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Archive for October, 2012

Swimsuits, Skin Care Products and Hair Loss Solutions: Post Breast Surgery Products from KHS Part II

Posted on: October 25th, 2012 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

Additional ways to restore your appearance and renew your self-confidence following breast surgery include staying active, taking care of your skin and feeling good about your self image. We know the road to recovery holds many challenges, and we want to make this time easier for you by helping you look and feel better and maintain a positive outlook. To do this we provide you with swimsuits, skin care products and hair loss solutions.

 

Swimsuits

Swimsuits for women who have had breast surgery are designed with bra pockets to hold the breast form securely in place, and are available in a spectacular array of prints, florals and solids. They also feature slightly higher armholes and necklines for a bit more coverage where you need it most. Styles range from sporty tanks with high or moderate cut legs, to versatile tankinis, to swimdresses and suits that feature figure-control panels for extra firming and smoothing. Sizes range from 6 to 26W. Many suits have coordinating cover-ups to complete the ensemble.

Look Better, Feel Better

 

Skin Care Products

Keeping your skin healthy and glowing is a real challenge when you consider the daily trials: age, environment, general health and medications. To keep your skin in good condition it needs special attention. Radiation treatments are especially damaging to the skin. We carry a line of soothing body care products that are exceptionally gentle and contain no alcohol, color or fragrance.

 

Keep Your Skin Healthy and Glowing

Specialty lotions and creams are formulated for sensitive skin, radiation dermatitis and lymphedema, and encourage the skin’s natural healing process while nourishing, softening and revitalizing:

  • UV Protection Lotion formulated for the oncology patient who is more sun-sensitive, protecting the skin from UVA, UVB and the “penetrating” infrared rays of the sun
  • Natural non-metallic deodorant for sensitive skin, which contains Oil of Cypress and Lichen Extract to gently protect against odor and wetness
  • Moisturizing shampoo with a gentle cleansing formula for fragile hair and sensitive scalp often associated with the effects of radiation and chemotherapy treatments
  • CaraMina® Skin Care products, high performance holistic products that provide a virtual cocktail of healing and soothing botanicals, nourishing and restorative vitamins and protective anti-oxidants.  The result is smoother, clearer, softer, healthier beautiful skin. There are many benefits to using a skin care system including:
  • Improvement in the skin’s ability to defend itself
  • Reduction in signs of on-going sensitivity
  • Smoother clearer skin tone and texture
  • Diminished fine lines and acne scars

 

Specialty Skin Care Products Created for Cancer Patients

 

Hair Loss Solutions

Hair loss can be devastating, especially the sudden loss of hair following chemotherapy. It can create a drastic change in self-esteem and personal image. When hair loss occurs, for whatever reason, it is important for women to have fashionable and comfortable alternatives that will allow them to look and feel good not only in public, but at home as well. If you choose not to purchase a wig, or simply don’t like wearing one all the time, we have some beautiful and comfortable options for you.

 

Fashion Head Scarf

Come browse through our discrete women’s health area for scarves, turbans and hats in textured fabrics, gorgeous prints and solids in both casual and formal styles. They make a fashion statement by themselves or can be accessorized with coordinating ropes, braids and bands for extra flair. Bangs and hair loops in a wide array of natural colors provide the illusion of a full head of hair when worn with a hat, scarf or turban. Hat liners, padded cotton liners that add volume under hats, scarves and turbans, give a little lift if your scarf lies too flatly against your head. Sleep caps are soft, warm and comfortable and help keep your head warm at night by preventing body heat from escaping.

Camisoles, Breast Forms and Bras: Post Breast Surgery Products from KHS Part I

Posted on: October 16th, 2012 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

Women are discovering that there are many ways to restore their appearance and renew their self-confidence following breast surgery. The decision to choose a breast form is a very personal one–a choice made by about 80% of the women who have undergone breast surgery. Working in a warm, caring environment with certified consultants who are compassionate and sensitive to your special needs makes the fitting process a positive experience. We know the road to recovery holds many challenges, and we want to make this time easier for you by helping you look and feel better and maintain a positive outlook.

 

Post-surgical Camisoles

Post-surgical Camisoles are designed for comfort and function and offer light support. They are made of comfortable cotton Lycra, and incorporate lightweight breast forms to provide a natural shape without the weight of a silicone prosthesis and the restraint of a bra. Camisoles are designed for use following breast surgery, especially when a woman needs time for her body to heal before she can be fitted with a breast form.

 

Camisoles for Function and Comfort

Breast Forms

Silicone breast forms are worn externally to closely simulate the look of a natural breast and help restore the body’s balance. Breast forms are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to accommodate various body types, breast shapes, skin tones and surgeries. Lifestyle is also a consideration when choosing the right form. Traditional silicone breast forms are available in many styles and are designed to be worn in a specially fitted, pocketed bra.

 

Silicone Breast Forms Help Restore the Body's Balance

Lightweight breast forms are used when there are extenuating circumstances like lymphedema, shoulder pain or other physical problems. Attachable and self-adhering breast forms are designed to be worn directly against the body. Because they redistribute the weight from the shoulder to the chest wall, these forms are ideal for women experiencing lymphedema or shoulder discomfort. In addition, they offer the added benefits of fashion freedom to wear designer bras, swimsuits and lingerie, and a complete sense of security when engaging in activities like tennis, golfing, jogging and swimming.

 

Custom breast forms are a non-surgical alternative to reconstructive surgery. In addition to full breast forms, custom nipples and partial forms are available to augment reconstructed and partial surgery (lumpectomy) sites. After casting the chest wall, the forms are made to adapt to the contours of the surgical site for a completely customized fit and natural appearance. They are individually designed to closely match the existing breast, areola and nipple in size, shape, slope, and color.

 

Partial silicone breast forms, or symmetry enhancers, are used for restoring symmetry that is lost following partial surgeries (lumpectomy) and breast reconstruction. They are also used to augment congenital asymmetry. Symmetry enhancers even out and restore shape, and soften and contour implants.

 

Symmetry Enhancers Help Restore a Balanced Figure

Non-weighted breast forms are usually made of foam or fiberfill and are generally used immediately following surgery, but can also be used for leisure, swimming and sleeping.

 

Specialty Bras

Specialty bras are designed to be comfortable and supportive with special pockets to securely hold the breast form in place. They are made in contemporary styles with subtly-embossed fabrics, delicate lace and color options. Alterations and modifications are performed on-site for a customized and comfortable fit. Styles include:

  • Bandeau bras with and without fiberfill lining
  • Front closure bras
  • Leisure and sleep bras
  • Long-line and ¾ length bras
  • Molded seamless cups
  • Plus-size bras
  • Seamless bras
  • Sports bras
  • Underwire bras

    Specialty Fashion Bras

 

 

KHS Salutes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on: October 8th, 2012 by Knueppel HealthCare Services No Comments

At KHS we join all of the breast cancer charities, support groups, researchers, health professionals and especially survivors to recognize October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Founded in 1985 to promote mammography screenings, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is now an international health campaign designed to increase awareness, prevention, treatment and ultimately a cure for breast cancer.

 

Below please find the risk factors and symptoms that lead to 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of her lifetime (according to PubMed Health):

 

Risk factors you cannot change include:

  • Age and gender — Your risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older. Women are 100 times more likely to get breast cancer than men.
  • Family history of breast cancer — You may also have a higher risk for breast cancer if you have a close relative who has had breast, uterine, ovarian, or colon cancer.
  • Genes — Some people have genes that make them more likely to develop breast cancer. If a parent passes you a defective gene, you have an increased risk for breast cancer.
  • Menstrual cycle — Women who got their periods early (before age 12) or went through menopause late (after age 55) have an increased risk for breast cancer.

 

Other risk factors include:

  • Alcohol use — Drinking more than 1 – 2 glasses of alcohol a day may increase your risk for breast cancer.
  • Childbirth — Women who have never had children or who had them only after age 30 have an increased risk for breast cancer. Being pregnant more than once or becoming pregnant at an early age reduces your risk of breast cancer.
  • DES — Women who took diethylstilbestrol (DES) to prevent miscarriage may have an increased risk of breast cancer after age 40. This drug was given to the women in the 1940s – 1960s.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) — You have a higher risk for breast cancer if you have received hormone replacement therapy with estrogen for several years or more.
  • Radiation — If you received radiation therapy as a child or young adult to treat cancer of the chest area, you have a much higher risk for developing breast cancer.
  • Obesity — Obesity has been linked to breast cancer, although this link is controversial.

 

The National Cancer Institute provides an online tool to help you figure out your risk of breast cancer. See: www.cancer.gov/bcrisktool

 

Symptoms

Early breast cancer usually does not cause symptoms. This is why regular breast exams are important. As the cancer grows, symptoms may include:

 

  • Breast lump or lump in the armpit that is hard, has uneven edges, and usually does not hurt
  • Breast pain or discomfort
  • Bone pain
  • Change in the size, shape, or feel of the breast or nipple — for example, you may have redness, dimpling, or puckering that looks like the skin of an orange
  • Fluid coming from the nipple — may be bloody, clear to yellow, green, and look like pus
  • Men can get breast cancer, too. Symptoms include breast lump and breast pain and tenderness.
  • Symptoms of advanced breast cancer may include:
  • Skin ulcers
  • Swelling of one arm (next to the breast with cancer)
  • Weight loss

 

 

As well as providing a platform for breast cancer charities to raise awareness of their work and of the disease, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is also a prime opportunity to remind women to be breast aware for earlier detection.