Voiceover: At just 22 Kayleigh Jones feels her whole life has been thrown out of balance by her chest.
Kayleigh: At school I did get quite a few nicknames and they were really cruel. They’d say ‘big tat, little tat’ and ‘you’re deformed’. It’s really not nice. You just don’t want to go to school at all when they start. There wasn’t really a moment when I thought ‘Oh, I’m different’. It was gradually when I started noticing other girls going out in low cut tops and they’d look quite the same size and then I’d look at myself and think there’s something not quite right.
Dr Pixie: Hi Kayleigh, I’m Pixie. How are you?
Kayleigh: I’m alright thank you.
Dr Pixie: Take a seat. Now, what can I do for you?
Kayleigh: I’ve got a problem with my breasts. I’ve got one really small one and one large one. I don’t feel like a complete woman at all.
Dr Pixie: Have you been to see a doctor about it?
Kayleigh: I’ve been to see quite a few of my doctors but they’ve always said, well some of them have said ’love yourself for who you are’. I’d just like to get on with it.
Dr Pixie: How does that make you feel when someone says ‘love yourself for who you are’?
Kayleigh: It just makes me feel I can’t love myself. I need help and it just feels like nobody is willing to help me. I just feel like a freak.
Dr Pixie: I see you’ve got your fairly sizable chicken fillet in there, haven’t you?
Kayleigh: I have.
Dr Pixie: Can you just pop your two hands up over your head? Up to 90% of people have one breast bigger than the other. If it’s affecting you then it’s really, really important to get it sorted. Pop your clothes on and get yourself a bit more comfortable. What would your feeling be about maybe seeing a specialist and seeing if there is anything more radical that can be done it?
Kayleigh: I’d like that, just to see what they can do for me.
Dr Pixie: I think for you, for moving forward, it would probably be the best option.
Kayleigh: It would change me completely I think, I’d have a lot more confidence.
Dr Pixie: Brilliant, what I can do is arrange for a specialist to see you and do an assessment and see if we can take it from there.
Voiceover: For Kayleigh, surgery feels like her only option. Most of us have breasts that are different sizes but Kayleigh’s were so markedly mismatched that she is prepared to undergo a complicated and, at nearly £6,500, very expensive operation to bring an end to years of teasing and unhappiness.
Kayleigh: My minds all over the place. I just want to run out of the door at the moment. I tried not to think about it coming up to the date but today it’s kicked in that its really going to happen. Tomorrow I’ll be feeling a bit different.
Voiceover: Firstly, Dr Kavouni has to insert an implant into the smaller breasts. This is an exact match to the larger D cup. The larger breast now needs to be lifted up to match the shape of the new implant. Kayleigh won’t be able to breast feed on this side, but the implant on the other side has gone under her breast tissue leaving everything in full working order. Hopefully soon Kayleigh will be walking away with a matching pair.
Voiceover: Back to see the doctors is Kayleigh Jones. She’d had different sized breasts since she was a teenager and longed to be treated as a normal person again.
Kayleigh: I was bubbly but I’m like an old lady now, I’ve got no life whatsoever.
Voiceover: After the delicate operation to balance out the shape and size of Kayleigh’s breasts she’s now healed enough to show Dr McKenna the results.
Dr Pixie: Good to see you again.
Voiceover: So, has Kayleigh now found a happy medium?
Dr Pixie: Now, let’s just have a look from back here. That’s fantastic. So this side here, Kayleigh, was the uplift?
Kayleigh: It was, yeah.
Dr Pixie: You can just see where that nipple has been put back on again can’t you? And then this side is the implant. Fab, it’s brilliant. No more chicken fillets no more…
Kayleigh: In the bin.
Consultation: Breast Realignment
Dr McKenna examines a patient who has reached the end of her tether with regard to her assymetric breasts.
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