Cancer survivor says bring on the breast reconstruction
Friday, May 04, 2012
Andrea Torres takes comfort in her news assignments. As a multimedia producer for the Miami Herald, she has occasion to meet women from all strata of society, many of them cancer survivors with breast reconstructions. As a survivor herself - and one whose treatment is ongoing - Torres writes every week about the perspective these women give her.
Her most recent post addressed breast cancer with a little humor and a lighthearted celebration of what breast reconstruction can do for a woman's self-esteem. Torres' springboard into the discussion was this year's Latin Billboard Awards, held in Coral Gables, Florida.
The title says it all - Breast cancer patient: 'Que viva the fake boobs!'
Busts, babes and breast reconstruction
Torres has been documenting her journey through cancer ever since she received her diagnosis - and, for her, not every day has been sunny. That's why she found the Latin Billboard Awards so freeing and fun. By her own - and plenty of Latina starlets' - admission, breast implants abounded at the award ceremony.
Calling the advances in breast reconstruction and augmentation "miraculous," Torres marveled at the many surgically enhanced busts on parade at the event. (The breast augmentation is the second-most popular plastic surgery among Hispanic women, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.) She was particularly proud of Telemundo star Jacqueline Marquez's voluptuous figure.
Reconstruction recreates former figure
Above all, Torres said, flaunting one's breast implants is a good thing - a sign of healthy self-image and even a good sense of humor. When a male coworker said "It's better to just leave the [reconstruction] scars," her immediate response was, "Are you crazy?"
For her part, Torres opted for a breast reconstruction with implants, and she has yet to regret her decision. She wrote that even though the implants took time to get used to, she now feels more comfortable in her skin since her figure has been restored.
Torres A. Breast cancer patient: 'Que viva the fake boobs!' Miami Herald. May 1, 2012. http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/01/2776461/a-beautiful-minds.html Accessed May 2, 2012.
2011 Reconstructive Demographics. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2011. http://www.plasticsurgery.org/Documents/news-resources/statistics/2011-statistics/2011-reconstructive-procedures-trends-statistics.pdf Accessed May 2, 2012.
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