I have Lumpy Breasts. When using Breastlight would I see lots of dark shadows?
It depends if the lumps are fibrous, fatty or fluid filled cysts. If so as there is no extra blood present, NO shadow will be seen. If however you see a shadow in the breast it could be a blood filled cyst, bruise or a growth. Any lumps that are causing you anxiety should be seen by your doctor or nurse.
Does Breastlight work with my implants?
I have very dark skin, surely Breastlight won’t work on me?
Breastlight works well on ALL skin tones.
I have extremely large breasts, can I use this device?
It may help if you get a close friend or partner to hold your breast while you use Breastlight, but there is no breast size restriction in using the device.
I have had a breast reduction, can I use Breastlight?
Yes, you may use Breastlight. You will notice the scar tissue is thicker and dependant on how long ago you had the reduction you may see an increased blood supply (which will show as darkened areas).
I have had a lumpectomy, should I use Breastlight?
Yes, it is fine to use Breastlight when you have had any type of breast surgery. You will see slightly thickened tissue at the operation site. It is also really important that you take care of your breasts now and check them regularly.
Why do I need to alter the intensity of the light in Breastlight?
The density of breasts varies; this is dependent on lots of factors – age; size; hormonal changes and the time of the month. The denser your breast the higher the intensity light you need. Too high or too low a setting will mean that blood vessels are not seen clearly, so try different brightness.
I am really frightened about using Breastlight for the first time – suppose I find something?
It is not uncommon for women to be slightly anxious using Breastlight for the first time. Over time you will become more aware of what is normal for you and therefore more confident that you will notice any changes in your breasts. Remember it is not a diagnostic device and if you do see any changes or are concerned contact your doctor.
If I use Breastlight regularly do I still need to look and feel my breasts for changes?
Yes, Breastlight should be used in addition to your normal breast awareness routine. You should continue to look and feel your breast tissue and should always attend screening when invited.
What is the light used in this Breastlight? Is it safe?
The light is visible light of a specific wavelength from a set of LED’s (light emitting diodes). It is completely safe. You can use Breastlight as often as you like but we recommend that you use it on a regular monthly basis.
How does light show up blood in my breast?
The red LED light is absorbed by the red blood cells in your blood. This enables you to see the blood vessels as dark lines. You can monitor any changes that occur. You should look for changes such as dark areas or shadows that should be checked by your doctor.