As a woman, your breasts are an integral part of who you are. They affect your self-confidence. The passage of time is not always kind to this part of a woman’s figure. The birth of children can cause the breasts to sag or droop. Other women have the opposite problem and suffer from overly large breasts that create stress on their shoulders, neck, and back. Men sometimes suffer from male breasts and desire to have a reduction done as well. Regardless of whether you need to have a reduction or augmentation or you want to restore firmness or perkiness, see what plastic surgery can do for you.
Breast augmentation is not just about getting larger breasts. Augmentation can correct asymmetry, replace volume that was lost due to child birth or weight loss, balance your shape against your hips, and lift sagging or drooping breasts. You can choose from saline, silicone-gel, and gummy bear implants, getting the look and feel that is right for you.
Motherhood and weight loss are both great accomplishments in life, but often they come with an unwanted by-product: sagging breasts. Those who suffer from flat breasts, pendulous breasts, stretched skin, large areolas, or one breast sitting lower than the other should consider a mastopexy. A breast lift restores the breast tissue to its original position, tightens and removes excess and stretched skin, and repositions the nipples and areolas, if necessary. Sometimes an augmentation may need to be done in conjunction with the lift to get the results you desire.
Overly large breasts can create feelings of self-consciousness and can be the source of neck, shoulder, and back pain. You can alleviate your discomfort through a breast reduction, removing the excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin that are causing the breasts to droop and sag. Your breasts can be brought back into proportion with the rest of your body, restoring balance to your overall look. As long as you maintain a healthy weight and don’t have any additional pregnancies, for most people your reduction should last a lifetime.
Although no one plans on have to exchange the original breast implants, you may find yourself needing one. Scar tissue tightening around the implant may be hard and painful; the original implant may be leaking or deflated; the implant may have shifted out of its original placement creating asymmetry or rippling; pregnancy after augmentation may have stretched the skin causing drooping or sagging. Going through the original incisions, Dr. Tolson will reposition or replace the implant as needed to restore symmetry and a youthful contour to your profile.
After your investment in breast augmentation, the last thing you want to see is implant rippling. Although all implants ripple, the amount of tissue and body fat an individual has dictates how well the rippling is covered. Implant rippling can be treated through fat transfer, pocket change, implant repositioning, cellular dermal matrix inserts, or implant changes.
When breast implants are inserted, the body creates a capsule of scar tissue around the implant, helping to anchor it into place. For the majority of people, the capsule stays soft, but some women experience a contracting of the capsule that can cause the breasts to feel hard and sometimes painful. The cause of capsular contracture is not fully known, but removing the implant and capsule and putting in a sheet of acellular dermal matrix is the most successful way to treat capsular contracture.
Male breasts can undermine your self-confidence and be a source of embarrassment. A male breast reduction can restore confidence by removing excess fatty and glandular tissue. Occasionally it may require removing excess skin and repositioning the nipple and areola. Although you see immediate results with your male breast reduction, the final results can take up to one year to fully make themselves apparent. As long as your weight remains stable and you don’t take any medication that can cause tissue growth, you breast reduction should last the rest of your life.
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