It may come as a surprise to some to learn that mammograms are still the most effective from of screening for breast cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actively ensures that facilities that provide screenings are certified, and that all new mammography devices are declared safe before use.

The Mammography Process – Does it Hurt?

A mammogram is essentially an X-ray of the breast performed at low dosage. Mammograms are still effective because they are able to detect breast lumps at a time when they are still too small to be detected by feel lone.

It should be noted here that nipple aspirate tests and thermograms are not substitutes for mammograms. In regards the scheduling and frequency of mammograms, Helen J. Barr, M.D., director of the Division of Mammography Quality Standards in FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), suggests that the decision should be left in the hands of your health care provider.

When you go for a mammogram, you will be asked to remove your shirt and bra. You will them be asked to stand in from of the machine, after which a technologist will place your breast on a small platform. Your breast will then be pushed down by a clear plastic plate as the device takes the mammogram.

Many women skip this important test for fear that it will hurt, but most women will tell you that there is not much in the way of pain. There is certainly a little discomfort when pressure is applied to the breast, but it only lasts a few seconds. Barr explains that the compression is requires so that no breast tissue overlap occurs, allowing for a clearer mammogram result.

The FDA have strict regulations in place regarding the results of your mammogram. Those rules dictate that you should receive a full report within 30 days of the test, and that every effort should be made to contact you sooner of the results indicate some sort of potential health issue. If the results are not received within that timeframe, you should call your provider.

Between mammograms, you should also perform self-exams, and should talk to your health care provider if you notice issue such as lumps or nipple leakage. In fact, any type of change to the appearance of your nipple may indicate a possible health issue.

The Importance of Facility Certification

A U.S. law known as the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) requires that all facilities performing mammograms be certified by the FDA or an approved certifying agency. The goal here is to ensure that all facilities are safe and staffed by qualified technicians.

When talking about certification, Barr makes it clear that all facilities need to meet the high standards set out by the MQSA, as this will ensure that high quality mammograms are performed, allowing for the best chance at early detection.

All mammography facilities undergo an annual inspection performed by a trained evaluator. Equipment is inspected, and all staff are checked to ensure that they have the proper training and qualifications. Facilities also undergo an in-depth accreditation process every 3 years.

It is only certified facilities that can legally perform mammograms. Your health care provider should be able to refer you to such a facility, but you should also check for the certification, which should be on display, when you arrive.

More Breast Implants Facts

Should I get breast implants? Are there alternatives? Will they need to be replaced?

And if you decide to get implants, there are even more questions. Saline or silicone?  What style? How much monitoring is needed?

Researching breast implants can be overwhelming and confusing. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has online tools available to help women sort through the information and provides questions to consider before making the decision.

FDA has approved implants for increasing breast size in women, for reconstruction after breast cancer surgery or trauma, and to correct developmental defects. Implants are also approved to correct or improve the result of a previous surgery.

A number of studies have reported that a majority of breast augmentation and reconstruction patients are satisfied with the results of their surgery.

FDA has approved two types of breast implants for sale in the U.S.: saline (salt water solution)-filled and silicone gel-filled. Both have a silicone outer shell and vary in size, shell thickness and shape.

More Risks of Breast Implants

Silicone implants sold in the U.S. are made with medical-grade silicone.  These implants undergo extensive testing to establish reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness. Nonetheless, there are risks associated with all breast implants, including:

  • additional surgeries
  • capsular contracture—scar tissue that squeezes the implant
  • breast pain
  • rupture (tears or holes in the shell) with deflation of saline-filled implants
  • silent (without symptoms) rupture of silicone gel-filled implants

FDA experts suggest five things women should know about breast implants.

1. Breast implants are not lifetime devices. The longer a woman has them, the greater the chances that she will develop complications, some of which will require more surgery.  The patient can also request additional surgeries to modify the aesthetic outcome, such as size or shape.

“The life of these devices varies according to the individual,” says Gretchen Burns, a nurse consultant at FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).  “All women with implants will face additional surgeries—no one can tell them when.” While a few women have kept their original implants for 20-30 years, “that is not the common experience.”

2. Research products.  Review the patient labeling. FDA advises that women look at the Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data (SSED) for each implant to learn about their characteristics and the fillers used. SSEDs have been produced for all approved saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants. These summaries provide information on the indications for use, risks, warnings, precautions, and studies associated with FDA approval of the device. Look at the frequency of serious complications found in the SSED. The most serious are “those that lead to further surgeries, such as ruptures or capsular contracture,” says Tajanay Ki, a biomedical engineer in CDRH.

FDA advises health care providers to give women the full labeling—all of the patient information from the manufacturer—for an implant. Ask your surgeon for the most recent version of the labeling. You should have at least 1-2 weeks to review the information before making a decision, but with some reconstruction or revision surgery cases, it may be advisable to perform surgery sooner.

3. Communicate with the surgeon.  Surgeons must evaluate the shape, size, surface texture and placement of the implant and the incision site for each woman. Ask the surgeon questions about his or her professional experience, the surgical procedure, and the ways the implant might affect an individual’s life.

Also, tell the surgeon about previous surgeries and your body’s response—for example, whether surgeries resulted in excessive scar tissue—and discuss your expectations. This helps the surgeon make operative decisions that achieve the desired appearance (i.e., incision location and size, implant size and placement).  Many women undergo reoperation to change implant size.  To achieve optimal results after the first procedure, careful planning and reasonable expectations are necessary.

4. Learn about long-term risks. Some women with breast implants have experienced connective tissue diseases, lactation difficulties or reproductive problems. However, current evidence does not support an association between breast implants and these conditions. FDA has identified a possible association between breast implants and the development of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Women who have breast implants may have a very small but increased risk of developing ALCL in the fluid or scar tissue surrounding the implant. Like other lymphomas, ALCL is a cancer of the immune system and not of breast tissue.

5. Monitoring is crucial. FDA recommends that women with breast implants:

  • promptly report any unusual signs or symptoms to their health care providers, and
  • report any serious side effects to MedWatch, FDA’s safety information and adverse event reporting program.

Furthermore, women with silicone implants should get MRI screenings to detect silent ruptures three years after their surgery and every two years after that.  Insurance may not cover these screenings.

Burns recommends that women with breast implants continue to perform self-examinations and get mammograms to look for early signs of cancer. “Just because you have implants doesn’t mean you can ignore other breast health recommendations,” she says.

Maintaining Bust Size While Losing Fat

Plastic surgery is often necessary for women who lost much fat and who want to improve their appearance. Major fat loss often results in the drastic change of the bust size, which is seen in the clothing, making women feel uncomfortable.

When women are young, their bust consist mainly of the glandular (firm) issues, which are replaced by looser fatty tissues with the age. This is a normal process, and it is also typical in case of losing much fat. It concerns not only women, but men as well.

Maintaining Bust Shape

Fast fat reduction is without doubt one of the key reasons for lowered skin firmness, and the bust tissue is particularly susceptible to those changes. Bust shape surgery is a method that helps to strip the extra, loose bust skin. Due to this procedure, the shape of the nipple and of the bust tissue becomes more youthful and “uplifted”. Moreover, bust look and feel more supple just like before the fat loss.

The operation is performed with consideration for a client’s desires and purposes. It determines the individual character of the operation: the skin amount which is necessary to remove and the type of removal are decided individually. In most cases the patients need some skin removal around the nipples and the maintaining bust shape.

Occasionally, it is even possible to remove skin only in one area, which is preferable because it results in fewer scars. Though it is hardly the case of people with a really big fat loss as their skin laxity needs more work to be done. Most people have no discomfort during this operation, and can get back to work in week or so, and may carry on with their normal routines 3 weeks later.

Maintaining Bust Size

In most cases both the bust skin and tissue have been affected by the fat loss. In reality, the bust tissue that is usually soft and healthy becomes loose. Bust size enlargement solves this problem and restores the lost area by the placement of a bust size implant.

There are a lot of choices for this procedure. The surgery is carried out through some small incisions. They are located around the areola, along the bust fold and sometimes in the underarm. The location of an implant depends on how much fat a patient has lost. For those who have lost a lot of fat it is placed under the muscle of a bust, and for those who have lost not so much the implant is placed under the tissue. A bust size augmentation is an outpatient procedure. It can be done with either local or central anesthesia. Surgeons usually perform this operation during one or two hours. To lessen postoperative pain oral medicines are usually prescribed. As we have already mentioned, patients can start working in a week or so, as a rule.

Bust Size Implants

Moral police and medical professionals often frown upon bust size implants because these people know about some real risks in breast health associated with the implants. There are a lot of discussions about implants with a silicone gel inside, that’s why most surgeons use implants charged with a saline solution.

To find the best solution for the problems, which you have after fat losing, visit the fat and diet forums where such problems are discussed. There you will find different opinions, advice and recommendations on natural improvement of your bust size and attractiveness.

For instance, most women there can suggest bust enlargement hormones or bust enhancing cream which you can use to get the “abundant”, solid, catchy bust you had prior to your fat loss plan – with no dangerous complications of bust implant surgeries.

Breasts Sagging

It is a fact that breast sagging, also referred as ptosis, is a condition experienced by all women sooner or later in their life (except those having small breasts). For many of us, it occurs quite early, even without pregnancy. Besides, there are numerous teens experiencing drooping breasts.

Being massaged into the skin of breasts, active ingredients of sagging breast creams absorb through skin layers (epidermis), entering capillaries and further, the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the receptors in the breasts become stimulated by the active ingredient of the cream, generally phytoestrogens. The estrogen receptors trigger the lifting of the breasts through normal growth hormones.

Herbal Elements of Breast Enhancement Pills

Even though a lady can be completely satisfied with her bust during her entire life, this satisfaction may fade away at the age of thirty. However, even those lucky ones who appreciated the look and feel of their bust become discouraged when they notice first symptoms of their bust sinking and sagging. What causes sagging of bust? The first aspect that regularly contributes to baggy bust is getting older. Alongside with getting older there are some factors that contribute to the problem and these factors have to do with pregnancy period. The shape and dimension of breasts changes during this period. The skin is not elastic any more and is not able to hold the mammary glands the same way they did before.

For this reason more than 50,000 women have breast enlargement surgery annually, according to the data, that was delivered by the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery). The breast enlargement surgery commonly lasts from 2 to 5 hours. A week later most females can return to their normal life and work if no complications occur after the surgery. Still, women, who are frightened of surgery – its risks and inconveniences – and yet dreaming of bringing back the earlier form and firmness of their bust, nowadays have a magnificent and most suitable alternative to surgery – herbal breast enhancement formulas.

The most excellent example of such herbal product, based on herbal estrogen, is breast pills. Herbal estrogen makes prostaglandins work actively and enlarges bust glands. The advantage of breast enhancement pills is that they are affordable and available and can be used without medical advisement. Breast enhancement pills also activate and increase the level of estrogen in body and “persuade” breast tissues to increase their mass.

Breast enhancement pills comprise herbal elements that are included into many medications of this type and can improve bust. They are:

Dandelion roots or shoots. One can take it as a dietary supplement or as a tea. This herb is rich with phyto-estrogens. Some experts believe that intake of dandelion brings to long life.

Dong Quai root: one more technique to get phyto-estrogens. What is more, it works for bust enlarging. In addition to breast growth, the dong quai root is also valuable if you suffer from menstrual cramps. Dong Quai may help relieve them.

Fennel: you can find it in a form of tea, cream or lotion. The last ones are put on bust skin directly. Rich in herbal estrogen and plant nutrients, fennel gives an aphrodisiac effect (seen in the form of sexual stimulation), when consumed with food or as capsules.

Fenugreek was used ages ago by harem females from the Middle East. The seeds of fenugreek create breasts growing. The effect of fenugreek is based on high volume of hormones and steroid precursors. These components are responsible for natural growth of breasts. In addition, it is full of organic chemicals also promoting growth of breast tissues.

Wild Yam matches well with the contents in fenugreek, as it is also rich in phytonutrients. All these components are thought to be breast enhancement herbs. Wild yam is used to treat menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms, and other health issues.

Pueraria Mirifica is purely women’s medicine. It is effective in so many ladies issues from making well-shaped breasts to improving the state of the skin. It is also recognized as an anti-aging remedy.

Breast pills are natural and there are herbal components in the basis of pills. It is important to learn the label of the breast pills precisely. There should be the complete list of all the organic elements. Confirm that you recognize them all. If you take the breast enhancement pills properly, in just about one month you will see the remarkable results. Your breasts will be bigger, fuller and rounder.

Breast Implants

After an intensive review of known cases of a rare form of cancer in breast implant recipients, the Food and Drug Administration says women with implants may have a very small, but increased risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma, or ALCL.

FDA scientists reached that conclusion after examining scientific literature that focused on cases of ALCL in 34 women with breast implants, as well as information from agency reports, international regulatory agencies, scientific experts, and breast implant manufacturers.

But with an estimated five to 10 million breast implant recipients worldwide, agency experts say the known ALCL cases are too few to say conclusively that breast implants cause the disease. FDA believes there are about 60 of these ALCL cases worldwide, though that number is difficult to verify because not all of them were chronicled in scientific publications and some reports may have been duplicated.

In an effort to gather more information, FDA and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are establishing a registry of ALCL patients who have breast implants. FDA scientists hope the registry yields enough information to better understand what the risks for developing ALCL are for women with breast implants.

Although the risk is quite small, FDA wants women to be aware that there have been reports of ALCL occurring around saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants. In the cases reported, ALCL was typically diagnosed years after the implant surgery. In most of these cases, the women were diagnosed after they observed changes in the look or feel of the area surrounding the implant.

Anyway this is another reason to think about All-natural Breast Enhancement Pills instead of risky breast surgery.

All-natural Breast Enhancement Pills

All-natural breast enhancement pills bring brilliant results and are totally safe. They work quick and are completely safe for health. All-natural breast enhancement pills have no dangerous additives or preservatives. Shoppers can see visible result in 7 days and all-natural breast enhancement provides a real enjoyment to the woman. The breast is perkier and firmer, the size of bust is larger, they are smooth without wrinkles, no stretch marks are seen. The key to such a miracle is in P. mirifica that is the main component of all-natural breast enhancement pills. It is coming from Thailand where it is known under the name “Elixir of Youth”. For centuries this plant was applied to keep milk ducts strong and enlarge breasts. The process of extraction demands much talent and time, as this plant, aside from being rare, blossoms only two times a year. Scientific experiments demonstrate that phyto-estrogen causes huge changing in breast form and skin in just several days. The herb was even mentioned in the news and it was claimed that a lady can have bigger breast in five weeks or less. By choosing breast enhancement pills you will look the way you always dreamed about. One of the most important effects will be your improved self-confidence.

A great number of women turn to plastic breast surgery to make their bust larger. During the breast surgery some amount of silicone gel or other product is usually inserted inside the breasts. There is a significant risk of anesthesia and what is more important, pain will last for a long time of recovery. Women are forced to use chemical medications to relieve the pains and to deal with aching. Consequently the operation with all the outcomes turns out to be an expensive deal and a highly dangerous event. There is a number of other non-natural, equally dangerous and inconvenient means to enlarge breasts, such as hormones and injections, pills, creams and gels. You are recommended to keep away from them.

Once your resolution is for an all-natural breast enhancement, carry out a small investigation on the subject. Unlike implant surgery, all-natural breast enhancement does not produce so quick results. Yet, you will not have any ache or scars. You will not need any recovery time either. You should be completely sure in the formula the supplements contain. Always bear in mind that herbs may trigger hypersensitive reactions. If it is your case, you are recommended to consider some other method. And always consult your health practitioner or an advisor at the pharmacy in case you take any other medications. The next step is to learn about the company which produces the product. Every respected supplier must give you informative precautions and the full list of components. One bonus effect from breast pills comes from Vitamin E they contain. This vitamin helps in moisturizing and stops ageing processes with its antioxidant effects. With larger breasts you will like yourself more, you will feel and look younger. Many women start wearing close fit clothes.