[This post created in partnership with Mentor]
I couldn’t be more excited to talk boobs on the blog today! Over the years, I’ve grown to love my body. It’s been quite the journey, and I’m happy that a lot of you have followed along. The media celebrating certain body types, people, whatever it might be, all can take a real toll on self-confidence. Often the celebrities we admire are showcasing the upgraded version of themselves, making us feel unattractive. Through my journey, I learned to love myself; I’ve realized something simple. Be YOU not THEM. I’m not a proponent for plastic surgery, but if you’re going to do it, please educate yourself.
I had a breast augmentation, and last year for personal reasons, I had the implants removed. For me, it was best to remove them as I was uncomfortable, and I had made the decision when I was much younger. I think my experience would have been different if I had asked my surgeon the right questions. However, the experience taught me a good lesson to start loving the skin I’m in whether that’s with breast implants or not. It’s all about self-love.
I partnered with Mentor to attend the Mentor Talks event, and I was excited to join in the conversation as it’s something I’ve experienced. We walked into the room, and the floor that led us into the event had inspiring quotes from women who have gone through the breast augmentation and breast reconstruction journey. It was an awesome vibe. We got to see and touch all the different implants. The Mentor team gave us a full rundown on the different shapes and sizes. An event like this would have been so helpful for me before my breast augmentation journey. It was the perfect environment to ask questions and find out more from doctors and the Mentor team.
The main event was a panel discussion that touched on a variety of topics. Sarah Eggenberger was the moderator and current Editor-at-Large of NewBeauty magazine and a Mentor augmentation patient. They had a diverse panel of people. Danielle Macaluso, who is considering breast augmentation, Rebecca Holley, who is a breast reconstruction patient. Dr. Ashley Amalfi, who is a University of Rochester Medical Center Physician, and Dr. Emily Clarke-Pearson, who is a Charm City Plastic Surgery Physician. Also on the panel was Mohamed Shariff, Regulatory Affairs Manager at J&J. They talked about the journey women go through during the full breast augmentation and reconstruction process and raising awareness about Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. It’s a rare illness that has been covered in the media recently. It was interesting to learn about because I had never even heard of it. It’s great to see plastic surgeons openly talk about the trends they see in the industry. As well as issues some people may have with breast augmentation.
There was also a visualizer station where women from the event could see what breast augmentation could look like on them with the tool. This feature is on the breastimplantsbymentor.com website along with robust safety and educational information for women considering a breast augmentation or breast reconstruction. We also learned about the tissue expanders created for patients who have had a mastectomy and are in the process of breast reconstruction. It was interesting to learn about the process and hear from a breast reconstruction patient firsthand about her experience.
Whatever your journey is remember, you’re beautiful just the way you are. If you are thinking about plastic surgery, make sure you do your research and find the product that works best for you. Find a doctor who listens to your wants and needs and answers your questions even if it takes all day! I’m sending you all the best energy today!
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