The Women’s Institute of Cosmetic and Laser Surgery offers several specialized procedures to help shape and enhance breasts.
Breast Augmentation is a procedure performed to surgically enhance the size and/or shape of the breasts with breast implants. This can be to correct volume due to breast reduction from pregnancy, construct the breasts post-breast surgery (breasts being surgically removed during breast cancer surgery, a “mastectomy”), or simply to provide better breast symmetry, look and feel of your bust line.
Breast Reconstruction is a procedure intended for an individual who had a breast removed (“mastectomy”) due to either cancer or any other disease. This technique allows a surgeon to create a new breast that comes close to the form of a natural breast. Typically, this procedure follows immediately after a mastectomy.
Breast Lift – A breast lift can help achieve is a more youthful looking breast line that can help add to a younger appearing figure. Mastopexy /Breast Lift surgery tightens and elevates breasts by cutting excess amounts of skin and then tightening the surrounding skin. This helps to give the breasts a new and more supported appearing shape that also helps enhance a woman’s overall curves.
Breast Reduction or reduction mammaplasty is a breast surgery procedure intended for women who have overly large breasts and have experienced medical problems due to this condition. Heavy, pendulous breasts can cause severe back pain, skin irritation, skeletal deformities and in some cases respiratory or breathing problems. Breast reduction removes fat and glandular tissue, making the breasts smaller and lighter. The size of the areola (the skin around the nipple) can also be reduced during this procedure.
Gynecomastia – Some men have significantly larger breasts than the “average” male. The term for this rather common condition is Gynecomastia, affecting a significant percentage of men. Although there are some medical causes of gynecomastia, there is no known cause or associated medical condition in the vast majority of cases.