Breast Enlargement (Augmentation Mammoplasty)
This procedure increases the size of the breasts and creates a fuller shape while maintaining natural contour. It can be performed to enlarge small breasts, correct congenital deformities, restore balance to asymmetric breasts, or to fill out breasts that have lost tissue following pregnancy or dramatic weight loss.
Enlarging the breasts requires the use of a synthetic implant composed of a soft, pliable envelope of silicone or silastic filled with saline or silicone gel. Implants may be placed above the chest muscles (subglandular) or beneath the chest wall muscles (subpectoral). Breast enlargement surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis in a surgical suite or in an outpatient surgery center or hospital. We may use general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia with intravenous sedation.
Silicone injections have been prohibited by law and are not performed in the United States for breast augmentation. During your consultation, we will discuss the details of breast augmentation surgery and answer any questions you might have.
Immediately following breast enlargement, you will be asked to wear a support bra. You should be able to return to work within one to two weeks. Typically, patients feel completely comfortable with their new breasts and cease to be aware of the implants after the first two or three months.
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Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty)
Reduction mammoplasty is the technical term for breast reduction surgery. It is generally performed to alleviate symptoms such as back and shoulder pain, bra strap grooves, and skin irritation. It is designed to reduce the volume and excessive weight of large breasts while attaining a natural contour and shape.
Enlarged breasts are associated with varying degrees of sagging and, in most cases, gradual displacement of the nipple to a lower position. Breast reduction surgery involves both improving the contour of the breasts and moving the nipple to a higher position. It is typically performed under general anesthesia, on an outpatient basis. Before you undergo surgery, Dr. Strasser will discuss various breast reduction techniques with you and help you decide which is right for you.
Patients can generally return to work one to two weeks after undergoing breast reduction surgery.
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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Extreme changes in weight or multiple pregnancies can alter the appearance and feel of the breasts. Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) is performed to correct the position and contour of the breasts without changing their size.
When performing breast lift surgery, Dr. Strasser removes excess skin from the breasts and repositions the nipples. This helps to give the breasts a fuller, more youthful appearance. If desired, breast enlargement or breast reduction can be performed at the same time as breast lift surgery.
Breast lift is usually performed on an outpatient basis under a combination of intravenous sedation and local anesthesia. Scars will be present after surgery but will gradually fade. Patients may return to work five to seven days after surgery and can resume exercise after four weeks.
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