“Many people probably can’t imagine what breasts can look like after a mastectomy. After such an operation, women may experience feelings of inferiority, depression, rejection of their own body, especially because the breasts are a symbol of femininity and motherhood for every woman, “ describes the condition of women after operations Christina Pidlozná. So what led her to decide to help? And how does her whole idea work in practice?
Your Christy for women project aims to help women who have had breast cancer and subsequent mastectomy. Can you describe how and in what way you help?
We tune the last part of the puzzle, thanks to which every woman feels herself. Specifically, we use a machine to complete the 3D effect of the natural areola and nipple after surgery. Women usually lose their backyards as a result of preventing recurrence of cancer or a complete tissue transplant. Plastic surgeons can model a nipple from another tissue, but this operation is not suitable in all cases and it is not certain that the desired shape will remain after healing.
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Even after this operation, however, it is always necessary to supplement the areol. If the skin in this area is too scarred or very fragile after chemotherapy, micropigmentation is recommended. It is a non-invasive painless method using a local anesthetic cream.
Is awareness of this possibility among women in the Czech Republic wide?
Awareness of this procedure is increasing in patients and it is good. Micropigmentation of the areola has been in the world for over 20 years, but the techniques and results were completely different, so it was time to change that.
What are the reactions of women after the procedure?
When I started this procedure, my first client had had 16 surgeries and had not seen her breasts in their original form for over 20 years. It was a really moving moment when, for the first time after my intervention, she looked at herself in the mirror and cried with happiness that she felt like a healthy woman again. And that’s why I also share these changes on my social networks, and I think they have a huge weight when it comes to enlightenment. We encourage women to go check in time and that this applies to each of us. I go for regular check-ups myself.
What motivated you in your decision?
Mastectomy is one of the basic surgical methods of treating breast cancer. From a psychological point of view, it is a great burden, which every time looking in the mirror can remind a woman of what she has been through. Such a large impact on a woman’s body not only affects a woman’s mental state, but above all causes a negative image of her own body.
It is most often manifested by reluctance to look at one’s body in a mirror, dissatisfaction with one’s physical appearance, and subjective loss of attractiveness. Women often evaluate their bodies as strange, ugly and incomplete, and consider themselves deformed.
Does the insurance company cover this procedure?
Unfortunately not in the Czech Republic, although there is a huge interest in it. The services paid for by the insurance company include “breast reconstruction after partial or complete removal” as well as new nipples and breast canals created by plastic surgery. However, this does not include the reconstruction of the areolas in the form of tattoos or. 3D micropigmentation, although in some cases this is the only recovery option. We would therefore like to strive for the inclusion of breast micropigmentation after surgery among the services covered by the insurance company.
It is a very important procedure when you complete the overall picture. We return the last most important detail to the body, thanks to which breast asymmetries, scars and other imperfections can be optically hidden.
Is the tattoo permanent?
Each of the women changes in size and shade of the backyards and nipples themselves with age. For example, during pregnancy, the nipple darkens, while at a mature age they may fade. Therefore, I choose permanent colors that have a lifespan of 3-7 years depending on skin type and other physiological factors.
For younger clients, this has the additional advantage of undergoing any change in breast formation. Then it is possible to further adjust the layout of the backyard according to the new breast modeling. Even classic tattoos, however, need to be renewed after about 10 years, reviving colors and contours.
How much does this service cost?
On my own initiative, we perform these procedures free of charge for clients after mastectomy. This is mainly due to the fact that many women would not be able to afford the procedure, so there is a really huge interest in it. I first started with that three years ago. Since then, I have made many women happy both in the Czech Republic and abroad.
And that’s exactly how my project came about #christyforwomenwhen I perform these procedures without the right to a fee in order to help women affected by cancer. In terms of finances, these services are usually in the range of ten thousand and more.
What should women meet who would like a tattoo from you?
Write us a message on social networks, email or call. And most importantly, don’t be afraid, because there’s nothing left.
What are the feedback from your clients? Are they the driving force for you?
Each of the clients comes up with a very strong life story. And so usually after the completion of the procedure comes powerful emotions, astonishment and feelings of happiness. We get very close with many of the women during the two-hour meeting. Joy and relief in the expression of our clients is an indescribable feeling that fulfills me. It drives me on. I feel more like giving, helping. And that’s exactly what makes deep sense to me.
When we turn to beauty in general, how do you perceive the self-confidence of Czech women from your practice?
I certainly can’t generalize the entire Czech female population. I only know the stories of my clients, but from what they tell me daily, I see that the interest in taking care of my appearance is increasing. During my seven years of practice, I noticed that permanent makeup has become a trend. Previously, it was more about fine-tuning imperfections, such as asymmetry or lack of growth of one’s own eyebrow hair. Now, permanent makeup has become a worldwide trend, but it is still primarily about highlighting natural beauty.
Which procedures do we request most often?
Our clients are most in demand of permanent eyebrow and lip make-up. Eyebrows are most sought after by clients because they dominate the face and can rejuvenate a woman. Furthermore, our clients have their lips supplemented. We often encounter asymmetrical lips or faint lip redness. In this case, permanent lip makeup is the best solution.
I recently read a discussion about the finalists of the beauty queen competition. Most of the discussants agreed that the selected girls are like a photocopier and called for natural beauty…
First of all, it is necessary to clarify what natural beauty is. I don’t even know if today’s beauty pageants are really about the natural beauty of women, or about the objective beauty that society evaluates based on current trends. Each era has a natural beauty defined differently. There are abysmal differences in the historical development of the view of what is considered “beautiful”.
The concept of beauty is constantly changing from antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque to the traditional and modern conception of beauty. In the past, trends were often shaped mainly by famous icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn or Kate Moss. The natural beauty was considered to be the appearance approaching them.
All Miss participants also follow current trends, and if permanent make-up or false eyelashes are what the company considers to be objectively beautiful, they will have these cosmetic adjustments made by them as well.
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