A woman in her later 20’s with bilateral macromastia. She described herself as a 36 H bra and had problems with neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, irritation, and grooving of her shoulders from her bra straps. She is shown before and again, 7 months after breast reduction with the removal of almost 600 grams from her right breast and more than 800 grams from her left breast to reduce her to a C cup. (454 grams = 1 pound). She is thrilled with her new shape and size, and her symptoms have all resolved. A tattoo has been blurred for her privacy.
A woman in her mid 50’s who is z 48DD and has problems with irritation of her shoulders from her bra as well as neck, back, and shoulder pain from the weight of her breasts. She also gets a rash under her breasts in the warmer months. She is over her ideal body weight at 5’3” and 206 lbs but has trouble losing weight because of difficulty exercising.
She is shown before and again, 8 months after bilateral breast reduction with the removal of more than 1000 grams from her left breast and more than 800 grams from her right breast to reduce her to a C cup. ( 454 grams = 1 pound)
Her symptoms have all resolved and she is thrilled with the new shape and size of her breast. Scars will typically continue to fade and improve for another year or longer.
A man in his middle 30’s who had had gynecomastia (development of female-appearing breasts) since he was 13. He wears Spanx under his shirts to camouflage the appearance of his chest and is bothered by his appearance in most fitted shirts and with his shirt off. He is shown before and again, 6 weeks after bilateral gynecomastia surgery using the S.A.F.E. technique ( Separation Aspiration Fat Equalization) utilizing power-assisted liposuction combined with direct excision of breast tissue through an incision around the areola. A finned “Becker” cannula is used to breast up the fat mechanically, followed by liposuction, then the excision, then smoothing of the fat with the finned cannula again. In my hands, this has given the most consistent results. At 6 weeks he is already thrilled with his improvement and ready to resume normal activity. A mole was removed from his right shoulder at the same time.
A woman in her late 50s with bilateral macromastia described herself as a 38F cup bra. She had problems with neck pain, shoulder pain, grooving and irritation of her shoulders from her bra strap, and back pain. Her case is complicated by smoking a ½ pack of cigarettes a day. Smoking damages the blood supply and can cause the nipple to turn black and necrose (die) with traditional techniques. She was not able to stop smoking so we performed a free nipple graft technique, where the nipple is removed completely and replaced as a full-thickness graft. In a case like this, I like to use some of the breast tissue to add volume back to the upper part of the breasts. The nipple typically will look like a scab for the first two months but then generally heals in well. She is shown just before surgery and again, 3 months after her procedure. More than 600 grams of tissue were removed from each breast. 9 454 grams= 1 pound) Her symptoms have resolved and she loves her new shape and size.
A medical professional in her early 40’s who is bothered by the shape of her right breast, as well as breast asymmetry (a difference in the two breasts) and drooping (breast ptosis) She also feels that her breast are too large for her frame and wanted them to be a little smaller. She is shown before and again, one year after bilateral mastopexy reduction. Scars typically are pinker for 6 weeks and then soften and fade over the next two years. She is thrilled with the new shape and size of her breasts.
Breast Augmentation with Ideal Implants – Patient 330
Breast Augmentation with Ideal Implants – Patient 330
A medical professional in her late 20’s who describes herself as a 36 B cup. She describes herself as a “tomboy” and “athletic body” in high school and college. She has been attending a lot of weddings and does not feel “feminine” and would like to have breasts that are fuller but still natural in appearance. She is shown before and again, just 6 weeks after the placement of Ideal Structured Saline Implants in a partial sub-pectoral ( “under the muscle” position through an infra-mammary ( at the breast fold) incision.
She is petite at 5’ 1 ½” and 126 lbs. She viewed photos in the office and wanted an absolutely natural appearance without any implant roundness or superior bulging ( “superior pole convexity) He nipple to fold distance on stretch is 7 ½ cm and her breast base width is 11.4 cm. With the Ideal implant, which is curved to fit on the curved surface of the chest wall and not flat as with most other implants, we typically add 3 mm to the base so an 11.1 cm base or less will “fit” but not be wider than her existing breast and not give an overly round or “implant” look So the Ideal implant 270-305 is 10.6 cm( remember to add 3 mm for an equivalent diameter of 10.9 cm0 at the base when filled to 305. She could have considered the next size up which is 300-340 and 10.8 cm at the base ( equivalent of 11.2 cm) but this was much too large to her in the office during a sizing appointment. So We used the 270-305. The back lumen or chamber is filled to 165 ml and the front or outer lumen is filled to 105 ml and with the empty implant volume of 35 ml gives a total implant volume of 305 ml
At 6 weeks she is already thrilled with her result- we can expect the breasts to continue to soften in appearance as the tissues stretch to accommodate the implant over the next few months and appear even more natural.
A woman in her mid 20’s with 38 D bra and problems with neck, back and shoulder pain, as well as grooving and irriation of her shoulder from her bra straps. She has smoked cigarettes for years. Cigarettes are a problem with surgery, because they damage the blood supply to the skin and to the nipples, and with a traditional technique that depends on the small blood vessels to give blood supply to the nipples, the nipples can die and the breast tissue can lose its blood supply and cause “fat necrosis” with the tissue becoming hard and lumpy. I cases such as this, I encourage patients to stop smoking for 2 months or more before and after the procedure. A “free nipple graft” technique, where the nipple is detached completely and put back on in the correct position as a free graft can have a lower risk of problems. At 7 months the breasts have healed well and are soft. There is frequently some depigmentation of the areolas which can improve over time. She loves her new breasts and is happy that her symptoms have resolved. She and I are also both thrilled that she has stopped smoking for the surgery and has not gone back.
A 64 yo woman who described herself as a 36 DD bra and has had problems with back pain, shoulder pain, grooving and irritation of the shoulders, as well as difficulty exercising. She is shown before and again, 5 months after breast reduction with the removal of more than 500 grams of tissue from each breast. She is thrilled with her new shape and size. Her symptoms are gone. And she “wishes that she had done this sooner”. She was worried about the pain from surgery, and although everyone’s experience is different, because of our Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocol, her surgery was performed as an outpatient, and she only took Advil after.
A student in his later teens who has been bothered by female appearing breast development ( gynecomastia) since the age of puberty. He was bothered with his shrt off and wore additional shirts to camouflage the appearance. He is shown before and again, 8 months after bilateral gynecomastia excision with power assisted liposuction using the S.A.F.E. technique combimed with direct excision of breast tissue through an incision along the lower areola.
A woman in her mid 20’s with a 36 D cup breast who had problems with back pain, shoulder pain, difficulty exercising and a rash under the breasts in the warmer months. She wanted to be a small C cup. She is shown before and again, 21 months after bilateral breast reduction with the removal of 414 grams from her left breast and 339 grams from her right breast to reduce her to a small C cup. Her symptoms have resolved and she is thrilled with the new shape and size of her breasts.