Wednesday 20 November 2019

Model mum Vivienne Connolly: 'I'm glad I didn't get breast implants after giving birth'

Vivienne Connolly with her kids Ben Dunne & Katie Dunne

Elaine McCahill

Model and actress Vivienne Connolly has said she abandoned a plan to get breast implants after she had children.

Former Fair City star Vivienne (41) planned on having the surgery after she had Ben (11) and Katie (8)

"I would have always been a B-cup and I was always happy with them but I had this thing in my head for years that I was going to have a boob job after I had my kids," she told the Herald.

"I went for a consultation after I had Katie and I had breastfed, but it actually wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.

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"The consultation at a surgery in Harley Street in London cost €500 and I spoke to the surgeon and he said, 'You're looking well', and such.

"I came home and I had always said I would only do it if I was 100pc sure, but I was only 90pc and I'd spent all that money but I still didn't go through with it.

"I'm glad I didn't - but that's not to say I wouldn't do it in the future.

Vivienne Connolly with her kids Ben Dunne & Katie Dunne
Vivienne Connolly with her kids Ben Dunne & Katie Dunne

"However, surgery brings its own problems. You don't know how the scars are going to heal or how they're going to feel.

"But we're suckers for marketing that says if we get it done we'll look a certain way."

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Vivienne was speaking at the launch of Therapie Clinic's #LoveIrishSkin initiative where a new survey revealed that 61pc of Irish people feel less attractive than those from other countries because of their skin tone.

Viv Connolly
Viv Connolly

Vivienne, who was joined at the launch by fellow model Roz Purcell, says Irish women should embrace how they look and feel confident in themselves.

"We're sold so many products, but ultimately it's about confidence," she said.


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