Bride-to-be spends £12k on a boob job and gastric band for her dream wedding
A bride-to-be who spent £12k on plastic surgery finally has the perfect body for her dream wedding.
Chantelle Harris, 29, from Bedworth, Warwickshire, underwent a boob job after she dropped eight stone – something that caused her breasts to dramatically shrink.
At her heaviest the cosmetics supplier weighed 21-stone and after failing every diet, she decided she needed a £6k gastric band to beat the bulge.
One-month later Chantelle met her now fiancé, Marlon Powell, 30, who proposed last year.
But she refused to walk down the aisle without having a boob job after her dramatic eight-stone weight loss had caused her breasts to drop from a G to a C-cup.
Seven-months-ago, Chantelle, forked out another £6k for size E breast implants – now she’s body confident after spending a whopping £12k and is set to wed in April.
Chantelle said: “I needed the gastric band to help me lose weight as I had failed countless times with different diet plans.
“After losing eight stone I felt great, I was fitter, not sluggish anymore and could feel the difference in every aspect of my life.
“My only problem was that my breasts had lost a lot of their volume and I’d gone down five cup sizes.
“It left me feeling unhappy as there was nothing I wanted more than to look amazing on my wedding day.
“I wanted to have the option not to wear a bra on my big day and for me it was the way to complete my amazing transformation.
“After my initial gastric band surgery I felt great but there was one last thing that I wanted to resolve about myself – now I feel incredible and can’t wait to get married.
“What took me aback was that before most people would see my size before anything else, but not my fiancé, Marlon, he didn’t even think I was big enough to have a gastric band.
“Before my breast surgery he told me that he only wanted me to have the surgery if I was doing it for myself and no one else – he didn’t mind whether I had it or not.
“I’m so glad I did as I’ve gained all of my confidence back and feel so much happier now.”
Chantelle decided to have her first surgery five-years-ago after struggling to lose weight through dieting and seeing a friend’s success with the gastric band.
By 2011 she had lost five-stone due to eating smaller portions and getting a personal trainer.
She said: “I think a lot of people forget that after a gastric band you don’t wake up skinny because that’s the start of your journey – but it’s completely worth it.
“After the weight started to drop off I found I had so much more energy and was all the more confident.
“At first it was difficult understanding the limitations of the gastric band and sometimes meant a lot of my dinners went cold before I could finish them.
“However it’s been completely worth it and I feel incredible.”.
Chantelle booked in with Staiano Plastic Surgery who performed the surgery – enhancing her breast with large implants, something that completed her transformation.
Jonathan Staiano, 44, company director and plastic surgeon said: “Losing weight is one of the major things that can change the appearance of a person’s body.
“In Chantelle’s case she wanted her body to look how it did before her gastric band and keep looking in proportion.
“I met up with her several times before the operation to discuss what she could realistically achieve and knew the change was important to her.
“She wanted to return to having the body shape she had before and was really happy with the results.
“She was always a confident lady before the surgery but I could see a real emotional difference in her after the operation and we both were delighted with her results.”
Chantelle is now sharing her story in a bid to help others who feel trapped being overweight or unhappy with their appearance.
She added: “My surgeon was so lovely, he really put me at ease and I knew as soon as I walked out the door that he was right for me.
“Everyone was incredibly supportive and understood why I decided to go for the surgery.
“When I woke up I expected to feel pain but it was amazing, it was then that I knew I was complete and ready for my big day.”
Now seven months after her operation Chantelle has fully recovered and is planning for her wedding in April next year.