Breast Enhancement Surgery
by: Amy T. Bandy, D.O., F.A.C.S.
Currently, women have many choices available to them when considering breast enhancement. For those with enlarged breasts that contribute to complaints of neck and back pain, symptomatic relief can be obtained with breast reduction surgery. At the same time, the breasts are lifted and shaped into a more youthful form on the chest wall.
Women with particularly large breasts relate many instances of feeling self conscious and embarrassed by looks and comments concerning their breasts. Large breasts can actually limit performance in certain occupations as well as in sports such as tennis, jogging and golf. A full- breasted woman may appear heavier than she really is and may have difficulty obtaining properly fitted clothes. In many instances, breast reduction surgery is covered by insurance plans.
Alternatively, many women experience loss of breast fullness post partum or after breast feeding, and have noted their breasts to have lost their shape and have flattened and moved lower on their chest wall. If there is sufficient breast tissue remaining, often times a “lift” is all that is required to return to the more youthful, full, uplifted breast. This is performed by excision of only excess skin, and preserves all breast tissue, therefore the breasts retain their size but attain a better shape higher on the chest wall.
Breast augmentation surgery is available for women desiring a fuller form. Approximately 2 million women have breast implants either for reconstruction or for enlargement. Currently, the saline filled implants are the only device available for first time breast augmentation. Most women who have had breast implants have not experienced any serious adverse effects and have been very satisfied with their results. Women who are considering breast augmentation surgery should be thoroughly advised of all the possible risks involved and have the ability to discuss in detail with her surgeon any questions and concerns. Dr. Bandy offers a complimentary individual evaluation for women considering breast enhancement surgery, either breast reduction, breast lift or breast augmentation. To schedule a consultation, call Dr. Bandy’s office at 310-214-8400. Dr. Bandy is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Academy of Surgeons.