Protecting Your Skin

Your Guide To Breast Augmentation Following Mastectomy

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Date: March 29th 2016


What symbols are more commonly associated with womanhood than breasts? Losing one’s breasts is much more than a physical change; it’s also an emotional one. For this reason, many women consider breast reconstruction or breast augmentation following a mastectomy. It is reasonable to feel wary of the reconstructive procedure, but understanding it ahead of time is a great way to feel more comfortable with it. The Best Time for Breast Reconstruction If you are considering breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, you need to ensure that your doctor is on board with your wishes. For most women, reconstruction includes an implant. In some instances, doctors can take tissue from one body part and use it to build a fuller breast. This is a form of natural breast augmentation. Most doctors will be able to accommodate a reconstruction at any point following a mastectomy, but many experts believe that you will have the best outcome if the procedures are performed at the same time. In the case of a lumpectomy, which occurs when the doctor needs to remove a lump from the breast, additional treatment is often required before reconstruction can take place. The reconstruction needs to be coordinated with other treatments, including radiation. Instead of a breast implant, some women in these cases might consider fat injections. Results Following Mastectomy & Breast Reconstruction Women who undergo a breast reconstruction procedure following a mastectomy experience a broad range of symptoms. For instance, some women stay at the hospital for a one-night hospital stay, while others need to stay slightly longer. Complete recovery takes several weeks, and the first week is typically difficult. By the sixth week, most women can participate in all their favorite regular activities, including working out. Understanding Your Goals for Breast Reconstruction If you have been thinking about breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, you need to think about a few different goals. For instance, you may want to change your cup size or alter the shape of your breast following a procedure. You might not even know what you want to do until you speak to your surgeon. This is where you will get information about your specific case. Considering reconstruction? It’s time to set up a consultation with your surgeon. The earlier you begin planning the procedure, the more time you have to prepare for recovery. Your doctor will be able to help you understand each part of […]

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2 Laser Hair Removal Myths Busted

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Date: January 21st 2016


Getting rid of unwanted body hair can be an annoying chore. It’s no surprise that many people are eager to find new and more efficient ways of removing it. Laser hair removal is a promising technology that has great appeal to many people who are interested in getting rid of unwanted hair. However, there are many myths and rumors attached to the concept of laser hair removal. If you’re considering laser hair removal, you need to know the facts. Take a look at the truth behind a couple of the most common laser hair removal myths. Laser Hair Removal Only Works on Lighter Skin Tones There is a very good reason why many people believe that you can’t have laser hair removal done if you have a dark skin color – or even if you just happen to have a tan. That used to be true. The earliest laser hair removal tools worked best on light-skinned people with dark hair, because the laser detected the contrast between the light skin and dark hair. However, the technology has changed and grown more advanced as the demand for laser hair removal increased. Now there are lasers that are safe to use on dark skin. Before you book a laser hair removal treatment, find out if the clinic you’re considering has one of the lasers that are appropriate for dark skin, and schedule a time to come in for a patch test on a small portion of your skin, so you’ll know how your skin will react to the laser. Laser Hair Removal Is Too Expensive It’s natural that cost would be a big concern, and laser hair removal does require a larger up-front investment than other forms of hair removal. However, when deciding whether or not it’s worth the price, you have to take a look at the bigger picture. When you calculate the cost of paying for less permanent hair removal costs over the rest of your lifetime and weigh it against the cost of a few months of laser hair removal treatments, you may find that the laser treatments are actually cheaper overall. A lot also depends on the areas that you want hair removed from. Removing hair from a small area, like the underarm area, costs between $250 and $350. A larger area, like the back, can run as high as $900. Removing hair from a sensitive area like […]

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3 Things You Should Know Before Getting Plastic Surgery

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Date: December 8th 2015


Getting plastic surgery can be very rewarding. Many people look forward to the day when they will be able to get the body and the look that they want. However, that doesn’t mean that the procedure will be extremely easy. Just like any other surgery there will be a good deal of healing and perhaps some unpleasantness. Here are some things you need to know about getting plastic surgery so that your healing and recovery can be as simple as possible. 1.There Will Be Oozing From The Site After you get home from the surgery you will want to change into your most comfortable clothes. If you have gotten a surgery anywhere other than your face, you should use your old pajamas, or a pair where you don’t care if they get ruined. This is because you should know that there will be oozing from the incision site. You will need to change bandages and gauze on the area so you should have plenty of bandages at your house before the surgery. This is not something you want to run to the store for during your healing process. 2. Consider Buying A Body Pillow Or Using A Recliner Chair For Sleeping It is important to recognize that you may be in a good deal of pain after the surgery, and for the first couple days sleep may be uncomfortable. If have had a body surgery, such as a breast augmentation, then a body pillow may be helpful. This will protect the incision sites, and your swollen breasts from pain as you sleep. If you have had a facial plastic surgery, you may not be able to lay your face on a pillow comfortably. This is why many people sleep in a recliner chair where they can sleep face up, but still be comfortable. Sleep will be incredibly important to your healing, which is why you should prepare before hand to make your night as comfortable as possible. 3. Don’t Expect Immediate Results The combination of pain medication, swelling and the emotional roller coaster that plastic surgery can cause can be overwhelming following plastic surgery. You should avoid all scales and mirrors for the first two weeks after the surgery. There is a good chance you will retain water, and the swelling and bruising around the site may be discouraging. This is why you should wait until you have had a […]

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How To Improve Your Appearance

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Date: June 24th 2015


It’s natural for most people to want to look their best, and for good reason. When you look good, you generally feel better about life in general. Wrong or right, looks count. When you feel like you look nice, your self-confidence and self-esteem are affected in a positive way. In turn, a person who is attractive attracts others. People generally enjoy being in the presence of nice-looking individuals. Here are some ideas that might help you to improve your looks. Your Face And Hair – Think of a makeover as the right makeup and a great hairdo. The Makeup – Perhaps you have never really learned how to wear makeup correctly. If you feel that is the case, consider getting a complete makeover. Before the aesthetician begins to work, express that you would like to learn how to do your makeup yourself. Find out the colors of base, blush, eye shadow and mascara that complement your skin tone and that make your eyes and lips look great. How does the aesthetician use brushes? What kind of brushes should you have for at-home use? What is a good cleansing and skin conditioning regimen? The Hair – One idea is to study the face of celebrities that have your same facial shape. If you think you’d look good in the same hairstyle the celebrity wears, take a picture with you to the beauty shop. The great part about going to a beauty shop is that the aesthetician has been trained to match hairdos with face shapes. For example, if you have an oval face, you can wear any hair style you like. However, if you have a round face, consider long, layered hair. If it’s short, think about having some waves around your face. Your Body – A great body is super important for good looks. If you are not already moving your body, this is a great time to start. Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Exercise will turn flabby, weak muscles into a body that is firm and toned. And, your posture will get better, thus making you look great. Think about joining a dance exercise class or going to a gym. If you’d rather exercise by yourself, consider walking in a park. If you walk, think about using your lunch hour to take a brisk walk. The key to exercise is consistency. Perhaps you could […]

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That Healthy Glow: Simple Tips To Get The Best Skin

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Date: June 4th 2015


With countless serums, creams, and cleansers on the market, it can be hard to determine which skin care products and methods will work best for you and your particular skin type. While you can certainly purchase any number of treatments to help improve your skin’s overall look and texture, there are simple things you can also do to help ensure you have that healthy glow. Here are some tips to help you get the most beautiful skin you can have, all by doing or not doing certain things. Skin Care Dos It is important to get plenty of sleep each night. Eight hours is ideal, but at least a good solid night of sleep each night will help keep your skin clear and fresh. Drink plenty of water every day. Water improves elasticity and helps keep your skin hydrated. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies. Natural foods provide minerals and vitamins your body and skin needs. Use a good sunscreen every day. Even if you don’t get sunburn, exposure to UV rays can cause wrinkles or worse, skin cancer. Make sure you purchase products designed for your particular skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, buy products that will not clog your pores. If you have dry or aging skin, look for items that provide much needed moisture. Exfoliate regularly. Scrubbing the skin of dead cell allows the new ones to regrow, and gives you a really healthy glow. It also encourages the production of new cells which will help keep your face looking fresh. Skin Care Don’ts Try to avoid using toners with alcohol in them. Alcohol can dry the skin out and actually make existing problems worse. Do not pick at blemishes. Instead, let them heal naturally. If you pick at them it can cause permanent scarring. Never use bar soap on your face. Bar soap is extremely drying and can strip your skin of its natural oils, which are designed to protect your face. If you are experiencing acne, do not use special treatments too frequently. Product with things like benzoyl peroxide can bleach the skin and can actually make breakouts worse if applied too often. Stay away from products with synthetic dyes or sulfuric acid in them. These ingredients can be extremely harmful to your skin. Never go to bed with makeup on. Face makeup can clog your pores and […]

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About Me

When I was a child, my father worked at my grandfather’s timber company. During this time, he worked outdoors for several hours each day. Unfortunately, he didn’t use sunscreen. A couple of years ago, he started to notice some worrisome brown, scaly marks on his face. After visiting a dermatologist, he discovered he had skin cancer. After removing the cancers, his physician advised him to undergo a chemical peel. He told my dad that this procedure could prevent future skin cancers from developing. On this blog, you will discover how a chemical peel can protect your skin in the future.

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