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Breast asymmetry surgery. How close in symmetry can the surgeon make them?

Breast asymmetry surgery. How close in symmetry can the surgeon make them?

Pretty close: It depends on the degree of asymmetry you start with. Usually, surgery can make the asymmetry is severe cases much less obvious, but some small degree of asymmetry will always exist. You and your surgeon should go over this before you decide to have anything done. ...Read more

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I have significant breast asymmetry and 3 surgeons are telling me different things. How do I now which one to go with?

I have significant breast asymmetry and 3 surgeons are telling me different things. How do I now which one to go with?

Consider This...: Presumably, you've seen three doctors in your area who have a stake in you choosing them. Consider speaking to someone out of your area. Consider a university with a plastics residency. Please make sure they are certified by the american board of plastic surgery. ...Read more

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I have a mild yet noticeable breast asymmetry that started fairly recently. Is there any way I can correct this without surgery?

I have a mild yet noticeable breast asymmetry that started fairly recently. Is there any way I can correct this without surgery?

Breast mass: When one breast is appearing different from the other there are many possible causes such as breast cyst, mass, tumor, infection and gynecomastia which is benign tissue growth. An examination by a doctor and imaging with ultrasound or mammogram would be appropriate. Only after a cause is found can one decide if treatment such as surgery would be appropriate. Good Luck! ...Read more

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I am hoping to have breast reduction surgery next spring. How do I find the best surgeon?

I am hoping to have breast reduction surgery next spring. How do I find the best surgeon?

Research...: I would suggest starting with the American Society of Plastic Surgery and/or the Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgery to obtain a list of well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons. Then, I would suggest you visit a few surgeons whose practices concentrate on aesthetic surgery. Ask to see lots of examples of their work and preferably speak/see patients who have had similar procedures done. ...Read more

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How should I pick the surgeon who will perform my breast enlargement surgery?

How should I pick the surgeon who will perform my breast enlargement surgery?

Multiple sources: Check the local county medical society, the state license board for disciplinary actions, the american board & society of plastic surgeons for certification and membership, operating room nurses, and other patients of the prospective md's for references. Most of this can now be done "online" via google. ...Read more

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What is a pedicled flap for breast reconstruction? I've been researching my options for breast reconstruction surgery and i'm confused by the different kinds of flaps the surgeon can use. I'm especially unsure what is a pedicled flap, and how is it differ

What is a pedicled flap for breast reconstruction? I've been researching my options for breast reconstruction surgery and i'm confused by the different kinds of flaps the surgeon can use. I'm especially unsure what is a pedicled flap, and how is it differ

A : A pedicled flap is a flap that has a blood supply connected to the flap from its original site. Examples include the pedicled tram flap, which takes the rectus abdominus muscle (or sit-up muscle) with it, containing the superior deep epigastric artery, and the latissimus dorsi myocutanous flap, which carries the thoracodorsal artery along with the latissimus muscle. The tram flap is used to create a breast out of abdominal skin and fat, while the latissimus flap is used to provide muscle and skin coverage over an expander or implant. This is espiecially useful in a patient who has had radiation. A free flap is a flap that has its original blood supply divided. The artery (and vein) to the flap is then connected to a new blood supply under the microscope. The new blood supply is usually the internal mammary artery, which runs lateral to the sternum or breast bone. The flap vessel used is the deep inferior epigastric pedicle (diep flap). This bloode vessel comes from below the abdomen and doesn't run through the sit-up muscle. The purpose of a free flap in breast reconstruction is to improve circulation, and to prevent the side effects resulting from removing the sit-up muscle from the abdominal wall, which can lead to hernia or bulging. The free flap is a complicated procedure that should be done by a surgeon who has ecperience with this technique. ...Read more

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Small surgery on breast cyst, had an allergic reaction to sutures and they still haven't dissolved after 4 weeks. Should I tell my surgeon ?

Small surgery on breast cyst, had an allergic reaction to sutures and they still haven't dissolved after 4 weeks. Should I tell my surgeon ?

Ask surgeon: Minor surgical procedure on the breast usually leave a small cavity that is closed by approximating the edges the wound to minimize the space left by the cyst These are dissolving stitches and are gone by 4 wks. The skin edges are approximated by non dissolving skin nylons or a subcuticular dissolving (buried ) stitch in 4 wks. If you dont see the sutures the surgeon will just watch. ...Read more