BREASTS Frequently Asked Questions


Breast augmentation is one of the most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons. Women may choose to undergo breast augmentation because of breasts that are felt to be under-developed, differences in breast size, or changes after pregnancy or breast-feeding. Some women may be happy with their breasts but just want them made fuller. Often after weight loss, aging, or childbirth, a woman’s breast volume and shape may change. Augmentation can be performed with either saline or silicone implants.


Pregnancy, breast-feeding, gravity, or loss of skin elasticity can affect the shape and firmness of the breasts. Women who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful breast contour. Some patients may have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time, and in such cases, implants can be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift.


Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery frequently are seeking relief from physical symptoms caused by the excessive weight of large breasts, such as neck, shoulder, and back pain. Breast reduction usually can solve these problems as well as improve the size and shape of the breasts. Following breast reduction, the breasts are usually more proportional to the rest of the body, and most patients report a significant improvement in their ability to be active.


Breast reconstruction is an option for a woman who has lost a breast due to cancer or other condition. Breast reconstruction is achieved through several plastic surgery techniques that attempt to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance and size following mastectomy.


If you have tuberous breasts, or sometimes called constricted breasts, corrective breast surgery is perfect to achieve the natural breast shape you desire. Tuberous breasts are breasts that not only haven’t developed into their full size, but also are distorted by how the tissue has grown so that the breasts have a pointed appearance. Corrective breast surgery also encompasses breast reconstruction for women with mastectomies.