A mammoplasty should always be performed by a board certified plastic surgeon, as plastic surgeons are the only surgeons trained and experienced in the most current and safe techniques of mammoplasty.
Cosmetic mammoplasty is more commonly called a "breast lift
" procedure. The goal of this operation is to lift the breast mass to a more youthful position. In a breast lift, your surgeon will remove excess skin that has stretched during the course of pregnancy
, breast feeding
, weight change, etc. The breast tissue is repositioned to a higher, more cosmetically appealing position. The resulting scars will either be anchor shaped (scars around the areola, vertical scar extending to the base of the breast, and a curved scar hidden in the fold under the breast), or lollypop shaped (scars around the areola and a vertical scar extending to the base of the breast). Breast implants
may also be placed during this procedure if you desire both a breast lift and an increase in breast volume. Cosmetic mammoplasty is not covered by your medical insurance
A different type of mammoplasty which is considered medically necessary in certain patients is a reduction mammoplasty, or breast reduction. While breast reduction may significantly improve the appearance of a woman's breasts, breast reduction is not considered a purely cosmetic procedure. This is because reducing the weight of excessively large breasts helps eliminate symptoms associated with large, heavy breasts such as neck/back/shoulder pain
, shoulder grooves, rashes, and difficulty with activity and exercise
. Your board certified plastic surgeon likely has extensive experience with this procedure, as it is a very common procedure performed by plastic surgeons, and typically results in a high level of patient satisfaction.
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