I’m new to this forum as a member, but I’ve been reading it on and off for years. Earlier this year, I decided to bite the bullet and go and see some surgeons about fixing my breasts. I’m 28 with naturally very large breasts, but I’ve been unhappy with their shape and asymmetry for as long as I can remember. As they grew bigger, the asymmetry became more pronounced and I’m really self-conscious of them. It restricts what clothing I can wear and shopping for bathers is a nightmare. I’ll admit that in the past, I’ve been critical of people who have gone under the knife for purely cosmetic reasons, but like most people of that view, it’s because I was jealous and didn’t want to admit that. I’ve never actually spoken to any of my friends or family about how uncomfortable my breasts make me feel, so actually booking these consultations was utterly nerve-wracking. I’m so glad I’ve done it though – I feel much better about myself and the options available to me now.
I have already seen Dr Allbrook and Dr Lee. Both were very competent, but they had differing views about how to proceed. I’ve now booked an appointment to see Dr Connell on 2 August – it’s a bit of a wait, but it’s worth it. I think that my surgery is going to be around $20000 all up, which is a reasonably significant investment in a set of boobs, but I suppose that you can’t put a price on happiness. I thought I’d provide a review of each surgeon to help others who are in the position of having a non-standard augmentation request.
Dr Robert Allbrook – 13 February 2013
This was my first time talking to anyone about my breasts, and I really was so nervous. I’m a pretty confident person normally, and I hate showing weakness, so it was a really unusual situation for me to be in. I have to say that he and his staff were so lovely and really did their best to put me at ease. There was no judgment at all. I suppose it was silly to think they’d find me a freak, given that they’re surrounded by breasts of all shapes and sizes every day, but when you’ve thought about yourself in that way for so long, it’s hard to imagine others thinking differently.
In terms of demeanour, Dr Allbrook had a sort of concerned-father vibe about him that made me feel comfortable. However, he automatically assumed I was there for a reduction, which made me feel a bit nervous and silly for bringing up the idea of implants. He dismissed that idea outright, anyway. He said he wouldn’t recommend having a lift and implants in the one operation, and wouldn’t recommend implants at all for me anyway. What he suggested was a lift with a reduction in my larger breast to bring it in line with the smaller one. He also said that he’d ‘tidy up’ my areolas to make them a more normal size – I didn’t realise that they were abnormal until then! All in all, he was very gentle, took a lot of time to explain the procedure thoroughly to me and seemed to be reasonably conservative in his advice. He said that I could expect a two-week recovery time.
Dr Mark Lee – 18 February 2013
On the advice of just about everyone on these boards, I booked an appointment to see Dr Lee after my initial consultation with Dr Allbook. The vibe was completely different in each practice – Dr Lee was very much younger (in both age and approach, if that makes sense), far less formal and reasonably casual in his approach. He said that he’d have no problem doing a lift and implants in the single operation, and recommended two differently sized implants to correct the asymmetry. He also said that because I have so much breast tissue (and a sizeable arse to match ... actually, he didn’t say that, I just inferred it!) I could go as big as I wanted with the implants. He seemed in a bit of a rush and his overall attitude suggested that this was a pretty standard procedure and nothing to be concerned about. I got to try on some implants in the crop top thing that he uses (which, as an aside, was pretty hilarious, because my natural boobs were already too big for it, so the implants just about stretched it to breaking point!) which was nice, because it gave me an actual real-life experience of having bigger boobs. I then spent a lot of time with Nikki, who was very nice (but perhaps a little sales-y? I sort of felt as though she was reading from a well-rehearsed script; just going through the motions – which is understandable, given her role) and explained about costs and whatnot. I sent her some follow up emails in the weeks after, and she was great at responding to them.
Overall my experience was that Dr Allbrook was a more traditional, conservative surgeon and Dr Lee was a bit more flashy and sales-y. Neither of these are bad qualities and I’d recommend both to others in a similar position to me. I’m now eagerly awaiting my consultation with Dr Connell – from what I’ve researched, it seems as though he’ll sort of be the ‘middle-of-the-road’ approach between Dr Allbook and Dr Lee, which is exactly what I’m looking for. Roll on August!