WHY: This procedure involves the placement of specially made implants behind the breasts to increase their size. With the latest improvements in implants and advanced surgical techniques, breasts will feel and look natural and realistic.
ABOUT: The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. A small incision is made either under the nipple/areola complex, under the breast, or in the arm pit, and an implant is inserted either on top of or beneath the pectoralis muscle.
RECUPERATION & HEALING: The patient goes home wearing a soft, elastic bra. Initial discomfort is controlled with mild medication. Sutures are removed within a week, when light activities may be resumed; more vigorous activities after 2 weeks..
RESULTS: Patients feel a lot better about themselves. A larger and more shapely breast contour is apparent in or out of clothing.
Note that medical insurance will usually cover expenses only for breast reconstruction due to cancer or other medical issues, or accidents.
WHY: This is an aesthetic operation which raises and reshapes drooping and sagging breasts. It can be done alone or in combination with enlargement or reduction of the breasts.
ABOUT: This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local or general anesthesia. Incisions can be made only around the pigmented areola, and sometimes extend vertically down toward the fold under each breast and sometimes in the crease under the breast. The nipple/areola complex can be repositioned higher, excess skin is removed, and the breast is re-contoured.
RECUPERATION & HEALING: The patient goes home with dressings and a soft support bra. Sutures are removed within a week. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with mild medication. Light activities may be resumed in seven days; more vigorous exercise after 2 weeks.
RESULTS: The result is a perky, more youthful breast contour with a nicely proportioned nipple/areola.
WHY: This procedure reduces large, heavy pendulous breasts and reshapes them, creating breasts that are smaller, lighter, more youthful and in better proportion with the rest of the body. It is often done to eliminate chest, neck, back and shoulder pain and to make physical activity easier and more comfortable. Or, to balance breasts of unequal size. Because of the physical discomfort associated with large, heavy breasts, this operation is often covered by health insurance.
ABOUT: The procedure is performed under general anesthesia on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Incisions are made around the pigmented area (the nipple/areola complex), extend vertically below the nipple, and in the fold under the breast. The nipple/areola complex is repositioned upward, excess breast tissue, fat and skin are removed. A new breast size and contour is created.
RECUPERATION & HEALING: Incisions are covered with light dressings for several days. A soft supportive bra is worn for 1 to 2 weeks. Initial discomfort gradually subsides and can be easily controlled with medication. Scars usually fade in six to twelve months. Surgery should not affect patient's ability to breast feed.
RESULTS: Patients have a smaller and improved breast contour, better proportioned to the body and freedom from neck, back, and chest discomfort. Patients usually feel better about themselves as well as having an easier time fitting and wearing clothing.