Amanda Brunker: “Surgery Was The Best Decision I Ever Made”

February 26, 2014

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amanda before breast reduction

Amanda Brunker before surgery

Former Miss Ireland and columnist Amanda Brunker is just one of our satisfied patients to speak publicly about the decision to have cosmetic surgery.

A year ago, Amanda came to The Avoca Clinic for a breast reduction – and she says it was the best decision she ever made.

Amanda’s reasons for a breast reduction

Amanda was among the many women who suffered from back pain because of her GG cup size – and even hoovering and sleeping was uncomfortable. Amanda wrote recently in Irish Sunday World that:

“There are a million other reasons why I wanted a breast reduction. Yes, I resented looking like a hefty, middle-aged auld wan who could make the cover of Readers Wives. Yes, I suffered back pain and yes, I had truly started to hate the sight of myself.”

She met with numerous surgeons but didn’t commit to the surgery until she met Dr. Jean-Philippe Salmin and the rest of the team at The Avoca Clinic. It was then that she finally felt ready for the surgery she had “so badly wanted” for years.

Breast Reconstruction

Breast surgery at The Avoca Clinic

Amanda Brunker RSVP photoshoot

Amanda didn’t just want her breasts made smaller, she decided that if she was going under the knife she wanted them to be reconstructed:

“I didn’t just want a reduction in size but I wanted my breasts to be reshaped and pretty-looking like they were in my late teens. That may sound ambitious but that’s exactly what I got. Whatever about the rest of me my boobs look at least 20 years younger and that makes me a very happy woman”.

A year on, Amanda is delighted with her “pert, round, symmetrical” D cups, saying the scarring is minimal.

“I can now skip down the road”

We’ve written before about satisfaction rates for breast reduction. One study that found this procedure resulted in great improvements in different areas of life for many women, including satisfaction with breast appearance, physical wellbeing and sexual wellbeing.

Amanda was no different:

“12 months on and the newer, more aerodynamic me is slipping into dresses I could have never considered wearing before and I can now skip down the road, or sit at my desk for hours on end, totally pain free.”

She found the pain totally manageable and came off painkillers after three days.

Breast reconstruction at the Avoca Clinic

Amanda post Breast Reconstruction

Amanda’s advice for others

Amanda has been vocal about her experience, writing in the Sunday World and also talking on RTE Radio 1 about her decision.

The Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons applauded her for speaking out and reminded those listening that:

“rather than just being considered a cosmetic procedure, breast reduction surgery gives significant physical relief to daily symptoms. Almost all our patients describe neck, upper back and shoulder pain which often require pain-reliving medication, which significantly improves after surgery.”

Amanda has been quick to advise other women who are considering the procedure:

“Having a reduction was life-changing for me. It gave me a totally new lease of life and for any woman sitting on the fence about making such a bold move, I suggest you check out all of your options, meet with as many surgeons as possible, choose the right clinic and just go for it.”

If you would like to know more about breast reductions, our Patient Advisors would be happy to give you more details. Give us a call on 01 201 4563.


It is important to note that no surgery is risk-free. All the risks associated will be discussed at length with your consultant and you will leave the clinic ready to make an informed decision. Your suitability will be determined during your complimentary consultation with one of our team of consultant plastic surgeons and our promise to you is safe surgery, premium service in luxurious surroundings at affordable prices.

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