Breast procedures, particularly breast augmentation, are among the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today. Breast procedures can make a significant impact on a woman’s appearance, as well as her self-confidence. Women may seek breast surgery for numerous aesthetic reasons, whether they feel their breasts are too large or too small, droopy or uneven. For some women, the breasts may not have developed correctly with puberty. Other women have undergone partial or total mastectomy due to breast cancer.
Breast procedures can help to restore a woman’s self-confidence, which in turn can transform a woman’s life. It’s no wonder that breast augmentation is such a popular procedure. There are many options for breast surgery and a consultation will be the first step in determining what is best for the patient’s body and the appearance that is sought. The consultation with Dr. Masri and his staff will allow him to show the patient what is realistic and what would work best. This is an important step because if breast implants are sought, determining the size can be very important. Dr. Masri will take into consideration the size and frame of the body to determine what size would be best. If a breast reduction is sought, Dr. Masri will assist in determining how much breast tissue needs to be removed and how the breasts will need to be reshaped. In any surgical procedure, the consultation is an important step.
Breast augmentation is performed to increase the size and fullness of the breasts. There are many important decisions regarding breasts implants besides determining their size. The material of the implant used also needs to be selected. The most popular implant that was used in the past was silicone. Many safety concerns became an issue and they were taken off the market and replaced by saline implants. After many studies, today’s silicone implants have been deemed safe and are now available. While both implants have their advantages and disadvantages, silicone implants have once again become popular because many believe they look and feel more natural. Saline implants are comprised of a silicone shell that is filled with a saline, or salt water, solution. They have the advantage of being able to be inserted into the chest empty and then filled, allowing for a smaller incision and the ability to adjust the size of the implant.
The breast augmentation surgery will involve general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. Incisions are often made under the breast so that a scar will not be visible afterward. This incision tends to have a decreased risk of damage to the mild ducts or nerves. Other options for incision location include under the nipple around the areola and in the armpit. Rarely, the implant may be inserted through an incision in the belly button.
Once the incision is made, the implants will be placed either under or over the muscle. The placement will impact the recovery time. Implants that are placed over the muscle often allow for an easier recovery but can leave an unnatural appearance. Having the implants placed under the muscle will allow for a more natural appearance. When the implants are symmetrical and in place, the incision will be closed. This process can take an average of two hours, but could be longer if other aesthetic adjustments need to be made such as a breast lift. The recovery process can take three to five weeks and strenuous activity should be avoided.
Some women don’t want larger breasts, they want smaller breasts. For these women, breast reduction can be a great solution. There are many reasons why a breast reduction is often sought. Some may be self-conscious of their large breasts which can impact their personal and social lives. It can be difficult to find clothing that can fit properly if the body is not proportioned. Physical activity can also become a challenge because more support is needed for the breasts. Physical pain can occur such as back pain, skin irritation, skin rashes or irritation, and grooves from bra straps in the shoulder areas. Heavy breasts can also influence slouching and create posture problems that then lead to other spinal issues. A breast reduction can greatly benefit women with these problems. It will allow the breasts to fit the body size better and will make them lighter and firmer. Breasts reduction can be performed on women of any age, but those who plan on breastfeeding should consider waiting until after childbirth to have the procedure completed as the milk ducts may be affected.
Dr. Masri and his staff will discuss the best approach that is right for the patient during a consultation. This consultation is just as important as one for breast implants as the goals and realistic outcomes will be discussed. There are three incision options that are typically utilized for breast reduction. The first option involves an incision being made around the areola in two concentric circles. The second option involves the incision being made around the areola in a circle and one vertical line that continues down to the crease beneath the breast. The third option involves the incision being made around the areola in a circle as well as the vertical line that continues down to the crease and an additional incision that continues beneath the breast crease in a horizontal line. The size of the areola can be reduced and the nipple can then be repositioned. Once the breast tissue is removed, the breasts will need to be lifted up and shaped to be proportioned. Breast reduction procedures are often combined with liposuction techniques to remove extra fat that is in the area. This surgery can be long because of the additional steps that may be a factor. The surgery is often performed under general anesthesia and the recovery can be lengthy. Swelling and bruising will occur and regular work activities can be resumed in two weeks.
For women who are happy with the size of their breasts but bothered by sagging or drooping, a breast lift may be an option. Breast lift is similar to breast reduction in that it may be performed using the same anesthesia and the same incisions. Working through the incision, the breast tissue is adjusted using deep internal sutures, the skin is pulled tight, and excess skin is removed. The nipple and areola will be relocated to the higher position and, if necessary, the areola may be reduced in size. Breast lift and breast reduction may be combined for those patients seeking both a reduction in breast size and sagging.
Recovery following breast lift surgery is similar to breast reduction with bruising and swelling lasting for several weeks. Most patients are able to return to work within one to two weeks.
Whether you seek breast implants, a breast reduction, or a breast lift, the Masri Clinic can help determine what is best for you. It is important to schedule a consultation to discuss what will work best for your body and what will provide you with your desired appearance. Call Dr. Masri and his staff today at 866-487-3223.