There have been so many negative comments about Angelina Jolie’s supposed breastless and no longer beautiful status that I decided to go public to let you see how far reconstruction has come. Because, clearly, there are a lot of misconceptions about it! Here are my new girls, one year post-op. Photo by my husband, completely unretouched.
I had “flap” reconstruction – where they use tissue from another part of your body to construct the new breasts. In my case, they used fat from my ass, in a whole section, not liposuctioned and squirted in like the filling of a twinkie. They carefully reconnected the blood supply, so it’s warm, living tissue. Like Angelina, I kept my original skin, including the nipples, but everything except a very thin layer of skin was replaced. It may be hard to see, but there is a scar around each nipple, one down from the nipple to the base of the breast and another like a smile under each breast. The scars will continue to fade for at least another six months. I wish they could have reconnected the nerves!
There are lots of different options for reconstruction and what’s possible may vary depending on your circumstances. My insurance covered 80% of this. Angelina had implants as I doubt she has a spare fat cell in her body, but I’m sure they are magnificent.
So tell me, am I flashing or mooning you?