A woman who underwent a double mastectomy says that her surgeon ignored her request for a flat trunk, leaving her with extra skin bags in case she changed [her] mind & # 39;
Kim Bowles, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received treatment for stage 3 cancer last year, then underwent a double mastectomy.
The scientist was sure she did not want to undergo reconstructive surgery and, instead, she wanted to be left with a completely flat chest, an order that says she clearly communicated to her doctor before the procedure.
Procedure: Kim Bowles, of Pittsburgh, Pa., Received treatment for stage 3 cancer last year, then underwent a double mastectomy.
But Bowles, who organized a topless protest on Saturday to raise awareness about the results of an unwanted mastectomy, was left with leather bags on his chest, which he finds "abhorrent."
The mother of two was ready to say goodbye to her 36 HH natural breasts after surgery. Bowles, who enjoys running and swimming, often felt that his chest got in the way of his activities, and attracted unwanted attention from others, often men.
"Everything was harder with tits that size," he told Cosmopolitan. "When I swam, I had to wear an expensive bikini under my racing suit, otherwise my breasts would fall off the sides of my Speedo." Industrial strength scaffolding is needed to hold 10 pounds of boob.
Before his mastectomy, Bowles was "ready to leave [her] the breasts go & and they feel & # 39; really happy at the prospect of them being gone.
Online, Bowles, a mother of two, heard about other women who also wanted to go to the floor, but were surprised to wake up from the surgery with flaps of skin on her chest.
In order to avoid a similar outcome for her, she said, she made sure to clearly communicate her wishes to her surgeon.
"When I met with my surgeon, I told him that I had seen other women with skin to facilitate the reconstruction and that I could not live like that," he told Cosmo. "I did not want to be reminded of what I had lost, I told him I had to be completely flat, without extra skin."
Speaking in public: The scientist (photographed during a topless protest) says her surgeon ignored her request for a flat trunk, leaving her with extra skin bags in case she changed [her] mind & # 39;
But Bowles told Yahoo Lifestyle that he heard his surgeon say he would leave some extra skin on his chest just minutes after surgery.
"Before they started dribbling the anesthesia, I heard [the doctor] Say: "I'll leave a little more in case you change your mind," he told the platform.
"I turned around and said:" Do not do it, do it flat. "
That desire, according to Bowles, was ignored, and she felt violated when she woke up and realized that they had not given her the flat chest she had expressly requested.
"It was paternalism at its best," he said. "I felt that, I simply experienced what amounted to a violation." I was physically attacked. It was not sexual, but I was somewhat surprised. "
The scientist said that she tried to confront her surgeon about the unwanted skin bags during a later visit, but that he "denied it" and told her: "it will harden".
Taking action: Kim organized a topless protest on Saturday to raise awareness about the results of the unwanted mastectomy
Conversation: The scientist said that she tried to confront her surgeon about the unwanted skin bags during a later visit, but that he "denied" her and said: "It will harden."
Bowles said he tried to address the problem with the Cleveland Clinic, where he was treated, but so far has not been successful. She told Yahoo Lifestyle that, after a previous topless protest in June, she met with the hospital's general director, but added that the meeting was unsuccessful.
On Saturday, he organized a topless protest outside the facility, demanding more responsibility from surgeons.
The protest arose as part of their movement by not putting on a shirt, which began in order to advocate satisfactory results of the mastectomy and ensure that the wishes of the patients are respected.
"Kim simply wanted to come back to life after just one surgery, now he has to choose between living with a cosmetic effect that he considers abhorrent, or taking an additional risk, and sacrificing energy, money and precious time with his family, just to get a cosmetic result that you feel you can live with, & # 39; declares the Facebook page for Do not wear a shirt.
Looking to the future: Kim has started a movement called Do not wear a shirt to advocate for successful mastectomy results and ensure that patients' wishes are respected.
The Cleveland Clinic told Yahoo Lifestyle in a statement: "Caring for patients is our top priority. In this case, Ms. Bowles opted for a double mastectomy after receiving chemotherapy for her tumor. According to his wishes, he chose not to have additional surgical revisions that are common for patients who have undergone mastectomies.
"The doctors involved in your care have an excellent reputation and are highly qualified." We conducted three comprehensive reviews related to your concerns and shared with her that it was determined that each aspect of your care was optimally performed to give you the most secure additional skin to avoid endangering the movement of your arms. "
Breast surgeon Deanna Attai, assistant clinical professor of surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Cosmo, who received the same statement from the facility: "That's bulls ** t. Leaving excess skin, it is not easier to move the arms in any direction. "
Bowles told Yahoo Lifestyle that he has heard "dozens" of women who also asked for flat chests and discovered that upon waking of their mastectomies their requests had been ignored.
"Everything about cancer is out of your control," Bowles told Cosmo.
"The only thing I could control was how my chest looked and that someone who took it by chance is insulting, demoralizing and traumatizing, this can not continue to happen to women, it has to stop."