Breast Reconstruction Surgery Planner Link

“The Fountain of Youth” – Dr Chris Porter’s inside view of cosmetic surgery where he aims to help you to make the best possible informed choice and achieve your cosmetic surgery goals.

I came across this article written for the USA National Breast Reconstruction Awareness day two weeks ago, on behalf of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and wanted to share this with anyone facing mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery.

“The treatment of breast cancer is a team effort. On the medical side there are numerous physicians, nurses, and other health care providers who know how to work together to provide the best outcomes for women with breast cancer. But, that’s not the only team. What about the home team, those who live with and support women undergoing these treatments. And more importantly, who educates this team about what to do and how to work together? Where is their playbook?

The ASPS is proud to announce the availability of the Breast Reconstruction Planner: Tips to Manage a Speedy Recover. This is a guide for a patient and her family and caregivers to help plan for and manage the recovery following breast reconstruction surgeries. And, it’s free to any and all who want to download it, which can be done at: www.BRAdayUSA.org/Planner.

This eBook contains the answers to a lot of questions that will come up during recovery, along with tips on things that you can do to prepare, and things that will make the whole process easier. Let’s face it: no woman is an expert on how to recover from breast cancer surgery when she begins the process of breast cancer treatment. It is the hope of ASPS that this guide will make the process of dealing with breast cancer less daunting, and lead to a better outcome.

If you or someone you know is dealing with breast cancer, share this link with them. It’s another way you can be on their team!”

If you have any specific requests regarding cosmetic surgery topics that you would like discussed on this blog, please feel free to email me: chris@breast-body.co.nz

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Who Can You Thank For Your Wrinkles?

“The Fountain of Youth” – Dr Chris Porter’s inside view of cosmetic surgery where he aims to help you to make the best possible informed choice and achieve your cosmetic surgery goals.

Do you have more wrinkles than your friends? As you age are you looking more and more like your mother’s old photographs? We know that wrinkles are caused by general aging and are brought on earlier and worsened by smoking and sun exposure. But why do some people age prematurely – thanks to a study recently published in the journal Nature we now have a better understanding of the biological causes of aging.

The genetic material we inherit from our parents help to define us, such as our physical characteristics, what diseases we may suffer from and expected lifespan. We assume that we get half of our genes each from our mother and father. What is not that well known is that we get a special package of genetic material from our mothers only. This is stored within mitochondria, the cellular organs that provide energy. If the mitochondria are damaged they fail in their production of energy which results in accelerated aging. The susceptibility of mitochondria to damage relates to the genes they contain and those you inherit from your mother. This new found knowledge gives researchers hope that new anti-aging treatments can be manufactured to target mitochondria to optimise their function.

This hope is futuristic but thankfully today their is a wide range of options to treat premature aging. This range includes skin care products, resurfacing (laser, dermabrasion, vitamin A, chemical peels), fillers (hyaluronic acid, fat transfer), botox, and surgical lifts (face lift, neck lift, brow lift, blepahroplasty).

If you have any specific requests regarding cosmetic surgery topics that you would like discussed on this blog, please feel free to email me: chris@breast-body.co.nz

Making the Most of Your Breasts

“The Fountain of Youth” – Dr Chris Porter’s inside view of cosmetic surgery where he aims to help you to make the best possible informed choice and achieve your cosmetic surgery goals.

Allure magazine has advice for you telling you how to put your best breasts forward. From your bra style to surgical improvements, there are many ways to improve your décolletage. If your breasts are too small, then you may be considering implants. Some general advice – don’t bring your plastic surgeon a picture of the perfect breasts to copy. Rib cage size, breast width and other factors will determine your ideal breast size. Bigger implants are not always better. The best place for breast augmentation incisions, with the lowest complication rate, may be in the fold under the breast rather than around the nipple or under the armpit. Implants will not necessarily lift your breasts, sometimes a breast lift (mastopexy) is a better option. If you want natural looking implants talk to your plastic surgeon about creating the most natural look for you.

Style your breasts
Stylists suggest silicone cutlet inserts to make the top half of your breasts full, they almost never use push up bras alone. If you have very large breasts emphasize your waistline. If your breasts are small, you can reveal some cleavage and use lifting tape to keep your breasts in place.  You can also use a shimmery body lotion to emphasize cleavage.

Maintain your breasts
Sun exposure causes breast skin to droop by breaking down collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. Wrinkles, spots and skin laxity can be avoided if you cover up with sunscreen and are sensible with your sun exposure. Performing a breast exam monthly with regular mammography screening is important for detection of breast lumps and cancer. Purchase a professionally fitted bra for everyday wear as well as for sports, gravity and bounce are detrimental to breast shape over time.

If you have any specific requests regarding cosmetic surgery topics that you would like discussed on this blog, please feel free to email me: chris@breast-body.co.nz