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Last year alone there were over 446,000 cosmetic breast procedures* performed.  If you take that a step further, that’s an average of over 1,220 cases per day!  Whether choosing a popular procedure like breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction, patients seem to put a lot of emphasis on the ‘perfect breasts’ – but what does that mean exactly?  Is there a perfect breast size and if so, how does it apply to each person?  Let’s explore this topic further:

|Size Matters|

what is the perfect breast sizeBefore you jump to conclusions, breast size matters to both females and males because we are all born with breast tissue.  As we hit puberty, an increase in the female hormones increases the size of the breasts whereas for men, the breasts don’t typically grow larger over time.  For a small percentage of the male population a medical condition known as gynecomastia produces overly large breasts that are resistant to even the best diet and exercise attempts.  On the flip side you can have a female who has significantly underdeveloped breast tissue that makes them appear flat-chested.  With either case, my work begins during consultations.  It’s at this crucial time that I work with my patients to evaluate their body frame, discuss their cosmetic concerns, pinpoint overall goals and explore surgical options.  The reason I say consultations are important is because it is a time when I can really get a sense of what will work for each patient individually.

|Preference Matters|

For my female and male breast reduction patients, the goal is to reduce the overall size of the breasts by removing excess fat, tissue and skin.  Yes, my goal is to help produce the most ideal breast surgery results but it’s also to do so in the most natural-looking way.  In order to find a patient’s ideal breast size, we must take into account several key factors: height, rib cage size, body weight and previous breast size.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, breast augmentation increases the size of the breasts with the help of saline or silicone breast implants.  With the ability to “try-on” several different implant sizes and types, plus TouchMD technology to outline surgical techniques and outcomes, patients can visually get a sense of their possibilities.  Sure having celebrity inspiration can be helpful when considering breast size, but sometimes it just may not be the best fit for you – and that’s okay!  In the end we want to find the missing piece to your breast size puzzle.

|Expertise Matters|

Since there isn’t a “one-size-fits all approach” to breast surgery that means there isn’t a perfect breast size clear across the board.  You yourself are the key to getting the best possible breast surgery results; the kind that fills you with all the self-confidence and pride in your new breast size.  To increase your likelihood of success – do your homework.  As a double board certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years working with breast surgery patients, I feel like I’ve seen it all.  I genuinely care about my patients, their safety and their happiness because any elective breast surgery procedure is a big deal.  Don’t entrust just any doctor with your health; make sure their work reflects your goals and that you’re comfortable and relaxed during your interactions with a potential surgeon.  Check them out online, meet with them in person, ask all the pressing questions you have, peruse their before and after results and when you’re ready to make your decision, be confident in your choice and the selection you’ve made.

The kindest words I can ever receive from a previous patient are not only that they are thrilled with their breast surgery results, but that they felt as if they had become a part of our larger Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C. (SPS) family.  My team and I have been so fortunate to have great Atlanta patients and hope for continued growth as we get to work with new and familiar faces.  We care about our patients and want it to emanate far beyond the operating table!  If you’re interested in learning more about me, Dr. David Whiteman, or the procedures I perform at SPS, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  For more plastic surgery news and updates, stay connected with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

*Statistics provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.