Monday, April 26, 2010

Breast Reduction ? Risks and Supplements

Breast reduction has become one of the most common plastic or cosmetic surgeries today and is mostly done so that women can be confident and comfortable with their bodies and assets.

There are many things one should be aware of before taking a decision to go for breast reduction surgery. One of the biggest problems is to know the breast size in proportion to the body. A small reduction is known as a cosmetic surgery and one should know how many grams per side should be reduced. Talking about medical claims and insurance, they need to know the exact amount and size to qualify it for insurance.

Though complications may be rare, they may still occur and hence, one should watch out for infection, loss of breast, asymmetrical breast or loss of felling or sensitivity. There have been also cases where negligence and malpractices of the physician results in heavy damage for the patient.

The doctors sometimes remove more tissues than the pre-determined grams from each breast and mismatch the breast size.  There have also been cases of careless work where the sutures got separated after the surgery and became infected causing green discharge from the surgery site. Though the doctor may suggest that the patient's body is allergic to stitches and refuses to heal, it also includes the doctor's mistake. The patient may have to get treatment for staph infection which may develop after the surgery. Fat necrosis is a rare complication while the worst can be death. One should be aware and alert of all such risks before taking the breast reduction decision.

One should also be mentally and physically prepared before the surgery. One may experience anxiety or stress and but remembering the basic reasons for undergoing the surgery helps to reinforce the purpose of the surgery.

One can be physically prepared by being fit and doing cardio and increase the ability to heal faster.

Vitamins and herbs and online healthcare products can aid as supplements but one should consult the physician before any such intake. Though vitamin E helps in rebuilding the blood vessels and helps in healing, it also acts as an anti-coagulant which may run the risk of excessive bleeding. Though there are some vitamins which can be taken after discussing with the physician, like Vitamin C, Vitamin E 400 IU for reducing breast tenderness, Magnesium 400mg to reduce water retention, negative moods and pain, Vitamin B6 100mg to reduce irritability, fatigue and depression and Calcium 1000mg to reduce body aches and bloating.

One should take into consideration all the pros and cons before taking a decision for breast reduction surgery.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Male Breast Cancer & Breast Cancer In Men

Male breast cancer is a deadly disease that people need to be aware of. Breast Cancer effects not just females but males also. Most people don't know that the male breast cancer symptoms are very similar to that of females.

It does not happen as often to men. Male breast cancer statistics shows that it effects a very small amount of men. Male breast cancer pictures look just like pictures female breast cancer. Breast cancer awareness for men is very important. Male breast cancer treatment is available.

Prevention of male breast cancer is important. Organizations and foundations like HIS breast cancer awareness exists to help inform and educate about breast cancer in me.

You should talk to your doctor if you think you might have male breast cancer.

The breast cancer in men causes are not well known. It is important that you speak to them. Hopefully someday we can cure breast cancer.

There are numerous organizations and charities that are there to support awareness of breast cancer. Donating to those organizations can help them find a cure. Male breast cancer and breast cancer in general can be removed if caught early. It is important to be checked regularly.

A healthy life style with vitamins and nutrition may help prevent breast cancer in males. Certain gene mutations BRCA1 or BRCA2 can make you more likely to develop breast cancer.

Your doctor can check for this. HIS breast cancer awareness has more information on this topic as do most medical sites about breast cancer.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Breast Cancer 101

Breast cancer is considered as one of the most common tumor in women. It is also considered as the second leading cause of cancer death in the world. It was exceeded by lung cancer since 1985. One every eight woman with an age of 85 will surely develop breast cancer sometime in her life.

Breast cancer is a term for a kind of disease where abnormal cells divide inside the body uncontrollably. It invades nearby tissues and starts to spread the virus to other parts of the body through their blood stream or via lymphatic system. This disease is very common to women. Aside from being women, age is also considered as an important factor in the development of breast cancer.

The breast of a normal person is made up of different lobes and ducts. Each breast of a person consists of 15 to 20 sections which area called lobes. The smaller sections are called lobules.

These lobules end in dozens of tiny bulbs that can produce a lot of milk. The lobules, lobes and bulbs are connected by various thin tubes called ducts.

There are different classifications of breast cancer.

• Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)
• Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)
• Recurrent breast cancer
• Inflammatory breast cancer

Among these classifications, the most common is ductal carcinoma that begins in the cells located in the ducts. Lobular carcinoma starts in the lobules or lobes. This kind of cancer is often found in both breasts than the other types of breast cancer. Recurrent breast cancer is the cancer that has come back after it was treated. The most uncommon of all the breast cancer types is the inflammatory breast cancer. It is identified when the breast became warm, red and swollen.

Breast cancer is a deadly disease if it will not be detected early.



Sunday, April 4, 2010

What is breast reduction surgery?

Most women are finding their breasts oversized and are seeking to reduce them by using breast reduction surgery. Oversized breasts are a condition that is medically known as breast hypertrophy.  This condition usually happens in both breasts and during puberty or soon afterward.

Moms also complain about enlarged breasts. This is because during pregnancy, breasts tend to over-enlarge, and then the enlargement continues. In some cases, breast enlargements happen suddenly. But such cases are quite rare.

Thanks to the advancement in medical science, doctors can now perform breast reduction surgery that is both safe and effective. It reduces the size of very large breasts and can also cure any physical discomfort associated with the weight and strain of large drooping breasts. This is actually a major concern for women. Breast reduction is not only performed as a cosmetic surgery that focuses on better appearance, but if the size of over-enlarged breasts are not reduced, it may lead to discomfort and various other medical complications as well.

So the surgery intends to make the breasts smaller while it improves their shape so they are in proportion to the rest of the body.

With enlarged breasts also comes in the extra layers of fat, tissue and skin. These extra surfaces are removed and the breasts are brought back to a more natural, comfortable position. The areola (the circle of dark skin around the nipple) can also be made smaller if needed.

Some women who have experienced breast over-enlargement also complain that the nipple and areola have also lost its original position. With breast reduction, the nipple and areoa are moved to a higher position as well.

The technical name used for this procedure is reduction mammaplasty.

Breast reduction surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries practiced in America and side effects are least. This procedure is also among the highest patient satisfaction rate of any cosmetic procedure.

So how do you know if breast reduction is for you? There are quite a number of factors that determine candidacy for breast reduction. As this may vary from individual to individual, it is best that you consult an experienced surgeon, so that you may understand any implications if any. However, the best candidates for breast reduction surgery are mature women whose oversized breasts are actually leading to various health and medical problems, and interfere with their daily routine activities. In certain cases there are many women who cannot sleep well due to the enlargement. Such conditions will result with the patient being more self-conscious as well. So if you find yourself uncomfortable with such enlarged breasts, and it keeps you away from a healthier lifestyle, it is best that you consult a surgeon.

Although the side effects are at minimum for breast reduction surgery, as with any surgery, there are possibilities for complications. So make sure you go over all the details with your surgeon prior to considering such a treatment. We always recommend a board-certified plastic surgeon that can provide information that is specific to your body and health.