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Is it Safe for Women to Sleep on their Stomach?

Finding a comfortable position to sleep in can be a challenge in itself, but combine that with large breasts (real or implants) and it can make what should be a simple process, even harder.

We’ve discussed the best ways to sleep after you’ve had breast augmentation in the past, but there are a lot of people out there that have concerns about stomach sleeping in general.

Is sleeping on your stomach bad for you, as a woman? Can sleeping on your stomach cause other health issues like cancer? Does it cause uneven breast sizes?

Even though some questions related to sleep and breast may seem silly, these are genuine concerns of a lot of women.

With the rise of breast cancer around the world, and the focus on health and exercise, many women are doing everything they can to ensure they are keeping their bodies in good shape. Both mental and physical health are extremely important when it comes to helping the body heal and helping us to enjoy life in a desirable way.

The way you sleep could be having negative effects on your breasts, but not all doctors are convinced.

Sleeping and Breast Health

Does Stomach Sleeping Cause Breasts to Sag?

In a previous article we covered various habits that you may not realize are causing your breasts to sag and side-sleeping and stomach sleeping were one of these habits.

While Dr Adams himself does not believe that sleeping on your side or your stomach is causing enough damage to be the sole cause of sagging breasts, the idea stems from the lack of support and lack of blood flow that can come from these two sleeping positions.

While sleeping on your side the ligaments in your breasts can stretch as there isn’t as much support. Over time as these ligaments continue to be stretched overnight, they can lose their elasticity which is what is believed to cause the breasts to start sagging.

Sleeping on your stomach can compress the breasts, which can slow down the blood flow to the area. This may also change the shape of your breasts overtime, but the full extent of the damage is probably negligible, if at all.

Does Stomach Sleeping Cause Breast Cancer?

As we mentioned above, sleeping on your stomach can cause more pressure to be put on your breasts, which in turn can cause lower blood flow to the areas, but can this cause breast cancer?

No.

Sleeping on your stomach, putting pressure on your breasts, or even falling and injuring your breasts, do not increase your likelihood of developing breast cancer.

Falling, pinching, or pressing hard against your breast will most likely just cause a bruise that will heal itself in a few days, but it will not cause breast cancer to start forming.

In some cases, injury to the breast can also cause a lump or cyst to form, however these lumps are known as fat necrosis and are not cancerous. Fat necrosis is scar tissue from where the breast healed itself after an injury.

Your sleeping position is not going to increase or decrease your risk of breast cancer.

Does Stomach Sleeping Cause Uneven Breasts?

Uneven breasts are a concern of a lot of women. It can make you feel self-conscious and it can make it hard to wear certain types of clothing.

The same idea applies here as it did above with sagging breasts and stomach sleeping. By sleeping on your stomach, you are reducing the amount of blood flow to the breasts, while also stretching out the ligaments that help keep them in position.

If those ligaments stretch too much for long periods of time, they begin to lose elasticity and once they lose their ability to retain their original shape, this can lead to shape issues.

Sleeping on your stomach for extended periods of time, night after night, for years, may lead to the development of slightly uneven breasts. If you’re looking to maintain your breasts and are concerned about the possibility of them becoming slightly uneven or sagging (which is unfortunately bound to happen as you age due to the way the body works and gravity), then sleeping on your back would be the best option for you.

Should I Change the Way I Sleep to Help My Breasts?

Dr. Adams believes that getting enough good sleep at night is more important than worrying about what position you’re sleeping in. Allowing your body to rest and properly repair itself will allow you to look and feel your best each day.

The minor benefits you may see from sleeping on your back as opposed to on your stomach or your side are not worth it if you’re going to be uncomfortable or unable to get a good night sleep. And, once you’re asleep we tend to move around subconsciously. So while you may start off sleeping on your back, you’re very likely to end up spending most of your time on your side or your stomach as the night progresses.

It’s not worth losing sleep over.

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Is a Non-Surgical Breast Lift Possible?

With breast augmentation surgery being one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery in the world these days, it should come as no surprise that people are looking for an easy, less invasive, way to achieve similar results.

Non-surgical procedures have come a long way since the introduction of things like botox and injectable fillers, with various non-surgical options now available for skin tightening, hair loss treatments, and even fat reduction. However, breast augmentation has always been fairly limited to traditional surgical methods to achieve the results that most people want.

While a breast lift procedure is not the same as receiving breast implants, it still requires surgery in order to contour the breasts and remove excess skin in order to lift the breasts in a way that makes the patient happy.

Can a Breast Lift Be Performed Non-Surgically

As stated above, technology has advanced over the years and has allowed for certain non-surgical procedures to be much more effective than they once were. But this does not mean that we’re at the point where CoolSculpting or Thermi-Tight, or things of that nature, will give you the same results that you would get out of a surgical procedure.

When it comes to breast lift procedures, most patients come into the office looking to turn their sagging breasts into perkier, more rounded, breasts, which can’t really be accomplished with non-surgical procedures alone.

In some cases, where the sagging isn’t as severe, things like Thermi-Tight, which uses radio frequencies to help tighten the skin, can provide some benefit to sagging breasts. However, most patients that come through the door don’t just have a minor case of sagging breasts. Most patients are seeing the effects of weight fluctuation, either through pregnancy or lifestyle changes, as well as the effects of aging and gravity.

Once you’re breasts begin to sag and you start to get to the point where you want to correct them, it’s usually too late to see the results you want from a non-surgical procedure.

This doesn’t mean that it’s not possible to get some enhancement from these various types of skin tightening procedures, but in general, most patients that desire a breast lift are going to require a surgical procedure in order to achieve the results they want.

Can a Breast Lift Be Done Without Scars?

One of the biggest reasons that women are looking for non-surgical breast lift options is that they don’t want to deal with scars.

Scars are an unfortunate side effect of any plastic surgery procedure, but skilled surgeons are able to perform these surgeries in a way that minimizes the visibility of these scars. There are ways to hide the scars in the folds of the breast or around the areola so that minimal scarring will be visible only when the breasts are exposed, and scars will be hidden when wearing things like a bikini.

Unfortunately, if a surgical breast lift is required, there are going to be scars. It’s just part of the process. A non-surgical breast lift would, in theory, allow for a breast lift to be performed without any visible scarring, but with the technology where it is right now, this just isn’t possible to the degree that most women need.

If you’re looking to repair or rejuvenate your sagging breasts, you will achieve the optimal results through a surgical breast lift procedure. Non-surgical breast enhancements are available in varying degrees, but cannot replicate what can be done surgically.

Skin tightening, PRP treatments, and collagen-stimulating procedures can definitely help with minor sagging, but will not give you that roundness along the top of the breast that most women are looking for.

If you’re looking into breast lift options, it’s always important to talk with your doctor about what you’re looking to get out of the procedure. They will be able to sit down and discuss all of the various options, surgical and non-surgical, depending on what the end goal is.

At Dr. Adams Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX we specialize in breast augmentation procedures and would be happy to help discuss all of the various options available when it comes to breast lifts. Please contact us today for more information.

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​Why Are My Breast Veins So Visible and How Can I Hide Them?

Some women will start to notice blue veins appearing on their breasts at some point in their lives. This condition is not viewed as aesthetically pleasing, and they will make a beeline to their plastic surgeon’s office for a consultation.

The good news is that the appearance of blue breast veins is generally not considered to be a dangerous medical condition. They may not look very good, but they are entirely harmless. However, and in rare cases, visible breast veins could indicate cirrhosis of the liver, enlarged abdomen, and fluid accumulation in the abdomen.

Fortunately, it’s possible to get rid of, or at the very least cover up the veins that show through the breasts of some women. We’re going to look at what causes blue breast veins and what can be done to reduce their overall appearance.

What Causes Large Breast Veins?

There are a wide variety of factors that could cause blue breast veins to appear gradually. The two leading causes of blue breast veins are age and hormonal changes in the body, but there are many others:

Vigorous exercise – Regular and vigorous activity can cause the appearance of veins throughout the body. In women, it shows up prominently in the upper to middle breast area. Exercise increases blood flow throughout the body which in turn can cause veins to bulge outwards. You most often see this in the arms and legs of bodybuilders.

Genetics – If your mom and grandma had visible veins, there’s a good chance you might as well. Genetics can play a huge part in determining how, when, and where blue veins show up. Most often it’s a combination of age and genetics that results in the appearance of blue veins.

Pregnancy – Women who are currently or were recently pregnant often see blue veins appear as their breasts enlarge in preparation for breastfeeding the child. It’s advised that any corrective surgeries be postponed until after the baby has been born.

Large Breast Implants – Some women get breast implants that are extremely large, which stretch the chest cavity and pockets in an unnatural way that can cause the appearance of veins to form.

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How to Fix?

There are many options to choose from when trying to remove or reduce the appearance of veins.

Which option the surgeon decides will depend on the severity of the condition. Other factors could include your personal preference of therapy, availability, previous health history, and budget.

The two main therapies are laser treatments and sclerotherapy. Some doctors have found success using fat to cover up the appearance of the veins, although the degree of success would be based upon how big the veins area.

Lasers – If veins are below a certain size, a plastic surgeon can use lasers to shrink down the vessels. The veins will then fade and be reduced permanently. If the veins are above a certain size, then laser therapy probably won’t help out. It could take several appointments before satisfactory results are achieved.

Sclerotherapy – A needle containing a solution is injected into the vein. After a while, the vein will collapse and be absorbed into the body. Depending on the severity of the veins, one or more sessions may be required. There is no recovery time, and this procedure is considered to be safe, quick, and effective.

Fat & Fillers – Some plastic surgeons will use your body fat in an attempt to mask the veins. They will add fat or a filler around the affected areas to disguise the veins. As the old saying goes, Your Mileage May Vary with this procedure. Ask your surgeon if this is something they would recommend based on your particular case.

Au Natural – There are many websites and women’s magazines that tout “all natural” cures to the problem of blue breast veins. The reality is that none of them work very well. Or, if they do appear to work, it’s often on a case-by-case basis.

There are countless other “remedies” such as applying a fake tan to the breasts or adding Vitamin K moisturizer daily. While these can work in a limited scope, it’s going to be an ongoing maintenance battle to keep the veins hidden from view.

In some cases, a well-supported bra can help lessen the appearance of blue veins. Breasts that aren’t supported have increased blood flow due to gravitational pull. If the breasts are supported via a bra, blood flow will be regulated, and some unsightly breast veins could disappear on their own.

Only a qualified plastic surgeon can diagnose and offer a viable solution that will help remove or at the very least dramatically reduce the appearance of blue breast veins.

Blue Breast Vein Reduction in Dallas

If you have unsightly blue breast veins and would like to learn more about the various options available, give us a call at (214) 965-9885 or contact us via our website. Dr. Adams is a world-renowned plastic surgeon and can help you lessen the appearance of breast veins and give you the confidence to once again show off your beautiful cleavage.

​Detecting Breast Cancer When You Have Implants

​Detecting Breast Cancer When You Have Implants

Many women who undergo breast augmentation surgery often wonder how their implants will affect breast cancer prevention. Are there additional precautions women with breast implants need to take? The truth is, prevention methods for women with implants are slightly different than those without.

Here are some breast cancer prevention tips for women with implants:

Check your breasts regularly. Just as with women who don’t have breast implants, self-examinations are important. In fact, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 40 percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women finding a lump themselves. If you have breast implants, make sure that you are familiar with the way your breasts feel, so you can notice any abnormalities should they appear.

Many women with implants have actually reported that self-examinations were easier after their breast augmentation surgery.

Get a mammogram. Most women start getting annual mammograms at age 40. A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray that allows doctors to see changes in breast tissue. Mammograms can be used to detect breast cancer in women who don’t show any signs or symptoms of the disease.

The mammogram itself isn’t much different for women who have implants. There are typically four additional images that are taken in order to ensure that the doctor can properly see the breast tissue around the implants. These extra pictures are called implant displacement views. The implant is pushed back against the wall of the chest and the breast is pulled forward over it.

There are cases, however, where a woman’s implants have obscured the mammogram images, making it harder for the doctor to see any abnormalities. For this reason, it’s important to make sure that the radiologist performing the mammogram has experience performing and reading mammograms of women with breast implants.

Some doctors may recommend that you get a mammogram before and within one year of breast augmentation surgery. The mammogram you get after your surgery will serve as a baseline for future tests and make it easier for doctors to notice any abnormalities in the future.

Talk to your doctor. Make sure that your doctor is aware that you have implants, especially prior to getting a mammogram. Although it’s very rare that a mammogram can harm your implants, it’s best to let the doctor know so they can be sure to take those additional images.

Your doctor may also decide to give you additional tests, such as an MRI screening.

Breast cancer detection is not that different in women with breast implants. Although extra precautions should be taken, such as additional mammogram images, breast cancer can still be detected. It is also important to note that studies have shown that there has been no increase in breast cancer risk, no difference in survival rate, and no difference in stage of disease or recurrence rates in women with implants vs women without implants.

If you have any questions about breast augmentation surgery, please contact us today.

5 Surprising Habits That Could be Causing Your Breasts to Sag

5 Surprising Habits That Could be Causing Your Breasts to Sag

Breast feeding, age, genetics – they may all play a role in your breasts hanging a little lower than you’d like. But these uncontrollable life forces aren’t all that can cause your breasts to sag. Here are five surprising everyday habits that can cause sagging.

#1 – Smoking

There’s a long list of reasons to stop smoking, and you can add “causes droopy breasts” to the top of it. A small study found that more women who sought breast lifts had sagging breasts from smoking than from breastfeeding. Smoking breaks down the proteins in breast tissue that gives breasts their firmness. It also affects the breast skin the same way it does in any other area – by drying it out and creating wrinkles.

#2 – Yo-Yo Dieting

Breast tissue is mainly fat, so when you lose and gain weight repeatedly, the fat cells within the breasts expand and then shrink. The breasts are often the first place you gain or lose fat, and when it happens over and over, it wears down the elastin proteins in the breast and causes them to be permanently stretched.

#3 – Poor Posture

Before and After a Breast Lift at Dr. Adams Plastic Surgery in DallasYour mom was right when she told you to, “Sit up straight!” If you need another reason to put your cell phone down and take a break from the computer, perky breasts are that reason. If you spend a lot of time hunched forward, it can take a toll on your neck, back, shoulders and, yes, even your breasts.

Regularly sitting or standing with poor posture means gravity is pulling the breasts further downward and stretching the tissue and elastin fibers in the breasts. So stand straight, sit tall, and try to do some releasing, chest opening stretches daily to help keep your breasts up where they should be.

#4 – The Way You Sleep

Some people have indicated that sleep can affect breast aesthetics. It can be tough to control how you sleep – since you’re asleep at the time. But your sleeping position at night might impact how perky your bust looks by day. Bad news if you’re a side sleeper or a stomach sleeper: over time, those positions can affect the shape of your breasts. Sleeping on your stomach compresses your breasts into the mattress and can prevent healthy blood flow to the area, while sleeping on one side can cause the ligaments and tissue to stretch unevenly as gravity pulls the breasts down further on that side.

Sleeping on your back or using a body pillow for support while you sleep on your side are the best ways to prevent the effects of gravity from working their dark magic on your unsuspecting breasts while you sleep. Wearing a bra while you sleep may or may not help. For women with larger breasts, a bra could be more comfortable and provide added support and lift that will fend off the dreaded sag.

Dr. Adams does not think there is any scientific proof for the sleeping position nay-sayers, but getting plenty of sleep in itself may help your body more than any physical harm that sleeping in certain positions may produce.

#5 – Skipping Sunscreen

Another “no-no” we all know but sometimes ignore: skipping sunscreen. Not wearing sunscreen can also have detrimental effects on your breasts. Breast skin is sensitive, and it should be protected from the sun to the same degree as the skin on the face or neck any time it might be exposed.

Experts recommend daily sunscreen use for the face and neck anytime you’re outside, even if you’re not sunbathing or exposed for extended periods of time. The same rule of thumb should apply to exposed skin on your breasts. When you apply your daily moisturizer with SPF, just extend it a little further down. Don’t forget to lather up with SPF from head to toe if you’re heading to the beach or pool. A tan looks good, but vibrant skin and perky breasts look even better.

Are bad habits causing your breasts to droop a little more than you’d like? We hope these tips help you to keep your breasts in tiptop shape for as long as possible. If your breasts have already succumb to sagging, all is not lost! Breast lifts can restore your youthful breasts by raising and reshaping sagging ones. Just take a look at our patients’ before and after breast lift photos here!