Traditional “No Scar on the Breast Surgery” is still available. It involves the use of a short incision underneath the armpit and the use of a smooth, round Natrelle Style 20 gell implant. Post op pain requires prescription medications. 5-7 days are typically required before returning to work and driving. Today “Rapid Recovery Breast Surgery” is quickly becoming popular. It involves a short incision in the crease and the use of the new Natrelle style 410 “Gummty Bear” textured, shaped implant. This design of implant provides instant fullness to the upper half of the breast and more fullness to the lower half of the breast. Shaped implants have been shown to have a lower rate of:
- Capsular contracture (firmness)
- Less descent with time
Amazing 48-72 hour recovery time with minimal discomfort is common (no one need ever know!). Motrin is frequently all that is required. Patients are encouraged to shampoo their hair and begin moving their arms the night following surgery to prevent stiffness and soreness. Beautiful results are readily obtainable with both techniques.*
A woman’s breasts may droop as a result of the natural effects of aging, heredity, gravity, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss. A Breast Lift, also called a Mastopexy, is performed to return youthful shape and lift to breasts that have sagged or lost volume and firmness.
Breast Lifts rejuvenate the breasts by trimming excess skin and tightening supporting tissues to achieve an uplifted, youthful contour. After a Mastopexy, the breasts are higher on the chest and firmer to the touch. Breast Lifts can also reposition and reduce the size of the areola-the dark skin surrounding the nipple – which may have stretched or drooped.
Mastopexy is usually performed on an outpatient basis requiring 2-3 hours of general anesthesia. Most patients typically return to work one to two weeks following the procedure.*
Large breasts can negatively impact a woman both physically and emotionally, causing symptoms such as chronic back pain, rashes, poor posture, low self-esteem and restricted activity. Many women seek treatment to reduce the painful effects of their large breasts, while also improving their self-confidence and overall quality of life. Also known as reduction mammaplasty, Breast Reduction surgery reduces the size of large, disproportionate breasts by removing excess fat, tissue and skin for a more desirable appearance and relief of physical and emotional symptoms.
During the Breast Reduction procedure, the surgeon makes circular incisions around the nipples that extend down the breast and along the crease. Fat and glandular tissue is then removed, while excess skin is tightened to produce a smaller, natural-looking breast.
The results of a Breast Reduction are visible right away and will continue to improve as swelling and bruising subside. Scars will continue to fade over time, becoming less and less noticeable.*
Modern surgical technology makes it possible to construct a natural-looking breast after Mastectomy (breast removal) for cancer or other diseases. The procedure is commonly begun and sometimes completed immediately following Mastectomy, so that the patient wakes with a new breast mound. Alternatively, reconstruction may begin years after Mastectomy.
There are several ways to reconstruct the breast, both with and without implants; Dr. Kelley will work together with you in deciding which is best for you. Breast Reconstruction does not affect the recurrence of cancer, does not cause any other diseases, and does not affect chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
Although rarely discussed, enlarged male breasts is a common condition. There is often no known cause for Gynecomastia.
Men who feel self-conscious about their appearance are helped with breast reduction surgery. The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases removes excess skin, resulting in a contoured chest that is flatter and firmer.