A mother paid £10,000 for surgery to stop her 34H breasts ‘pushing down’ on her ribs. Victoria Marsh, from Nuneaton in Warwickshire, dropped five cup sizes to C after a four-hour operation.
In constant pain and fed up with always looking ‘tarty’, Mrs Marsh, 33, went to her local GP to ask for a breast reduction on the NHS.
The size of her assets also made it hard for her to play with her children and pick them up, so she was desperate for the life-changing procedure.
Despite ‘starving herself’ to meet NHS weight criteria, based on a patient’s body mass index (BMI), Mrs Marsh was rejected.
Victoria Marsh, from the East Midlands, dropped five cup sizes from 34H to 34C after an exhausting four-hour operation. The 33-year-old had the surgery at Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital in July
The mother-of-two struggled to pick up her daughter, six, and her son, 11
Mrs Marsh, who is a buyer, said: ‘I had to have a BMI of 25 or under. I starved myself beforehand and I was bang on 25. But I got a letter to say I wasn’t eligible.
‘I wasn’t deemed disproportionate enough.
‘I started to feel them pushing down on my ribs. I had a lot of physio on my shoulders. I had grooves in them.
‘I constantly had strained muscles in my neck and infections in skin under my boobs. I was constantly putting talc under there.’
The folds between breasts can cause friction and lead to skin damage. The warmth and trapped moisture create an ideal environment for bacteria to grow, which can lead to secondary infections.
Before the surgery, the size of her breasts made it hard for her to pick up her children
After the surgery, she said she could wear what she wanted and not feel self-conscious
The mother-of-two used the profits from a house sale — along with a £3,000 loan — to pay for private surgery at the Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital.
Describing the results, she said: ‘I feel great. The procedure was so worth it and my quality of life has improved a thousand times over.
‘I can do a lot more with the children. I can wear the things I want to wear and not feel self-conscious.’
Mrs Marsh has felt self-conscious since she was 16, and said that when she was growing up, people would point out how big her boobs were.
She said she comes from a ‘genetically large-breasted family’ and has seen the impact on her mum, Debbie, 64, and her double-G chest.
For years, she was forking out £50 every time she needed a bra as each had to be custom-made.
When Mrs Marsh had her two children, she hoped breastfeeding would solve all her problems.
But instead of her boobs deflating, they just got bigger.