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Narrator V/O:
Allison Mitchell spent more than half her life weighed down with the burden of unusually big breasts.

Allison:
It changed my life a long time ago. I became a a, well a lonely person, very lonely. I had quite a painful life. I have very bad back pain. I have had surgery on my spine, em, purely because of carrying the extra weight on my chest. It’s been very difficult.

Narrator V/O:
After 25 years, Allison’s breasts are really getting her down.

Allison:
If I could have my breasts reduced, I think it would give me back the life that I should’ve had. I think it just will give me back the opportunities to do the things that I’ve missed out on over the last 25 years.

Narrator V/O:
Can Dr Harper find a way to reduce Alliosn’s burdon?

Dr Harper:
Do you mind me asking what size you are?

Allison:
They’re a 36 double J. That sounds awful, ‘they’, doesn’t it? I’ve detached them completely from myself.

dr Harper:
Is that how you feel?

Allison:
Mm hum.

Dr Harper:
And what size would you like to be? I mean, if you could wave a magic wand.

Allison:
If I could wave a magic wand, I would say have none, have none, yeah.

Dr Harper:
Really

Allison:
Yeah. But, er, I guess, in the ideal world I’d be looking at a C or a D. But, I mean, yeah, something like that would be a dream come true. I just want them gone. I, you know, enough’s enough. I want my life back and they need to go.

Narrator V/O:
It’s no wonder Allison has back problems. At 5 kilos, her breasts weigh 10 times the national average – that’s like having a large baby permanently strapped to your chest.

Dr Harper:
I mean the breast tissue feels completely normal. Totally healthy. There’s just a bit too much of it.

Allison: Yeah, yeah.

Dr Harper:
And I think that you are a perfect candidate for a breast reduction. You’ve put up with it for an awful long time so I’m sure that the surgeons are going to be keen to do something for you, whether or not they’ll achieve the C/D cup. I’m not sure how much they’ll be able to reduce it, but it will definitely make both of them significantly smaller, em, and I think we should just get their opinion.

Allison:
Yeah, yeah, that’s fantastic thank you.

Dr Harper:
Grand. OK, pop your things back on.

Narrator V/O:
Double J breasts have weighed Allison Mitchell down for 25 years, but now she and her husband have come to the West London clinic, to see if there’s any hope of reducing them. Leading breast surgeon, Adam Topping, needs to decide whether it’s safe to proceed. He’s seen more breasts than a page 3 snapper, but even he’s blown away by her copious cleavege.

Dr Adam Topping:
Now, em, I have to be honest with you, er, they are the largest breasts that I have seen. OK. It’s going to be quite an interesting challenge, that’s for sure, you know, but-

Allison:
I always knew I was exceptional.

Narrator V/O:
The sheer scale of the tissue to be reduced means that for Mr Topping, this will be his most ambitious operation yet.

Dr Topping:
They are the biggest breasts that I have seen before and this is why we’re having to, I’m having to, adapt to the procedure to cope with the situation.

Narrator V/O:
To bring Allison down to a D cup, over a kilo and a half of tissue has to be removed from each breast. As well as repositioning the nipple higher up, the remaining breast has to be reformed into a natural shape.

Dr Topping:
I think the operation was very successful, er, it was always going to be difficult to actually create a breast that was going to have quite a degree of projection on it, em, but by putting a stitch in to move the, er, the breat towards the midline, I think we’ve managed to achieve that to a degree. All in all: very happy.

Narrator V/O:
He’s happy, but will Allison be?
Few people have undergone bigger changes than Allison, whose double J breasts have been ruining her life for over 20 years. After an ambitious 3 and a half hour operation, she’s come back to see Dr Harper. She’s half the woman she once was; has this made her twice as happy?

Dr Harper:
Allison, nice to see you. I have been so looking forward to seeing you. I can’t believe that.

Allison:
I know, it’s incredible, isn’t it?

Dr Harper:
Look at you!

Allison:
I know!

Dr Harper:
You look like the cat that got the cream.

Allison:
Well I have, haven’t I? I feel fantastic. I think it’s because I haven’t got that pain. I had that pain all the time my whole life. I couldn’t remember not being in pain because of them, and, you know, the weight’s gone. It’s, you know, given me back my life.
There you go.

Dr Harper:
Goodness me.

Allison:
What do you think of that?

Dr Harper:
Well, you’re half the woman you were, aren’t you?

Narrator V/O:
Last time Allison met Dawn, the 36 double J breasts meant she was 3 kilos heavier.

Dr Harper:
And you can probably put your bra on sitting down, can you?

Allison:
I can. I don’t have to get up and stand up and nope, don’t have to do any of that any more. I can, you know, just sit and do it.

Dr Harper:
I’m utterly amazed that, you know. That is a phenominal job. Amazing.

Allison:
Yep. They’re fabulous, aren’t they.

Dr Harper:
When those dressings come off, you should rub vitamin E cream into that. It’ll really make a difference to the scar tissue, actually. It’ll be, I mean that’s just amazing.

Allison:
I think so. [laughs]
I feel I could take on anything, do anything that I want to do, and, I guess my only regret is that I didn’t do it much, much sooner. Em, but it’s it is phenominal. It it’s like being a whole new person.

Dr Harper:
Amazing. Amazing. Do you wanna pop your bra back on – sitting down?!

Allison: Mm hm, yeah.

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Consultation: Breast Reduction

A patient comes to see Dr Harper with enormous 36JJ Breasts that are in need of a reduction.

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Hi i'm 33 and my since i was 12 my boobs went from size 14d to 18d in 2 years and increased to a 20dd. Ever since l was a teenager my boobs sagged no bra held them up and l felt really insecure. My posture is terrible l slant to one side and my straps never sit right. I need help as l have had constant problems and l am very depressed for 16 years.





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hi, i hit puberty at about 12 which was when my periods started, over a period of about 4 years my boobs went from a C cup to a 30HH and they are still growing, my bra's are too small so i am more then likely a bigger size now. i'm only 16 and i hate them more than anything, they attarct unwanted attention, i have to wear atleast size 16/18 tops to fit over them, i haven't put on much weight over the years and i am about a size 10, occationally a 12. I live out of town and walk to school everyday, they are so heavy and give me really bad back and neck pain, constantlyi don't take part in P.E or any form of excersise other than swimming, they make me so self contious, they're so ungly and horrible and i'll do anything to get rid of them. The effect my confidence as a person and i want to be an active teenager like everybody else my age. I tried losing sime weight but it didn't change the size of my breasts, i'll do anything to get rid of them, PLEASE HELP!!





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Hi, I'm 16 years old and I am 30HH, I get severe back pain and because of this I have extremely bad posture. I have to buy tops and dresses that are too big for me so I can fit my breasts in them and I refuse to wear anything that shows cleavage as I'm extremely insecure and don't like drawing attention to them. I wouldn't say I am extremely skinny but I don't think I am big enough to have 30HH breasts. I went to the doctors when I was 15 about getting a breast reduction and the doctor says it was a possibility and would get back to me once they had referred me to a plastic surgeon, a year and a half has went by and I've still not heard back. They just look stupid on me, I can't find clothes or bras that fit me properly, I have constant back pain and I just want rid of them!





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I'm 17 years old and Im 34 GG my breast size is rapidly going up in the last 6 months I've got up 4 bra sizes! I have put much weight on or changed my diet or exercise. I have always had big breast for my age but lately they seem to being growing rapidly. I'm not pregnant nor is there any reason for them to be growing so quickly, they cause me a lot of pain and I'm extremely paranoid of how big they are, would I be able to have a breast reduction when I'm older, because there showing no signs of the growth slowing down or stoping!





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Hello i boob are to big and it hurts my back and i have one boob bigger than the other. Can someone help.





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My daughter is 16 years and wears 36DD size cup bra. Is this normal for her age or does she need a breast reduction? She also complains of back aches.





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Hi All. I am 25 and suffer with my breasts. When I was 15 I was a healthy 32C. Then I went on the pill and my boobs just grew and grew and grew! I got measured and I was a 32F!! I went back to the Doctors and he changed my pill. They stayed the same but they get me down constantly. I cant go out and wear the clothes I want to because I dont want to draw attention to myself!! I went back to the Doctors when I was 19 and he said 'come back when you have had all your children.' Now 25 I have just had a baby and my boobs have swollen to 32GG! Im sure they should be more too! Ive asked another Doctor and she said there is nothing the NHS can do for me! Is this true? Please help! My back is killing im affraid of saggy boobs,bad posture and making my back even worse!





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I have 38hh/I breasts. I was a DD at 14. I have a slight curving of my spine and severe back pain, indents on my shoulders and sometimes cracks under my actual breasts. I am so depressed that I can't play with my 3 year old son. I still make myself no ,after the pain. I have been to the drs and do need to lose the weight but with a bad spine and massive breasts I cant lose it all. I have even thought about cutting them off myself....I won't but I dream of doing that. I Feel so alone.





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My breast are too big thank they hurt my ribs and back can anyone help me please





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Hi all , wow it's overwhelming to know that so many feel the same way as myself. I've been wanting a beast reduction all my life. I'm now 33 and I've always been uncomfortable with my 36kk saggy breasts. Nobody really understands the my true pain and sadness about my breasts. as I am bubbly and always smiling. I have been told I can have a reduction on the nsh but need to lose weight first. I've been given a year but have not lost all the recommended weight. Will I be given another chance? This is extremely distressing for me, I've never shown anyone my breastfeeding and I put off having partners as I don't understand how any man would except the way I am. #FeelinSad :(





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