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.

Plastic Surgery Slang Terms Part 2: Body

Since slang is commonly used on the internet and in everyday conversations, we explained the meaning of many slang terms relating to facial plastic surgery in our most recent blog. Now, we’d like to explain plastic surgery slang associated with cosmetic procedures of the body.

“Dog Ears” – Although this phrase probably makes you think of an adorable pet, dog ears aren’t nearly as cute on people as the term describes the puckering of skin at the end of a scar. While this effect can be avoided with certain surgical techniques, dog ears are more commonly associated with plastic surgery procedures like tummy tuck and breast reduction. Dog ears can be eliminated with scar revision surgery.

“Saddlebags” – Traditionally, the term saddlebags describes a piece of luggage that sits on the back of a horse or motorcycle that allows room for excess cargo, but in the plastic surgery world, saddlebags refer to excess fat in the outer thighs. Saddlebags that won’t respond to proper diet and exercise are usually best treated with liposuction.

“Muffin Tops” – Most people love muffin tops—that is, until they start showing up on our waistlines. Just like the delicious part of a muffin seeps over the edges of the pan as it cooks, muffin tops describe the excess fat seeping over the edge of a person’s pants and can be removed with liposuction.

“Mommy Makeover” – This term refers to a group of plastic surgery procedures designed to address the affects typically noticed after pregnancy and childbirth. Each mommy makeover is different as they are customized depending on each patient’s needs. However, mommy makeover surgery usually includes tummy tuck, liposuction, and a cosmetic breast procedure (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, or a combination of the aforementioned procedures).

“Man Boobs or Moobs” – Though this term is pretty self-explanatory, man boobs occur because of a condition known as gynecomastia, or overly large male breasts. Fortunately, Dr. David Whiteman performs male breast reduction to eliminate excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to produce a more masculine chest.

“Boob Job” – The term boob job is commonly used interchangeably with breast augmentation. Breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure involving the insertion of a breast implant to add volume to a woman’s breasts.

 “Banana Roll” – As if cellulite in this area isn’t a big enough issue on its own, banana roll describes the excess fat stored on the back of the thigh just beneath the buttocks that can be eliminated with liposuction.

“Bat Wings” – Sometimes called chicken wings, bat wings refer to the excess hanging skin under the upper arms, which usually becomes apparent after extreme weight loss or weight fluctuation. Arm lift surgery can reduce the appearance of bat wings.

“Love Handles” – While this description is somewhat sweet, few people are pleased with love handles. Love handles describe the excess fat bulging from the sides and back of the abdomen and can usually be eliminated with liposuction.

If you’re interested in learning more about a certain procedure Dr. Whiteman offers at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact his office today. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest plastic surgery news by connecting with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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.