Cosmetic breast surgery may involve lifting, reducing, or augmenting the breast. At times, asymmetry can be addressed as well. Breast augmentation involves placement of a saline or silicone implant beneath the breast to enhance the breast volume. The incisions and implant placement can vary depending on the breast shape and patient desires. A number of different types of implants are made and a decision on shape, size, and manufacturer will be decided after a discussion with Dr. Pownell.
Breast lift, or mastopexy, involves making incisions on the breast to remove the excess skin and repositioning the nipple and the areolar tissue. The incisions can vary in position depending on the beginning breast shape and position of the nipple. If added fullness is desired, breast augmentation with implants can also be done.
At times, a breast reduction, or reduction mammaplasty, is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by your insurance carrier. This procedure involves repositioning the nipple and areola, removing excess skin, and reducing the breast tissue. Again, the incisions may differ depending on the shape of the breast.
Cosmetic breast surgery is usually an outpatient procedure and can be done under general or local sedation type of anesthesia. Most of the discomfort is controlled with pain medication by mouth.
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