Breast augmentation is performed to enhance the appearance, size, and contour of a woman’s breasts. Breast augmentation may be considered for different reasons:
- Some women feel their breasts are too small,
- Some desire to correct an asymmetry in breast size, and
- Others want an augmentation because of changes in their breasts after pregnancy.
Breast augmentation is performed with implants. Generally, it is a relatively straightforward, minimally invasive procedure. However, as with any surgery, some uncertainty and risk are expected. Review the benefits, risks, and alternatives with the board certified plastic surgeons at Miami Plastic Surgery, who will address your concerns and help manage your expectations.
A breast lift is a surgical procedure to change the shape of your breasts. Pregnancy, breast feeding, weight loss, aging skin with lost elasticity, and genetics all contribute to why women experience sagging breasts. In some women, the skin is not strong or resilient enough to support the weight of the breast, causing the breasts to sag. With this condition, called ptosis, there is too much skin compared to breast tissue. To give the breast a lift, the excess skin is removed and breast tissue is reshaped to restore firmness and raise the breasts. Breast lift surgery gives the breast more shape and support by tightening the surrounding tissue.
Breast reconstruction surgery is often performed in women who undergo mastectomy as a treatment for breast cancer. The appearance, contour, and volume of the breast can be recreated with implants or with a woman’s own tissue. The nipple and areola also are recreated. Because the sensory nerves or milk glands and ducts have been removed or significantly injured, normal breast sensation and normal breast function, as with nursing, do not usually return.Breast reconstruction can be done at any time after undergoing a mastectomy. The procedure has no known effect on the recurrence of cancer and it does not appear to affect cancer surveillance.
Breast reduction surgery is often used in women with large, heavy breasts who experience significant discomfort including neck pain, back pain, and numbness or weakness due to the weight of the breasts. During this procedure, excess skin, fat, and breast tissue are removed. After a breast reduction, most women report relief from the symptoms caused by having oversized breasts. However, there may be a change in breast sensation as well as the inability to breastfeed.
Gynecomastia is the swelling/enlargement of the gland tissue of the breast in boys or men, caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. The condition can also be the result of obesity, the use of certain drugs or heredity. It can affect one or both breasts, sometimes even both. Obviously, it can cause emotional discomfort and impair self-confidence: some men going as far as to avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition.Gynecomastia surgery reduces breast size in men. The result is a flatter, firmer and more masculine contour to the chest.
Some women are self-conscious and concerned with the size, shape, or placement of their nipples. There are various nipple contouring surgical procedures to address your concerns:
- Inverted nipple repair,
- Nipple reduction,
- Nipple lift,
- Nipple reconstruction (creation of a new nipple following mastectomy), and/or
- Areolar reduction (reduction of the diameter of the pigmented skin surrounding the nipples).
The team at Miami Plastic Surgery performs many nipple procedures in conjunction with other breast procedures, such as enlargement, lifting, reduction, and reconstruction. The results are excellent, as most nipple scars are quite inconspicuous.
Men frequently find that even with a lot of exercise, their pectoral muscles do not respond the way they would like. This has led to a growing demand for pectoral implants. For these men, pec implants may be an excellent option for shaping and enhancing their chests, contributing to a more defined, muscular appearance. Pec implants look and feel remarkably natural and have helped many men feel more self-confident and masculine. The operation is suitable for a man:
- With an under-developed chest,
- Who has asymmetrical development of the chest muscles, and/ or
- Who just doesn’t have the muscle type that allows him to enlarge his chest with exercise.
If you are considering pectoral implants, your first step should be to discuss your expectations, cosmetic goals and treatment options with the qualified cosmetic surgeons at Miami Plastic Surgery.