London, Aug 9 (ANI): A teenage girl in Britain was recommended a boob job by a doctor at 15 after it was found that her uneven breasts were causing her psychological problems.
Dannii Johnson, now 16, first noticed the deformity at the age of 13 when her left breast, which was an A cup size, stayed the same, while her right breast, which was a B size, grew until it reached a D cup.
She would skip PE lessons as she could not bear the thought of changing in front of her classmates, and she began to become depressed, hiding her figure with baggy clothes.
"I didn't want to leave the house. All I wanted to do was stay at home and watch TV. I thought everybody could see what was wrong and would talk about me," the Sun quoted her as saying.
Her mum Sharon spoke to her daughter's GP, and a condition called Neurofibromatosis, which causes the growth of harmless lumps of nerve tissue, was thought to be the problem.
Dannii's GP referred her to the plastic surgery unit at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex.
"At first they were unsure about operating on someone so young. But after she was evaluated by a psychologist they realised the effect it was having on her well-being, and in February she was recommended for the procedure," Sharon, 42, said.
Dannii, who lives in Much Hadham, Herts, was told she faced a wait of more than a year for the op, which involved inserting a silicone implant into her left breast.
But the family received a call last month asking Dannii, who turned 16 in March, to go in for the op on July 22.
She is one of the youngest people to receive the surgery on the NHS.
"I was excited when we got the call from the hospital, not nervous. I just wanted to get it done," Dannii said.
"Even though the painkillers made me very sick after the operation I was amazed when I saw the results.
"I've let a couple of my mum's friends and their daughters know about it. They thought it was wicked. They were really amazed by it," she revealed.
Dannii's breasts now feel identical and she will be able to breastfeed from both.
"Some people may ask why we should do this operation on the NHS when the condition is not life threatening," Surgeon Venkat Ramakrishna, who operated on Dannii, said.
"But this surgery is necessary to correct a major developmental deformity.
"Growing up with only one breast causes severe psychological trauma to a 16-year-old.
"They can't take part in sports or socialise with their peers. It can make them very reclusive and withdrawn," he added. (ANI)