Bilateral prophylactic mastectomy and reconstruction for high-risk breast cancer.
I waited a year and a half to write this review because, frankly, it's been a difficult journey and writing one up wasn't exactly a priority. Now that I am healed, healthy, and clear of mind, I see how important it is to review Mr. Sarakbi, since when I started on this path I too scoured for any nugget of reassurance.
I hope this brings you some comfort.
The decision to get a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy isn't one I approached lightly. I spoke to my family, a geneticist, my GP, an oncologist and four separate plastic surgeons (who specialized in this field) both in the UK and in the US before determining this was what I needed to do and once I had reconciled myself to it, I dove in head first.
Mr. Sarakbi was always direct and honest in his approach with me. I admit that in the beginning there were some concessions I was unwilling to make regarding the reconstruction, but he patiently explained the reasoning behind his recommendations and even told me to take a couple of weeks to think it over. It's scary, having your breasts removed and rebuilt. I needed all the time and information I could collect. Ultimately, I went forward and heeded his advise and am grateful for it.
The surgery and how I look a year and a half later, far exceeded even my (secretly hopeful) expectations. I look normal in clothing. Even better, I look normal in lingerie. In swimsuits. In front of the mirror when I'm draped in a towel. Yes, there's scaring (and I haven't had my nipples reconstructed...yet), but my breasts are symmetrical and, as the scars slowly fade, I can see that the end game will be worth it.
My fear of getting breast cancer is gone and when I look at myself I see a strong, healthy, happy, and beautiful woman. Mr. Sarakbi is an absolute professional, a skilled surgeon, and something of a miracle worker. I'd highly recommend him to anyone in the same situation.