Articles on breast implant

Breast Implants - Myths and Reality

Dr. Priti Shukla
Beautiful breasts are those which are proportionate to rest of the body in size and have a teardrop shape with a cleavage between the breasts. Going by the sale of padded bras at any lingerie shop one can easily conclude that a lot of women  have smaller breasts than they desire. Padded bras look unnatural and solve the problem only partially . Breast implants are adopted by millions of women worldwide, to look naturally beautiful since 1960. Today it is the number one plastic surgery in the world. But are the implants safe? There are a lot of misinformation on internet about breast implants. Let's look at  the  important myths that Indian women have :1. Silicon Implants can cause breast cancer: Breast carcinoma is not related to breast implants. 2. Silicon implant  have side effects: There are no side effects on body related to breast implants.3. Breast feeding may be affected after breast implants: No , breast glands and milk production is not  affected by implants.4. Breast implants look too big and unnatural: Breast implants come in different sizes and they look and feel very natural when performed by an experienced surgeon.5. Breasts grow big by themselves with pregnancy and breastfeeding: Yes breasts do grow big under influence of hormones during pregnancy. But when woman stops breastfeeding they shrink again, and also sag . Sorry to disappoint you girls . 6. Surgery is risky: Breast implant surgery is a daycare surgery. Choose your surgeon , anaesthetist and hospital facility carefully to get a safe and beautiful outcome.

Find Out More About Breast augmentation..

Dr. Aamod Rao
Breasts under go a lot of changes in time. Pregnancy and lactation often changes the shape of the breasts making it more loose or saggy. Deflated or droopy shapeless breasts is a confidence breaker.There are a wide range of definitive surgical options from implants to lifts to regain your lost confidence.Breast augmentation(breast implants) is suitable for women who perceive their breasts as being too small, either because they have never had full development of breast tissue or as a result of the loss of breast tissue that sometimes occurs after pregnancy and breast-feeding. Small breasts may also be due to massive weight loss. If breast sagging accompanies small breast volume, a breast uplift operation, Mastopexy, may be required.The enlargement can be done by either using an breast implant (silicone/saline) or by Natural breast augmentation using fat. The breast augmentation (breast implant) surgery does not usually alter breast function. Since the operation does not interfere with breast tissue, the possibility of breast-feeding after pregnancy remains unaltered. It must be remembered that not all women can breast-feed successfully anyway - the important point here being that the breast will function the same after treatment as before. There may be altered nipple sensation. Additionally, breast implants do not increase or decrease the chances of developing breast cancer. Hundreds of thousands of augmentation mammoplasties (breast implants) have been performed worldwide and there has never been any demonstrated relationship between breast implants and breast cancer or any other breast disease. Breast implant surgery usually is done on a day care basis. You can go home the same day after the breast implant surgery. Other than surgical correction - using Breast implants or the person's own body fat - there is no method that can increase the size and fullness of the breasts. Unfortunately, no amount of exercise, hormonal treatment or creams can have any noticeable effect on the dimensions of small breasts. This is why breast augmentation (breast implants) has become a very popular method of enhancing the female form. Breast augmentation (breast implants) has been successful world-wide and has helped many women attain a better figure, which in turn has made an important psychological contribution to their feelings of femininity, confidence, well-being and happiness. Physical and psychological factors are closely linked here; thus, patients are carefully assessed and guided in realising their expectations. Breast Implant Surgery is a day care procedure generally taking 45 mins to an hour unless it is combined with any other procedure like a lift. Swelling will be present for a few weeks during which a snugly fitting sports bra is encouraged. Massaging can be started within 3 weeks while taking a shower. Sexual activity can be resumed with in a month.

Breast Self Examination

Dr. Manpreet Singh Bindra, Oncologist
Step 1 Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.Here's what you should look for:Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and colorBreasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swellingIf you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor's attention:Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skinA nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out)Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling​Step 2 Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.Step 3 While you're at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).Step 4 Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn.This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pressure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When you've reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to your ribcage.  Step 5 Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in step 4.Self examination at home can be helpful in early diagnosis of Benign and Malignant Breast Diseases.  In case of any finding as mentioned above, immediately visit your GP or Specialist for quick examination and diagnosis.

Advantages of Breast Feeding Your Little Boon

Dr. Jayapriya Tamilarasan, Homeopath
Holding your baby in your arms and Breast feeding that little flower gives a lot of joy in you as a mother. It creates a very powerful bond between the mom and the child, also is the strongest relationship in the world. It is really happening when you breast feed your baby, you are feeding him/her with a lot of nutrients and immunizing antibodies, which is of great consequence in their growth. Breast milk is very thin, easily digestible, tastier than any other fortified milk and baby milk products. The chance of infection in bottle fed baby is very much higher than the breast fed baby.Faqs about Breast feeding1. Breast feeding will make the mother look older due to enlarged and sagging breasts?It is not true, only she has to wear a proper fitting bra while nursing which will help from sagging of breasts. The enlarged breasts will go back to the normal size after stoppage of breast feeding.2. Breast feeding is difficult in public places ?Yes, it is difficult to feed your baby in places other than your home. But there are rooms provided separately in hospitals to encourage breast feeding, where you mostly take them for vaccination. "Mothers milk is the best source of nutrition for your baby. It is the fastest and safest available food for your precious baby" . This thought in you will remove the shyness in you and will be prepared to feed your baby in any place. Soon you will expertise in feeding your baby in a very neat way.3. Do all mothers have good secretion of breast milk ?Yes, all mothers have good secretion of breast milk. The difference is some will have small amount of secretion at the beginning which will increase while you continue to feed your baby. As the baby sucks the nipple, secretion of the hormones prolactin and oxytocin increase, which leads to the production of milk and flow of the milk through the ducts inside the breasts respectively. Drink more amount of fluids and eat well to increase the milk secretion.4. What to do when there is reduction of milk secretion ?Usually there will be fluctuation in production of milk secretion which is normal. This can be detected with the baby crying continuously even after feeding or if the baby bites the nipple or the baby's abdomen shows its not full after feeding.This can be corrected by taking certain home available cooking items like garlic, asafoetida, spinach , sugar beans, betel leaves, karpuravalli leaves. Intake of these will act as a galactagogue ( increase milk secretion). DO NOT STOP FEEDING EVEN IF MILK REDUCES.5. Will Homeopathic remedies help to increase or decrease the secretion of milk ?Yes, there are wonderfully acting homeopathic remedies available to increase milk secretion like Allium sativum, Coleus aromaticus, Asafoetida, Lactuca virosa, Alfaalfa, Urtica urens. Also to decrease or stop the secretion while weaning like Pulsatilla, Lac caninum.6. What is the proper way of feeding?Hold your baby in your arm on the side you are going to feed, Body and face turned towards you with head high and legs low. Have a pillow under your arm for support. Rest your back in a proper position. Help the baby to create a good latch with the nipple. Try to control the flow of milk by holding the area above the nipple between your index finger and the middle finger. Drink a glass of water before and after every feed.7. What not to do while feeding?Do not eat while feeding. Do not lie down and feed the baby. Do not be angry or tensed while feeding. Try to even avoid talking unnecessarily while feeding.8. What can I do while feeding?You should be very relaxed. Sing a mild beautiful song to your baby. Think about his/her growth and future. Have happy and pleasant thoughts in your mind. Hold the hand of your baby while feeding.9. What to do after breast feeding ?Hold the baby in upright position with the support of your shoulder. Gently tap at the baby's back, you will hear a burp. While making the baby to lie down after feeding, make them lie on their side, either left or right. This is to avoid aspiration of milk into baby's lungs which is dangerous.10. What are the advantages of Breast feeding?While breast feeding a hormone called oxytocin is released, Which causes uterine contractions and brings back the uterus to its pre - pregnancy size.Oxytocin is the important reason for the bonding between the mother and the baby.Areola ( i.e. the dark area around the nipple ) secretes an oil, which helps to keep the nipple and the areola clean and moist. The secretion has antimicrobial properties also, which reduce the risk of infection. Breast fed baby is free from infections causing diarrhoea, vomiting and other infections. Bottle fed babies are at higher risk of these infections. Even after infections breast fed babies will recover very fast. Infact, they fall sick fairly lesser.The first milk secretion from the breast is called colostrum. It contains all the antibodies for the immunity of the baby.Breast fed babies gains weight faster.Breast milk is easily digested by the babies intestines and passes regular and normal stools.Breast milk is more economical than other baby milk products.Breast fed baby is a healthy baby.   EVERY MOTHER IS A WONDER. BREAST FEED YOUR BABY, FEEL THE MOM IN YOU.

Are You Unhappy With the Size of Your Breast?

Dr Deepali Agarwal
Breast augmentationIt is technically known as augmentation mammaplasty, a surgical procedure to enhance the shape and size of a woman’s breast. The surgery offers you with an opportunity to improve your body contour and achieve a more proportionate figure. It helps to restore the shape and size of the breast lost due to various reasons, the most common being the result of having children.A few facts you should know about breast augmentation surgery are as follows:The length of the surgery is usually 1-2 hours.The anesthesia used is usually local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.The length of the stay is usually 1-3 days.During the recovery phase , initially mild to moderate discomfort can be felt. Minimal activity for several days is advisable. You can go back to work in 3-10 days. Avoid sternous exercise for atleast 30 days.Scarring that is present is minimal which is concealed in the dark area surrounding the nipple , the crease beneath the breast and the armpit. The scars take atleast 6 weeks to fade away and are usually inconspicuous thereafter.Complications are unlikely if you are in the hands of a well trained, qualified and trained plastic surgeon.The implants used for breast augmentation are not lifelong devices and they do not age with the woman’s body with time. There is no method to predict how long the implants will maintain their softness, appearance and function but the results are successful and comparatively long lasting if done by an expert.The surgery increases the self esteem of the woman.The woman opting for the surgery are much more confident and motivated after the surgery.The studies have shown that these women are happier than they were before the procedure.

Pre- Breast Augmentation Preparatory Tips

Dr. Harikiran Chekuri
Fuller and firmer breasts add to your feminism. However, not all women are gifted will great breasts shapes. If you too are unsatisfied with your under-developed breasts, a breast augmentation surgery can be just right for you. Breast augmentation, like any other surgery needs a bit of preparation. Here are some very important tips that will help you to get prepared for the procedure.Check your eligibility - Before planning for breast augmentation, you must consult the doctor to check your eligibility for the surgery. Generally, this procedure is not for those who are under 22 years, smoke regularly, suffering from serious ailments, lactating mothers etc. Speak to your doctor and move on with the procedure only after you get a positive nod.Have a realistic expectation - A cosmetic surgery can obviously improve your appearance for better but it cannot change your look completely. Discuss with your doctor to know what you can expect after your breast augmentation surgery. Know about how much development you can hope to see and how long you must wait to see the complete result. Clear all your doubts about the procedure, don’t hesitate. It also becomes easier for the doctor if he is aware about the patient’s expectation. He can provide you with a more desirable result or even counsel you against dreaming of something that is impractical and unrealistic.Share your medical history with your doc - It is important that your doctor knows about your complete medical history. It is mandatory to ensure your safety and help you get a desired result. Let the doctor know all about your ailments, allergies and any chronic disease running in your family. Also tell him about any medicine that you might be taking or have taken recently. If you have been diagnosed by any serious disease, provide a complete history of it, even if you have recovered completely.Know about your diet – Ask your doctor about your dietary plan pre and post surgery. Follow the schedule that your doctor gives your. Any dietary indiscipline may lead to unwanted side-effects resulting in delayed recovery time.Get a help for yourself – Breast augmentation surgery does not pose any huge risk but still you need to get yourself a helping hand. Have a friend who can drive you after the procedure and be with you for at least 24-72 hours. You shall be under the effect of medication so will be feeling feeble. There must be someone to look after you, your diet and medication for at least a day or two till you are back on your feet.Get out from your habit of nicotine – If you are a smoker, it is important that you quit smoking at least 6 months prior to the surgery. Smoking and aesthetic surgeries doesn’t go well together and the effect of nicotine delays the recovery and may also result in side-effects.There are lots of myths associated with aesthetic surgeries, especially breast procedures. It is essential to know the facts before deciding on the procedure. Get in touch with an expert who has a lot of experience in this specific domain and let him guide you well.

5 Faqs Immediately After Dental Implant Procedure

Dr. Kamlesh Kothari, Dentist
Dental implants have become main stream and many are getting this done routinely. In my 15 years experience , these are the  5 commonly asked  questions that i have encountered1) What/When can I eat ? Can I brush over the implant area? Generally you can eat a soft diet (like porridge / bread / khichdi / idly / banana, etc.) on the same day of the procedure (generally 2 hours later). Care should be taken to avoid hot food. Room temperature or cold is preferred. Cold ice packs from the outside (on the cheek) corresponding to the area of the implanted tooth helps. One must avoid eating crispy foods for 10 days at least ( Toasts / pani puri / bhujia, etc.) as these can get lodged between the newly placed implant and the gum and cause infection. One must brush and use a mouth wash after implant placement. Care should be taken to avoid scrubbing the implant area hard . At most, a gentle stroke or firm finger massaging over the implant is desirable . 2) Can I smoke / drink after an implant? One must avoid smoking and drinking for 24-48 hours after implant placement. Studies have conclusively proven that smokers have a higher risk of poor bone healing and subsequent poor implant integration into bone . The best advice i can give is to quit completely.3) When can I resume office / exercise?Most of the procedures in implantology are simplified today and one can join work the same day or next and rest days are rarely required. This would depend on the severity and type of procedure performed and your doctor is the best judge for this. Vigorous exercise / high intensity sports is generally not recommended for 3 days at least.Dental implant takes 4-6 months ( 4 months for the lower jaw and 6 months for the upper jaw) to integrate into your body.4) Can I travel?Generally speaking , the doctor should see the patient in a couple of days after the procedure for a routine check up, but if one must travel, then a window period of 24-48 hours is recommended. Emergency travel is OK as there is absolute no contraindication to travel after treatment. 5) When can I resume regular sex life?Right away! While one can continue a normal sex life but oral related activities can be uncomfortable for about 3-7  days as well as risky as the healing areas in the mouth have a high risk of infection during this period.

Guide To Breast Augmentation

Dr. Sreekar Harinatha
A breast augmentation is done to create a fuller and more voluptuous appearance in the breasts. There are a variety of ways it is performed, the most common using  silicone implants, or using the patient’s own fat known as fat grafting.Why Do Women Get Breast Augmentation?Having fuller more voluptuous breasts is important part of feeling feminine and more confident for women. The breasts give the female body more proportion, curves and shape, which makes many women feel more confident. There are a variety of factors that make women unhappy with their breasts. Such factors include the effects of aging, gravity which leads to sagging, post pregnancy changes and natural asymmetry. A breast augmentation helps women improve the overall appearance of the breasts and cleavage.This results in an improved self esteem and confidence.Are you the right candidate?To determine if you are ready for a breast augmentation surgery, discuss the following information during consultation with your plastic surgeon• Prior or current health problems you may have. This includes any previous surgeries you may have had• Health problems within the family such as diabetes or heart disease• A list of allergies and current medications, including vitamins and other supplements you take on a daily basis. This is very important as you maybe asked to change dosage, or temporarily stop taking specific medications before surgery.During the initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will also discuss your health history, medications, and any possible risk factors. He will discuss the surgery options available to you, how the surgery is performed, recovery and possible risks. In addition he will discuss your options in terms of implant types, sizes, and shapes; along with the different incision and placement options for the implants.Choosing the Ideal Size for Your FrameThe size of your implants is the first decision you will make. It is important to select an implant size that is proportionate to your body frame and size. The plastic surgeon will guide you through this phase during your consultation. There are many benefits in terms of being conservative when choosing the sizeof the implants. When implants are disproportionately larger than your bodyframe, there are associated risks such as visible rippling of the skin due to expansion, numbness, sagging over time and most importantly capsular contracture (when the pocket around the implant narrows causing the implant to be squeezed).What incisions are made during the surgery?There are three different types of incisions that can be performed when getting a breast augmentation surgery. These incisions are Inframammary(incision below the breast), Transaxillary (through the armpit), and Peri-Areolar (along the lower edge of the Areola). Your plastic surgeon will go over the different options available to you during your consultation, showing you the benefits of each option and explaining exactly how they are performed,including the associated recovery time for each.InframammaryAn Inframammary incision is the most common incision when getting abreast augmentation surgery, especially when selecting silicone implants.Peri-AreolarA Peri-Areolar incision is done around the bottom edge of the areola and is typically four to five centimeters in length. This incision is very discreet after it is healed. Often times it is impossible to notice as it goes along the natural edge of the areola. The benefit to a Peri-Areolar incision is it not only allows good access to the pocket where the implant is placed, but it is also far from the implant, which reduces any risks of complications occurring if the incision were to get infected.TransaxillaryA Transaxillary incision is the least visible of the different incision options, as it is made in the armpit. This ensures there are no scars anywhere near the breasts. Another benefit to Transaxillary incisions, is that they are able to heal extremely fast as the incision is much smaller than the other incision options. This breast augmentation procedure is performed using an endoscope during the surgery, which allows to see the implant inside the pocket.Where exactly is the implant placed?There are two choices when it comes to the placement of the breast implants you select. They are subglandular (above the muscle) or submuscular (below the muscle). The benefits of each of the different placement options will be discussed with you at your consultation with the plastic surgeon.SubglandularSubglandular placement is when the implant is placed above the muscle. During this placement, the implants are placed below the natural breast tissue and the surgery is usually quicker with less recovery time required. One of the benefits of subglandular placement is that if future surgery may be required due to rupture or leakage, it allows for easier access to the implant. However, subglandular placement does also have its downsides, such as an increased risk of capsular contracture, difficulty with mammographies and the implant is easier felt through the skin.SubmuscularSubmuscular placement is when the breast implant is put under the pectoral muscle. The benefit with submuscular placement is that the final result of the breast augmentation will look and feel more natural. Any breast imaging will be easier including mammographies, because it is easier to differentiate the implant from real breast tissue. The downfall to submuscular placement is in regards to recovery time, as it takes longer for the muscle to heal. Lastly, if needing to repair the implant it is more difficult to get to, which makes the surgery more difficult as well.Immediately After SurgeryBreast augmentation is an outpatient surgery procedure, so you will go home the same day the surgery is performed. In order to help reduce swelling of the breasts, a compression dressing will be put over your chest after the surgery.This will keep the breasts in place, reduce swelling, and help prevent bruising. .After the breast augmentation is done, you will notice an improvement in the size and shape of your breasts right away. In the beginning your breasts will be much larger than the implant size you selected due to swelling and bruising. The swelling will however go down significantly during the following two weeks after surgery. You should also expect to feel some pain and discomfort after surgery. However, with the help of oral pain medications that are prescribed to you, any pain should be easily tolerable. For the first few days after surgery, you should rest as much as possible to help aid the body during the healing process.What are the risks after Breast Augmentation?Although breast augmentation is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed, it is still considered a major surgery and must be treated like one. Despite its successful record of safety, risks do exist. Breast augmentation risks include:• Infection• Capsular Contracture• Excess scarring• Changes to nipple sensitivity• Reaction to anesthesia or medication• Breast hardening• Implant leakage or rupture• Asymmetry• Bruising or swelling

Tips and Benefits of Breast Feeding

Dr. C. Muthunagai, Ayurveda
This week (August 1 - August 7) is World Breastfeeding Week. Breast milk is the first and best investment a mother can ever do to her baby. Breastfed kids are best fed. Six months of exclusive breast feeding is essential for a healthy baby and healthy mother.  Benefits of breastfeeding and simple tips for increasing breast milk secretion for feeding mothers are as follows:-Ways to Improve LactationAyurveda says stress, anger, anxiety will reduces the secretion of breast milk, while happiness improves it. So care and love from family is very essential Frequent feeding itself will stimulate the secretion of breast milk Feeding mothers can include milk, garlic, cumin seeds, fenugreek, dried solanum torvum (dried turkey berry or “sundai vatral” in Tamil, ), sago (sabudhana) and cotton seed milk in their diet to increase lactationNon-vegetarians can include country chicken and baby shark in their diet Ayurvedic medicines like "Sowbagya Sunti", "Vidaryadi Grtham", "Satavari Legyam" are good galactogogues and can be taken under doctor’s adviseBenefits for BabyFirst secretion of breast milk called “Colostrum” is packed with anti-bodies and immunoglobulins, hence it is essential for protection of babiesBreast milk has DHA, epidermal growth factors, tawrine, cystine, etc,  which are essential for the mental development of the babiesBenefits for MotherOccurrence of breast cancer is largely reduced with breastfeeding During lactation period glucose level in a diabetic mother is well-controlled Breast milk can be expressed through breast pump and can be stored in a sterile container at room temperature for 3-4 hours or refrigerated for 24 hours, this is a boon for working womenBreast feeding helps to shed those extra kilos gained by the mother during pregnancy"Breastfeeding is not only the cornerstone of a child’s healthy development; it is also the foundation of a country’s development." - UNICEF & WHOHappy Breast Feeding!!