Breastfeeding Won’t Cause Your Breasts to Sag and Nine other Surprising Facts about Breasts

More than any other organ in the human body, the breast occupies a place in our social and cultural landscape well beyond its physiological function to nourish our offspring. “The soft tissue that we think of as a breast is actually a mammary gland, a complex system of fat cells and ducts that produce milk and deliver it to a baby via the nipple”, says plastic surgeon and breast specialist Dr. Constance M. Chen. 

As much attention as we pay to the size, shape and appearance of a woman’s breasts, there are many fascinating facts – both important and trivial – that most people don’t know about breasts. Here are just a few of them.

1.   Breast size is hereditary. Genetics do play a role in determining breast size but not necessarily as you’d expect and they don’t tell the whole story. We inherit half our genes from each parent, so your breasts may not resemble your mother’s, her mother’s, or her sister’s. Your father’s genes have a say. “Environmental factors also play a role”, says Dr. Chen, “especially weight. Breasts are partly made up of fatty tissue so as you gain and lose weight, your breast size will change”.
2.   Humans are the only primates with permanent breasts. All mammals have breasts and produce milk for their young but we are the only ones who develop breasts at puberty and keep them throughout our lives. Others are temporary, growing when needed to nurse then receding until needed again.
3.   The ancient Egyptians knew about breast cancer as far back as 1600 B.C. Writings on papyrus describe tumors consistent with modern descriptions of the disease. Over the following centuries, many causes were suggested – from imbalances of bodily fluids to compression from tight clothing – and treatments ranged from cauterization to opium to arsenic.
4.   You cannot exercise your way to bigger breasts. “Breasts are made of tissue, not muscle”. says Dr. Chen. “They may change in size with hormonal and weight changes. But even exercising the underlying chest muscles won’t increase the size of your breasts any more than creams or lotions will”.
5.   Some animals get breast cancer. It is more common in dogs – and in some breeds – than in cats but tends to be more aggressive in cats. Spaying female dogs before their first heat dramatically reduces their risk of developing a malignant mammary tumor.
6.   Breastfeeding won’t cause your breasts to sag. Droopy breasts are a natural consequence of aging as skin loses elasticity and as dense breast tissue is replaced by fat, which is more prone to sagging. Smoking and multiple pregnancies are contributing factors but breastfeeding has no effect on elasticity and will not cause breasts to sag. Only corrective surgery can lift sagging breasts.
7.   The left breast is usually slightly larger than the right one. Very few women have perfectly symmetrical breasts. Differences in size up to 20% are normal. No one knows why the left breast is usually the larger one.
8.   Larger breasts don’t produce more milk. Milk production does not depend on the size of the breasts. Large breasts are often large because they contain more fat cells, not more milk-producing cells.
9.   Breasts are growing. The average bra size was 34B twenty years ago. Today, it is 34DD. Some of the change is due to companies inflating the sizes on their labels but increasing obesity, the number of women taking birth control pills, and exposure to environmental pollution are contributing factors.
10.   Breast implants won’t last a lifetime. Breast augmentation is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery in the U.S. But women who get implants in their 20s should not expect to still have them thirty years later. “Most implants have a ten-year warranty”, says Dr. Chen, “but many develop problems well before then and have to be removed or replaced”.

About Dr. Constance M. Chen

Constance M. Chen, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City with special expertise in the use of innovative natural techniques to optimize medical and cosmetic outcomes for women undergoing breast reconstruction. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Weill Cornell Medical College and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Chen is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally on new advancements in breast reconstruction and the surgical treatment of lymphedema. She is the author of three books, five book chapters, and fifty journal articles. She has also won numerous awards for her work in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the local, regional, and national levels.

Dr. Chen has developed a reputation in the community for the personalized attention that she devotes to her patients. She is committed to aesthetic restoration of the breast and body, and enjoys helping her patients achieve overall well-being. At the end of the day, there is nothing more important to her than the joy she hopes to bring to her patients’ lives. Come into the beautiful world of Dr. Constance M. Chen.

New, High-Tech Blue Light Serum Shields Skin from Amethyst Skincare

The environmentally-driven skincare brand, Amethyst Skincare, is introducing its latest game changing product: Blue Light Anti-Aging Screen Protector at a time when, on average, nearly 60% of people are spending more than 6 hours a day on a digital device. This high tech, protective daily serum is designed to shield the skin from the deleterious effects of blue light exposure, which we are inevitably exposed to every day – between smartphones, tablets, laptops, televisions – making this serum an essential daily must-have.

The proprietary ingredient blend, Pixel X Complex, acts as a digital barrier for High Energy Visible Light (HEV) to reduce more than 70 percent of skin damage from blue light overexposure. Unlike other blue light serums, Amethyst’s Pixel X Complex works as a triple threat with time released micro-encapsulated hyaluronic acid (HA) and citrus stem cells to neutralize skin damage, hydrate the skin throughout the day and repair cellular damage.

The micro-encapsulated hyaluronic acid also releases HA over a 24-hour period to increase hydration levels lost from blue light exposure, helping to plump and hydrate skin throughout the day, for one-time only application. The Blue Light Anti-Aging Screen Protector has also proven to lighten skin discolorations and dark spots by 72 percent, increase collagen production by 37 percent, and restore hydration levels to 97 percent.

Consumers have been heavily educated about the damage that UVA & UVB light, from sun exposure causes to their skin, but not as many people realize the significant damage that HEV and blue light can cause to the skin, at the molecular level, from their technology devices. For as much time as we spend sitting in front of our computers and using our smartphones, our skin needs a protective shield against this damaging light that is absorbing it of the skin’s moisture. I am very proud of the technology in our Blue Light Anti-Aging Screen Protector and the barrier it creates for the skin.”

Five days of exposure to blue light can have the same impact as spending 25 minutes in midday sun with no protection. Similar to UVA & UVB exposure, blue light can also cause oxidative damage to the skin. However, blue light penetrates the skin at a much deeper level, where collagen and elastin reside, contributing up to 90% of visible signs of aging such as wrinkles, brown spots and rough texture.

The brand’s founder and beauty veteran, Nicole Simpson, perfected this serum using her extensive knowledge in skincare over the last 15 years. As a medical esthetician, biochemist, and former AVP of Global Education and Business Development at SkinCeuticals (L’Oreal) she has not only trained some of the world’s leading dermatologists, but she is science and research driven.

Amethyst Skincare is committed not only to protecting skin against the deleterious effects of pollution, but also to keeping plastics out of our oceans. For every five Amethyst Sincare products purchased, they will help pull one pound of plastic out of the ocean.

The Amethyst Skincare Blue Light Anti-Aging Screen Protector ia available at the brands website. Come ito the beautiful world of Amethyst Skincare.

CB Supplements Multi Collagen Earns NSF International’s Certified for Sport® Certification

CB Supplements Multi Collagen Protein Powder recently earned certification from NSF International’s Certified for Sport® program. NSF International is a global public health organization that tests and certifies products to help protect athletes and consumers from potentially harmful ingredients and athletic banned substances in dietary supplements.

CB Supplements was founded in 2018 with a goal of providing the highest quality multi collagen powder. In late 2019, New York Times Bestseller and globally recognized nutrition expert, Dr. Cate Shanahan, started endorsing CB Supplements and their mission.

CB supplements multi collagen is formulated to concentrate the nutrients in bone broth, naturally supporting the health of your joints, skin, hair, nails, gut and more.

Dr. Cate Shanahan

After Dr. Cate’s endorsement, CB Supplements continued their quest for quality in early 2020 by starting the process to get their staple product, unflavored multi collagen powder, NSF Certified for Sport®. They are the first multi collagen powder on the market to achieve this certification and now allows them to sell directly to professional sport teams and athletes requiring NSF Certified for Sport®.

Products earning Certified for Sport® certification are tested for over 272 athletic banned substances as well as potentially harmful levels of specific contaminants like lead and arsenic. Product formulation, label claims and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliance are also verified as part of this rigorous supplement certification program.

We believe in collagen so much that we feel anybody and everybody can and should take it. Having this certification provides us a platform for our product to reach a wide range of people including the working professional, moms and dads, seniors, workout enthusiasts, and the best athletes in the entire world. It’s always been about quality and our hope to impact the health of millions of people. Charlie Bailes, Founder.

NSF International’s Certified for Sport® program helps athletes and consumers make more knowledgeable decisions when choosing supplements. MLB, NHL and CFL clubs provide and recommend products that are Certified for Sport® and players are urged to use only these certified products. The Certified for Sport® certification is also recommended by the NFL, PGA, LPGA, CCES, CPSDA and Taylor Hooton Foundation as well as many other sports organizations.

With certification, CB Supplements is included in NSF’s online listing of certified products and on the Certified for Sport® app. The app features enhanced search capabilities, side-by-side product comparisons and a UPC barcode scanner to find Certified for Sport® supplements.

About NSF International

NSF International (nsf.org) is a global public health organization that facilitates standard development, and tests and certifies products for the health sciences, food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 175 countries, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

Learn more about CB Supplements NSF Certified Multi Collagen Protein Powder.

Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time 42

Ulysse-Nardin presented the Executive Dual Time 42 mm, a reworked version of its dual time model, one of the best-known timepieces of the iconic Le Locle-based watch maker.

The Ulysse-Nardin Executive Dual Time, crafted in either stainless steel or 18ct rose gold, a 42 mm case with the three-horns signature frames, and a dial characterised by large Roman numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. The central hour and minutes hands are complemented by the patented indicator of the Home Time, situated at 9 o’clock. 

Thanks to its patented instant time zone adjustment, introduced by Ulysse-Nardin in 1994, the dual time function is extremely easy to use. The hour hand adjusts forward or backward with the simple touch of the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ pushers on the left side of the case. The dial indications are completed by the small seconds counter at 6 o’clock and a large date in a double window at 2 o’clock.

Visible through the sapphire crystal case back, the UN-24 dual time movement features a new oscillating weight with a prominent, encircled UN logo. It beats at 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) with a power reserve of 42 hours.

Water resistant to 50 meters / 165 feet and individually numbered, the Ulysse-Nardin Executive Dual Time comes in three versions: steel with black dial and black strap (ref. 243-20-3/42), steel with blue dial and blue strap (ref. 243-20-3/43) and rose gold with blue dial (ref. 242-20/43) with prices of Euro 8,300 in steel and Euro 19,900 in rose gold.

The Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time 42 is available at sected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Ulysse-Nardin.

Cosmetic Procedure Increase Among Men Underscores the Potential Benefits of a Female Plastic Surgeon, says Dr. Sepideh Saber

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sepideh Saber comments on a recent article that a female plastic surgeon may offer a more understanding approach to the competitive struggles faced by maturing men.

An August 15 article on Robb Report reports on the increase in the number of men receiving cosmetic procedures and plastic surgeries. The article discusses the pressure many maturing men feel to present themselves as a competitive candidate in the “battle for corporate survival” against younger men. The article adds that, although men are likely to be less vocal about their procedures, many believe that, to stay competitive professionally or even more so in the dating scene, appearance matters.

A female plastic surgeon may be able to better ease male patients’ discomfort due to their unique perspective and, often, more sensitive approach.

It also reports that the use of fillers among men has increased over 100 percent and that men also currently account for 20 to 35 percent of all cosmetic treatments. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Sepideh Saber says that men should never feel embarrassed or ashamed for receiving cosmetic procedures or such plastic surgeries as a facelift. Moreover, for those feeling unsure or nervous, a female plastic surgeon may be able to better ease male patients’ discomfort due to their unique perspective and, often, more sensitive approach.

The Glendale plastic surgeon says that many female plastic surgeons may offer a different approach that can be helpful to individuals of all genders and orientations. Dr. Saber says that in a largely male-dominated field, female plastic surgeons understand the pressures that come with being an underdog in their industry and the perseverance required to achieve as much as their male counterparts. Female plastic surgeons with board certification not only demonstrate dedication and competitiveness, but also excellence in the field that patients are sure to take note of.

Dr. Sepideh Saber adds that when it comes to appearance issues, some men may put more trust into the opinion of a female surgeon as opposed to the more clinical approach taken by many male surgeons. She notes that, while an empathetic and sensitive approach is not exclusive to female plastic surgeons, many patients tend to find that this technique offers a more inclusive and understanding atmosphere that feels less like a sales pitch and more like a collaborative improvement plan.

The Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon says that, while cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery may not be spoken about much among men due to stigma, societal standards of masculinity, or other personal reasons, a good plastic surgeon will lend an understanding and sympathetic ear while working with the patient to help them achieve appearance goals.

Come into the beautiful world of Dr. Sepideh Saber.

ReGen De Peau launches their revolutionary Platinum skincare

ReGen De Peau Platinum is an innovative, all-natural skincare backed by science that disrupts the way a person ages with powerful treatments of healing, lifting and wrinkle reduction. One product… One application… One minute… Two times daily.

ReGen™ features Pene-Fusion 8™ technology that allows the ingredients to live together in an encapsulated form and ingredients to remain active even after the package is opened. It is made up of four ingredient complexes: MDI complex, UGL Complex, BMPX Complex and the organic Japanese Blue Lotus flower extract, known to be a miraculous turnaround in anti-aging.

Apply a dime-size portion directly onto skin, each to the forehead, cheeks, chin, and neck with a firm tapping motion to expedite penetration and energy into the outer layer of skin. No additional moisturizers, eye creams, or lip creams are necessary. Any other cream, sunscreen, or makeup, can be applied 10 minutes after application.

Régén De Peau Platinum hydrates and accelerates skin cell renewal. Protect skin day and night against free radical damage with this breakthrough Pene-Fusion 8TM technology. Recent Research and Development breakthroughs include: Manufacturing and producing the fastest enzymes, combined with the power of peptides, penetrating nutrients and minerals that go deeper than any other product known in skin care.

Finding ingredients and developing new products that are proven to optimize the energy of skin cell renewal evenly for laser skin care procedures. The cooling properties of this gel cream formula are enormous for pain relief and post procedure rapid healing. Results that speak for themselves.

ReGen De Peau Platinum has more ingredients than any other skincare product with four complex, clinically proven powerful combinations, plus 47 other highly-effective and proven ingredients such as alkaline pure and mineral-based water – a first in skin formulation. TAP into the Next Generation of unisex, multi-functional, multi-cultural skincare.

About Oli Scarlato

Founder Oli Scarlato and Sharna Burgess (Dancing With The Stars) at Emmys week 2019

Founded by Oli Scarlato, with 35 years in the industry, Scarlato has traveled the world as a spokesperson, first as a model for Revlon turned laboratory geek and scientific ingredient research specialist to develop and bring to market revolutionary new skin care products with her Pene-Fusion 8 Technology: cutting-edge yet simple skin care formulas clinically tested and shown to assist resurfacing and renewing aged, wrinkled, scarred, and blemished skin.

My life long desire to create a revolutionary, regenerative, natural skin cream became a reality with my ReGen De Peau Platinum all inclusive formula

Suffering scalding burns over 50% of her body at age 4, started Scarlato’s quest to create her ‘dream cream’ – ReGen De Peau Platinum – one of the few world’s only natural, time-released, single-step, anti-aging skin care regimen. The ‘dream cream’ became a reality. Science had finally met simplicity. 

A devoted philanthropist, Scarlato is highly-respected in the health and beauty industries, having worked with noted companies such as: Dow Brands, Lange Laboratories, and Trionics Laboratories. As a scientific skin care research specialist by trade, and a philanthropist to critical burn patients in both action and heart, Scarlato is bringing to life her vision of revolutionizing skin care technology. Scarlato contributes to children through the gift of her healing products, specifically those who experience the physical disfigurement and pain of burns.

Her personal mission is to improve the quality of life for these children through continued development of healing products. Their current challenging times have led to an increased awareness of the need for self-care. ReGen De Peau Platinum is a solution to care for skin after wearing a face mask all day. Come intothe beautifu world of ReGen De Peau.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Shadow Duo Messenger

French Maison Louis Vuitton has launched a new Duo Messenger. In full leather (well, Monogram Shadow leather, to be precise), the highly versatile series of bags (or multi-pouches, if you prefer) has become instant hits for the simple fact that they are functional, stylish, and carry that magical ability to be worn by both genders.

The new Duo Messenger comes in Monogram Shadow, a grained black leather that’s subtly embossed with the brand’s iconic monogram pattern. Completing the ‘tone-on-tone’ look would be the accompanying purse and complementary jacquard shoulder strap, as well as black metallic hardware that makes it a so-black piece. Unlike its older sibling, the Duo Messenger comes with just one roomy pouch that measures 26 cm by 18.5 cm.

The Louis Vuitton Monogram Shadow Duo Messenger is available at Louis Vuitton Boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

Lights Lacquer Announces Fall Collection: ‘When in Romance’ by Mega Beauty-Youtuber & Influencer, Kathleenlights

Lights Lacquer, a vegan, cruelty and seven-free nail lacquer brand developed by Miami based, mega-beauty influencer, Kathleenlights, and Fuentes’ first solo project is excited to announce its newest release to the Lights Lacquer family.

A love story told by six romantic shades, inspired by letters of loves past & those still waiting to be written.

‘When in Romance’ – the brand’s fall 2020 collection featuring a variety of warm hues inspired by romance. A collection of love stories told by six romantic shades, inspired by letters of loves past & those still waiting to be written.

Each shade in the ‘When in Romance’ collection is as follows:

  • Venus – A romantic fuchsia with a metallic gold flip
  • Yours Truly – A vintage cream with olive undertones
  • A Temporary Madness – An antique yellow with deep mustard undertones
  • Mia – A rich mauve with dusty rose undertones
  • At Last – A deep teal with velvet blue undertones
  • We’ll Always Have Paris – A soft bronze peach with silver micro-shimmer

The collection is available for purchase on October 8, 2020, and sold exclusively online at Lightslacquer.com. The lacquers can be purchased at $9.50 per bottle or $52.00 for the collection.

Lights Lacquer will continue to roll out a variety of collections throughout the coming year. Come into the beautiful world of Lights Lacquer.

Perspectives de Chaumet

French Maison Chaumet is proud to unveil its new high jewellery collection, ‘Perspectives de Chaumet’. Born in 12 Vendôme’s workshop, the collection’s unique creations explore the theme of architecture from the Italian Renaissance to the Bauhaus movement. Majestic jewellery constructions that embody Chaumet’s virtuoso points of view, its perspectives on modernity, innovation, heritage and way more…

Dive into the new Perspectives de Chaumet High Jewellery collection’s universe, and come in the beautiful world of Chaumet.

Plastic Surgery’s Importance Underlined by Study on Asymmetry Correction in Young Women, says Dr. J Plastic Surgery

A September 24 article in Medical Xpress reports on a study by doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital which looked at the impacts of plastic surgery to correct major breast asymmetries – sometimes amounting to as much as two cup sizes – in young women.

The subjects of the study, with an average age of 18, received breast augmentation and/or breast reduction to make their breasts more similar. A few years later, the study found significant improvements in self-esteem and psychological function in the subjects that were comparable to other women their age.

Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., better known as Dr. J, says that the procedures in the study are an example of a broad area of plastic surgery that is not so much about attracting positive attention as it is about avoiding negative or unwanted attention.

Dr. J adds that breast asymmetries are relatively rare compared to two other more common situations where breast reduction may be desired: women for whom unusually large breasts have become a problem and men with oversize breasts who may suffer from a glandular condition called gynecomastia.

The double board-certified plastic surgeon says that the issue for men is psychosocial – younger men especially can be traumatized by bullying while also being very profoundly embarrassed by having ‘moobs’. They will typically go to great lengths to make sure they are not seen bare-chested or wearing tightfitting shirts and some may begin to socially isolate.

As for women, breast reductions are typically obtained for two primary reasons, says Dr. J. Many younger women receive unwanted attention to the point where they may begin to feel defined by one bodily feature. Women of all ages are also often plagued by physical issues that can include back pain and the inability to participate in certain athletic activities,

In all of these cases, Dr. J says that intelligently planned plastic surgery can make an enormous difference in a patient’s outlook. No one, says Dr. J, should be defined by a single physical characteristic in any way. In a better world, he adds, people might not be so obsessed with body parts to the point where any departure from a perceived norm can spark cruelty.

It’s also possible for some individuals to develop self-confidence without regard to bodily features, he says. However, in the world we actually live in, breast reductions and other treatments are usually the most direct path to freedom for people who feel trapped by their bodies.

About Dr. Payam Jarrah-Nejad, Dr. J

Payam Jarrah-Nejad, MD, FICS, FACS is a double board certified Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon. Nicknamed Dr. J by his patients and staff, he holds certifications from both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. J is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons.

Dr. J first started his medical career during an internship he held in NYU. It was during this time that he also began working with hospitals around the New York area. It was in New Jersey that he completed his training and served as Chief Resident at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Newly certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jarrah-Nejad received a fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City to specialize in hand surgery. The fellowship was under the guidance of Dr. Charles P. Melone which was a big influence on the young doctor. It was during his training at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center in Michigan that Dr. J found his true calling working with many well-known plastic surgeons.

Years later, practicing as a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. J still uses the same techniques he learned in his training in his frequent operation on the face and body. He is greatly admired by his staff and patients who happily contribute positive testimonials to his website.

Dr. J is known throughout the Los Angeles Area medical community as well as beyond it, for his record of outstanding outcomes and his engaging, patient-friendly personality. He has published a wide range of papers in many prestigious scientific and medical journals and has presented his research to local, regional and national symposia.

Finally, Dr. J has performed pro-bono surgery in several countries as part of humanitarian efforts helping children with congenital anomalies. He works side by side with charitable organizations devoted to providing needy children around the world with free plastic surgeries to repair such issues as cleft lips and palates.

Come into the beautiful world of Dr. J.