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10 Tips for Better Breast Health

10 Tips for Better Breast Health

For Breast Cancer Awareness month, we want to focus on various ways to improve breast health. Below are our top tips to ensure you are taking care of your breasts all year round.

1. Perform self-breast exams

A self-breast exam is a simple step-by-step approach to check the health of your breast’s tissue. Though easy, this is often neglected by both men and women to screen for cancer. By lifting your right arm over your head, use the left hand to massage the breast gently feeling for any lumps and bumps. Every person’s normal is different, but on average the tissue should feel like lumpy oatmeal. If anything, larger is detected, seek out a medical professional for a second opinion. They can also help you identify what should feel healthy for you.

2. Wear a bra that fits

Most women don’t wear the correct bra size. Wearing the right bra size will reduce pressure around the rib cage from the bra’s underwire. It will also reduce the pressure on the surrounding muscles and tissue, which can cause them to stretch or sometimes snap.

Your sports bra should also provide the best support it can for any exercise you do. This is essential in maintaining your breast’s overall health. The weight of the breasts moving while running, walking, or lifting is significant. To reduce sagging breast tissue, make sure you are wearing a highly supportive sports bra when participating in any running or HIIT exercise.

3. Maintain a healthy weight

Speaking of exercise, maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for the overall health of the body. Physical activity gets the blood moving and increases the flow of the Lymphatic system.  By doing this, the body flushes unnecessary toxins that could cause cysts. Fortunately, you don’t have to start taking up running or other high-intensity training to reap the benefits. Daily walks and yoga get the heart rate up enough to see benefits.

4. Stop smoking

Smoking is bad for all over health and is often seen as the root cause for many health related issues.

5. Sleep well

A good night’s sleep is important to reduce stress. Most people don’t think about stress and health, but it is very damaging to the body. Make sure to remove your bra before bedtime and allow your breasts time to rest too. 

6. Reduce fat intake

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables provide the body with nourishing nutrients for optimal health.

7. Supplement with vitamins

Vitamin D is well known for its contribution to great breast health. You can also take Omega 3 and Turmeric to increase health naturally.

8. Indulge in chocolate

We prefer the raw cacao, which is packed full of nutrients that are great for the body and breast health. Understandably, cacao can be quite bitter, so we recommend choosing at least 60% dark chocolate.

9. Reduce alcohol consumption

Alcohol is considered a macronutrient, which means it only supplies energy to the body. Some studies have shown women who drink alcohol are 1.5 times more likely to develop breast cancer.

10. Never skip your annual screening

Included with every pap-smear is a breast exam. Neither should be forgotten or avoided if you want to take your health seriously!

Call 615-329-3900 or contact us to set up your initial consultation.

Breast Reconstruction Surgery After a Mastectomy

Breast Reconstruction Surgery After a Mastectomy

For woman who have undergone a mastectomy, breast reconstruction surgery is a great option to restore the shape or rebuild the breast altogether. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s take a closer look at all the options available.

Breast implants and a mastectomy:

First, we should mention that anyone having reconstructive breast surgery does not need to worry about time limitations. Whether as part of treatment for cancer or as a preventative measure, reconstructive surgery can happen at any stage during the mastectomy or after. Even several years after.

Below we list several options to consider based on your personal taste and budget.

Implant types to consider for breast reconstruction:

Implants come in two shapes: round and teardrop. Each shape gives a different look, so it is important to choose what looks best on your figure.

Round:

Round is quite an attractive shape, and the implant looks like a flat disc. What’s great about the round implant is the variety of options available to achieve different projections (the distance from the chest wall in profile). Round implants are optimal for overall volume, filling out the top of the breast, and getting better cleavage. Because of their symmetry, you won’t have to worry about implant rotation. However, some may feel the result might look more artificial.

Teardrop:

The second option is the teardrop shape, which closely mimics the natural shape of the breast. This option, though it holds less filler at the top, actually delivers the most projection, as the bulk of its volume sits at the bottom of the implant. Teardrop implants can also be pricier than the round. The texturized implants reduce the risk of movement or rotation and therefore cost a bit more. This is something to consider if your budget plays a factor in your final decision. However, if you want to go larger with less risk of looking “done,” the teardrop shape is for you.

How to choose a cup size:

Because everyone’s shape is different, individual cup sizes will look different on each body. It’s best when researching to focus on the overall look rather than the actual cup. For some leaner frames, a DD might be too big and in the end not have enough breast tissue to accommodate such a jump in scale. A larger framed woman, however, who wants the same DD might find that this cup size doesn’t yield the desired projection and might find a more generous cup works better. In reality, size is relative, and it’s best to discuss with your doctor what your visions are so they can help you achieve the most suitable option for you.

Saline and silicone implants? Pros and Cons:

Silicone Implants

Pros:

  • Natural look
  • Natural feel
  • Low rate of ripping/wrinkling
  • Lighter than saline
  • Maintains perkier shape

Cons:

  • Longer scar because implants inserted are pre-filled
  • Higher price point
  • Might incur late capsular contracture
  • MRI required need to detect rupture

Saline Implants

Pros:

  • Lower rate of revision surgery
  • Capsular contracture is low
  • Shorter scar
  • Lower cost
  • Now need for MRI if leakage occurs

Cons:

  • Can sometimes look too round
  • Feel unnatural and stiff
  • Higher rate of downward displacement
  • Heavier than silicon

To learn more about options, call 615-329-3900 to speak to one of our expert members of staff and schedule a consultation.