Just when you think Botched can’t get any more wild, the doctors turn it up a notch.
Ahead of the show’s season five premiere, doctors Terry Dubrow and Paul Nassif shared a few of the craziest surgeries viewers can expect to see.
“I kid you not, this season is really different, for two reasons,” Dubrow tells PEOPLE.
Women in Los Angeles desired a more feminine appearance – bigger lips, slender noses and lifted foreheads, plastic surgeons said. By contrast, New Yorkers sought a more natural look defined by stronger jaws, chins and noses.
But what about Philadelphia?
Awards season has kicked off, and many who will go before the kliegs and flashes will want what they consider optimal presentation. Yes, it’s too late for a little nip and tuck. What you can do is improve skin quality and tone, restore gleam to hair and make your body look like you’ve been in the hands of a trainer for months with new combinations of machines and injectables.
Here’s what still can be accomplished in time for the Golden Globes:
If you choose breast implants for reconstruction, it’s important to know that they don’t always last forever. The time may come when you need to consider replacement or maintenance of your implants.
While implant reconstruction offers a safe, straightforward and effective way to restore breast contour after mastectomy, it’s possible to have trouble with your implants years later.
In 2012, Somers had an experimental stem cell fat grafting procedure to reconstruct her breast.
Now, roughly six years since that procedure, Somers still loves to talk about her breast. She did so, apparently unprompted, in an interview with Us Magazine, in which she said, “This is a regrown breast. This is really mine.”
Wearing a bra, or not, was the last thing on my mind when I underwent a preventive double mastectomy three years ago. But when I woke up from that first surgery, and the three reconstructive surgeries that followed, I was wearing a bra. It was pale pink, closing in front with a strip of hook and loop fasteners, and had two rings hanging from the sides to keep my surgical drains from dangling.
I hated this bra. For eight weeks after my mastectomy I needed to wear it, stuffed with soft gauze to protect my sensitive skin.
Doing a Google search of the terms “mastectomy” or “breast reconstruction,” will likely lead you to a plethora of images of these procedures on white breasts, while black bodies are almost non-existent in the results.
And even if you try being more specific by entering the phrase “mastectomy on black woman,” a few more photos will pop up, but it’s still clear that there are not nearly enough resources for black people fighting the disease.
Despite its importance as part of a holistic cancer treatment plan, reconstruction can be incredibly difficult to afford.
When a single breast implant can cost as much as $10,000, the financial burden on a patient can quickly get out of control, making some women feel as though the surgery isn’t a viable option for them.
What about when money does dictate the decision? Marie Claire spoke to three women in the throes of trying to rebuild their lives—and breasts—after cancer.
Women who underwent autologous fat transfer for reconstruction after breast cancer surgery did not appear at increased risk for locoregional or distant recurrence, according to a case-matched, retrospective review of medical records.
Fat transfer reconstruction also was associated with lower mortality rates than conventional breast reconstruction.
Autologous fat transfer, also called fat grafting, is a process in which a clinician injects a patient’s liposuctioned fat, often harvested from the abdomen or upper legs, into soft tissue deformities that may occur during breast cancer surgery.
Nipple reconstruction can have a huge impact on the emotional-recovery process of mastectomy patients. Research backs up the fact that nipples play a key role in the emotional-recovery process.
For patients who can’t keep their nipples, reconstructed, tattooed, or prosthetic options can greatly improve their quality of life.
Here, five women who have undergone post-mastectomy breast reconstruction share how they dealt with the loss of their nipples—and how it impacted their lives.