Breast enlargement is one of the most commonly requested aesthetic operations, with more than one and a half million procedures performed in the United States to date. Most women undergo this type of surgery because they want to feel better about their appearance, both in and out of clothes. Regardless of what the ads and commercials will have you believe, surgical augmentation is the only way to increase the size of the breast.
During your initial consultation, you will be encouraged to discuss your desires, fears, expectations, and goals. In addition to increasing breast size, the doctor will strive to create a more aesthetically pleasing breast by improving the shape, balance, and proportion. The first and foremost objective therefore, should be the creation of breasts that are proportional to the individual’s chest and shoulders. Many patients initially desire breasts that are too large or small in proportion to their body frame. The doctor can determine the appropriate degree of enlargement and reduce the chance of disappointment with the final result, only by conducting an examination with the patient in a standing position.
No woman has breasts that are perfectly symmetrical in volume, shape, or position, and it would be unrealistic to expect a surgeon to create what nature cannot. Your doctor, however, will aim for relative symmetry. In addition, a youthful appearance–firm breasts with proper uplift–is desirable. Finally, as much as possible, the breasts should move naturally and feel soft to the touch.
Many women consult a plastic surgeon because of overly large or sagging breasts, a condition resulting in neck and shoulder pain, deep grooves in the shoulders from bra straps, and skin rashes. In addition, these patients often experience emotional distress when friends (and even total strangers) thoughtlessly comment on the size of their breasts. Other women are bothered by sagging breasts, and while the size of their breasts may be acceptable, the undesirable shape makes them feel unattractive.
Enlarged breasts are often the result of hereditary factors or weight gain. Hormones also play a part in some cases where the breast tissue is actually more sensitive than normal to certain female hormones. Sagging breasts result from poor skin tone, stretching of ligaments during pregnancy and breast feeding, weight changes, heredity, and the aging process. Either of these conditions can be corrected with the same basic operative procedure, and thousands of women each year undergo successful surgical alteration of their breasts.
During your initial consultation, you will be encouraged to discuss your desires, fears, expectations, and goals. In addition to reducing breast size, the doctor will strive to create a more aesthetically pleasing breast by improving shape and balance and creating breasts which are proportional to your chest and shoulders. No woman has breasts which are perfectly symmetrical.
Medical science is working very hard to find a cure for cancer. Currently 1 in 8 women will experience breast cancer during their lifetime, however recent treatment programs have been extremely successful. The modalities of treatment vary from lumpectomies and radiation for small tumors in the simplest of cases to complete breast removal, or mastectomies. The type of treatment today is individualized and is based on the patient’s particular case.
After mastectomies and in many cases after extended lumpectomies with radiation, breast reconstruction has been extremely successful and satisfying.
Recreating the semblance of breast fullness with a nipple, not having to use a removable prosthesis under a bra or bathing suit, and “feeling whole again” are the main reasons many women elect breast reconstruction. There are women who are able to adjust very well after a mastectomy and do not desire breast reconstruction but, because of increasing public awareness concerning the success of this procedure, a higher percentage of women are electing to be reconstructed. Newer, safer and more successful techniques have resulted in a large number of different procedures.