It is natural for the female breast to change over the course of a lifetime but some of those changes are not welcome. That’s where surgery comes in. We can restore the youthful fullness to breasts or give our patients a figure they never had but always wanted. Factors that affect the breast shape and size are age, weight fluctuation, childbirth and breast feeding. Breast surgery is broken down into three categories, with some procedures combined.
Breast augmentation is the safest and most reliable way to enlarge breast with a saline or silicone implant which is surgically implanted under your chest tissues. A saline breast implant is a sac (implant shell) of silicone elastomer (rubber), and then filled with saline, a saltwater solution, through a valve. A silicone gel breast implant is a sac (implant shell) made of silicone elastomer (rubber), which is filled with clear silicone gel. A thorough and comprehensive consultation will determine which implant is best for you.
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast shape, and will sometimes include an areola reduction. Think of it as a “skin brassiere”. Often, a breast lift is combined with a breast augmentation as breast lift surgery alone does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast.
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin and has the dual benefits of improving your appearance while relieving the physical and emotional burden of overly large breasts. Large breasts, especially when they are out of proportion to your height and weight, can be embarrassing, can cause back and neck pain, skin irritation, and posture problems. Physical activities may be painful or awkward. Women with large breasts may especially feel self-conscious wearing swimsuits and other types of clothing due to unwelcome attention to large breasts.
It’s important to understand all aspects of your breast enhancement surgery. It’s normal to be shy especially when talking about your body. Don’t be afraid to discuss these feelings with Dr. Sal.