Suzanne Somers has opened up on the incredible procedure she underwent following her cancer battle that allowed her to regrow her breast without using any implants.
The 71-year-old actress and author was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 but refused chemotherapy at the time – instead opting for a lumpectomy and radiation. She then went 11 years without one of her breasts, before undergoing a pioneering procedure to regrow it using stem cell regeneration.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly, Somers revealed she was one of the first women in the United States to legally undergo cell-assisted lipotransfer. She chose the procedure after meeting a doctor at the University of Tokyo who was leading a clinical trial on regeneration using stem cells.
“They took fat from my stomach, spun out the stem cells, discarded the weak ones, took the strong ones, injected them into this breast with, like, a turkey baster, and for a year I felt, like, electrical zippers growing the blood vessels,” she explained to the news outlet.
She’s now had a breast that is completely hers since 2012, rather than an implant – and she was so pleased with the result, she couldn’t wait to show it off.
“The first two weeks after I had it done, I was showing everybody,” she joked. “I’d whip it out – ‘cause I was so used to not having it… And then after two weeks, my husband [Alan Hamel] said to me, ‘You gotta stop showing people your breast’!”
Incredibly, looking back now Somers admitted to the news outlet that her breast cancer battle has changed her life for the better – as she now relies on natural products and a healthier diet, shunning “chemical poisons”.
She has since launched a beauty and fitness website, offering organic, chemical-free products and tutorials on healthy regimes and lifestyle choices.
It comes after Somers previously admitted she regrets undergoing radiation having researched the associated risks in the years since – but will always be glad she made the decision to shun chemo.
“When I look back 14 years, what I am so glad about is what I didn’t do. I remember that I got the recipe right away; we’ll do surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and after care drug of Tamoxifen,” she said, in a first person piece for website The Truth About Cancer.
“And even at that time… because all of us in the alternative world, from year to year you know so much more. I can’t do that. The idea of putting chemical poison into my body to cure me just doesn’t make sense. And he [the doctor] said .you’ll die if you don’t’. And I said, ‘I think I’ll die if I do what you want me to do’.”