Plastic Surgery for Breasts

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Breast Augmentation

Breast enlargement (augmentation) increases breast size and improves breast shape. Women sometimes choose augmentation when they have decreased breast volume after pregnancy or weight loss. It is sometimes chosen to balance breast asymmetry when there is a significant difference between the sizes of the breasts. Most often it is chosen to improve contour when a woman feels her breast size is too small. Swedish Plastics and Aesthetics offers both saline and silicone gel implants.

The decision that most affects a woman’s satisfaction with outcome of breast augmentation is the size of the breast implant. It is important that a patient have a good sense of what she would like to achieve and to participate fully in this decision. Women vary widely in the breast size they prefer. An individual’s body type, height and weight should be considered when selecting an implant size. The shape and size of your breasts prior to surgery will influence both the recommended treatment and final results.

Women who would like to improve both the size and shape of their breasts may choose to have a breast lift in addition to their breast augmentation procedure. Many women choose to combine their breast augmentation with procedures such as a tummy tuck or liposuction. The best candidates are healthy nonsmokers, with a Body Mass Index preferably of less than 30, who are in good nutritional balance.

Breast Reduction

A breast reduction is considered when overly large breasts cause discomfort. Breast reduction surgery (reduction mammoplasty) decreases weight of heavy breasts, repositions the breast higher on the chest and improves breast shape. Overly large breasts can result in pain in the upper back, shoulders and neck. 

There are a variety of surgical techniques for breast reduction. The choice of technique is dependent upon body type as well as your personal preference.  Nipple sensation is preserved. Scars, though inevitable, normally fade quite a bit over a few months.  Most women can breast feed after breast reduction surgery but it is not guaranteed. The best candidates are healthy nonsmokers, with a Body Mass Index preferably of less than 30, who are in good nutritional balance.

Insurance companies will sometimes pay for breast reduction surgery if their criteria are met. Typically the company needs to know that you have physical symptoms related to the weight of your breasts and that these symptoms are likely to be improved by the operation. Some insurance companies ask that you have documentation of symptoms for a prolonged period of time and prefer that you have sought conservative therapy such as physical therapy or orthopedic care. Most insurance policies require that a certain amount of weight be removed from each breast at the time of surgery to be considered medically necessary. The amount is determined individually based on your height and weight.

Breast reduction is often combined with liposuction or a tummy tuck.