Megan Barton-Hanson: ‘Why I’m Moving Away From Surgery’

Former Love Islander Megan On Surgery, Therapy And Self-Confidence

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by Grazia |

‘In 2020, I ended my first female relationship. Afterwards, I was on a mission to put myself first – mentally and physically. Although I knew I wasn’t overweight, I wasn’t taking care of my body. So I started practising yoga and Pilates, I got myself a spin bike and even started lifting weights.

I restarted therapy and can confidently say I’m in the best, most content place I’ve ever been – mentally and physically. Because of this, my old, bigger breast implants no longer sat right on my chest, so I decided to go for a different style and shape.

I was cautious about getting more surgery. While I was in the Love Island villa in 2018, an image of me aged 15 circulated, and the media started picking out what they deemed ‘flaws’ in my appearance. It was undeniably cruel and unnecessary to compare images of me during my teen years to myself almost 10 years later. I found it really hard to deal with – I’ve been told my surgery is more searched for on Google than Caitlyn Jenner’s and Kim Kardashian’s and savage things have been written about me online.

Since then, I’ve definitely grown in confidence but I can promise this isn’t down to the work I’ve had done, which has always been heavily scrutinised by the press. In fact, I’ve learned that surgery is no substitute for working on your mental health or self-esteem. I’m really content and happy with myself right now, so I’m not looking to have anything else done.

I get regular Botox and fillers but no more surgery. Being in the public eye, I’ve realised no matter what I do or say, there will be someone out there with a negative opinion, so I may as well do what makes me happy. I think as you get older, you learn to not care what others think.

I’ve had to work on my confidence issues in therapy since I left Love Island. There is no quick fix for mental health – and I can honestly say that no surgery or luxury purchase will help.

However, I also don’t think there is anything wrong with being open about safe surgery, if that’s what you choose to do. And, despite having huge financial offers to do so, I never actively promote it to my followers (if you do want to have work done, you need to really research the surgeries and the risks and not be scared to ask questions). I think being a true feminist is supporting other women and encouraging them to do what makes them happy. We shouldn’t be judging each other, we should be uplifting each other. Most importantly, I want girls to know that no amount of cosmetic surgery will make you love yourself. It’s taken me years of therapy and life experience to start that journey.’

Season 2 of Megan’s chart-topping podcast, You Come First, is out now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts