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 Ellis Choy

Ellis Choy

  • Zilver Lining Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery
  • Sydney Northbridge, New South Wales, Australia
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Purple Girl 01/12/2014

Tummy Tuck, Breast Reconstruction

I never thought I would be writing this now……..I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2010. I had two surgeries. I had a mastectomy on my right breast and a lumpectomy on my left breast. Of course, the cancer was in my right breast, but there were many calcifications in my left breast which required surgical excision for precaution. So as a result, my left breast had become smaller than before, while my right breast was gone! Despite only having one breast left, initially I wasn’t too worried about it, as I have always been a slim person with small breasts. But as time goes by, …….my flat tummy started getting a little bigger. And just in time, I have felt uncomfortable wearing my prostheses inside my bra, as it started feeling itchy and irritating on my skin. So even before I talked to my breast specialist, a decision was made. I was going to have a breast reconstruction and at the same time to have a tummy tuck! So I started my search for a plastic surgeon who would fulfil my life’s important decision for “breast reconstruction with tummy tuck”. After I made many enquires and had a few consultations with few different plastic surgeons, some with my breast surgeon’s referrals, none of them were too keen on the idea of using my abdominal tissue to make new breast as I was repeatedly told I was “too thin” for that as I seemed to lack enough donor tissue from my tummy. I had the impression most of the plastic surgeons I saw didn’t seem to be confident to do so after all, except for Dr Ellis Choy. After my first appointment with Dr Choy, I knew in my heart that I have made the right choice and that he is the perfect plastic surgeon to undertake my breast reconstructive surgery. I had my surgery in December 2014. The “DIEP Free Flap & Tummy Tuck” is the most difficult and technically advanced type of surgery for breast reconstruction. And with no surprise in my smooth postoperative recovery, again I knew, I had made the right decision by choosing Dr Choy to be my breast reconstructive surgeon! Now one year on, I’ve really cherished having a natural right breast reconstruction to match my left breast, and most importantly, I have one nice “flat tummy” which Dr Choy managed to spare my abdominal muscle while strengthening my postural control at the same time. Not only do I feel “whole” again after all these years of breast cancer journey, I really feel a lot more feminine with a completely natural breast reconstruction while enjoying a new waist line from my “tummy tuck” procedure! Thank you so much Dr Choy for changing my life!