Surgical Breast Procedures
Breast Augmentation (or augmentation mammoplasty) is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries today and it may also be one of the most controversial. While breast augmentation is the second most common procedure (it increased 10 percent from 1999 to 2000), augmentations done on celebrities, such as Pamela Anderson, and questions of the safety of the actual implants, are often on patients' minds.
Breast augmentation is a cosmetic procedure using implants to enlarge and shape the breasts. Women choosing this procedure often wish to improve their self-image by restoring their natural breast volume, which has decreased following pregnancy, aging or weight loss. Or, they may wish to correct an imbalance in breast size, or to increase breasts that did not develop to a size meeting their expectations.
This outpatient procedure is usually done under general anesthesia. Implant type and placement depend not only on your surgeon's preference, but also on your desired results. The most common incision used in breast augmentation is an incision in the fold underneath the breast . This incision is usually covered by the augmented breast and is difficult to see, also, in the event of further surgery this approach proves the easiest to work with e.g. replacing the original implant.
One of the most popular surgeries plastic surgeons perform relates to the group of women who complain of heavy, pendulous breasts with associated back and neck pain, painful rashes under the breasts and and exercise difficulties. This surgery can be performed as an outpatient basis with return to work within several weeks. A letter of predetermination to the insurance company is usually necessary to determine if this is a "covered" procedure.
Breast lift (mastopexy) is a cosmetic procedure to reshape and raise sagging breasts. The breasts may lose shape and volume as a result of pregnancies, aging and weight gain or loss. To enhance or prolong the effect of the breast lift, breast implants can be inserted. The implants can increase breast firmness and size. Techniques vary and are best discussed with Dr. Lugger.
The alarming increase in breast cancer has stimulated a host of techniques to restore the breast following mastectomy. Immediate or delayed; implant or your own tissue are all questions to consider and to be considered by the patient, oncologist, plastic and general surgeon. Today, many insurance companies will also cover procedures to provide symmetry of the opposite breast to the mastectomized breast.