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  • As you've probably already heard, October is Breast Health Awareness Month. They used

  • to call it Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but I think a lot of people thought, me? Think

  • about cancer? This month? I don't think so. So they worked in the term Breast Health Awareness

  • Month so that more of us would think proactively about taking good care of ourselves instead

  • of being scared of the word cancer.

  • So October is the month where you see lots of 10K's, lots of mobile mammogram units,

  • and lots of fundraising efforts in an attempt to raise more money for breast cancer research,

  • but also to encourage women to have regular mammograms.

  • Between the ages of 35 and 40, your doctor's going to recommend that you have a mammogram.

  • The thought is still out on how old you should be when you go, so you'll see them recommended

  • it anywhere in that range, from 35 to 40. However, in our specialty, breast augmentation,

  • Dr. Tebbetts wants every woman who's thinking about changing the landscape of her breasts,

  • whether it's an implant, a mastopexy, or a breast reduction to have a baseline mammogram,

  • 30 and older, so that there's a clean, pretty picture of the breast before we operate on

  • that breast.

  • That way, when it's time for you to have regular mammograms, there's a clean, pretty picture,

  • or that baseline, to compare back to. We always recommend that our patients not only send

  • the report to us, their plastic surgeon, but also send it to your ObGyn or your internist

  • as well. That way, your records are kept in more than just one place. It's just good business.

  • I think mammograms have gotten a really bad rap over the last several years, maybe all

  • their lives, everybody's always heard how terrible a mammogram is. I had my first mammogram

  • before my implants 14 years ago, and I was scared too, but honestly, it was really nothing.

  • I think it's more of a mental thing because you worry about having to bare it all to some

  • stranger and then having them push and pull on you a little bit. I mean, it's awkward.

  • You feel a little bit vulnerable, but it's certainly not painful. And if you get a good

  • tech, they make you feel really comfortable and at ease, and in no time, literally 15

  • minutes, it's over.

  • So 15 minutes of awkward to safe your life? Yeah, I think that's worth it. So don't let

  • the rumors scare you off because it's really not that bad.

  • Now once you've had breast implants and you hit 40, then you'll have to go have a mammogram

  • every year, and a lot of times, I think patients are scared to have the tests done with implants.

  • They're worried about what a mammogram might do to their implants. Don't let that scare

  • you either because, again, it's really nothing. They'll view the regular mammogram views,

  • and then they'll also do something called the Eklund technique, or the mammogram techs

  • often call it push-back views. It's literally where they're taking the regular views of

  • the mammogram and then they're pushing your breast tissue away from the implant so that

  • they can image around the implant. A radiologist needs those views to truly get a good picture

  • of what your breast is like because neither saline or silicone implants are radiolucent.

  • You can't X-ray through them, so they have to image around them, and that's what those

  • push-back views allow them to do.

  • I think the most important thing about having a mammogram with implants is that you have

  • to tell them you have implants. A lot of times, they don't know. You'll write it on your intake

  • paperwork, but make sure to tell the tech when you meet her as well so that mammograms are used to detect breast cancer,

  • but if you have breast implants, they can also give you a sneak peek at how your implants

  • are doing too. So whenever I go in for my regular screenings, I always pray that there's

  • no hint of breast cancer, but I also hope that they can see the edges of my implants

  • and see an intact breast implant too. So keeping up with your regular screenings is also important

  • to your breast implant health.

  • So this month, when you see all the pink ribbons, and you see the 10Ks going on, and you see

  • those mobile mammogram trucks, let those be an inspiration to you. Don't let them scare

  • you. Call and make your mammogram appointment today. If you'd like to learn more about breast

  • augmentation, breast implants, and breast health, visit our website,

As you've probably already heard, October is Breast Health Awareness Month. They used


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    Hhart Budha 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日