A mastectomy is about as massive a physical and emotional burden as it comes. Breast reconstruction has long been on the table to counter the negative impacts of a mastectomy, but many women are often told to delay the procedure until well after cancer treatment is fully complete. However, new research shows that immediate reconstruction is safe.
How long should you wait?
The traditional answer is that a decent amount of time should pass between a mastectomy and reconstruction. A recent study by the American Society of Plastic Surgeon rejects this notion and insists that immediate reconstruction will not interfere with ongoing cancer treatments. The ASPS survey discovered that immediate procedures neither delay nor prolong treatments.
Which breast reconstructive surgery is better?
Two types of surgery exist, and although they don’t usually compete with each other, in this shortened timeline each has its benefits. Breast implant surgery, the first kind, can be negatively impacted by ongoing radiation treatments against cancer. However, tissue flap surgery is generally a more long-term procedure that can be tough to deal with alongside cancer treatments.
Who can really help me make the decision?
Each woman’s exact circumstances differ, so it’s best to speak with an ASPS-certified doctor before making any decisions. If the invasive nature of surgery is in itself a turn-off, alternatives exist. Paramedical cosmetic tattooing for areola restoration is an entirely external process that is virtually painless and often significantly cheaper than surgery.
The Whitney Center for Permanent Cosmetics boasts years of experience leading the field of areola reconstruction via paramedical tattooing. Contact us today to learn more about how we can restore your breasts post-mastectomy without all the interference of painful surgical techniques.
New York Fashion Week wrapped up just about a week ago now. There’s no fashion without makeup, and this year’s NYFW brought a new makeup product to attention. Eye gloss was everywhere, but you might not have heard about it, and you certainly wouldn’t have even heard of it before last week.
What is it?
If the word “gloss” instantly brings lips to mind, then you’re probably (understandably) a bit repulsed at the idea of eye gloss. It’s not what you think it is, though: it shines without feeling sticky, gross, or oily, and simply goes over the eyelids in an easy layer.
How do you use it?
Eye gloss is versatile. Try a thin layer of clear gloss on your untouched eyelids for simple beauty. A more subversively beautiful touch might be to coat black eye shadow with orange gloss; this makes the black appear more relaxed, a natural complement to the skin color. Clear gloss over black or brown eyeliner achieves a similar effect.
Where can I find it?
At the moment, not that many places. Some leading brands will sell eye gloss in higher quantities next year in stores. Until then, it might be easier to find online.
Why scour the world for a new makeup product fad when you can wake up with your ideal face every day? The Whitney Center is a global innovator in the field of permanent cosmetics. We offer eyebrow and eyeliner tattoos that last at least five years before needing thorough touch-ups. Contact us today to make the best long-term investment in your beauty that you can.
We’ve all heard of the Hollywood star with too much Botox and a plastic look. Is this reputation undeserved? We break down whether injections of Botox and other similar chemicals can be of any true benefit.
Botox is used to counteract existent wrinkles, but it also wards off future wrinkles. The same muscles that Botox paralyzes to scale down on wrinkles are responsible for forming more wrinkles, so their inactivity will directly lead to fewer wrinkles. Of course, this paralysis is only temporary, so failing to return for follow-up injections won’t do anything to prevent future wrinkles.
Cosmetic injectables are universally safe. However, it’s best to go to certified, reputable professionals for injections, as pure products can often be spliced or reduced in concentration to save money. Which leads directly into the next point…
Price and permanence
Injections often require follow-up appointments frequently after the initial work is done. The initial injection is often quite expensive, with follow-ups costing a decent chunk as well. Many people seeking the restorative properties of injectables have begun to opt for more long-term solutions.
Permanent cosmetics is one such solution. A one-time fee for a procedure and a follow up covers you for five to seven years. Focus on developing a permanent makeup routine that distracts from the imperfections you’d aim to hide with injectables. Contact us here at The Whitney Center, where our decade-plus experience has placed us ahead of our competitors since we begun, to learn more.
After a mastectomy, many women opt for surgical breast reconstruction. However, since surgery is intimidating and invasive, many alternate reconstruction methods have been developed and are now quite popular. These new techniques may be utterly necessary, as new studies show that, post-mastectomy, women often opt out of reconstructive surgery if a plastic surgeon is not located nearby.
Is it worth the travel?
Many women regain self-esteem extensively following surgery, so the medical community has advocated for it for quite some time. Yet a recent survey discovered that women who need to travel more than ten miles to a proper surgeon often balk at the procedure. It’s possible that merely distance may be preventing women from undergoing surgery that may radically alter their lives despite the fear a scalpel can put into many people.
Is there more to this story?
Absolutely. This same survey showed that women who are privately insured opt for breast reconstructive surgery far more frequently than those enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid. Age and race play a factor too; the younger and whiter a woman is, the more likely she is to opt for the surgery, according to the survey. A less surprising, but still important, deterrent is the stage to which the cancer has progressed; those in later stages often avoided surgery.
Are there alternatives?
Again, absolutely. Paramedical cosmetic tattooing boasts none of the invasive facets of surgery; furthermore, its recovery time is minimal, and the pain associated with it is little to none. The same pigment and dermal insertion techniques used in tattooing and permanent makeup can be implemented to create the illusion of a full, structured areola. Surgery is often more expensive and inaccessible to those lacking healthcare, but paramedical cosmetic tattooing is an equal opportunity procedure.
The Whitney Center is a world leader in areola reconstruction via paramedical tattooing. Our decade-plus helping women restore their areolas post-mastectomy has put us in a place of knowledge and expertise that no others can claim. Contact us today to learn how we can help bring back the self-esteem that a mastectomy can so often take away.
New York , August 5, 2016: The Whitney Center for Permanent Cosmetics has been selected for the 2016 Best Businesses of New York Award in the Permanent Makeup category by the Best Businesses of New York Award Program.
Each year, the Best Businesses of New York Award Program identifies companies that it believes have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local communities and business categories. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the New York area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Best Businesses of New York Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of New York award Program and data provided by third parties.
About the Best Businesses of New York Award Program
The Best Businesses of New York Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the New York area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long–term value.
The Best Businesses of New York Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, and other business, advertising, and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
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The American cosmetics industry is absolutely gigantic, and its size might make you think, where did people learn all this from? Looking back upon generations of ancient civilizations, people centuries before us were innovating in makeup well before the industrial revolution. Much of these initial solutions were sourced straight from the earth, particularly India’s contributions to skin care, some of which are detailed here.
For your hair: amla, curd, and neem
Alma’s plentiful vitamin C makes it fantastic for replenishing hair. Curd, rich in zinc, can transform your dry hair into a silky-smooth thing of beauty. Another plant-based material, neem, can battle dandruff as well.
For your skin: saffron, tulsi, multaani mitti, tumeric, sandalwood
Saffron, best known for its cooking applications, can help combat an unwanted tan and even pigment levels across your skin. Tulsi can be used in parallel to nourish this skin and fight acne. Try multaani mitti to cleanse the skin and remove any spots freshly leftover from acne. Tumeric can minimize the impact of stretch marks and mask wrinkles, and sandalwood can brighten your skin.
Another way to make your skin really pop is with permanent cosmetics. The Whitney Center has led the field of permanent makeup for over a decade, and offers makeup solutions that can stand against your skin to make it look renewed and youthful. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you.