A law student has spoken about her private breast reduction surgery after reportedly being turned down by the NHS.

Amber Roach, 21, had 1.6kg of breast tissue removed in a two-and-a-half procedure back in November.

But it wasn't simple for the petite 5ft 3in student who had a long journey to get to the point.

Amber claims she was rejected by the NHS so had to crowdfund a private operation in a bid to reduce her 34J boobs.

She said: "I look at myself side-on in the mirror now and my boobs actually fit in the reflection, not 10 metres across the room.

"It's so different. I got a sports bra from my sister for Christmas and we went for a short run. Not getting a black eye was amazing."

Amber Roach, 21, before surgery on a night out
Amber Roach struggled with day-to-day life before her surgery

Amber, from Hertfordshire, decided to crowdfund with a £5,000 target to pay for the breast reduction operation, instead of asking for money as presents.

Fortunately, the student hit the jackpot within a fortnight, after one person, who wants to remain anonymous, donated £2,500.

Top cosmetic surgeon Dr Reza Alamouti heard of Amber's case and waived his usual fee so the £5,000 she raised was enough.

It usually costs £10,000 for the surgery at The London Welbeck Hospital as she needed a breast reduction, a breast lift and lipsuction.

For years, Amber's large breasts has obstructed her way of life as it was almost impossible for her to exercise or play sport.

Even simple household chores weren't so easy either with loading the dishwasher being too painful for her

Amber Roach has finally been able to have her breast reduction operation
The student feels like a weight has been lifted since she had her procedure in London

Amber was also conscious of receiving unwanted attention for her breasts leaving her confidence and self-worth shattered.

She said: "I wallowed in finding myself unattractive and now my boobs have gone, it is a weight off my shoulders."

At the age of 14, Amber first noticed her then-DD boobs made her different from her classmates.

It would often attract attention from boys which led to other girls labelling her a "flirt", something that upset her.

By the time she hit sixth form, Amber's boobs grew to an even bigger 34G which left her incredibly self-conscious.

She received physiotherapy in her teens because of back pain from her breasts and her GP even asked for a reduction on the NHS.

But she says she was told to wait until she was 18, despite her boobs being a J cup at the point.

Amber Roach, 21, before her breast reduction surgery
She decided to raise money for her £5,000 surgery as it was causing too much pain

Amber decided to take matters into her own hands six months ago when she was forced to take prescribed painkillers like codeine.

She was unable to leave her bed for a month and her third NHS referral was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In September, Amber launched her GoFundMe page with a target of £5,000 that she reached in just two weeks.

Finally she was able to go under the knife during a two-and-a-half operation where Dr Reza removed 1.6kg of breast tissue.

Her nipples were moved 15cm, leaving anchor shaped scars on her chest that will fade over the next 18 months.

Amber, who must wear a surgical bra for six weeks, is now hopeful of her future and plans to go backpacking when the world opens up again.

She now wears a size 8 in the top half of her body and feels like a weight has been lifted – both physically and mentally.

The student revealed: "When I went to the toilet for the first time, I looked in the mirror and thought, 'oh my gosh, where have they gone?'

"Straight out of surgery, my breasts were tight and looked smaller than they are now.

"I really reached the end of the road. My breasts were making me unhappy and they were impacting my physical health.

"I am incredibly grateful to the people who made my surgery possible."

Daily Star has contacted the NHS for comment and are awaiting a response at the time of publication.