AFTER breastfeeding her first son, Biba Tanya, 39 – who had natural 32 DD boobs – was unhappy with her lopsided chest, one being a B cup and the other a D.
Wanting to get her curves back, the mum-of-three then went under the knife and had a boob job to get them back to their original size.
But now, she says it was one of her biggest mistakes.
Here Biba – a mum of three and advertising copywriter – joins Fabulous’ Going Bust series to talk about why going natural has made her feel sexier than ever.
“Growing up cleavage meant everything to me and after I went through puberty I ended up with 32DD boobs.
"I loved them. I loved the way they bounced, I loved their curves and firmness and their sex appeal but after having my first son, the opinion of my boobs changed dramatically.
“I was 23 when I had my first son Sebastian, now 13, however, after 8 months of breastfeeding him my boobs were left totally out of proportion.
“One breast was a B cup and the other a D cup and for a woman who loved having and flaunting her big boobs this was devastating – it totally knocked my confidence.
“So in 2008, at 27, after saving £4000 I had a breast augmentation in Manchester.
“My boobs were uplifted and I had implants put in to give them back their 32DD proportions.
“I was over the moon and post-surgery I was brimming with confidence.
“I went back to wearing sexy tank tops showing off my new, re-built cleavage and my self-esteem soared.
“I was single at the time and instantly got more dates and attention.
“In June 2014 I had my second child, Tabitha, now 6. Then, last year, I had my third child Lola, now two.
“Like all my kids I breastfed Lola but this time it was different my breasts were incredibly sore, my milk flow was limited and Lola seemed sick after every feed.
“I’d checked with my surgeon when the PIP Breast Implant scandal hit in 2018 and he was adamant my implants were not affected.
“But as the pain persisted and I did some post-birth Googling, I demanded my GP order a scan of my boobs.
“They discovered my left implant has ruptured leaking silicone into my lymph nodes and milk ducts.
“I was terrified and devastated.
“I was petrified I had harmed Lola and devastated I couldn't continue breastfeeding and was riddled with guilt that the synthetic chemicals had flowed from me to her but she was thankfully okay.
They sagged and reminded me of lumpy bags of coal, but I was really surprised because I didn’t hate them at all.
“Within a month of the scan I was booked into surgery and had the implants removed on the NHS.
“All the surgeon could do was remove the implants and scrape out the silicone. No breast reconstruction or new implants were offered.
“I didn’t even consider implants. I’d never do that to my body again.
“When the bandages finally came off I looked at my chest in the mirror, gone were the perfectly formed boobs. In their place were natural breasts, floppy and loose.
“My boobs were now somewhere between an A and B cup.
“They sagged and reminded me of lumpy bags of coal, but I was really surprised because I didn’t hate them at all.
“Instead of hating them I had a life altering revelation and I realised I had never needed implants.
“I realised I had allowed myself to be pushed into surgery by social pressures and trends.
“I realised I could have killed myself and my newborn because of the silicone rupture and that was the moment I embraced my new boobs.
“They were the real me, they weren’t plastic or fake and they fed my three beautiful kids.
“Now when I look at my boobs I see a 39 year old mum of three with pretty good knockers.
How to check for breast cancer: The 5 step self exam you can do at home
There is a five-step self exam you can do at home to check for any changes.
1. Begin by looking in a mirror, facing it with your arms on your hips and your shoulders straight.
You should be looking for any dimpling, puckering, bulging skin, redness, soreness, a rash or changes in the nipple.
2. Still looking in the mirror, raise both arms above your head and check for the same changes.
3. With your arms still above your head, check for any fluid coming from the nipples.
This can include milky, yellow or watery fluid, or blood.
4. While lying down use your opposite hand to check each breast.
Using a few fingers, keeping them flat and together, go in a small circular motion around your breasts.
Make sure you feel the entire breast by going top to bottom in these small circles.
It helps to develop a system or pattern to make sure every inch is covered.
Use light pressure for the skin and tissue just beneath, medium pressure for the tissue in the middle of your breasts, and firm pressure to feel the tissue at the back, feeling down to your ribcage.
5. Feel your breasts while either standing or sitting, using the same small circular motions.
“I listen to my body more now. I eat a completely healthy organic diet and check my own breast regularly for any lumps or soreness.
“Women should learn to love their breasts and self check to ensure they know they're healthy. We shouldn’t be scared to self check. You are your breasts first line of self defence.
“My breasts are finally a true and honest representation of me – not me trying to be something bigger and better than what I am.
“I hope women considering a boob job will see my pictures and think twice about surgery.
“Go natural and let your body and self confidence shine through.
“You’ll feel more fulfilled than a bag of silicone will ever make you feel.”
Also in our Going Bust series, read about how Love Island's Laura Anderson has huge regrets about going under the knife.
Also, former Page Three star Rhian Sugden talk about how she could retire on the money she made from her boobs but would love a reduction.
And finally, read about the woman who was branded a child abuser because she breastfed her daughters, aged seven and four, at the same time.
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