Lift or Enhance, Which Breast Procedure Will I Need?

As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has performed a variety of breast surgeries, Dr. David Whiteman often consults with patients who are unsure of which procedure they need. Two of the most commonly confused procedures are breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. Breast augmentation addresses the size, shape, and volume of the breasts but does not correct sagging. Breast lift surgery is specifically designed to reposition breasts to a more youthful location to eliminate drooping. Often, these procedures are combined for complete rejuvenation of the breasts.breast lift vs breast augmentation atlanta duluth ga

According to the 2012 statistics by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast augmentation surgery has remained the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. for the past five years. Breast enhancement surgery involves surgical insertion of saline or silicone breast implants. Patients can choose from a variety of breast implants since there are different types, textures, sizes, and shapes. Allergan’s highly cohesive anatomically shaped silicone gel implants, also known as “gummy bear implants,” as another option for breast augmentation patients. Breast implants are also available as an option for some breast reconstruction patients.

Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, involves surgical removal of excess skin to tighten the breast area for a younger, perkier appearance. Over time, the effects of aging, gravity, weight fluctuation, and pregnancy can contribute to the loss of skin elasticity. Since breast lift addresses the area surrounding the breasts, this procedure can be performed on its own or combined with other breast procedures such as breast reduction surgery.

While breast procedures can be combined or performed individually, it is important to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your needs and goals. If you’re interested in a breast procedure or other procedures that Dr. Whiteman offers, contact us today. Be sure to connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates.

Who Can Undergo Breast Reduction Surgery?

Many men and women suffer from excessively large breasts that can cause physical issues such as skin irritation, back and neck pain, and/or poor posture. Large, heavy breasts often cause a strain on a patient’s body and limit their ability to participate in physical activities. Patients can also be emotionally affected by self image issues and difficulty finding proper-fitting clothes. Double board certified cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman often recommends breast reduction surgery to patients who suffer from overly large breasts.

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Breast reduction surgery may seem straightforward since its goal is to remove excess fat, skin, and tissue contributing to macromastia, or overly large breasts. However, there are various techniques for breast reduction surgery, depending on the patient’s needs. Not only do women undergo this procedure, but men can also suffer from a condition called gynecomastia, or large male breasts. In order to obtain a more masculine appearance, Dr. Whiteman employs a different technique in male breast reduction surgery. Patients who have also had post bariatric surgery or experienced significant weight loss may choose breast lift surgery to remove excess, drooping skin.

Female breast reduction includes a surgical incision to remove fat and tissue from the breast mound. Dr. Whiteman will also remove excess skin to provide a more proportional result. Often, female patients choose to have breast lift surgery in addition to a reduction to reposition their new, smaller breasts to a more youthful location. In male breast reduction surgery, Dr. Whiteman removes fat and tissue through both liposuction and excision. For men, the goal is to yield a smoother, flatter chest.

For post bariatric patients, excess skin is typically the main concern since massive weight loss often leaves patients with inelastic, stretched skin. Like most post bariatric procedures such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift, Dr. Whiteman uses liposuction to eliminate small areas of residual fat and then tightens the area by removing excess skin. It is especially important for the patient to maintain a healthy weight since weight change can reverse results.

For more information on breast reduction surgery, or other cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, visit our website or contact us today for a consultation. Be sure to find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery updates and news.

Atlanta Cosmetic Breast Surgery Explained

In my nineteen years as a plastic surgeon, I’ve discovered patients often pursue plastic surgery without knowing exactly what they need. With so many different plastic surgery procedures and variations of those procedures, it can be very overwhelming. That’s why I take time during patient consultations to listen to a patient’s concerns and explain their surgical options. I also try to help educate patients by offering information through my blog and social media. Since many women often inquire about which cosmetic breast procedure would meet their needs, I wanted to explain the diverse breast procedures available.

Breast augmentation surgery, the most popular cosmetic procedure in the US according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, involves the insertion of a breast implant to add volume to the breasts. Breast augmentation is the perfect option for women who desire larger breasts. Patients can choose the size of their implants, material (saline or silicone), shape (round or teardrop), and texture (textured or smooth). During a plastic surgery consultation, I will explain all of these options and offer recommendations based on the patient’s desires.

We will also discuss placement of incisions as well as placement of the breast implants (above or beneath pectoral muscles). Patients who have had breast augmentation surgery in the past and experienced complications, wish to exchange their implants for a different size, or just aren’t satisfied with results from their previous surgeon can benefit from breast revision surgery. I’ve recently started offering an additional technique for breast enlargement using fat injections, which involves using liposuction to remove excess fat from an area of the body, purifying the fat, and then injecting the fat into the breast to add volume.

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure designed for women with overly large breasts. Many women with overly large breasts suffer embarrassment along with physical discomfort. In fact, overly large breasts aren’t an issue limited to females as I often perform male breast reduction surgery on patients who suffer from gynecomastia. During breast reduction surgery, excess skin and tissue is removed and breasts are reshaped for a natural looking result.

Breast lift surgery is a procedure designed to repair sagging and drooping. Many variables can cause a woman’s breasts to sag such as weight loss or gain, pregnancy, and age. A typical breast lift surgery involves removing excess skin, repositioning the nipple and breast, and tightening the remaining tissue for a more youthful appearance. If the patient is happy with their breast volume, breast lift surgery can be performed on its own. However, breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation for women who wish to add volume, or it can be combined with breast reduction for women with overly large or sagging breasts.

At Southern Plastic Surgery, we understand each patient’s needs and desires are different, so we tailor each procedure to these specific needs to produce optimal plastic surgery results. If you’re interested in cosmetic or reconstructive breast surgery, schedule a consultation today to learn more. You can also visit my website to learn more about the facial and body contouring procedures I perform. If you haven’t already, be sure to connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for plastic surgery news and updates on specials.