Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammaplasty)
Breast augmentation or enlargement, has regained its popularity in recent years. Women who seek augmentation want their chest to be both aesthetically pleasing in and out of their clothes. The ideal candidate for breast augmentation is anyone wishing to have more attractive breasts. The breast implants used today consist of saline and silicone. Both implants are safe and the silicone breast implants have now gained FDA approval.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Patients may have adequate breast size but they have considerable sagging due to weight loss, pregnancies or aging. This type of patient may be a good candidate for a breast lift. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed, the breast is lifted, and the remaining skin is redraped. The resulting breast is fuller and firmer. The nipple position is better and the breast will have a more youthful appearance. Breast implants can be inserted during a breast lift for patients who wish to have simultaneous augmentation.
Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)
Many patients suffer from breasts that are so enlarged that their physical activity may be compromised. These patients often have neck, shoulder and chronic back pain. Bra straps may also leave indentations and grooves in their shoulders. By reducing the volume and lifting the breasts, patients will have relief of these symptoms. A breast reduction is performed similarly to a full breast lift. Breast tissue is removed and sculpted to give the breast a natural tear drop shape. It is important to maintain adequate breast volume during reduction so that it is proportional to the body. Many patients will also retain nipple sensation following surgery.
Breast cancer continues to be on the rise in United States and each year many patients will undergo a mastectomy for their disease. Following a mastectomy, patients can be left with a deformed chest wall and an unpleasant scar. This can have devastating psychological consequences on the patient over time. For some women, breast reconstruction can be a rewarding procedure. Breast reconstruction can be performed at the time of the mastectomy or anytime thereafter. The surgery can result in a natural looking breast that closely resembles the other breast. Breast reconstruction can also restore positive feelings of self-image to cancer patients and be an overall satisfying experience for the patient.