Breast augmentation, or breast enlargement, is a cosmetic operation to increase the size of the breasts by introducing a synthetic implant behind the mammary gland or behind the pectoral muscle supporting the mammary gland. The operation gives the breast a fuller look and fills out the entire breast but especially the cleavage areas and upper parts of the breast. The operation improves the shape of the breast in women who feel that their breasts are too small. The procedure also restores breast shape and volume in women who have noticed a change in their breasts following childbirth or breastfeeding.
Any woman who is seriously considering having augmentation surgery is strongly encouraged to discuss all technical aspects of the surgery (incision, position of the implant, etc.) and the characteristics of the implant material with Dr. Young. Please contact us.
Mastopexy (breast lift) and reduction mammaplasty (breast reduction) are somewhat similar. These operations are both aimed at remodelling the breast. Reduction surgery does this by removing a suitable segment of a large breast and reshaping it. The breast lift does this by removing skin, something with a small amount of breast tissue, or may incorporate the addition of prosthesis to enlarge it.
Women with very large, pendulous breasts may experience a variety of medical problems, including back and neck pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities and breathing problems, due to the excessive weight. Bra straps may leave indentations in the shoulders. And unusually large breasts can make a woman or teenage girl feel extremely self-conscious. Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) is designed for such women. The procedure removes fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts making them smaller, lighter and firmer. It can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The goal is to create smaller, better-shaped breasts in proportion with the rest of the body.
If you might benefit from a breast reduction or lift procedure, please schedule an evaluation with Dr. Young.