The complex relationship between and breast cancer
Prof. Jean Paul MENINGAUD
President of "AIME
Scientific director of "Look et Medecine
At first glance, the worlds of aesthetic medicine and the fight against breast cancer seem far apart, with very different objectives and concerns.
However, unexpected and nuanced links are being forged between these two seemingly dissimilar fields, exploring the psychological, medical and reconstructive dimensions of the patients concerned.
In the more than 20 years I've been performing facelifts, I've come across many cases of these unexpected links.
I'd like to summarize them here. The role of medicine and cosmetic surgery in health prevention is far from negligible.
The motivations behind the quest for physical perfection can be powerful and varied.
Women who turn to facelifts to reduce the signs of aging may also be inclined to consider aesthetic improvements in other parts of their body, notably the breasts.
This concern may eventually lead to additional procedures such as breast augmentation.
While this does not create a direct link between facelift surgery and breast cancer, it does highlight the complexity of aesthetic choices and their possible repercussions.
Paradoxically, this approach can even have an indirect positive effect by encouraging increased monitoring of breast health, thus contributing to earlier detection of cancer in some patients.
Cosmetic surgery consultations tend to attract people in apparently good health, who tend not to consult doctors.
It is therefore a key screening site for many diseases.
In this way, we've been able to screen for a wide range of conditions and risk factors, particularly breast cancer.
The role of medicine and cosmetic surgery in health prevention is far from negligible.