Breast Lift Scars: What to Expect

What are the symptoms of a BLS?

BLS is a cosmetic procedure which involves removing excess fat from your chest area. A common misconception is that it will make you look thinner or even give you a smaller bust size. However, it does not have any effect on your figure, shape or weight. You may feel less tired because of its lighter nature and you might even lose some water weight due to the reduction in body fat.

How do I know if I have a BLS?

There are two ways to check whether you have a BLS. First way is through mammogram which detects the presence of fibroids (cancerous growth) in your chest area. Second way is through physical examination where you can see what kind of changes occur in your chest area.

Mammograms

A mammogram is a test performed by a doctor during which they take pictures of your chest area. These images are sent to a specialist for further diagnosis. If there are no signs of cancer, then the results will indicate that you don’t need any treatment. However, if there is something wrong with the picture taken, then you may require medical attention.

Physical examination

A physical examination can detect the presence of lumps in your chest area. Such lumps may or not be cancerous. It is better to get them checked by a medical expert to rule out any health risks.

What are the types of BLS?

There are many types of BLS, some of which are as follows:

Benign mammary dysplasia: This condition is marked by the growth of non-cancerous cells in the chest area. These cells are not harmful and do not cause any adverse effects on your body. It is usually detected when there is physical change in your chest area such as a tender lump which can be felt by a doctor or during a routine examination.

Risk of cancer: Cancers in the chest area are few and far between. Normally, they appear as a nodule or a mass with irregular edges. They can be either benign or malignant. Benign means that the growth is not harmful and malignant means that it can spread to other parts of the body causing further health complications.

What are the causes of BLS?

There are various reasons why you may develop a BLS. These factors have been classified into two broad categories such as non-cancerous and cancerous causes.

Non-cancerous causes: Your chest area can develop non-cancerous growths if you experience hormonal changes, obesity or simply aging. However, these growths are not harmful and do not require any treatment. They are mainly detected during routine physical checkups.

Cancerous causes: The most common types of cancer that affect women are lymphoma, leukemia, and thyroid cancer. These may be benign or malignant. If left unchecked, these can spread to other parts of the body causing further harm.

What are the treatment options for BLS?

There are various types of treatments that doctors suggest depending on how severe your condition is. These are:

Mammogram: This is a non-invasive type of procedure that uses low-energy X-rays to create pictures of your chest area. This will show if there are any lumps, tumours or any other abnormalities present in your body.

Biopsy: In this test, a lump or lesion is removed and sent to a lab where it is analyzed. Depending on the results, the doctor may suggest further treatment.

Surgery: In this treatment, the affected area is removed through surgery. The patient may be provided with an alternative treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation to prevent the growth of any remaining cancer cells.

Clinical trials: In these trials, new drugs or therapies are used to treat patients with specific types of cancer. Participation in these tests helps the medical community gather more information on how to combat various forms of cancer.

What are the risk factors associated with BLS?

There are several risk factors that can cause this condition:

General: There is no proven cause of benign (not cancerous) lumps in the chest area. However, they can be caused or aggravated by obesity, aging, and even some genetics factors.

Medical conditions: There are some medical conditions that can cause non-cancerous lumps in the chest area. These may include liver disease, kidney failure, diabetes, and thyroid problems.

Hormones: Various hormonal imbalances can increase your risk of developing benign lumps in the chest area. This includes underactive or overactive thyroid glands, pituitary gland problems, and adrenal gland disorders.

Personal health history: If you have a family history of benign lumps, you may be more susceptible to developing this condition.

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