Eastbourne woman’s story on breast reconstructive surgery

Victoria Ewens
Victoria Ewens

An Eastbourne woman will be telling her story on television on Tuesday (July 28) on how she underwent reconstructive surgery to her breasts.

Victoria Ewens, 24, had the procedure as part of Channel 5’s Botched Up Bodies series, which airs at 10pm on Tuesday.

When Victoria hit puberty her breasts started to develop unevenly and by the time she was 15 one breast was a D cup while the other one remained flat. Through the years at the ages of 15, 16, 17 and 19, Victoria underwent breast surgery four times on the NHS but due to funding cuts she was denied any further procedures.

She was left with mismatched breasts and nipples pointing in completely different directions.

Because of her congenital disorder Victoria suffered embarrassment throughout her teen into adult years. At school she had to wear a silicon breast enhancer inside her bra and she was always paranoid it would fall out.

For this reason she would avoid sports, swimming, sunbathing and was restricted on what tops she could wear. She couldn’t enjoy a teenage girl’s life – shopping, choosing clothes and underwear.

In despair, Victoria approached Transparent Television the makers of Botched Up Bodies to see if they could help.

After an initial consultation followed by corrective surgery with Nick Percival, in March this year she said now feels like a new woman.

Victoria said: “I also had seven adult teeth missing so it looks like some DNA was missing from one of my chromosomes. I‘ve had teeth implants too so finally I feel like a whole person.”

Nick Percival, of Cosmetic Surgery Partners, said: “Breast asymmetry is more common than most people suspect. Size differences of 10% or less are considered to fall within what we would consider to be the normal range.

“However for some ladies there is a failure for the breast to develop on one side with normal growth on the other. One of the commonest causes of this is Poland’s Syndrome with an incidence somewhere around one in 10,000 live births and affecting both males and females.

“It is often but not always associated with a failure of normal growth in the hand on the affected side and the cause is thought to be a failure in the embryonic blood supply around the 45th day of growth.

“Surgical correction is tailored to the individual patient’s needs and often starts in teenage years and may require further surgery in the early 20s once the breast has completed its growth.”

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