I didn’t want implants.
Then I found the lump.
And it changed everything.

Mairhead, 32

“I didn’t want implants. I never liked that glamour model look, and had strong feelings about women being seen as sexual objects. I felt the media’s obsession with breasts is a big part of that.

Then I found the lump. And it changed everything.

I’m not going to go into all the details, but it was malignant, and it had to go. Though I could have had lumpectomy and monitor it, I opted for a full mastectomy – I couldn’t live with the uncertainty, not with two kids under five.

I had imagined that if it happened to me, I’d just get on with life and be glad to be living, even if it was with only one breast. But the reality is very different.

To lose my breast and be reminded of that loss every day, it felt like the cancer hadn’t quite gone. And I just wanted to put it behind me – so my doctor talked to me about implants.

I realised that I’d been prejudiced, and that you can have teardrop shaped implant in different sizes, so the result is a new breast that looks like a real one.

I’m really glad I did it. It’s little things, like taking the kids swimming without worrying that people with stare. Wearing whatever. Still feeling like a woman.”

We’re sharing these stories to help you make an informed decision about surgery. Your personal results will depend on your natural breasts, frame and individual circumstances. Changing your shape can make a big difference to your confidence, but remember surgery can only change the size and shape of your breasts.
The rest is up to the new, more shapely you.