As the years go by, almost every woman notices a gradual change in the size, shape and feel of her breasts. Gravity, pregnancy, breast-feeding, weight gain and loss all take their toll on a woman’s body. Even if the volume of the breast stays the same, the firmness and elasticity are often lost. Surgery of the breast can improve these problems and contribute to a more youthful contour. Underdeveloped, small breast can be enlarged, a lot or a little. Oversized, burdensome breasts can be reduced to a smaller, more proportional and comfortable size. Sagging, shrinking breasts can be lifted and reshaped. At the Women’s Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, several breast-shaping procedures are offered to patients who seek improvement, not perfection, in their appearance.
Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammoplasty) enhances the size and shape of a women’s breast. It may also be used to reconstruct the breasts following lumpectomy.
To reshape sagging breasts or reduce the size of the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), the Breast Lift (Mastopexy) is an option. When breasts require only minimal lifting, a periareolar or “scar less” lift can be performed. It is best to postpone the procedure until childbearing is complete, since pregnancy is likely to stretch breasts again and offset the results.
Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammoplasty) helps to correct breasts that are overly large and sagging, a condition that can cause back pain and severe discomfort in other areas. An improved appearance is an added benefit of the operation.
Bras and Breast Surgery
A supportive bra is usually worn after surgery. In most cases, it helps minimize discomfort associated with surgery.
Dr. Gibby is a female plastic surgeon who performs breast augmentation and other procedures at the Women’s Center for Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery located at Medical City Dallas.