Dr.Gouverne’s patient nominated to American Society of Plastic Surgeons “Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity”award. Please take a moment and read Brittany’s amazing story and what the surgery did for her.
The Patients of Courage: Triumph Over Adversity program honors plastic surgery patients whose lives were restored through plastic surgery and whose charitable actions influence the lives around them. ASPS members nominate patients who carry an optimistic outlook on life and positively affect people around them, despite the difficulties of their procedures. These extraordinary plastic surgery patients are honored by ASPS at its annual scientific meeting.
My name is Brittany Culp. I am a 23, going on 24 year old graduate student pursuing my masters in psychology to become a licensed professional counselor. In addition to being a full time student, I am also an NPC (National Physique Committee) bikini competitor. The NPC is an amateur body building competition league. Those who compete in the NPC, all have hopes of one day advancing to the professional league, which is the IFBB (International Federation of Body Builders). To mine and everyone else’s knowledge, I currently am the first and only blind female to compete in my division of the NPC in the United States, and possibly the world. I have been competing for almost a I had always wanted to get breast implants, ever since I turned 18. Even before then, I was not one hundred percent comfortable with the way I looked. To some, this may be a strange thing to hear. If I am blind, why do I care how I look? How do I know how I look? Why are you competing in a sport that is considered very visual? First of all, one’s physical appearance is not limited to what you see; it is how you feel. I did not feel comfortable with the breasts I had before. I could just tell I was not symmetrical, and once I started competing and had to drop body fat percentage, it became even more apparent. Second, others can see how I look, and I compete in a sport where you are being judged on your physique and overall physical appearance. In the bikini division, symmetry, great body conditioning, and beauty are essential. Do not get me wrong, I did not seek out surgery to impress other people; I did it for myself. Competing was just the final push I needed out of hesitation to get it done. Lastly, I compete in my sport, because I am passionate about fitness and sculpting my body. “My body”. My body is my own; I am in charge of how I treat, condition, and sculpt it. It is a great feeling when you go through a competition prep with the strict dieting and training, and at the end of it others see the progress you made. More importantly, you can just feel how much your body has grown, and that all the hard work has paid off. Fitness is more than a choice, it is a lifestyle. If what I did was easy, everybody would be doing it. It takes strength, dedication, drive, and heart. I hope to inspire those who think they cannot do something, whether it be because of a disability or low self-esteem, that anything is possible if you want it badly enough. I will continue to build, grow, improve, succeed, and most importantly, never settle. It has been a little over three months since my surgery with Dr. Gouverne, and I am extremely happy with the end result. The Doctor and his friendly staff made what could at times be a nerve racking experience, into an enjoyable one. When I put on my clothes or bikini now, I feel complete. I fill out my clothes much better, and I no longer have to put extra padding and lift in my bikini tops. I am really looking forward to stepping back out on that NPC stage this summer, and competing with what will be my best package thus far.
Click here to see her before and after.
Brittany at last years competition.