The appointment today is with Renaissance Plastic Surgery, Dr. McClendon. Now is where vanity set in. I have no problem cutting off my boobs. But, I REALLY want a new set when its all over. I am a fluffy girl. With no boobs I am going to look like a weeble-wobble.
It was a very informative visit. I must wait until after chemotherapy for my reconstruction. My options are implants, TRAM Flap or DIEP flap. I will detail each of these in another post as far as what each entails.
They had me strip from the waist up and into a hospital gown. (I really need to just buy my own). They took photographs of my breasts from multiple angles and measured them in all directions. This is to try to have all of the information needed in order to reconstruct similar to my existing breasts.
Big surprise! My breasts were 100% symmetrical. Nothing was bigger in one place than another. Both sides completely equal. Now I am going to cut them off. How is that for irony?
After much discussion based on my DD breast size I have decided the DIEP Flap is the best option for me and the Dr seems to feel its a good fit for me as well. He spent almost two hours with me going over my options and personal situation.
Surgery is coming soon and Dr. McClendon has all the information he needs to begin reconstruction once my chemotherapy is complete. I’m glad I feel secure with the plastic surgeon, time is pretty short. He has a pretty impressive background as well.
Christopher L. McLendon, M.D. has been in practice in Macon since 1989. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, attended the Medical School and the Medical College of Georgia, completed a five-year residency in Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery, and completed a two-year residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Southern California. Dr. McLendon is boarded by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and he is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
American Board of Plastic Surgery – 1991
American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery – 1987
Undergraduate Degree – University of Georgia, 1978
Medical Degree -Medical College of Georgia, 1982
Surgical Internship – University of Virginia Medical Center, 1982 – 1987
Otolaryngology Residency – University of Virginia Medical Center, 1982 – 1987
Plastic Surgery Residency – University of Southern California, 1987 – 1989