Breast Reconstruction Prevents Loss Of Body Image After Mastectomy

By Abigail Aaronson

Breast reconstruction is the redesigning of the breast after a radical mastectomy due to cancer. Often, mastectomies are the only way to stop cancer from spreading. As a result of this procedure, women can lose part or full of one or both breasts.

This can lead to emotional turmoil to a vary special part of a woman’s body. This symbol of the maturity of a woman in western society, can produce anxiety and lead many women to depression if removed. However, with modern techniques, women suffering from mastectomies no longer have to suffer from the loss of their body image.

Breast reconstructions are performed by qualified plastic surgeons, who specialize in these procedures. These professionals must complete training beyond their medical education. Most complete a minimum of five years in an internship specializing in this area. Also, these surgeons work exclusively in accredited medical facilities.

The best way to find a qualified surgeon is through your primary care provider. Often, the woman will have been working with this primary provider (or even an oncologist) to address the cancer issue. This provider can be an asset in selecting the appropriate surgeon to complete the procedure.

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There are several different types of procedures that can be used to reconstruct the breast. The first technique that was developed was the use of devices filled with silicone or saline. This procedure was exclusively used in the beginning. However, new technologies and techniques have been developed to use the woman’s own body tissue.

These techniques will use the actual skin, blood vessels, fat, and muscle of “donor” sites from around the body. These sites include the stomach (upper and lower), the upper back, and the buttocks region. These procedures can also be combined using the plastic inserts and donor sites for reconstructing the region. These procedures can be used for one or both organs.

Another option for reconstruction is remaking of the nipple and areola (the dark region surrounding the breast). These are not necessarily included in the procedures, but are often completed last. However, even though this procedure is optional, many women elect to have this surgery too because it makes the breast look more natural.

The trick in this type of procedure is matching the nipple with the other one. However, with the advent of new techniques, some surgeons are able to do nipple-sparing mastectomies. This saves the woman’s original nipple and the reconstruction is completed around this part. The benefit of this procedure is that it allows the surgeon to match both breasts for a more natural look.

Breast reconstructions can be done in single or double phase. In the single phase approach, the oncologist performing the mastectomy completes his portion of the procedure. Then, before the patient is brought out of anesthesia, the plastic surgeon reconstructs the breast. The benefit of this approach is that there is only one surgery to complete.

The double phase approach is just as it sounds. The organ is first removed and then the patient comes back in for the reconstruction. Whether you opt for the single or double phase may depend on the extensiveness of the cancer and the capability of your facility. Perhaps the hospital where your oncology surgeon performs does not have a plastic surgeon. These options, however, can be discussed further with your physician.

Even though radical mastectomies are major surgeries, they no longer have to be demoralizing like they were to our grandmothers. The new techniques are giving new life to women who have had cancer. Although the breast will not have the same sensation as the original, reconstruction can help a woman maintain her dignity.

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How To Get A Perfect Hair Cut

By Michael Barrows

The right hair cut can mean the difference between hours spent coercing every strand of your wayward hair into place or a style that falls perfectly into place with little prompting on your part. That is why it is so important to make sure that you have the perfect hair cut for your type and texture of hair.

For most people, finding the right hair cut is not possible by simply looking through a few hair cutting books and picking out their favorite styles. The truth is that hair cuts featured in the top style magazines and style books have been chosen specifically for each model that sports them. Each hair cut and style has been formulated to compliment the model’s bone structure, coloring and hair texture. That is why they look so great.

It would be foolish to think that a straight, textured cut would be possible to achieve on a client with naturally curly hair. And trying to put excessive layering on a client with thin and limp hair would result in a disastrous hair cutting experience. So, what can you do to make sure that you always get a great hair cut?

The first step to great hair cuts is finding the right stylist. Once you find a stylist with a proven record and one with whom you are comfortable, take some time to talk about what you want out of your hair cut. Ask for cuts and styles that will compliment and work with your texture of hair, not go against it. For example: If your hair is wavy, you can not expect to achieve a sleek straight style in minutes. Nor can you expect to achieve a bouffant style on fine, limp hair in a matter of minutes.

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Pay attention to how your stylist communicates with you. A good stylist will be honest with you and tell you if a cut that you really want is a bad idea. On the other hand, the same stylist can use their unique hair cutting skills to adapt popular styles to suit your individual hair characteristics and craft your locks into the best hair cut you’ve ever had.

Along with your stylist, browse through hair cutting and style books and discuss different hair cuts that caught your eye. Try to look for models with hair similar to yours. It is also very important to pay attention to face shape. So, choose models with bone structures similar to yours also.

What to do when a good hair cut goes bad

Sometimes, even people who have done all of their homework get bad hair cuts. Maybe they’ve chosen a stylist with an approach to hair cutting that is not ideal for their hair type. Or maybe they’ve insisted on a hair cut that does nothing to flatter their features. Or worse yet, maybe they’ve gotten a botched hair cut from an inexperienced stylist. No matter what the reason a bad hair cut is not the end of the world. There are things that you can do to make the recovery from a bad hair cut less painful.

While it may seem strange, the first thing you need to do after receiving a bad hair cut is to go and get another one. Find a stylist who can smooth out the rough edges and carve your locks into a style that is more suited to you and more suited to the growing-out phase.

Do not stop at additional hair cutting, ask your stylist to help you find the right products to keep your tresses under control while they are recovering. Yes, it is frustrating, but in a few weeks you probably will not mind your new hair cut. You may even grow to like it.

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