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Breast makeover extreme first

Published Jul 29, 2004

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In a candid and emotional episode, Extreme Makeover executes its first breast reconstruction case on a cancer survivor. It can be seen on M-Net tomorrow at 7pm.

This week's surgery candidates are Sarah, a married 44-year-old nurse and mother from Portland, Oregon, and Liz, a 51-year-old legal secretary from Houston, Texas.

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Sarah is a breast cancer survivor who is seeking a new breast two years after her mastectomy. Her story begins with her heart-wrenching application tape, in which she courageously showed producers her scarred chest.

Her journey is marked by daring medical procedures: Sarah's choice of not using an expander or a skin graft, but rather to receive the implant into the thin pocket of radiated skin on her left chest, is an unusual procedure that is rarely shown on television. In fact most plastic surgeons do not offer that option.

Sarah had an endobrow lift, upper and lower eyelid lift, reconstruction of left breast (from breast cancer mastectomy), laser hair removal, removal of moles from face, photo facial, V-Beam treatment to remove scars, microdermabrasion, Zoom whitening and upper and lower retainers to close rotations and fix spaces.

Liz, a 51-year-old resident of Houston, Texas, hobnobs with her city's high society. However, she feels that her chinless face has held her back.

But a routine procedure turns into an emotional rollercoaster ride for Liz, as what was supposed to be a few weeks of recovery stretches into three months of distress. The programme unflinchingly documents Liz's tough recovery and her conflict over her decision to go through with the operations.

Liz had a face and neck lift, cheek implants, upper and lower eyelid lift, chin augmentation, liposuction of abdomen and thighs, upper lip augmentation, photo facial, V-Beam laser treatment for rosacia, porcelain veneers, upper dentures, Zoom whitening and Lasik eye surgery.

In addition, resident style guru Sam Saboura performs a fast and furious wardrobe/hair/make-up overhaul on Anne, a 32-year-old mother of four who wants to change her look after a 20kg weight loss.

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