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  • Former big business exec Carly Fiorina may not have what it takes to run the Senate, but so far she is winning the battle against breast cancer, albeit slowed slightly by complications from breast reconstruction surgery

    56-year old former HP executive Carly Fiorina announced that she was battling breast cancer shortly before deciding to run against the California incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer. Carly Fiornia was fired after HP stock fell and she laid off thousands of workers. Although new to the political scene after spending her career at major companies, Carly has been endorsed by Republican politicians, including Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona (See Make Me Heal’s story on John McCain’s plastic surgery), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

    To treat her breast cancer, Carly decided to undergo a double mastectomy, and later had breast reconstructive surgery. After the double mastectomy, Carly was also treated with chemotherapy, which caused her to lose her hair. Last month, Carly was hospitalized due to complications from an infection resulting from the reconstructive surgery.

    On his blog, OcBody plastic surgeon Dr. John Di Saia says, “According to the article, Ms Fiorina had breast cancer with radiation and chemotherapy involved in her treatment along with her breast reconstruction. This does not bode well for implant-based reconstruction that she probably had.”

    Carli Fiorina, Plastic Surgery

    “Radiation treatment and implant placement together have a high incidence of complications including infection and implant exposure. Being that in 2009, Ms Fiorina was likely in the midst of planning her Senate run. She might have opted for a less debilitating implant-based reconstruction for practical reasons. Such a choice might have also been based on the availability of soft tissue with which two breasts could be made. Carly is thin of build. Tissue-based breast reconstruction also has its share of problems, but late in the game infection is not usually one of them.”

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “A complication of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy can be uneven size and shape.  After a mastectomy there will be scar tissue for the cosmetic surgeon to compensate for when trying to achieve an ideal shape; however, there is no way to control exactly how scar tissue will react to additional surgery and how well it will heal.”

    Makemeheal.com joins Senator Boxer in her well wishes for Carly Fiorina.

    Read the complete celebrity plastic surgery profile of Carly Fiorina on Plasticopedia, the largest celebrity plastic surgery encyclopedia.

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    1 Comment so far

    1. lenejuve88 lene on November 14, 2010 3:28 pm

      nice blogs, While not everyone chooses to have Breast Reconstruction, women with Breast Reconstruction have reported an increase in self-confidence, gained emotional well-being, renewed body image and an increased sense of femininity and sexuality.


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