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Breast


What is Breast Reconstruction?

     Breast reconstruction is achieved through several reconstructive plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy and may include: 


     • Flap techniques that reposition a woman's own muscle,          fat and skin to create or cover the breast mound

     • Tissue expansion that stretches healthy skin to provide         coverate for a breast implant
     • Surgical placement of a breast imlant to create a breast           mound
     • Grafting and other specialized techniques to create a               nipple and areola
​     While breast reconstruction can effectively rebuild a woman's breast, the results are highly variable. A reconstructed breast will not have the same sensation and feel as the breast it replaces. Visible incision lines will always be present on the breast, whether from reconstruction or mastectomy. In addition,  flap techniques will leave incision lines at the donor site, commonly located in less exposed areas of   the body such as the back, abdomen or buttocks.
     Where only one breast is affected, it alone may be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry in the size and position of both breasts.
     Through the advocacy efforts of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS®) and breast cancer support groups, insurance companies are now required by law to provide coverage for breast reconstruction and related procedures to adjust the opposite breast. Pre-certification may be required.
Good candidates for breast reconstruction are women who are:
      • Able to cope well with their diagnosis and treatment
      • Do not have additional medical conditions or other                  illnesses that may impair healing
      • Non-smokers
      • Individuals with a positive outlook and realistic goals for         restoring their breast and body image
Flap procedures may not be appropriate for some women with conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.



What is Breast Augmentation?
     Breast augmentation is the surgical placement of breast implants to increase fullness and projection of the breasts or to improve symmetry of the breasts. Clinically referred to as augmentation mammaplasty, the procedure is used cosmetically to:
      • Enlarge a naturally small breast, most commonly the              result of heredity
      • Restore breast volume lost following pregnancy, as a              result of breast-feeding or due to weight loss
       • Achieve better symmetry when breasts are moderately          disaproportionate in size and shape
​     Breast augmentation does not, however, correct sagging breasts. In cases where a woman desires to enhance breast fullness and at the same time improve the position and shape of sagging breasts, a breast lift may be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation.
     Breast augmentation is a highly individualized procedure - one that you should choose to undergo to fulfill your own desire for enhanced breast size, not the desire of others. Permanent breast enhancement can only be achieved surgically. There is currently no medical treatment of any kind for breast enhancement with the proven results and satisfaction of breast augmentation.
     Adult woman of any age can benefit from breast augmentation to enhance small breast size or restore fullness. However it is recommended that breasts be fully developed prior to breast augmentation. You should also be aware that breast augmentation does not generally interfere with a woman's ability to breastfeed.
     A woman who is motivated by her own personal desire to enhance breast contour is most likely to be satisfied with the results of breast augmentation surgery. Good candidates are defined as:
        • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening            illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
        • Non-smokers
        • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in           mind for improving their body image


What is Breast Reduction?
Breast reduction is usually performed through incisions on your breasts with surgical removal of access fat, glandular tissue & skin. 
You may be a candidate if you experience any of the following:
        • Back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of excess             breast tissue
        • Shoulder discomfort and indentation from bra straps that                    support heavy, pendulous breasts
        • Restricted physical activity due to breast size and the                          associated discomfort
        • Skin irritation beneath the breast crease
        • Sagging, stretched skin and a low breast profile where, when              unsupported, the nipple rests below the breast crease
        • An enlarged areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple)                   caused by stretched skin
     Breast reduction can be performed unilaterally (on one breast) or bilaterally (on both breasts). It is generally considered a reconstructive procedure and may be covered by health insurance when it is performed to relieve medical symptoms. Many insurers define breast reduction surgery as reconstructive based on the amount of tissue that will be removed. However, pre-certification is often required for reimbursement or coverage.
     Breast reduction surgery can be performed at any age; however, it is best performed when the breasts are fully developed. Because significant amounts of breast tissue are removed, breast reduction surgery may impair the ability to breast-feed. Changes in the breasts during pregnancy can alter the outcomes of previous breast reduction surgery, as can significant weight fluctuations.
     In general, good candidates for breast reduction are women of relatively normal, stable weight whose breast development is complete. Breast reduction is best performed on:
        • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness              or medical conditions that can impair healing
        • Non-smokers
        • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind               for improving their physical symptoms, breast size and shape



Breast Reduction for Men 

(Gynecomastia Surgery)

Gynecomastia, a condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men, is common in men of any age. It can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity conditions, disease or the use of certain drugs. 

Gynecomastia is characterized by:
      • Excess localized fat
      • Excess glandular tissue development
      • A combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue
      • Geynecomastia may be present unilaterally (one breast) or                  bilaterally (both breasts) 
​Is it right for me?
     Gynecomastia surgery is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else's desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image. This procedure is a good option for you if:
      • You are physically healthy and of relatively normal weight
      • You have realistic expectations
      • Your breast development has stabilized
      • You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too large

Where Do I Begin?
​     A consultation with your plastic surgeon is the first step to learn how breast reconstruction can restore your breast's appearance. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about your options for breast reconstruction in a supportive, non-pressured environment, and will include:

      • A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual            case

      • The options available in breast reconstruction surgery

      • The likely outcomes of breast reconstruction and any risks or              potential complications

      • The course of treatment recommended by your plastic surgeon,          including procedures to achieve breast symmetry. 

​Your plastic surgeon will also answer your questions.

EVALUATION

     Overall health and personal outlook can greatly impact the outcome of breast reconstruction surgery. These will be carefully evaluated in consultation with your plastic surgeon. The success of your procedure, safety and overall satisfaction requires that you:

      • Honestly share your expectations
      • Fully disclose health history, current medications, the use of                vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
      • Commit to precisely following all of your plastic surgeon's                    instructions​​

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