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The 21 year old law student is funding £ 5,000 to have her 34Y breast reduced in private practice


A law student who crowdfunded a private operation to reduce her 34J breasts to 32D after being rejected by the NHS claims she was warned she would need a wheelchair without surgery because large breasts are “her spine squeeze ”.

Amber Roach, 21, of Bushey, Hertfordshire, had 3.5 pounds of breast tissue removed in a two-and-a-half hour procedure on November 16 – and is now celebrating her first New Year since puberty without "needing an industrial strength bra."

Encouraged by her roommate, The New Look's sales assistant, a petite 5-foot-3-inch saleswoman, decided to crowdfund a £ 5,000 goal to pay for a breast reduction surgery, rather than gifts on September 22nd for her 21st birthday Birthday to ask.

Amber is shown after scaling down

Amber Roach, 21, of Bushey, Hertfordshire, had 3.5 pounds of breast tissue removed in a two-and-a-half hour procedure on November 16 – and is now celebrating her first New Year since puberty without "needing an industrial strength bra." It is shown on the left before the reduction and immediately after it

The law student on the right (a friend on the left), who funded a private surgery to reduce her 34J breasts to 32D after being rejected by the NHS, claims she was warned she would need a wheelchair without surgery, as large Breasts could squeeze her spine & # 39 ;.

The law student on the right (a friend on the left), who funded a private surgery to reduce her 34J breasts to 32D after being rejected by the NHS, claims she was warned she would need a wheelchair without surgery, as large Breasts could squeeze her spine & # 39 ;.

Before the surgery, Amber was unable to get up for a month because of back pain caused by the weight of her breasts and had to take prescribed pain medication such as codeine.

"My physical therapist had told me that if I stop doing the Pilates exercises she taught me, I could end up in a wheelchair in middle age or have severe problems with my spine collapsing," she said.

After the operation, she added, “I now look at myself from the side in the mirror and my breasts actually fit in the mirror image, not 10 meters across the room. It's so different

“I got a sports bra from my sister Robyn for Christmas and took a short run. It was amazing not to get a black eye.

Encouraged by her roommates, The New Look's sales assistant, a petite 5-foot-3-inch saleswoman, decided to fund £ 5,000 for a breast reduction surgery, rather than gifts for her 21st birthday on September 22nd to ask. She is pictured in a surgical bra after the operation

Encouraged by her roommates, The New Look's sales assistant, a petite 5-foot-3-inch saleswoman, decided to fund £ 5,000 for a breast reduction surgery, rather than gifts for her 21st birthday on September 22nd to ask. She is pictured in a surgical bra after the operation

Before the operation, Amber was unable to get up for a month because of back pain caused by the weight of her breasts. She had to take prescribed pain relievers like codeine

Amber is pictured in the gym after her surgery

Before the operation (left), Amber was unable to get up for a month because of back pain caused by the weight of her breasts and had to take prescribed pain medication such as codeine. Now she can go to the gym (right)

CAN YOU RECEIVE BREAST REDUCTION SURGERY ON THE NHS?

Breast reduction surgery is done to reduce the size and weight of a woman's breasts. This removes fat, tissue and skin from the breast.

Genes, hormones, and body shape and size can determine how large a woman's breasts are – usually they are proportional to the rest of the body, but some women can be exceptionally large.

Whether the NHS offers the operation may depend on where someone lives and why they want the operation.

The NHS usually doesn't perform breast reductions for cosmetic reasons.

However, it can be considered if a woman experiences effects such as back pain, neck or shoulder pain, rashes or skin infections under the breasts, or psychological distress.

The NHS may also take into account the size of a woman's breasts, her weight, her age, whether she smoke, and whether other solutions have been tried.

The availability of local funding also plays a role – different NHS bodies across the country have different criteria, so women living in some areas may have better surgery than others.

Source: NHS selection

“One of the things I really want to do in 2021, when the pandemic is over, is backpacking – I wouldn't have been able to do that 100 percent before. It was like wearing a backpack on my front! & # 39;

After setting up her GoFundMe, she hit her target within 14 days and even received £ 2,500 from a single donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

He told me he had a similar problem that needed an operation. It was the mental health aspect of my GoFundMe that appealed to him. He didn't want mine to be as bad as his, ”Amber said.

& # 39; At the time I thought, "It's my 21st, I don't want any gifts, all I want is money for this discount. This is the best gift I could have."

When the top beautician Dr. When Reza Alamouti heard of her plight and waived his usual fee, the £ 5,000 she raised was enough to carry out the procedure on November 16 at London's Welbeck Hospital in Marylebone, central London. It would normally have cost her £ 10,000 as she needed a breast reduction, lift, and liposuction.

For years, Amber's disproportionately large breasts – making her a size 12 compared to her lower half, a size 10 – had hampered her life.

They got too heavy and awkward to continue exercising, running a mile, or working out in the gym.

Even simple chores like loading the dishwasher became groundbreaking chores.

Constantly aware of the fact that they were attracting unwanted attention and making them awkward, they began to degrade their confidence and self-worth.

Now, in a size eight in the top half, she said, “I used to be very angry and accuse my breasts of being unable to do certain things. You were like the central force behind all of my other subjects.

“I found myself unattractive and now my breasts are gone, it's such a weight off my shoulders – physically and mentally.

Amber was only 14 years old when she first noticed that her DD breasts set her apart from her classmates at Queens & # 39; School in Bushey.

They caught the boys' attention which led to other girls calling them "flirting" which she found very annoying.

After Amber set up her GoFundMe, she hit her target within 14 days and even received £ 2,500 from a single donor who chooses to remain anonymous.

After Amber set up her GoFundMe, she hit her target within 14 days and even received £ 2,500 from a single donor who chooses to remain anonymous.

For years, Amber's disproportionately large breasts - making her a size 12 compared to her lower half, a size 10 - had hampered her life. She is pictured after the operation

They got too heavy and awkward to continue exercising, running a mile, or working out in the gym. She is pictured after the operation

For years, Amber's disproportionately large breasts – making her a size 12 compared to her lower half, a size 10 – had hampered her life. They got too heavy and awkward to continue exercising, running a mile, or working out in the gym. She is pictured after the operation

As a netball fan, she even remembered bandaging her chest before a match after her sports bra couldn't take the strain.

She said, "I used to get the most ridiculous questions from classmates like," Do you stuff handkerchiefs into your bra? "or" Are they real? "and & # 39; Did you have them done?"

“Which parent would give their 14 year old a boob job? As if I had an operation at that age!

"My best friend who was a boy asked why I would push my chest out like a peacock – but I didn't do it on purpose, so I just stood."

Constantly aware of the fact that they were attracting unwanted attention and making them awkward, they began to degrade their confidence and self-worth. Bernstein is pictured before the operation

Constantly aware of the fact that they were attracting unwanted attention and making them awkward, they began to degrade their confidence and self-worth. Bernstein is pictured before the operation

When her breasts were an even bigger 34G by the time she was in sixth grade, Amber got terribly confident.

"I just remember them looking ridiculous – cartoonish like Jessica Rabbit," she said.

“The teachers would turn me away for inappropriate clothing if I only wore a turtleneck, but it would be tight.

& # 39; Other girls would wear the same and would not be canceled. I just felt like everything I was wearing was more sexual than other students. & # 39;

Amber was only 14 years old when she first noticed that her DD breasts set her apart from her classmates at Queens & # 39; School in Bushey. They caught the boys' attention which led to other girls calling them "flirting" which she found very annoying. She is pictured after the operation

Amber was only 14 years old when she first noticed that her DD breasts set her apart from her classmates at Queens & # 39; School in Bushey. They caught the boys' attention which led to other girls calling them "flirting" which they found very annoying. She is pictured after the operation

Amber, who has been receiving physical therapy for back pain in her breasts since she was 14, said it had gotten so bad that she asked her GP to reduce the NHS. She is pictured before the operation

Amber, who has been receiving physical therapy for back pain in her breasts since she was 14, said it had gotten so bad that she asked her GP to reduce the NHS. She is pictured before the operation

Amber, who has been receiving physical therapy for back pain in her breasts since she was 14, said it had gotten so bad that she asked her GP to reduce the NHS.

But she was supposed to wait until she was 18 when she was rejected again, even though her breasts were a J-cup by then.

"I opened the NHS letter with no and just cried," she said. "My sister, who is 19 years old, said she has never seen me cry like this before."

When she studied law at the University of Leeds in 2019, Amber said she felt more like her large breasts than her personality.

She said, “It was as if large breasts were an invitation for both sexes to touch me too!

When she studied law at the University of Leeds in 2019, Amber said she felt more like her large breasts than her personality. She is pictured with her sister

When she studied law at the University of Leeds in 2019, Amber said she felt more like her large breasts than her personality. She is pictured with her sister

Amber is pictured with her sister Robyn near their home in Bushey, Herfordshire

Amber is pictured with her sister Robyn near their home in Bushey, Herfordshire

“That's why I've always seen them so negatively, because they attracted the wrong attention.

"I used to put my cell phone in my bra and let people say," Be careful not to lose it down there! "I would laugh along, but it really wasn't funny."

The nights outside were a minefield too – starting with Amber spending hours searching the internet for an outfit to cover up her split.

Then there were the numerous dangers of being in town.

She said, “I wouldn't wear anything revealing for one night with the girls, but the men would still be utter predators.

Bernstein is pictured before the operation

Bernstein is pictured after the operation

Amber says she has more options to dress now. It is shown before the operation (left) and after (right).

“That would embarrass me because I didn't want that attention.

I hit every man who touched me.

“When I was abroad with my best friend and her family in Spain, a strange old man put his hand on my skirt and pretended to lose his wallet – and I hit him. It was awful. & # 39;

Amber has also endured gruesome comments from other women.

She said, “When they were walking down the street, it was 50/50 with men and women.

"Women stared and said," Jesus Christ, look at those breasts. They were clearly almost insane. "

During the two and a half hour surgery, Harley Street plastic surgeon Dr. Alamouti, director of New You, breast tissue and moved Bernstein's nipples 6 inches, leaving anchor-shaped scars on her chest that will fade over the next 18 months. but won't go away. Amber is pictured with a friend at the university

During the two and a half hour surgery, Harley Street plastic surgeon Dr. Alamouti, director of New You, breast tissue and moved Bernstein's nipples 6 inches, leaving anchor-shaped scars on her chest that will fade over the next 18 months. but won't go away. Amber is pictured with a friend at the university

"I would sit at the table in the morning and have a coffee and get up and either my breasts would eat or they would knock something over."

During the two and a half hour surgery, Harley Street plastic surgeon Dr. Alamouti, director of New You, breast tissue and moved Bernstein's nipples 6 inches, leaving anchor-shaped scars on her chest that will fade over the next 18 months. but won't go away.

Pleased with the resulting symmetry of her breasts and the fact that both nipples had survived the operation with almost complete sensation, he thought the procedure was a success.

Afterward, Amber recalled, “I couldn't sleep even though I was so shaken because I was so excited.

Amber, pictured with her sister, is now excited to shop for affordable, pretty underwear and bikinis in Primark instead of shopping at more expensive, specialized websites.

Amber, pictured with her sister, is now excited to shop for affordable, pretty underwear and bikinis in Primark instead of shopping at more expensive, specialized websites.

& # 39; The first time I went to the bathroom I looked in the mirror and thought, "Oh my god, where did you go?"

“After the operation, my breasts were tight and looked smaller than they do now.

& # 39; I thought, "Well done." I felt like I had achieved something. & # 39;

She was forced to wear a surgical bra for six weeks and could not do any heavy lifting for a month after surgery.

But Amber is now looking forward to buying affordable, pretty underwear and bikinis in Primark instead of shopping from more expensive, specialized websites.

Amber, who postponed the first semester of her sophomore year to surgery, is now more confident of achieving her goal of becoming a lawyer without her oversized breasts holding her back. She is shown operated on the left

Bernstein is pictured after the operation

Amber, who postponed the first semester of her sophomore year to surgery, is now more confident of achieving her goal of becoming a lawyer without her oversized breasts holding her back. It is shown on the left before the operation and on the right after it

Amber feels that she can now exercise and exercise again. She is pictured in her netball outfit as a teenager

Amber feels that she can now exercise and exercise again. She is pictured in her netball outfit as a teenager

She has also had great support from her electrician friend who wants to remain anonymous, but she looks great.

She said, “He's so happy for me. He thinks I look more appropriate – he was obviously attracted to me before – but now he can see that I'm a lot happier and brighter and that it suits me. He knew I made the right decision.

“A lot of people have asked what my boyfriend thinks and said, 'I bet he's sad. "I had the discount – but he prefers me that way because he's happy that I'm happy."

Amber, who postponed the first semester of her sophomore year to surgery, is now more confident of achieving her goal of becoming a lawyer without her oversized breasts holding her back.

And she feels like she paved the way for other young women, who unfortunately live with very large breasts, to talk about their feelings and maybe find a way to love themselves without taking the drastic measures they take has seized.

She said, “I really had reached the end of the street. My breasts made me unhappy and affected my physical health.

“I'm incredibly grateful to the people who made my surgery possible, but I've told many girls on social media not to feel under the pressure of a breast reduction surgery. If it doesn't affect your health, you should just learn to love her. & # 39;

Dr. Alamouti said he had seen an increase in the number of teenagers and younger women having breast reductions.

However, he does advise young women to speak to their GP first to see if they qualify for an NHS cut, see a physical therapist to make sure they have a properly fitting bra, and do a proper exam with the surgeons before they do decide to go private.

"I know how difficult and debilitating very large breasts can be," he said.

“The problem is not just the physical problem, but also the psychological stress.

"This surgery can change the lives of people like Amber."

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