BREAST SURGERY

Breast Reduction > Learn more

(Reduction Mammoplasty)

Procedure:           

Reduce size of enlarged breasts. Also produces a "lifting" of drooping breast tissue. In many instances, but not all, insurance will cover this procedure.

 

Length:           

3 to 4 hours.

 

Anesthesia:           

General

 

In/Outpatient:           

Usually overnight hospital stay.

 

Side Effects:           

Temporary soreness, swelling, bruising numbness and pain.

 

Risks:                       

Infection, asymmetry, fluid collection, excessive scarring, skin or fat necrosis.

 

Recovery:           

Back to work : 7-10 days. More strenuous activity 2-3 weeks.

 

Duration of Results:           

Permanent with stable weight. Possible re-enlargement with pregnancy and breast feeding. There will be normal changes with aging.

Breast Augmentation > Learn more

(Breast Enlargement/Mammoplasty)

 

Procedure: Enhance the size of breasts using inflatable implants filled with saline.

 

Length: 1 to 2 hours.

 

Anesthesia: General.

 

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient.

Side Effects: Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising. Breast sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.

 

Risks: Lack of implant permanence—surgical removal or replacement of the implants may be required to treat problems, including: deflation; the formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), which may cause the breast to feel tight or hard; bleeding or infection. Increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent. Mammography requires a special technique. (Note: Some women have reported symptoms similar to those of immune disorders. Ask your doctor about these and other FDA concerns.)

 

Recovery:

Back to work : a few days. Physical contact with breasts : 3 to 4 weeks. Fading of scars: several months to a year or more.

 

Duration of Results: Variable. Implants may require removal or replacement.

Breast Lift > Learn more

(Mastopexy)

Procedure: Raise and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples. Some patients may require augmentation with breast implants for optimum results.

 

Length: 1 to 3 hours.

 

Anesthesia: General.

 

In/Outpatient: Usually outpatient. Sometimes inpatient.

 

Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin. Permanent scars.

 

Risks: Thick, wide scars; skin loss; infection. Unevenly positioned nipples. Permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breast.

 

Recovery: Back to work: 1 week or more. Strenuous activities : 1 month. Fading of scars: several months to a year.

 

Duration of Results: Variable; gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes may cause new sagging. Results may last longer or be enhanced when breast implants are inserted as part of the procedure.

 

 
 
 
 

Breast Reconstruction > Learn more

(Post Mastectomy)

Procedure:           

Recreate breast/s after mastectomy, using implants or native tissue.

Length:           

2-4 hours.

Anesthesia:           

General.

In/Outpatient:           

Usually overnight stay.

Side Effects:           

Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, or totally absent nipple, bruising.  

Risks:           

Lack of implant permanence -- surgical removal or replacement of the implants may be required to treat problems, including: deflation; the formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), which may cause the breast to feel tight or hard; bleeding or infection. Increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent. Some women have reported symptoms similar to those of immune disorders, discuss Breast implant Related Illness (BII) and ALCL (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) with your doctor to understand FDA concerns.

Recovery:           

Back to work :2-3 weeks. Physical contact with breasts and vigorous physical activity: 3 to 6 weeks.

Duration of Results:           

Revisions may be required and some reconstruction is done in a staged fashion. Final reconstructions can last for years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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