Article by Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
Breast augmentation enhances or enlarges the size of the breasts using implants. Since the beginning of breast augmentation surgery in the early 60’s, millions of women have enhanced their bodies with silicone and saline breast implants. Breast Augmentation has become one of the most commonly performed procedures in plastic surgery.
Women who choose to have breast augmentation do so to improve their self-esteem and body image. Many patients are simply trying to increase their breast size to conform better to their body, while others may want to balance their breasts if they appear uneven. Often women want this procedure to restore their natural breast volume that may have decreased due to pregnancy, weight loss or aging.
I have performed thousands of breast augmentation procedures and they continue to be a mainstay of my practice. It is important to find an experienced surgeon and to establish a good rapport. Feel free to ask to speak to former patients about their experience. You will be pleased to discover how breast augmentation can make you feel youthful, and more attractive than ever before.
Breast-lift or Mastopexy firms and tightens the breast. It raises the nipple on the profile of the breast and is often done in conjunction with breast implants. Over the year’s factors such as pregnancy, breast-feeding a baby, and the forces of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. Breast- lift or, Mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If an implant is inserted at the time of the lift, a silicone gel implant is typically used. The silicone implant is lighter and does not put as much pressure and strain on the breast tissue. Although no surgery can permanently delay all the effects of gravity, a breast-lift is a very rewarding and satisfying surgery to perform. Patients are so thrilled to be able to find clothes that fit well and not to be constrained by having to wear a bra at all times.
It is important to establish a good rapport with your surgeon, and feel free to ask to speak to former patients about their experience. You will be pleased to discover how Mastopexy surgery can make you feel youthful, and more attractive than ever before.
Breast reduction or reduction mammoplasty makes the breast smaller. While you can sometimes reduce the size of the breast with liposuction most of the time more expansive surgery is necessary. Excessive breast enlargement (mammary hypertrophy) causes a number of medical and social problems including back and neck pain, poor posture, difficulty participating in recreational activities, finding clothes that fit well, social embarrassment and even times harassment.
Breast reduction surgery is designed to make large breasts smaller, lighter, symmetrical and more proportionate to the rest of a woman’s body. In most cases the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple is reduced. The nipple is elevated to a more normal position. The scars on the breasts are carefully placed so that they are relatively inconspicuous. These incisions fade after time and are typically hidden by a bra or swimwear.
It is important to establish a good rapport with your surgeon and feel free to ask to speak to former patients about their experience. You will be pleased to discover how breast reduction can make you feel youthful, healthy and more attractive than ever before.