Why Get a Breast Reduction?

I’ve spent a fair amount of time on this blog talking about breast augmentation—but what about breast reduction? Breast enhancement may be a more popular procedure, but for some women, breast reduction surgery can be life-changing. Large breasts can create both physical and emotional challenges for women. On the physical side, back, shoulder, and neck pain—not to mention discomfort during certain types of exercise—are typical......
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Am I a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck?

Are you in generally good physical condition but are concerned about stomach fat deposits and loose skin that do not respond to diet and exercise? If so, you could be an excellent candidate for a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). If you’re considering getting a tummy tuck, there are some things you shouldn’t be, such as: – Planning to have children. Tummy tucks tighten the vertical muscles......
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Saline vs. Silicone

There’s a lot of talk about saline and silicone implants–but do you know what the real differences between them are, or why some patients and doctors prefer one over the other? Here’s the story: Saline Implants Saline implants are silicone shells that are filled with sterile salt water after they’ve been placed in or behind the breasts. One reason that some women prefer saline implants......
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Do Breast Implants Cause Stretch Marks?

Stretch marks form when the dermis—the layer of skin that lies beneath the epidermis (the surface layer of your skin)—becomes stretched and torn, something that generally happens during rapid growth or rapid weight change. Given that, it does make sense that implants would cause stretch marks; a breast augmentation, after, all, essentially causes rapid growth—it’s just that the growth only occurs in one specific area......
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Getting a Breast Lift Without Implants

Many women who aren’t happy with the way their breasts look and who want to do something about it tend to think that breast augmentation is their only solution. The truth, however, is that while breast implants may be the right choice for some women, for others the best answer is actually a breast lift. How do you know whether a breast lift is all......
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Transumbilical Incision: Pros and Cons

Last week, we discussed why you might want to choose an inframammary incision approach for your breast augmentation surgery–and why you might want to choose something different. Today, we’re taking a look at transumbilical incisions (also referred to as TUBA incisions) and what they have to offer: The Transumbilical Incision Transumbilical incisions are made on the upper-inside edge of your belly button. From there, empty,......
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Inframammary Incision: Pros and Cons

Last week we talked about what’s great—and what’s not so great—about periareolar incisions. This week, we’re moving on to the inframammary incision. What advantages does it offer, and what drawbacks does it present? Here’s the story: The Inframammary Incision Inframammary incisions are made in the fold where the lower part of the breast meets the chest wall. From there, a saline or silicone implant can......
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Periareolar Incision: Pros and Cons

Last week, we talked about the pluses and minuses of choosing the transaxillary incision method for your breast augmentation. This week, we’ll take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of periareolar incisions. The Periareolar Incision Periareolar incisions are made at the outer edge of the areola, following the curve that separates the darker skin of the nipple from the rest of your breast. Once......
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Transaxillary Incision: Pros and Cons

When performing breast augmentation surgery, a plastic surgeon has a choice between four types of incisions: transaxillary, periareolar, inframmary, and transumbilical (TUBA). Various factors determine which one he or she chooses to use, including body type, breast size and shape, and a patient’s esthetic objectives. I think it’s important for patients to understand the pros and cons of these different incision types—so, over the next......
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How to Use Before & After Photos to Your Advantage

Just like you wouldn’t want to buy a car before test-driving it, you should never go into something as important as plastic surgery without some idea of what the results will be like. Unlike a new car, however, you can’t have a “test” surgery before you have the real thing. That’s why a surgeon’s “before and after” photos are so important; they give you something......
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