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I spent thousands on surgeries to get the perfect size 10 body, but I still hated the way I looked and hid from everyone

WHEN Leah Jane woke up after being put under the knife for her first tummy tuck, she was ecstatic.

The West Sussex marketing consultant suffered from excess skin as a teenager after losing nine pounds and couldn’t wait to fall in love with her new body.

Leah Jane, who has spent thousands on surgeries, opens up about her struggles after the procedure

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Leah Jane, who has spent thousands on surgeries, opens up about her struggles after the procedurePhoto credit: Dedicatedtopink/instagram
She had been left with excess skin after losing nine stone as a teenager

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She had been left with excess skin after losing nine stone as a teenagerCredit: Delivered

But her excitement about the surgery was short-lived. She had expected to feel like a new woman, but the surgery had the opposite effect, leaving her fed up and longing for more procedures.

Spending tens of thousands of pounds on surgeries in a series of five invasive surgeries didn’t make her happy.

Leah, who goes by the name @leah_jane___ on social media, shared her body confidence struggles with 36,000 followers on TikTok, writing, “Not enough people are talking about the work you have to do (mentally) to take care of your body.” to be happy.

“I understand when people text me and say, ‘I had that surgery you had and I still hate my body.’

Leah is not alone. The plastic surgeon Dr. Omar Tillo, Medical Director at CREO Clinic, says: “We’ve seen a trend of women coming back for more cosmetic procedures when they feel the need to tweak and contour what they’ve already done.

“We see this a lot with fat transfer procedures.

“We do not offer surgery to vulnerable patients who are dependent on cosmetic surgery, but refer them to psychological treatment.”

Leah, 39, says surgery could fix your body – for now – but not your life.

‘LEAVE WITH SAGGING SKIN’

She says: “Our ideals of beauty are constantly changing, which means that the ‘ideal’ body shape and size will do. If you’re having surgery just for that reason, I think it can be quite dangerous. Why will it make you happier?

“If you’re doing it to be more attractive to men, that’s a pretty dangerous line.

“If you’re going to have surgery to feel good mentally, it’s not going to work.”

Leah’s first foray into surgery began when she was 23, five years after she lost 9th place, going from a size 24 to a 10.

She believed she had sagging skin, so she opted for a tummy tuck, which starts at £7,550, followed by a breast lift two years later – which can cost anywhere from £3,500 to £6,500.

But Leah, 31, who has 28.5k followers on her Instagram page @leah_jane___, still wasn’t happy, so she had a skin tightening procedure on her thighs, which again didn’t come cheap.

Prices start from £3,000 and Leah’s parents helped her with the costs of the procedures.

She says: “I was always a big girl, but when I turned 18 I decided I wanted to lose weight and I did, dieting and counting calories.

“I had an extreme amount of sagging skin, which didn’t help my body confidence.

“A tummy tuck was the first surgery, then I had a breast lift because my breasts were below my belly button.”

Surgery on her thighs followed next, but complications meant she had to go under the knife twice more.

Leah says: “It’s been a tough recovery. I had to have it stitched up a second time because the skin was sagging and again because the scars were falling off.

“I’ve lost all that weight, I’ve had various cosmetic surgeries to pull me in, but I still haven’t been happy. I hated my body and I hated my looks even though I was skinny.

Body shapes have changed a lot over the years and beauty standards are constantly changing. If you’re having surgery just for that reason, I think it can be quite dangerous. Why will it make you happier?

“So even after spending all that money, I still wanted to hide from everyone. I was paranoid, insecure and didn’t want people to see my body. I hated it.”

Zoe Clews, a Harley Street mental health specialist, believes stars like the Kardashians have a lot to answer for when it comes to promoting unattainable body standards.

She says, “One quick look through social media and you can see countless examples of Kardashian clones with ‘Instagram faces.’

“It gives the individual expectations that go beyond what is realistic.”

Now, via TikTok, Leah is trying to help create a healthier body image for women.

She is now a size 14-16 and in the last 18 months she has started to regain some confidence.

She says: “I’ve had a lot of therapy for what I’ve been through. I started following self-confidence accounts on social media, which helped me.

“We can control our own thoughts and that’s not easy to change, but it’s possible and you can learn not to hate your body.

“That’s why I’m an advocate for body acceptance. Being smaller doesn’t automatically mean being happier.

“I’m sure a lot of us have said that to ourselves over the years, but if you haven’t sorted out what’s going on in your head, it won’t solve the problem. You just have to know that if I can do it, so can you.”

Please follow Leah on Instagram and TikTok for more body acceptance posts and advice

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She says, “If you haven’t figured out what’s going on in your head, it won’t fix the problem.”Credit: Delivered

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