Sacramento Breast Procedures

Breast Augmentation

Who is a Breast Augmentation Candidate?

  • Women desiring larger breasts.
  • Women who have a moderate degree of breast sagging or smaller breasts, which could be remedied by enlargement.

Intended Breast Augmentation Results

  • Larger, shapely breasts.
  • Improved self-image.

How is Breast Augmentation Done?

  • The breast augmentation procedure is done on an outpatient basis usually under general anesthesia.
  • A small incision is made around the nipple-areola complex, in the armpit or under the breast. A saline-filled implant is then inserted under either the breast tissue or the breast tissue and the underlying muscle.

Recuperation and Healing

  • The patient will go home wearing an elastic band and ace bandage wrap. The band helps hold the implants in the correct position.
  • Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication.
  • Sutures are usually removed in 14-21 days.
  • Light activities can usually be resumed after a week. Aerobic and physically demanding activities can be started in about 4 weeks.

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Mastopexy (Breast Lift)

Who is a Breast Lift Candidate?

  • Women who have droopy breasts due to things such as past pregnancies, genetics, or aging.
  • If the droopiness is too great to be treated with a breast implant alone.
  • If your nipple-areolar complexes (area around the nipple) are enlarged.

Intended Breast Lift Results

  • An elevated more youthful looking breast.
  • Nipple-areolar complexes of the desired size and at the correct height.

How is a Breast Lift Done?

  • The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under sedation and local anesthesia or general anesthesia.
  • The method of the incisions can vary but usually ivolve incisions around the nipple-areolar complex and in the crease under the breast.
  • The nipple-areolar complex is repositioned higher, the excess skin is removed, and the breast is reshaped in a more attractive contour.

Recuperation and Healing

  • The patient goes home wearing a bulky ace bandage wrap.
  • The wrap is worn for about one week.
  • Sutures are typically removed within 2-3 weeks.
  • Initial pain and discomfort is minimized with oral medication.
  • Light physical activity may resume in 7-10 days.

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Breast Reduction

Who is a Breast Reduction Candidate?

  • If you have large, heavy breasts, that cause back and shoulder pain, poor posture, bra-strap indentations, and chafing under the breasts.
  • If you have excessively large breasts, which decrease a patient's sense of attractiveness and self-confidence.
  • If large breasts interfere with normal daily activities or exercise.

Intended Breast Reduction Results

  • More attractive contour and smaller, proportionate breast size.
  • No longer suffering health issues associated with excessively large breasts.
  • Improved self image.

How is Breast Reduction Done?

  • The procedure is done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis or in the hospital.
  • Incisions are made around the nipple-areolar complex (pigmented area around the nipple) and extend vertically below the nipple and in the fold under the breast. The nipple-areolar complex is moved vertically upward to the desired location and excess breast tissue, fat, and skin are removed.

Recuperation and Healing

  • The incisions are covered with light dressings, and the breasts are wrapped in an ace bandage.
  • Initial discomfort is minimized with oral medication.
  • Scars usually begin to fade in approximately 6-12 months.
  • Surgery will likely reduce and possibly eliminate the ability to breastfeed.

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