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I've lost a lot of weight and my boobs are very saggy. I have to wear maternity bras and I can't wear a lot of clothes because of this. I have enough savings to get a breast lift privately. My family and friends are convincing me to get them done on the nhs instead, despite the fact it will most likely involve waiting more than a year to get them done (that's if I get approved). I'm 21 and feel like I missed out on my teen years feeling very self-conscious about my appearance. I hate the thought of waiting so long to finally feel comfortable with myself.

Should I wait and see if I can get them done on the nhs or just pay for it myself and get them done sooner?
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Pay for them yourself. You cant put a price on your happiness
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If you can afford to pay for them yourself, do that.

No guarantees you'd pass through every NHS hoop anyway.
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If you have decided that you are definitely going to have cosmetic surgery, pay yourself.
Many NHS hospitals also have private wings, so there is a good chance that you would be able to have the surgery and also support the NHS as you spend the money.
It's great that you have been able to lose weight and save up!

You might want to consider talking to the NHS about alternative options to cosmetic surgery.
Just to be aware of all the options available to you.
Many private clinics do provide free initial consultations.
But they tend to focus on encouraging people to commit to specific surgery rather than discuss all possible options.
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I've lost a lot of weight and my boobs are very saggy. I have to wear maternity bras and I can't wear a lot of clothes because of this. I have enough savings to get a breast lift privately. My family and friends are convincing me to get them done on the nhs instead, despite the fact it will most likely involve waiting more than a year to get them done (that's if I get approved). I'm 21 and feel like I missed out on my teen years feeling very self-conscious about my appearance. I hate the thought of waiting so long to finally feel comfortable with myself.

Should I wait and see if I can get them done on the nhs or just pay for it myself and get them done sooner?
I would have a talk with your GP to see if there's realistically any chance you will get accepted to have it done on the NHS and how long you would be waiting etc. You are probably best off going private if you want it done for the sake of time and it potentially being the only option anyway, but it's good to know your options and a chat with your GP should just help to clear things up. At the end of the day it's up to you and what your priorities are though so if you can have it done on the nhs and you would prefer to wait and keep the money that's totally fine. It's your body so do whatever makes most sense to you.
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I would have a talk with your GP to see if there's realistically any chance you will get accepted to have it done on the NHS and how long you would be waiting etc. You are probably best off going private if you want it done for the sake of time and it potentially being the only option anyway, but it's good to know your options and a chat with your GP should just help to clear things up. At the end of the day it's up to you and what your priorities are though so if you can have it done on the nhs and you would prefer to wait and keep the money that's totally fine. It's your body so do whatever makes most sense to you.
Went to my GP about 2 years ago, went through the whole process of referrals etc and was rejected but I never appealed it. Moved areas so though I'd try again and see what happens. Was referred by my GP to a hospital and had my consultation. It's been a few months and I haven't heard anything back from them yet. Last time, I think it was 5/6 months before I found out I was rejected. The doctor told me this time that if I'm approved it would be a year or so wait. That's why I'm thinking if it's all worth it cause I already feel like I've waited long enough in the grand scheme of things.
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I've lost a lot of weight and my boobs are very saggy. I have to wear maternity bras and I can't wear a lot of clothes because of this. I have enough savings to get a breast lift privately. My family and friends are convincing me to get them done on the nhs instead, despite the fact it will most likely involve waiting more than a year to get them done (that's if I get approved). I'm 21 and feel like I missed out on my teen years feeling very self-conscious about my appearance. I hate the thought of waiting so long to finally feel comfortable with myself.

Should I wait and see if I can get them done on the nhs or just pay for it myself and get them done sooner?
If you can afford it, I think you should pay privately, purely because the NHS is strained enough as it is.
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Get them done privately, you have the money and you wouldn't be waiting on the nhs where women who have suffered through breast cancer and cannot afford them privately are waiting to get them
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I very much doubt that the NHS would even offer this, especially given that trusts are now cancelling cancer operations due to emergency pressure.
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If you feel like its worth the wait would suggest NHS, though your happiness is the most important thing

(ngl fully expected a bimbo wanting a breast enlargement surgery on the nhs by the title so was quite confused)
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Went to my GP about 2 years ago, went through the whole process of referrals etc and was rejected but I never appealed it. Moved areas so though I'd try again and see what happens. Was referred by my GP to a hospital and had my consultation. It's been a few months and I haven't heard anything back from them yet. Last time, I think it was 5/6 months before I found out I was rejected. The doctor told me this time that if I'm approved it would be a year or so wait. That's why I'm thinking if it's all worth it cause I already feel like I've waited long enough in the grand scheme of things.
If it feels worth it to you then it is. You've waited a long time already so I can definitely understand wanting to get things sorted finally. If you have the money to do it then it sounds like a decent idea.
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I've lost a lot of weight and my boobs are very saggy. I have to wear maternity bras and I can't wear a lot of clothes because of this. I have enough savings to get a breast lift privately. My family and friends are convincing me to get them done on the nhs instead, despite the fact it will most likely involve waiting more than a year to get them done (that's if I get approved). I'm 21 and feel like I missed out on my teen years feeling very self-conscious about my appearance. I hate the thought of waiting so long to finally feel comfortable with myself.

Should I wait and see if I can get them done on the nhs or just pay for it myself and get them done sooner?
NHS provides plastic surgery? Really?
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NHS provides plastic surgery? Really?
In certain circumstances, yes. They mainly do breasts reductions which is a similar procedure to a breast lift. My boobs do have an unusual shape are on the bigger side which is why my GP agreed to refer me.
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Unlikely youll get it, it takes many appointments with serious emotion until they agree to it. Ive tried to get gynaecomastia surgery covered by the nhs but after 5 years of GPs it never happened. Luckily Im on private health insurance now so I got referred to a private GP who prescribed medication (albeit not surgery, it is something Im happy with). The medication is dirt cheap but can only be obtained with a prescription, so I feel that if it took me 5 years and private health insurance to get this, its unlikely youll be getting cosmetic surgery any time soon.
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NHS provides plastic surgery? Really?
Yes. Sometimes plastic surgery is actually a necessity to genuinely improve a patient's quality of life
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Have you ever considered private plastic surgery? I found it much cheaper when I had the surgery abroad. And generally my experience at Forme clinic was very good. I know you have to travel little but when you consider it it may be worth. I am happy with my new breasts and also glad I saved some money.
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