Some mastectomy patients who are about to undergo implant reconstruction get offended when people say that to them. Not me. Being an 80 year old lady with high, perky boobs has been my lifelong goal. I've always been hot for the centenarian and what better way to attract one?.
Now, living to 80 with any kind of boobs is the goal. Amazing how priorities change.
Really, I know people who say this are just trying to look at a positive, or else they really don't understand the difference between augmentation and reconstruction. They haven't seen the hundreds of "after" pictures that me, the cancer patient, has after all. If anything, they've googled and come across the very best example a plastic surgeon has to show - very few of which reflect norrmal results.
Except for the use of an implant to recreate a shape, there is no comparison between reconstruction after mastectomy and a boob job..
Here is an analogy. Have you seen photos of that woman who had the middle of her face shot off and received the first US face transplant?
It's remarkable that plastic surgeons gave her a functioning face again, (and her appearance will continue to improve) but wouldn't it sound a bit silly to compare what she has now to, say, a face-lift?
Reconstruction is a surgical technique to attempt to rebuild something lost, but nobody can return a missing body part. Skin and tissue has been removed; the architecture of the body has changed. Stretching the skin and using an implant may sound like a boob job but the results are not the same because the underlying structures aren't there. Few of us will ever return to our pre-treatment shape.
Some get close though, even with tissue expander reconstruction. They are in the minority, but it happens.
I've been warned I will not be among them. I'm too thin, too much skin was taken. Plus, I had a unilateral mastectomy and getting a match is always hard. My doctor has never misled me into thinking I would look the same as I did before, but he seems confident that in a bra, I can wear clothes and look relatively normal.
The key is to remember that I will not look normal for me, but normal for a woman. In clothes, in a bra. Not nude.
We'll see. As surgery approaches, I've been trying to prepare myself for the worst, but as in all things cancer, hope springs eternal. Maybe my picture will end up on a plastic surgery site, displayed as a best result.
Maybe not. I better start doing squats and perk my butt up, so my husband has something to look at, just in case.
I came across this picture of a woman who covered her mastectomies with tattooing. I'm not a fan of tattoos, and I'm way too ADD to ever want to do something permanent on my body, but this is pretty clever.
Does she walk around shirtless, I wonder? What is the protocol for a woman who no longer has breasts? If a big flabby guy with man boobs can mow his lawn shirtless, I would think she and her cute inked top should be able to do it too, don't you?