There are many reasons women choose breast surgery—a desire to enhance breasts that are too small, reduce breasts that are cumbersome, lift breasts that have lost volume after pregnancy, or achieve post-cancer treatment reconstruction. When performed by an experience cosmetic surgeon, natural results can be achieved.
Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammaplasty)
There has never been an exercise, machine, or medication which has had any appreciable effect on the size of the breast. There is only one way to increase the breast size, and that is by augmentation with an implant.
If you have small, underdeveloped breasts, one breast that is noticeably smaller than the other, or breasts that have lost volume after childbearing or weight loss, you might want to consider breast augmentation. Performed as an outpatient procedure, a small incision is made underneath the breast, so scarring is minimal and unnoticeable. You can expect full recovery in 4-6 weeks.
Passmore Plastic Surgery utilizes the Mentor® Volume Sizing System to take the guesswork out of determining a breast size that is pleasing to you. The System allows you to try on a variety of volume sizing devices to enable you to make a confident choice. In the privacy of Dr. Passmore’s office, you can get a preview of your desired look.
Breast augmentation has been the choice of millions of women. It is a personal decision, one that should be made by a well-informed woman.
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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Over the years, age and gravity will take their toll on the shape and fullness of the female breast. Frequent pregnancies, breast feeding, and weight fluctuations can also cause breasts to flatten and sag.
This can be corrected by breast lift surgery. An outpatient procedure, breast lift corrects sagging breasts and enlarged nipple areolar complexes (the pigmented areas around the nipples). The design of the incisions varies according to several factors including the size and shape of the breasts and the degree of correction that is necessary (in other words, the amount of sagging). Healing is a gradual process, but most women return to work after one week and resume normal activities after one month.
Gravity and the aging process cannot be controlled, but their effects can be reversed. It is important to note that, while this procedure is very effective, a breast lift will not keep you firm forever. Many women consider breast implants after the breast lift has completely healed.
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Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)
Oversized breasts can cause problems, both physically and mentally. Large breasts often dominate a woman’s appearance attracting unwelcome attention. The excessive weight can cause pain in the shoulders, back, and neck. Breast exams are more difficult and physical activities, including sports, are uncomfortable or even impossible. Breasts that are disproportionate with the rest of the body often limit clothes options when searching for the right fit.
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure. Incisions are made around the nipple, then extended vertically below and in the fold underneath the breast (a “T” incision). Scarring is minimal. You can expect to go back to work in 2 weeks, depending on the type of work you do, with full recovery in 4 weeks.
The choice of breast reduction surgery is most often made to relieve physical discomfort. However, your sense of attractiveness and self-confidence will also receive a boost. Breast reduction surgery is a life-changing decision… for the better.
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When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she often faces many choices. When one of those choices includes a mastectomy, she then has another question to answer: Should she also consider breast reconstruction? Breast reconstruction can dramatically improve physical appearance, emotional recovery from cancer, and sexual confidence.
Breast reconstruction surgery techniques vary. It can be performed using implants or the woman’s own body tissue, or a combination of both. Several factors are considered when determining the option that is right for the individual woman: the type of mastectomy that was performed, the stage of the cancer when it was discovered, and the type of post-surgical treatment (i.e. chemo and/or radiation therapy), the overall general health of the woman considering breast reconstruction, and her desired outcome.
Breast reconstruction is a personal decision that only the woman herself can make and should be made only after gathering facts from a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who will customize the surgery to the woman’s particular needs.
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