Age, genetics, hormone changes, pregnancy, and dramatic weight gain or weight loss are among the factors that can affect the size, shape, volume and feel of your breasts. Whether you are considering breast surgery to refine your appearance, for physical comfort, or as part of post-cancer treatment, there are a number of plastic surgery solutions designed to benefit women and men alike.
The accomplished board-certified plastic surgeons at The Centre, P.C., offer comprehensive breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction and breast reconstruction procedures customized to your unique needs and aesthetic goals. We welcome you to contact us and schedule a personal consultation, or explore the pages below to learn more about your options.
Breast augmentation, or breast enhancement, is intended to amplify the size, shape and profile of a woman’s breasts with the use of breast implants. Implants may be filled with saline, silicone, or form-stable silicone gel; your surgeon will thoroughly review your implant and placement preferences with you so you can feel confident in your choice.
The Centre, P.C., is proud to offer VECTRA® 3D imaging, which provides patients with realistic previews of the expected outcomes for breast augmentation and other plastic surgery treatments. The VECTRA 3D system allows you to work closely with your surgeon to adjust results and set realistic expectations for your breast enlargement.
Breast Implant Revision
Breast implant revision is sometimes desired to change the size and shape of the breasts following a previous breast augmentation, or it may be warranted to reposition implants that have shifted with time and physical changes.
In rare cases, a breast implant revision may be used to correct complications from a prior breast enhancement, or to replace an implant that has ruptured or deflated. The goal of your breast implant revision or exchange is to restore the size and shape you want, and ensure natural-looking contours and balance.
Also referred to as a mastopexy, a breast lift is used to elevate pendulous, droopy breasts for a more youthful profile and shape. A breast lift may also be used to reduce enlarged areolas and excise skin for a smoother tone.
A breast lift includes the removal of excess skin, the reshaping of breast tissue, and the repositioning of the nipples and areolas. Breast implants may be used in conjunction with a breast lift to enhance the size, shape and contours of the breasts; this is particularly beneficial for women who have significant sagging breast tissue.
A breast reduction offers health benefits as well as aesthetic value, and the procedure is often recommended for women who suffer from the persistent neck, shoulder and back pain associated with overly large breasts. Because heavy, oversize breasts can contribute to chronic discomfort, progressive difficulty breathing and other medical problems, many insurance plans provide coverage for breast reduction.
Breast reduction involves the removal of excess tissue to achieve a more proportionate appearance for your individual body type. Liposuction, which is not covered by insurance, is often a perfect complement to a breast reduction procedure, as it can remove additional fat deposits and help provide smooth, natural-looking contours.
Breast reconstruction is intended to renew natural-looking breast shape and form following cancer treatment. Breast reconstruction can be performed with a mastectomy or lumpectomy.
Nipple repair, or areola reconstruction, is typically performed within a few months after the initial reconstructive surgery and placement of the breast implant. Breast reconstruction is an important element of the breast cancer recovery process, and insurance companies are required under the Women’s Health and Cancer Rights Act to cover breast reconstruction for women who have undergone a mastectomy.
Breast Reduction for Men
Male breast reduction is a plastic surgery procedure intended to treat gynecomastia, a condition in which men develop excess fatty or glandular tissue in the chest that leads to oversized breasts. As with women who suffer from overly large breasts, gynecomastia can lead to chronic discomfort, lifestyle limitations and other problems for men.
Gynecomastia is often the result of a hormonal imbalance, but it may also be caused by hereditary factors or the use of certain medications; the condition may affect males of any age, and while it occasionally resolves itself with time, gynecomastia is generally not responsive to changes in fitness and diet. Treatment for gynecomastia may include liposuction to remove fatty tissue and reduce the size of the breasts, as well as the surgical removal of glandular tissue and excess skin to achieve a natural, proportionate appearance.
A Note on Breast Surgery Recovery Times
The recovery time from breast surgery varies based on your procedure and a number of individual factors.
Most breast procedures require patients to minimize physical activity for a couple days to a month after surgery, and then gradually ease back into their routines in the weeks that follow. Your surgeon will clear you for increased physical activity as appropriate based on your personal needs. Prior to your treatment, your board-certified plastic surgeon will discuss your recovery expectations with you in detail and provide you with comprehensive post-surgery care guidelines.
If you live near our Mishawaka, Indiana, office and have questions about breast surgery, please contact The Centre, P.C., online or call us at 800-909-2992 to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced and compassionate plastic surgeons.