Any cosmetic issue related to the breast can be set right through mammoplasty, the technical term for plastic surgery of the breast.
Plastic surgery of the breast is performed for those who want to contour, enhance, or restore the appearance of their breasts.
There are different types of breast surgeries available depending on the needs of the patient. Those with smaller breasts may want to enhance their breast size, while people with large breasts may want to reduce them. Plastic surgery can correct sagging breasts or reconstruct their appearance after mastectomy surgery.
A breast augmentation is performed to increase the size and projection of the breasts. It is an excellent option for those who want bigger breasts for cosmetic reasons. Women looking to change their breast proportions to better fit their frame may find this ideal. Those who have breasts that are not symmetrical can also benefit from this procedure.
Breast augmentation is usually done using prosthetic implants that increase the size and projection of the breasts. The implants are made of silicone and are filled with either silicone gel or a saline solution.
During the procedure, Dr. Morwood makes a small incision below the breast, around the areola, or near the armpit. Through this incision, the doctor creates a pocket of tissue over or under a muscle in the chest area. He then inserts the implant and positions it appropriately.
Breast augmentation can also be performed without the use of implants. This technique, known as fat-transfer breast augmentation, uses excess fat from other parts of the patient’s body to increase breast volume. The fat is harvested via liposuction, purified, and then carefully injected into the chest region in key areas.
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a popular option for those with drooping breasts. Drooping happens because of factors like a gradual loss of skin elasticity, the formation of excess skin, and the constant downward pull of gravity.
A breast lift does not increase the size of the breasts; instead, it lifts them up and raises the position of the nipples. It can resolves any shape-related symmetry issues and improves firmness and perkiness.
During this procedure, after making incisions, Dr. Morwood removes excess skin and then shifts the position of the nipples. He brings the remaining skin together to lift the breasts and then closes the incisions. This results in aesthetically appealing breasts that are lifted and do not sag.
Women who have oversized breasts face a number of problems, including chronic back pain and neck pain. Some women also find that oversized breasts affect their general comfort and their ability to take part in sports and exercises. In these circumstances, they can come in for a breast-reduction surgery.
During this procedure, Dr. Morwood makes an incision and then uses liposuction (when required) to remove fat. Excess skin and glandular breast tissue are also removed. The incisions are then closed. A breast reduction decreases the size of the breasts in order to provide relief from physical symptoms.
Women suffering from breast cancer may need to have their breast tissue removed with a mastectomy. They can then get a plastic-surgery procedure known as a breast reconstruction, which helps in recreating the breasts, along with the nipples and areolae.
This reconstruction is done using the patient’s skin and/or breast implants. In some cases, tissue expanders are used to make room for the implants. Though this procedure cannot recreate a functional breast and lactation is not possible, it can effectively restore the aesthetic appearance of the breasts.
Dr Morwood has produced an educational DVD for women with breast cancer, hosted by Dina Eastwood:
“Breast Reconstruction: Know Your Options – A Guide for the Woman with Breast Cancer”
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Dr. Morwood has over 20 years’ experience as a plastic surgeon, he is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, he is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and for years he has served as either the chief or vice chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery of Monterey.
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