As summer approaches, you may be starting to think about how you’re going to look in skinny tops and bathing suits.
Breasts will play a major role in how you look. Have you worried that your breasts are too small, too big, too uneven, too pointy or too-something-else-that-doesn’t-look-quite-right?
If beautiful, shapely breasts would make you feel better about yourself, why not consider breast surgery?
I’ve transformed many women’s lives using one of the three types of breast surgery done today: breast augmentation, breast lift and breast reduction.
This is the big favorite. It’s fast, easy and the results are immensely pleasing to everyone who’s had it done (and their significant others).
How It’s Done
Breast implants are inserted through small, inconspicuous incisions. Today we have four choices of incision site. You and I will work together to choose which is best for you.
Many Types of Implants
- Shape: There are round implants, bio-dimensional implants and pear-shaped ones (more appropriate for over-40 women). We’ll go over all of this together during consultation, as well as the placement of the implants.
- Placement: Under or over the pectoral muscle. I prefer under—it results in a more natural look with prettier cleavage, and is softer to the touch. But it’s up to you.
- Saline or silicone: I’ll explain the virtues of each, including the “gummy bear” implants that are so popular these days.
You’ll get the full range of choices, and the solutions that suit you best.
N.B.: Implants will not lift your breasts. If droopy breasts are your issue, I can perform a breast lift.
The lift is for women who suffer with sagging breasts.
- Breastfeeding may have robbed them of the shapely, taut breasts they had before childbearing.
- Genetics may have given them limp breast tissue. Gravity slowly pulls on their breasts until their nipples face downward.
Naturally these women desire the firm, well-shaped breasts that flatter any woman’s body. A breast lift will raise and reshape sagging breasts and nipples. We can also reduce the size of the areola.
It’s wise to postpone this procedure until you are finished having children, because further breastfeeding can cancel out your results.
Breast lift techniques generally fall into two categories:
- Concentric—For women with smaller and less droopy breasts.
- Anchor-shaped (more common)—This involves more extensive cutting and removal of excess skin tissue. It’s for women who have more extreme sagging.
My Patient: 43 year old woman before and after vertical pattern breast lift (lollipop incision). No implants used. Photo was taken 10 months after surgery.
What Can I Expect after a Breast Lift?
- You will notice an immediate and dramatic change in the shape of your breasts. Most women are very pleased immediately after surgery.
- It may take up to a year for your breasts to settle into their new look and feel.
- Over time, your scars will fade but may remain red and bumpy for many months.
In some cases, I can add implants after performing a lift. We can discuss that option during your consultation.
Large, heavy breasts can cause constant back, neck, and shoulder pain. Women looking to enjoy an active lifestyle often want to reduce oversized breasts. In the process of creating smaller breasts, we’re able to improve their shape and thus enhance a patient’s body image.
Breast reduction surgery generally falls into two categories.
- The incision circles the areola and extends downward, following the natural curve of the breast.
- Excess glandular tissue, fat, and skin are removed.
- The nipple and areola are then moved to their new position.
- Skin is shaped around the areola to give the breasts a new, uplifted contour.
- If the breasts are very large or hang loosely, the nipples and areolas may have to be completely removed and grafted into a higher position. Unfortunately, this usually results in a loss of sensation in the nipple and surrounding tissue.
- If you don’t have a large amount of excess skin, we can use this technique.
- It has the advantage of hiding scars.
- However, it tends to flatten the breast shape to some degree.
My Patient: 27 year old woman before and after vertical breast reduction (lollipop incision). Bra cup size decreased from F/G to D. Patient is 5’5″ and 140 lbs. 375gms (R) and 300gms (L) of tissue was removed.
In general, the more skin we cut, the more we can shape the breast. So there’s a trade-off between longer scars and a prettier shape.
Insurance coverage is often available for this procedure!
Breast Surgery FAQs
Is It Painful?
- Your breasts will probably be sore for two or three days.
- The pain is greatest within the first 48 hours, but improves with each day.
- We’ll give you pain medication if you’re sensitive to pain.
What Is the Recovery Period Like?
- The gauze dressing will be removed after a couple of days.
- You’ll wear a surgical bra for a few weeks.
- Your stitches will be removed about two weeks after the surgery.
- Your breasts will be bruised, and you may experience temporary numbness around the nipples, as well as random shooting pains. These conditions generally subside within several weeks.
What’s the Downtime?
- For the first few days, you need to limit your activities and movement to prevent breaking the stitches and stretching the scars.
- Most women can return to work after two weeks.
- Overhead lifting and strenuous movements should be avoided for several weeks.
This is a No-Brainer
There’s no longer any reason to put up with breasts that make you unhappy. Plastic surgeons have been helping women improve their breasts since the dawn of our profession. Techniques are now so sophisticated that today’s breast surgery is safe, predictable, and quite likely to give you a life-changing result.
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