Cosmetic Surgery Tip #20: Any breast surgery can have a small effect on breast cancer screening in the future

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Breast health is important. Before the surgery, have a proper breast exam with your GP or gynaecologist. If you’re of age, get a mammogram. Most mammographers don’t have an issue if the implant is placed behind the muscle, but it is important to discuss this with your plastic surgeon. The x-rays used for mammographic imaging of the breasts cannot penetrate silicone or saline implants well enough to image the overlying or underlying breast tissue. Therefore, some breast tissue (approximately 25%) will not be seen on the mammogram, as it will be covered up by the implant. In order to visualise as much breast tissue as possible, women with implants undergo additional views as well as the standard images taken during diagnostic mammography. In these additional x-ray pictures, called Eklund technique or implant displacement (ID) views, the implant is pushed back against the chest wall and the breast is pulled forward over it. This allows better imaging of the forward most part of each breast. Sometimes it is more difficult to perform the Eklund technique in women who have severe scar tissue or capsular contracture and women who have very dense or fibrous breasts. Implants placed above the muscle can also make it more difficult to determine microcalcifications. Scar tissue around the capsule can be difficult to differentiate from calcification, which could be associated with cancer and thereby require an actual biopsy. The ID views are easiest to obtain in a women whose implants are placed underneath (behind) the chest muscle.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #16: You might lose feeling in your nipples after a breast augmentation or reduction

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Loss of sensation in the nipples can occur whenever there is surgery to the breasts. This depends on a number of factors, including breast shape and surgery type. Even if you lose sensation in your nipples, they will still respond to cold and stimulation ie. they will still be able to get hard even if you can’t feel it.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #31: Increase your protein intake

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Two of the most important healing elements are calories and protein.  Extra protein is needed to build new tissue and blood vessels, repair injured tissue and step up production of cells that repair the wound.  Choose high quality protein sources like fish, poultry, beans & legumes or lean cuts of meat.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #2: Understand the risks

 

 

There are risks associated with every cosmetic procedure, however non-invasive they may be. During the consultation stage your plastic surgeon should be open and honest with you about the potential risks or dangers involved. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, particularly if there is something that concerns you or that you do not understand.  Any practitioner who claims there are no risks involved in the procedure is not to be trusted.

Cosmetic Surgery Tip #27: Do not take Aspirin or Aspirin-Containing Products

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Aspirin is not recommended prior to surgery because it is an anti-coagulant (blood thinner) and can promote bleeding during surgery.  Aspirin therapy should be discontinued two weeks prior to surgery.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #12: Patients take 5-7 days off work for a breast augmentation (same for reduction)

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You won’t be feeling 100% after that week, but you’ll be in good-enough shape to head back to the office if your job doesn’t require manual labour. However, if the implant is placed behind the muscle instead of on top (many women choose to do this for a more realistic look and less chance of a “scar shell” or capsular contracture forming around the implant), recovery will be a little harder and you might be sore longer.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #33: Discontinue taking certain supplements

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Some nutritional supplements may cause adverse reactions during or after cosmetic surgery, including prolonged bleeding, interference with anaesthesia, cardiovascular disturbances, and interactions with prescription drugs.  These supplements including dong quai, echinacea, fish oil caps, garlic, ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, kava kava, ephedra, St.John’s Wort, and vitamin E, should be discontinued two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks after surgery.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #25: Schedule cosmetic surgery when you’re healthy

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If you are planning cosmetic surgery, try to schedule it during a period of relatively good health.  This will give your immune system the best chance toward a speedy recovery.  Many patients find scheduling their surgery at the year-end ideal when they can bridge a few days off with paid vacation time.

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Cosmetic Surgery Tip #5: Don’t be influenced by price or advertising

While offers and discounts might be attractive in a supermarket, a cosmetic procedure is not something which should be offered at a cut price. Remember that ‘cheaper’ does not necessarily mean ‘better’. Focus on the reputability of the plastic surgeon and the quality of their treatment. Never be coerced into undergoing a cosmetic procedure by a clever marketing campaign or a financial offer.  Take your time in making informed decisions.

Cosmetic Surgery Tip #10: Utilise and insist on a “cooling off” period

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After you have met for a consultation with your plastic surgeon, they should insist that you go away and think carefully about your decision. Use this “cooling off” period to take your time, think through your options, do some more research and talk to your family or friends before making any decisions. If you feel like you need more information, attend a second consultation with the same practitioner or go for another consultation with a second and third practitioner. This will give you further opinions and will help you make a considered, sensible decision.

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