Breast augmentation is a very popular procedure for women and among the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures. A saline-filled or silicone gel filled implant is inserted under the crease in the breast. The implant can be placed under the breast tissue or beneath the chest wall muscle. After surgery, breasts will appear “fuller” and more shapely in contour. Incision scars will fade over time. We use advanced pain management techniques which can greatly reduce the postoperative pain that can sometimes be associated with this surgery.
Current Special prices for saline implants begin at $4900 and $6000 for silicone gel. Pricing includes the implant warranty. For more information about breast augmentation, call our office. Amber will happily answer any of your questions.
Over time, the effects of gravity along with the loss of the skin’s natural elasticity begins to have a negative impact on the appearance of a woman’s breasts. These factors, combined with pregnancies and nursing will often cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape and firmness.
A breastlift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). Breast implants inserted in conjunction with a mastopexy procedure can increase both firmness and size.
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Breast reduction is a procedure that can reduce the weight and size of breasts and is usually done for medical reasons rather than cosmetic purposes. Because breast reduction surgery is considered medically necessary, most insurance companies will cover the costs related to the procedure. More than 100,000 women undergo a breast reduction procedure every year in the United States.
Breast reduction may be a desirable procedure for women who have suffered physical and psychological problems related to the size and weight of their breasts. Women with over-sized breasts can experience the following physical problems:
- Back and neck pain
- Skin irritation
- Skeletal deformities
- Breathing difficulty
- Shoulder indentations
Good candidates for breast reduction surgery are women who are in good physical and emotional health with a realistic understanding of the procedure. Breast reduction is best performed on women who have finished developing, though in some cases a may be appropriate for teenage patients. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, or plan to do so, may not be good candidates for a breast reduction.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which allows the patient to sleep through the procedure. The plastic surgeon will make an anchor shaped incision along the breast fold and up around the nipple area. Through this incision, the surgeon will excise the extra skin and fat from the area. The nipple will also be repositioned appropriately during the procedure. If the patient has tighter skin and would benefit from fat removal via liposuction alone, the incision will be much less extensive and the nipple might not need to be repositioned.
As with all surgical procedures, a breast reduction is associated with some potential complications. Infection, bleeding, and anesthesia reactions are all rare but possible side effects of breast reduction surgery. Other potential side effects include: permanent scars, mismatched breasts, uneven nipples, loss of nipple sensation, and difficulty breast-feeding. An experienced breast reduction surgeon will take every measure to lessen the risk of these adverse effects. However, it is important to follow all aftercare instructions provided by your surgeon.
For some patients this procedure may be covered by insurance. For more information about breast reduction call our office.
After Mastectomy Surgery
Breast reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy. Although breast reconstruction can rebuild your breast, the results are highly variable:
- A reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation and feel as the breast it replaces.
- Visible incision lines will always be present on the breast, whether from reconstruction or mastectomy.
- Certain surgical techniques will leave incision lines at the donor site, commonly located in less exposed areas of the body such as the back, abdomen or buttocks.
A note about symmetry: If only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size and position of both breasts. A consultation will provide you with information on the many available options for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.
The final results of breast reconstruction following mastectomy can help lessen the physical and emotional impact of mastectomy. Over time, some breast sensation may return, and scar lines will improve, although they’ll never disappear completely. There are trade-offs, but most women feel these are small compared to the large improvement in their quality of life and the ability to look and feel whole. Careful monitoring of breast health through self-exam, mammography and other diagnostic techniques is essential to your long-term health.
Male Breast Reduction
Although rarely discussed, enlarged male breasts is a common condition. Gynecomastia affects approximately 40 to 60 percent of men. There is often no known cause for gynecomastia, although there has been some correlation with various drugs or medical conditions.
Men who feel self-conscious about their appearance are helped with breast-reduction surgery. The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases removes excess skin, resulting in a contoured chest that is flatter and firmer.
Breast Implant Removal
Reasons for breast implant removal
We all have a million reasons for wanting to adjust the way we look. Some women with breast implants may have had their breast augmentation many years ago. These women might feel their implants are now too small or large for their current shape and they want to exchange them for implants of a different size. Others may want to return to having only their natural breast. Then medical reasons could pay a role in a patient’s decision making process; they may have hardening or contraction of their implant or notice wrinkling and rippling.
One thing to consider is if your implants are not replaced with a new set, then you may have loose hanging skin. A way to resolve this issue is to have a breast lift which is a second procedure. This can be done at the same time as a removal or at a later date. Whatever the reason, women should talk with Dr. Dehghan about their expectations and the procedure.
For examples of implant removals with implant exchange, please refer to our “Breast Revision” photo gallery.