Forget Underwire! Laser Bra Surgery offers “built in” push up for breasts

Over the years, women have tried everything to make their breasts look more lifted– from push up bras, to insertable pads to cosmetic surgery. However, a new laser technique called “Laser Bra Surgery” uses laser technology to give the breasts more permanent lift and support.

Instead of a removing the excess skin in a traditional breast lift surgery, Laser Bra Surgery uses that skin to make an “internal bra” out of your own excess breast tissue. Surgeons use a CO2 laser, much like the laser used in facial treatments to tighten loose skin and remove facial wrinkles. But instead of tightening the excess skin on your face, the laser tightens the tissue underneath your breast, attaches this tissue to your chest wall and voila! you have an internal bra made up of your very own breast tissue.

Laser bra surgery is usually done in conjunction with a traditional breast lift, therefore the scarring will be pretty much the same (incision around the nipple, line from nipple to crease underneath the breast, and a line across the crease under your breast). The advantage of this procedure is that, because of the internal support tissue, the results of the lift will last longer than a traditional breast lift alone. Also, because it is your own tissue, the “bra” cannot be felt in the body.

Laser Bra surgery is a fairly new procedure with which few surgeons have experience with, so it is important that you seek someone qualified if you are considering the procedure. Although we do not do this procedure in our office, traditional breast lifts, reductions, and augmentations can also produce the desired look of lifted, more youthful breasts. Contact Dr. David Whiteman to find out more about the breast procedures offered at Southern Plastic Surgery.
As a proponent of medical laser technology, Dr. Whiteman is also co-owner of Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center. Visit the Laser Lights website to see what services they are currently offering. Laser Lights and Dr. Whiteman will also be holding an open house Thursday, September 17, 2009, offering specials and a chance to get to know the staff.

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The Difference between Breast Reconstruction and Breast Revision

At Southern Plastic Surgery, when we talk about reconstruction surgery, we’re referring to those who have made the decision to have their breasts reconstructed after losing one or both breasts in the surgical treatment of breast cancer (also known as a mastectomy). Other practices do not always make that distinction; they refer to reconstruction surgery as a procedure to “re-do” a previous augmentation, reduction, or lift. At SPS, we call this procedure a Breast Revision because the patient and Dr. Whiteman will work together to create a new vision to further enhance the breasts or to correct any problems seen with the patient’s current augmentation, reduction, or lift.

There is nothing more debilitating than being unhappy with your results – especially after having to undergo the surgical procedure and putting in the necessary recovery time. Being able to have this “re-do” procedure performed will once and for all give you the look and feel you’ve always desired. Those looking for a breast revision procedure come to Dr. Whiteman not just because of his double board certification, but because his skill and expertise in breast surgery is well respected and his results speak for themselves.

If you’ve undergone a surgical breast procedure but are less than satisfied with your results, there is an option available to you! Come in and see Dr. Whiteman for a consultation and he will discuss your ideal image with you and guide you down the Breast Revision surgery path.

Implant Alternative to Saline and Silicone Enters Trial Phase

We’ve seen it discussed far more often than nearly any other cosmetic surgical question – saline versus silicone. Saline is safe; silicone appears more natural. Before now, that was the end of it. However, a new clinical trial has launched to give women the opportunity to try a new style of implant that is both safe and gives a natural-looking result. This new implant is called the “Ideal Implant®”. Since it’s still in its trial and testing phase, its availability is unknown at this time.

Designed by plastic surgeon Dr. Robert S. Hamas, M.D., the Ideal Implant® consists of a series of implant shells of increasing size nested together with saline filling the gaps between layers. These internal shells help to control saline movement (sloshing and bouncing). The implant is built to conform to the chest wall and minimize wrinkling on the sides, a negative drawback to traditional saline implants.

The clinical trial for this new implant is underway right now to help the FDA determine the safety and effectiveness of this new alternative. If they get enough positive data, there very well may be a third option in the future, for those choosing to undergo a breast augmentation procedure. We’ll put our ears to the floor and keep you updated on this fascinating new innovation!