Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
Breast reduction is most often indicated when breasts are too large for a woman’s frame, causing both physical and psychological discomfort. The age at which breast reduction surgery is appropriate can vary, based on an evaluation of individual’s each case. It is not unusual for teenagers who exhibit juvenile breast hypertrophy to elect to have surgery for breast reduction performed in their later teen years. In such cases parental involvement is important, and parental permission for the operation may be legally required if the patient is a minor. (more…)
Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Women unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts have a wealth of options. Some women with large breasts may want to reduce their size through breast reduction, but most women are more interested in enhancing the size or shape of their breasts. Breast augmentation and breast lifts are two popular breast enlargement procedures. But what’s the difference between these procedures, and how do you decide which is right for you?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure that gives a new contour to the breast, but does not actually increase the size of the breasts. Breast lift procedures can rejuvenate drooping breasts that have lost firmness and have begun to sag due to age, weight or as a result of pregnancy. The breast lift plastic surgeon can also reposition the nipples during this procedure, and if desired, reduce the size of the areole, the dark circular area surrounding the nipple. As the contouring requires the removal of excess skin there are more surgical scars following a breast lift than following a breast augmentation procedure. (more…)
Monday, March 4th, 2013
Breast reduction surgery can be an answer for women unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts. Large, pendulous breasts can create a variety of medical and quality of life problems, from poor posture to feelings of self-consciousness. The constant weight of heavy breasts can result in neck and back problems. Large breasts can also impinge on physical activities and impede performance in sports. They can also make wearing a bra painful, as the weight of the breasts pulls on the bra straps, irritating the skin and causing discomfort. Breasts that are out of proportion can also affect a woman’s self confidence, if she feels her breasts attract unwelcome notice.
Breast reduction not only relieves the disadvantages and discomfort of large, heavy breasts, but also allows a woman to choose the size and shape of the bust she wants. A good plastic surgeon works closely with his or her patient to plan the procedure, provides before-and-after pictures to show actual results of breast reduction surgeries, and will also encourage the patient to bring in photos of breasts whose size and shape she prefers. The cosmetic plastic surgeon can also help the patient choose the size or shape of breasts that complement her body size and shape. (more…)
Friday, May 20th, 2011
Breast augmentation is one of the most popular and common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed today. So it’s understandable that people become very concerned when news appears about possible complications from the breast implants used in breast augmentation surgery. Many women in northern New Jersey consider the Peer Group’s plastic surgeons as trusted experts when questions about cosmetic procedures and safety arise, and our switchboard lit up when the FDA recently announced finding a link between breast implants and a very rare form of lymphoma. So we want to reassure everyone about what the FDA said, and the association they found between breast implants and this condition.
The FDA reported a possible association between saline and silicone breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a very rare form of lymphoma. The condition the FDA observed was found in the scar tissue around the implant. What’s important to realize is that ALCL is not breast cancer, and that the FDA found this association in only 34 cases since 1989. During this same period, about 10 million surgical breast augmentation procedures with breast implants were performed. That makes it more likely that an individual who has a breast implant will be struck by lightning than by developing ACLC. Moreover, in the cases found, the ACLC resolved following the removal of the scar tissue and the implant. And the report found no link between breast implants and breast cancer. The FDA continues to support breast implants as a safe and approved for use in cosmetic breast augmentation. Meanwhile, the FDA and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are now working together to study this association.
The fact is, breast implants are the most studied device in the history of medicine. If you have breast implants, continue your regimen of self-exams and screening, and rest assured this report finds no link between cancer and breast implants or breast augmentation plastic surgery.
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
If anything can have a greater impact on giving you a youthful or contoured look than a plastic surgery procedure, it would be combining two or more complementary cosmetic surgery procedures. For example, patients who elect to have eyelid surgery because they want to eliminate the bags under their eyes frequently opt to have a facelift at the same time, for more dramatic results. A breast lift if often combined with breast augmentation, while liposuction may be performed on different areas of the body concurrently – with a limit to the absolute volume of fat removed for safety.
Our team of plastic surgeons at The Peer Group in northern New Jersey often perform cosmetic surgery procedures in combination. But some patients are under the impression that certain cosmetic plastic surgery procedures cannot be safely combined – For example, that performing liposuction and tummy tuck together can lead to complications. But this is a historical inaccuracy. For many years it has been shown that Liposuction of the abdomen can be safely combined with abdominoplasty, provided that limited, central undermining of the abdominal flap is done. If you’re considering a facelift, tummy tuck, rhinoplasty (what’s commonly called a “nose job”) or other common plastic surgery, you should work with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon at a reputable facility. As we tell Peer Group patients from Short Hills, Morristown, Livingston, and throughout the northern New Jersey region that, in the final analysis, is the best plastic surgery combination possible.