere else. It’s not like I am bigger.
‘I was 17 when I started seriously thinking about a breast reduction. I spoke to my doctor and joined the waiting list, however, COVID delayed everything and I couldn’t wait any longer. So last summer I decided I would fly to Turkey to have the surgery.’
Phoebe is over the moon with her results and can’t wait to enjoy her new physique in clothes this summer.
She was just 12 years old when she started having to double up on wearing bras to support her chest. By the time she was 14, she was wearing size 32F cup bras and hated her quickly developed boobs
After trying to get on the NHS waiting list for a breast reduction since she was 17, the a bar supervisor, decided to take matters into her own hands by saving up and flying to Turkey for breast reduction surgery
She said it took her while to process her new body and she was in shock at how different her boobs looked
Phoebe said she is so happy that she can buy ‘cute underwear sets and bikinis’ from wherever she wants because she knows they will fit
She is delighted now that she doesn’t have to buy bras in specialist shops and she can wear what she likes
Can you get breast reduction surgery on the NHS? Size of a woman’s breasts, their weight, their age, whether they smoke, will be considered before surgery is offered
Breast reduction surgery is done to reduce the size and weight of a woman’s breasts, and involves removing fat, tissue and skin from the chest.
Genes, hormones and body shape and size may determine how large a woman’s breasts are – usually they are in proportion to the rest of the body but some women’s may be exceptionally large.
Whether the NHS will offer the operation may depend on where someone lives and why they want the operation.
The NHS will not usually do a breast reduction for cosmetic reasons.
However, it may be considered if a women is experiencing effects like backache, neck or shoulder pain, rashes or skin infections beneath the breasts, or psychological distress.
The NHS may also consider the size of a woman’s breasts, their weight, their age, whether they smoke, and whether other solutions have been tried.
And local funding availability also plays a role – different NHS boards around the country have different criteria so women living in some areas may be more able to get the surgery than those in others.
Source: NHS Choices
She said: ‘My friends and family were nervous for me to go, but I was so excited. I wasn’t thinking about it too much and just decided to go for it.
‘My boobs were in plaster when I woke up and I was too scared to look at them for a couple of days.
‘I felt so overwhelmed with emotion and it took a while to process my new body. I was in shock at how different my boobs looked, but I was so happy with the results.
‘They were so big, saggy and droopy so I also had a lift as well as a reduction. I’d also had my areolas moved up because of how low my boobs were before, they were pretty much pointing down.
‘I’m so much more confident down. I have gone from always wearing about four layers of clothing to cover up, to wanting to wear nothing.
‘I’d happily walk around my house with nothing on now because I love them so much. I love wearing little tops and dresses now too.
‘I can buy cute underwear sets and bikinis and I can order clothes from wherever I like because I know they will fit.
‘I don’t have to go to specialist bra shops and spent £40 on a huge bra that I hate.
‘I can also run around with my dog which I was never able to do before. It’s literally taken a huge weight off of my shoulders and body.’
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