Breast Augmentation is surgical procedure designed to increase the size and enhance the shape of a woman’s breasts. As a result of the procedure, many women have found it easier to dress in certain styles of clothing, and for some patients, not only can this procedure enhance your appearance, it can help build your self esteem. Women have different reasons for undergoing breast augmentation. These include:
• Women who feel their breasts are too small and looking to improve their figure.
• Women who have lost breast volume and shape as a result of pregnancy and nursing.
• Women whose breasts have lost volume and shape as a result of aging.
• Women who have had a significant difference in the sizes of both breasts.
• Weight loss which has changed the shape and or size of your breasts.
Breast Augmentation is usually performed using a saline filled implant, but in some patients gel implants may be used in patients who have had prior implant surgery.
The implant surgery can be placed above or below the pectoral muscle via a variety of incisions including, the armpit (transaxillary), above the breast fold, along the edge of the nipple (circumareolar), or through the umbilicus or “belly-button” (TUBA).
Problems with implants include deflation, rippling, change in position, scar capsules. Changes in breast and nipple sensation may also occur.
Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Men may have an excess of breast tissue called Gynecomastia due to a variety of medical conditions, medications, or from unknown causes. This excess breast tissue can be treated by liposuction, direct excision of the excess tissue, or a combination of these techniques depending upon the patient’s individual problem.
There are great benefits to the breast lift procedure. As time passes, pregnancy, nursing, excessive weight loss and gravity have adverse effects on a woman’s breasts, causing them to lose their elasticity, firmness and shape. This creates a sagging appearance. A breast lift is a procedure that corrects this condition using a combination of removing excess breast skin, shaping the breast tissue and tightening the skin. A breast lift can also be combined with breast implants to restore the breasts to a more desirable shape and size. Those with smaller breasts will benefit with the addition of a breast implant to add volume while at the same time minimizing the scarring. For those with adequate amount of breast tissue a variety of techniques and options are available to emphasize shape, size and acceptable scarring.
The best candidates for a breast lift (mastopexy) are healthy women who are realistic about the result they would like to achieve and accepting of necessary scars. The breast lift can enhance your appearance and self-confidence. The best results are achieved on women with small sagging breasts due to loss of skin elasticity, secondary to pregnancy, nursing, or weight loss. Those who plan to have more children may want to postpone the surgery, as the process of pregnancy and breast feeding may change the final result of the surgery.
The procedure is done as an outpatient and recovery time is the same or less than that for a breast reduction procedure.
Women with very large sagging breast frequently have neck, back, and shoulder pain. These patients find breast reduction surgery of great benefit. They not only have relief from their symptoms, but also have the ability to exercise better, wear more fitted clothing, and may feel more confident about their appearance. Of all the surgeries that Dr. Valauri (board certified plastic surgeon) performs, breast reduction ranks among the highest in patient satisfaction. Patients of almost any age may have breast reduction surgery however; most surgeons recommend that patients until after breast have fully developed.
You may be good candidate for breast reduction surgery if you have the following:
• Neck, back or shoulder pain
• Shoulder notching/ furrowing from your bra straps
• Heavy sagging breasts
• Breasts that are too heavy for your body size
• Irritation or rash beneath your breasts
• Difficulty with exercise and physical activities due to large heavy breasts
• One breast larger than the other creating significant asymmetry
During breast reduction surgery, fatty tissue of the breast along with glandular tissue and excess skin are removed. As a result the breast can be pulled tighter making them lighter, smaller and firmer. Different techniques may be used to minimize incisions and scarring, and to emphasize shape. Breast reduction surgery is generally performed under general anesthesia, and usually takes about 4 hours to complete. After surgery, you will be wrapped in an elastic bandage or surgical bra over gauze for 2-3 days. You may have a drain placed to allow excess fluid or blood to drain from the incision. You can expect a recovery period of about two weeks.
For many women diagnosed with breast cancer, mastectomy, or breast removal, is an unfortunate and inescapable option. Women who have undergone this surgery can choose to have breast reconstruction. This procedure recreates the size and shape of the patient's natural breast and can renew a woman's sense of beauty and femininity. Please visit our website for more information at www.DrValauri.com
Breast Deformity (Congenital)
Severe developmental breast deformities cause deep psychological problems in young women and disturb their social relations. New techniques and traditional breast implants, or the combined expander implants permitting gradual augmentation of a small breast, yield results which afford such young women an opportunity of living normal lives.