Breast Augmentation & Breast Reduction
Breast Augmentation, Breast Reduction & Breast Lift
The Dermatology Center offers a full array of breast procedures. In general, all of the breast procedures are done on an outpatient basis, with minimal risk, and with the goal of a fast recovery and nominal downtime.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Procedures:
What Breast Surgery procedures are available?
Breast Augmentation/Breast Enhancement
Breast Augmentation enhances the size of the breasts using inflatable implants filled with saline, placed under or above the chest muscle.
Breast Augmentation can enhance body shape, balance breast irregularities or reconstruct tissue following surgery. The results can successfully alter the appearance of a woman’s body, helping her to feel more confident, feminine and “whole”. Incisions can be placed in the crease where the breast meets the chest or around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). At this time either saline or gel implants can be used in first-time breast augmentation patients. The breast implant is inserted beneath the chest wall muscle or directly under breast tissue, depending upon the amount of existing breast tissue. In nearly all cases, the post-surgery scars are inconspicuous.
Breast Lift (mastopexy)
Breast Lift, or mastopexy, raises and reshapes sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning nipples and remaining tissue, without changing breast quantity. Generally, this procedure is used when a woman is happy with the size of her breasts, but wants to attain a more youthful appearance through the tightening and reshaping process.
Several techniques may be employed, based upon a patient’s requirements and breast conditions. In addition, Breast Augmentation may be combined with a Breast Lift procedure to attain the desired results.
Breast Reduction reduces the size and reshapes the contour of large breasts by removing excess breast skin and tissue. It may also include reducing the size of the areola (dark skin surrounding the nipple) and repositioning the nipple and areola.
As with the Breast Lift procedure, several techniques may be employed, depending upon patient requirements and physiology.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Male Breast Reduction Surgery reduces enlarged, female-like breasts in men using Liposuction and/or cutting out excess glandular tissue.
How is Breast Augmentation performed? What can I expect following surgery?
Incisions can be placed in the crease where the breast meets the chest or around the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). The breast implant is inserted beneath the chest wall muscle or directly under breast tissue, depending upon the amount of existing breast tissue. In nearly all cases, the post-surgery scars are inconspicuous.
This surgery is performed at an outpatient surgical center and is done under general anesthesia by a board certified anesthesiologist. The procedure takes one and a half hours and the first five days of recovery requires reduced activity. Post-operative discomfort is controlled with medications during the first few days.
Patients return to work within five days and scars fade within 9-12 months. Reduced activity is required for the first two weeks. After Breast Augmentation, follow up visits are required to assure a good outcome.
Am I a good candidate for a Breast Lift procedure? How is the procedure performed and what can I expect post-surgery?
Factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on women’s breasts as the skin loses its elasticity. The best candidates for Mastopexy are healthy women who have sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in heavy breasts. The objective of Mastopexy is higher, well contoured breasts.
Breast Lift, or Mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts-at least, for a time. (No surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity.) Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume (after pregnancy, for example), breast implants inserted in conjunction with Mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size.
Mastopexy is performed as an outpatient procedure. In this operation, the surgeon makes incisions following the natural contour across the breasts. Working through the incisions, the surgeon removes excess skin from the lower section of the breast. The nipple, areola, and underlying breast tissue are moved up to a new, higher position. Sutures close the wounds under the breast and around the nipple area.
After surgery, pain is controlled easily by medication and subsides in a day or two. Mastopexy scars are permanent. However, since incisions are made around and below the nipples, scars should not be noticeable even in low cut clothing.
Am I a good candidate for a Breast Reduction? How is this procedure performed and what can I expect post-surgery?
Breast Reduction offers many benefits for women with large, sagging breasts. Multiple symptoms including back or neck pain or shoulder grooving can be improved with a reduction mammaplasty. Physical activities that were limited and/or painful can be participated in comfortably after surgery. Overall, the procedure helps women increase their self-image and activity and be more content with everyday life.
Breast Reduction surgery takes three hours and is done under general anesthesia in an outpatient surgical facility. Some patients may elect to spend one night in the hospital. Various techniques are used to reduce breast tissue. We prefer the “inferior pedicle” technique: Excess tissue is removed and the nipple and areola are moved to the new position. Skin from both sides of the breast is brought down around the areola to reshape the breast similar to a breast lift or Mastopexy.
Pain is controlled easily by medication after surgery and subsides in a few days. Breast Reduction scars are permanent, but scars should not be noticeable even in low cut clothing.
Reduced activity is required for the first two weeks. After Breast Reduction surgery, follow up visits are required.