Silicone versus Saline...Which is better?
The answer is not the same for everyone. The FDA dictates that those under 22 are not eligible for Silicone gel breast augmentation and must use saline only. Both Silicone and Saline breast implants are safe, enlarge the breast and are available for patients 22 and older.
The differences are how they feel, the price, the warranty and in our practice, the amount of time needed in the operating room. Extra time is needed to fill a saline breast implant.
Currently Dr. Conkright is using Allergan Inspira gel breast implants. Allergan, also the manufacturer of Botox offers 50 units of Free Botox for the gel augment patient and a friend.
At your complimentary consultation samples of both saline and silicone gel implants are available for your inspection. We want to make sure all of your questions are answered so YOU can choose what fits your personal needs and budget.
Which is better?? It is up to YOU.
Supporting someone with Breast Cancer
Finding out a loved one has breast cancer causes everything to change very suddenly. How are you supposed to know, instantly, how to be supportive to a woman going through something this terrifying? Chances are you already have or someday you will be thrust into this role. Here are seven things women with breast cancer and their partners and or friends have discovered about what worked best when it came to supporting them through this ordeal...
1) Support whatever she decides be it a lumpectomy and radiation or mastectomy. Listen to everything she has to say without judgment, remember, your role is to act as a sounding board, letting her bounce her thoughts and fears off of you.
2) Don't let her go to appointments alone, no matter how self-reliant or brave she tries to be. Going to a cancer appointment alone is no fun. We need to be there for reassurance and support, even if you get the, "No, you don't need to bother", statement.
3) Talk to her openly about her breasts. I mean let's be honest, breasts play a big role in our sex lives, and the loss of one or both breasts can threaten her sense of sexuality. As her partner you, and only you, can reassure her the you still find her attractive. As her friend, she needs your reassurance in terms of her looks, her outward shape, and - if she is single- her future dating potential.
4) Anticipate when she can't do something and help, or change things so she can do them herself. This is simple, many woman can't lift there arms for a long time after breast surgery, so you be there to help them with putting on clothes, or putting things on lower shelves so they can reach it themselves.
5) Function as the forward guard-create a buffer zone of peace and quiet around your loved one. A cancer diagnoses typically triggers an even greater need for communication; friends and family members will call, e-mail, and request Facebook updates. This causes the cancer patient to get sucked into taking care of everyone else's reactions when they need to take care of themselves. Think of yourself in the role of a celebrity agent, you take care of the paparazzi.
6) Become her strongest advocate- the fierce, protective papa bear. Ask the doctors and nurses questions and don't let them off the phone until you have concrete solutions. Your weapons? Lots of questions that begin with "Isn't there something available for..." and " What can we do about..."
7) Don't expect everything to be fine right away- even the "well adjusted" cancer patient who thinks she's doing great is going to have some really tough days, and expect delayed reactions. Many women think they can handle their hair loss and feel strong-until they first try on a wig or lose their eyebrows. Be her personal beauty consultant, help her choose head scarves, buy her some new eye makeup, tell her how beautiful she looks-over and over again, year after year. Hang in there, for as long as it takes.
Appearance, Appearance, Appearance!
" I tan, I feel good, I'll look good tomorrow... What's health?" That is the feeling among young college age girls today. They know that ultraviolet rays are harmful but they are not worried about wrinkles, premature aging or melanoma. They just want to look good. Sunless tanning-whether with lotions, bronzers, or sprays-has been promoted as an effective substitute to dodge the health risks of UV rays, but if the products do not provide the perfect tan, young women likely will not us them. Appearance is the biggest concern. Quotes such as "homely people have a hard time finding happiness" and " I should do whatever I can to always look my best" outweigh the fact that they could be putting themselves at risk for skin cancer. So, why is a tan so important? The fact is that throughout much of history, light skin has been seen as desirable because it indicated a person was wealthy or refined rather than a member of the lower classes who worked outside and were exposed to sun. Tans didn't catch on until the 1920's, when iconic designer Coco Chanel got sunburned while spending time in the French Riviera. Her fans liked the look and began emulating her. Again, Coco looked good, proving that it is all about appearance. Here at Conkright Aesthetics we want you to look and feel your best, so we are offering a great special next week for all you sunless tanning product users. Get your skin ready with Jan Marini Resurfacing Body Scrub ($37 retail) and Jan Marini Hand & Body Lotion ($36 retail) when you buy the lotion receive the scrub for half price. Now I know that many of you will still lay in the sun, but please wear your SPF. Appearance is very important, but please be safe and think about what you want to do in the future and how fabulous you would like to look then too.
Healthy Breasts- FOR LIFE!
Breast health has been all over the news this week due to celebrity Anjelina Jolie announcing she had a preventative double mastectomy with full reconstruction to lower her risks of developing breast cancer in the future. Now, most women are concerned that their breasts are too big or to small or not as firm and youthful as they once were, but one thing is for certain, every woman wants healthy breasts for a life time. As we age, our breasts change along with the rest of our body. During our childbearing years we wonder if breastfeeding is going change the way our breasts look, then following menopause , we might be more concerned about the breast cancer risk. Here are a few tips to help us with our breasts as we enter our 30's, 40's, and 50's.
In our thirty's, fortunately, breast problems tend to be benign. Younger women commonly experience fibrocystic breast disease with consists of breast pain, cysts, and noncancerous lumpiness. Most often, breast pain is cyclic, coming with menstrual periods. Fibroadenomas in our 30's are rubbery lumps made of fibrous and glandular tissue are not cancerous, but they can hurt, and if bothersome, they can be surgically removed. Worried about sagging breasts from breastfeeding? Do not be!!! Breastfeeding offers long-term protection against breast cancer. One of the best gifts we can give ourselves and our babies is to breastfeed for as long as possible.
FORTY! Yes, I know that word just sounds old. During this decade, our breast shape continues to change, our breasts contain less glandular tissue but more fat, leading to more sagging. Cysts are the most common type of breast lump at this age. These fluid filled sacs are not cancerous, but again, these can be painful and can be removed. Changes in the cellular structure of our breasts like atypical ductal hyperplasia may begin during this age, these abnormal cells in the milk ducts increase our chances of breast cancer. This is when the dreaded mammogram screenings start to come into play. Mammograms between the ages of 40 and 49 give us a one in 68 chance of finding the cancer in early stages.
In our fifty's... Menopause causes our breasts to become not only fattier but also smaller because we no longer need the milk-producing glands for breastfeeding. This is when we start to notice our breasts are less firm, less tender and less lumpy. This is key, because while harmless lumps may come and go with our menstrual cycle, now, any new lump that appears after menopause requires our doctor's prompt attention. From the ages of 50 to 59, a woman's chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer stands at 1 in 37. So, at this age, we should be getting mammograms once a year.
Breast health is something that we must concern ourselves with everyday. Here at Conkright Aesthetics our passion is to help women feel beautiful both inside and out. Being aware of changes in your body, especially your breasts will allow you and us to continue to make you feel beautiful too!
Brachioplasty: Are you a candidate?
Brachioplasty or an arm lift surgery has increased tremendously over the past 10 years. Who are the patients having this procedure and are you a candidate? Diet, exercise and gastric bypass patients who have lost massive amounts of weight include the many who are going through with the surgery. Surgery is their decision to rid themselves of the hanging skin they have acquired while they gladly trade this off for an inner arm scar. However, what if you just have a fat upper arm and this will not change regardless of diet and exercise? Brachioplasty may not be the answer. You might be a candidate for liposuction of the area? Not sure? Meeting with a certified cosmetic surgery who is a member of the ASPS will be able to give you all of your options to see what is best for you.
2013 Spring Fashion Trend
Spring has definitely arrived! I do not know about you but I am seriously ready to turn my attention away from classic wintery pieces on to brighter pieces that will work now and as the temperature begins to rise. Here are a some of the season's biggest trends to buy and try.
Pastel: Make sorbet shades work for the cooler months by stocking up on lighter sweaters and skinny jeans in this versatile color palette. Don't shy away from sleeveless tops or skirts, though-layer them or pair with black tights now. Later, they'll fit into your warm weather wardrobe easily.
Lace: This feminine fabric is big for spring! Look for dresses, tops, skirts, and accessories in any color palette. They'll add some elegant sophistication to your current rotation and keep the feeling going well into the summer months.
Stripes: Horizontal and vertical lines had a big presence throughout this Spring's 2013 collections. Start integrating the graphic pieces into outfits now so you will feel ahead of the curve come May.
Floral: Pretty blooms are naturally associated with sunshine and warm breezes. Wear the colorful prints with other poppy hues now and in a few month's time.
So, now that you are in "the know" about this season's hottest fashions, GO SHOPPING, and remember you look FABULOUS!
Danielle Blevins-Clinical Team Associate