How to Do a Breast Self-Check- Charleston, SC 

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Breast cancer is a major health concern for any adult woman. An important prevention method for breast cancer is doing regular self-checks on yourself in the shower, in front of a mirror, and lying down. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, here’s what you need to do in order to perform a breast self-check:

  1. In the Shower: Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.
  2. In Front of a Mirror: Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.
  3. Lying Down: When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Be sure to do a breast self-check every month. If you find any lumps, swelling, dimpling, or any other abnormalities, do not hesitate to contact a doctor. Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If you have had breast cancer and a necessary mastectomy and are looking to receive breast implants, call (843) 881-2130 or contact us online. 

Breast Reconstruction for Cancer Survivors- Charleston, SC 

Breast cancer can severely affect a person’s life in many ways. In addition to the mental and emotional toll that chemotherapy has on the body, it may also be necessary for a woman’s health to remove her breasts. If you are a breast cancer survivor and are looking to reclaim your body shape, Dr. O’Neill offers several options for breast reconstructive surgery.

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Immediate vs Delayed Reconstruction

The first question you’ll need to answer is whether or not you would prefer breast reconstruction immediately (during a mastectomy) or later on. During immediate reconstruction, your general surgeon completes the mastectomy and your plastic surgeon will begin to reconstruct your breast during the same operation. Immediate breast reconstruction offers many advantages, including the possibility of fewer scars, fewer surgeries, and the possibility of waking up with reconstructed breast(s). Delayed reconstruction may be better for you if you or a member of your surgical team feel that it is best to delay the reconstructive procedure due to post-mastectomy chemotherapy or radiation treatments. This option might be more appealing if you feel like it would be better to treat the cancer first and concentrate on breast reconstruction later.

Types of Breast Reconstruction

There are several different ways your breasts can be reconstructed:

  • DIEP Flap Reconstruction: when tissue is transferred to the breast using a free tissue transfer.
  • Other Flap Procedures: GAP (skin and fat are taken from either your upper or lower buttock), TUG (skin and fat are taken from the inner portion of the upper thigh), or SIEA (uses blood vessels that are found in the fatty tissue below the skin of the abdomen).
  • Latissimus Flap Reconstruction: when tissue from your upper back (the latissimus dorsi) is used to create a new breast mound after the original breast has been removed during a mastectomy.
  • Breast Implant Reconstruction: a Direct-to-Implant Reconstruction (also known as a One-Stage Reconstruction) or a Tissue Expander-to-Implant Reconstruction (known as a Two-Stage Reconstruction).

O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If you are a breast cancer survivor and are thinking about getting breast reconstruction surgery, you may want to consider one of these procedures. For any questions about the different types of breast reconstruction, call (843) 881-2130 or contact us online. 

Liposuction- Charleston, SC

If you have worked for years to eat well and exercise right, to still be troubled by stubborn fatty areas, you might want to look into liposuction. Liposuction targets localized fat deposits that just don’t seem to go away on their own. These areas could be caused by genetics, so it’ no wonder all of your kale smoothies and Zumba classes aren’t doing the trick. And if the state of your body is affecting your self-esteem or daily activities, it’s time to make a change!

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Here are a few places where liposuction can be done to remove fat:

  • Muffin top
  • Love handles
  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles

During Surgery

After Dr. O’Neill prepares you for surgery, he will make a small incision over the fatty area that you want to get rid of. Then, a hollow tube (cannula) will be inserted into the area. To break up the fat cells, Dr. O’Neill will move the cannula back and forth and then suck up the broken down fat with a vacuum tube. 

After Surgery 

After the procedure is complete, you may experience swelling and bruising. You can expect results from your liposuction surgery in two to four weeks, with final results appearing anywhere between 2 to 6 months. Be careful, though, because if you experience significant weight gain after your surgery, the fatty deposits that were removed could come back

Are You a Good Candidate?

If you’re thinking about getting a liposuction procedure, there are a few things you should keep in mind. We recommend patients who want liposuction to be nonsmoker, in good health, and close to their target weight. If you feel you meet these specifications, then you would be a good candidate. 

O’Neill Plastic Surgery

Here at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we want you to look and feel your best. If fat is affecting your daily life, you may want to consider liposuction. For any questions about the removal or reduction of fat through liposuction, call (843) 881-2130 or contact us online.