I’ve got the body of a 16-year-old! says Ulrika Jonsson… after Â£11,000 of surgery
By Simon Cable | 20th July 2009
It cost a pretty penny and involved a few uncomfortable weeks spent wrapped in bandages.
But you won’t hear any complaints from Ulrika Jonsson about her Â£11,000 cosmetic surgery marathon. Because, for the first time in decades, she says she is happy in her own skin.
‘I just wanted to repair what Mother Nature had inflicted on me during years of childbearing and rearing,’ she said. ‘It has taken me 41 years to feel this good – this really has changed my life.’
Teased as a teenager for her small 32AA chest, Ulrika says she realised she would always be embarrassed by her breasts – but little did she know then the reason why.
Having had tiny breasts for years, as she hit her twenties and began to put on weight, her breasts grew with her, and Ulrika was a D cup by the time she was 21.
During her first pregnancy with son Cameron – the first of four children with four different fathers – her breasts grew to an FF cup. By the time Cameron was born and her milk came in, Ulrika was wearing bras in a G cup.
By Ulrika’s own admission, they had never had a naturally good shape, always looking better, she says, ‘caged up in a brassiere’.
Three more babies followed Cameron, each one taking a heavy toll on Ulrika’s breasts.
‘After Martha, five years ago, I worked hard to lose the baby weight,’ Ulrika confesses, ‘but was reduced to tears in the changing room of Harvey Nichols as I tried to buy a bikini.
‘The bottoms all fitted, but my breasts had been so stretched and emptied that they resembled ping-pong balls in swing bin liners.
But for Ulrika, that wasn’t the end of the story. Two years ago, while married to her third husband, Brian Monet, she pregnant again, with her son Malcolm.
‘I made it clear to Brian that he would be paying for a breast lift in the near future,’ she says.
‘I gained a thumping five stone while pregnant. As I breastfed, my cup size soared to an incredible 34I cup.
‘This time, there was no going back. I was going down the surgery route.
The Swedish TV presenter says her biggest operation was a Â£6,000 procedure to reduce the size of her breasts, which had remained at the uncomfortable 341 they had ballooned to during her last pregnancy.
‘I’d been unhappy with my breasts for years,’ she said in the interview with Hello! magazine.
‘When you’re blonde with big breasts it’s hard getting people – men in particular – to see past your chest.’
Miss Jonsson had a reduction mammoplasty and then a breast lift procedure called a mastoplexy, performed by surgeon Laurence Kirwan.
They reduced the skin, fat and gland tissue and reshaped the breasts, reducing her bust size to a 32C.
‘When Dr Kirwan removed the bandages, I was on a high,’ she said. ‘The first surprise was that my breasts stayed up. The old ones would have dropped somewhere around my waist.
‘The best thing was that my “new” breasts were actually my old ones, recycled. No amount of diet or exercise could have produced them. I feel like I’ve got the breasts of a 16-year-old.’
Miss Jonsson also had a new surgical technique to remove excess fat from under her arms called axilla-plasty.
As well as her one-year-old son Malcolm with American art director Brian Monet, Miss Jonsson has a 13-year-old son, Cameron, by ex-husband John Turnbull, a daughter, Bo, seven, by German hotelier Markus Kempen and three-year-old Martha from her two-year marriage to Lance Gerrard-Wright.
She said: ‘The last pregnancy really took its toll on my body; I’m coming up to 42 next month and wouldn’t feel so confident about having another child again. The only shock news is that for once, I’m completely happy.’