FOR many women, choosing cosmetic surgery is a very private decision.
But thousands of cash-strapped ladies are using a website to talk to men in return for money towards their surgery.
Mother-of-two Angelina Barton, from Kingsway, is among them.
She spends four to eight hours every day chatting to men on the site.
She has been using the site for four years in a bid to raise $6,980 to enlarge her breasts from a AA to DD cup.
“I have always been insecure about my breasts,” said Angelina, 34, who lives with her husband Clive and daughter Phoenix, nine.
“As a teenager I would go to bed and wish that I would wake up with bigger breasts. I have tried to save the money for implants but then the fridge breaks or the car has to go to the garage and the surgery becomes less of a priority. Having breast implants would give me the confidence I never had.”
Angelina talks to dozens of men a week and receives a dollar for every message she receives.
Men can also give one-off donations to girls of their choice.
“I have gained real friendships and use it as an outlet to socialise and talk about my problems,” said Angelina, who also has son Cheyenne, 17. “The men know everything about me.
“My husband understands.
“He loves me the way I am but he knows it is an issue for me.”
Angelina has raised $832 through the messaging system and $4,535 in one-off donations with one generous donor giving her $1,500.
Angelina said men often ask for more than just conversation and that some girls are able to quickly raise the money they need by obliging.
“That’s not what it is about for me,” she said. “I am one of the longest members on the site but some girls raise the money within months by doing more for donations.
“This surgery means the world to me.”
Angelina needs just over $1,600 to reach her target.
Once the money is raised she will go to a clinic of her choice for the surgery.
HOW THE WEBSITE WORKS
WOMEN create a profile with photos detailing why they want a breast augmentation and why they can’t afford it.
Men, called ‘benefactors’ then buy ‘chat credits’ which allow them to talk to girls through private messages or face-to-face via webcams.
The women accumulate a dollar in their accounts for every message they receive.
Benefactors also have the option to make larger donations to women of their choice.
Breast implant surgery is the most common type of cosmetic surgery carried out on women in the UK and the average cost is between £4,000 and £5,000.
Two types of breast implants are commonly used - silicone gel implants, available as a liquid, a gel or a solid form similar to plastic, and saline (sterile salt water) implants.
After the incision, the implant is positioned between the breast tissue and chest muscle, or behind the chest muscle.
Once the implants are in place, the incision is stitched and covered with a dressing.
Following surgery, areas of the breasts will feel more or less sensitive than before.