It's pretty amazing what plastic surgeons can do these days — especially with the help of stem cell research.
Suzanne Somers beat breast cancer 12 years ago after undergoing a lumpectomy to remove a malignant tumor. Unfortunately, 65% of her right breast was also removed in the procedure. She recalled in the harrowing experience in an interview with People magazine, saying:
"My jaw dropped when they (the medics) took the bandages off. Sixty-five per cent of my breast was gone. I had a DD on one side, and on the other side I could barely fill a B cup… My breasts were a huge part of my career… I had these beautiful breasts, which I had never appreciated. Then I looked down and went, 'Oh!' That was hard."
We couldn't imagine parting with ANY body part, so we can totally sympathize with her. At first, she used a prosthetic so the size difference wasn't as noticeable, continuing:
"When I went out, I wore a prosthetic in my bra that would push up what little I had. A couple of times it slipped out. I looked down and there was something around my waist that shouldn't be there! It was mortifying."
Fortunately for Somers, science finally caught up to her disfigurement. She signed up to be part of a new clinical trial, which used stem cells harvested from her stomach fat to reconstruct her breast. Sounds risky, but the experimental surgery performed by Dr. Joel Aronowitz worked like a charm, as the actress concluded:
"It's soft and feels just like the other one. This is a game changer. I'm proud to have started the ball rolling… I didn't know I missed having a breast that much… It's wonderful to look down and see no scars, no foreign objects - just me."
Sometimes we don't realize how much we love something until it's gone! We're glad Suzanne was lucky enough to get what she lost back.
[Image via WENN.]
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