Bigger isn’t always better. Just ask Kelly Dodd of The Real Housewives of Orange County. Only three years after undergoing a breast augmentation, the reality star just couldn’t cope with an oversized bust any longer. On a recent episode of the show, the celebrity confessed that living with such large breasts was a burden. “My breasts were way too big for my body. It’s hard to wear clothes, my back hurts, I can’t run, and now I’m just like, I’m done.”
Like many women with exceptionally large breasts, Talia Derby struggled with both the physical and emotional limitations that her amply-sized chest placed on her life. “It just kind of sucked to have my whole identity taken up by something that I didn’t necessarily want,” Derby recounts. This past June, Derby had had enough and made the decision to reduce the size of her breasts though breast reduction surgery.
As women, we each have a unique relationship with our breasts. Feeling almost connected to our bosom, choosing to undergo a breast reduction can be a difficult and often challenging decision. Yet, time and time again, women say that post-reduction, their lives have changed for the better. Women not only love their new look, but also praise the feel of their moderately sized breasts.
But, just what do you have to look forward to? Read on to learn more about the benefits of breast reduction.
Achieve a More Balanced Figure
Breast reduction at Renaissance Plastic Surgery in St. Peters & St. Louis works to remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breast in an effort to make them smaller, firmer, and lighter. Contrary to popular belief, breast reduction isn’t just for women either. Men can also benefit from this surgical procedure. Find out more about our male breast reduction services offered at Renaissance.
Lose the Burden of Overly Large Breasts
Breast reduction can help women who suffer from:
- Large breasts
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, or back
- Downward pointing nipples
Large breasts can restrict many of us from the activity level we want or need. They can also get in the way and make you feel self-conscious. Some patients experience overly large breasts that may cause serious medical problems such as skin irritation, back pain or breathing problems. At our St. Louis practice, our breast reduction surgeons use the most advanced techniques to achieve proportionate, natural-looking results.
How Breast Reduction Surgery is Performed
During the breast reduction, incisions are made around the areola and extend down the breast and along the crease. Excess tissue around the breast is surgically removed within a few hours, and liposuction may even be used to aid in the removal of fat. After excess skin and tissue are removed, the breast is reshaped and lifted to create a more flattering look and pleasing body contour. The nipple-areolar complex is also raised to a higher position. Recovery time is approximately 3-4 weeks with heavier physical activity beginning in 4-6 weeks, and you may have to wear surgical bandages for up to a month. This procedure ranks very high in terms of patient satisfaction because it both enhances a woman’s appearance and also alleviates a host of health problems.
Find Out More About Breast Reduction Surgery
To learn more about the benefits of breast reduction surgery, contact our St. Louis & St. Peters practice today. Our staff is ready to answer any questions you may have about this procedure and can schedule a consultation with any of our experienced surgeons.
Pregnancy, weight loss, and aging all contribute to volume loss in your breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. A breast lift raises the position of your breasts to create a firmer and more youthful-looking bust line. You can also consider having breast implants inserted during your breast lift surgery to help increase the desired fullness of your breasts.
When Should I Consider Having a Breast Lift?
- If your nipples have dropped beneath your breast or they are pointing downward
- If your breasts have lost volume or firmness and have stretched skin
- If your breasts sag, droop, or appear slouchy
A breast lift can help correct all of these issues that many women and men face today. By raising and reshaping the breast and removing any excess skin, the breast appears perkier and more youthful. A reduction of the size of the areola (the darker area around the nipple) may be required, but a breast lift does not change the size of your breast, it simply adds liveliness.
With a breast lift (mastopexy), incisions may be made around the areola and extend down the bottom side of the breast and along the lower crease. Excess skin is removed, the nipple and areola are placed in a higher position than before, and the surrounding skin is brought down and together to lift and reshape the breast. Our St. Louis team specializes in the breast lift procedure.
Some patients experience bruised, swollen breasts after breast lift surgery, but this should last only a few days. You can plan on returning to your daily activities in 1-2 weeks.
Your Breast Lift in St. Louis
If you feel you are ready to discuss your breast lift options with one of our plastic surgeons, please contact Renaissance Plastic Surgery today to find out more about your options.
Enhance Your Curves with the St. Louis Breast Augmentation Experts
The doctors at Renaissance Plastic Surgery believe that breast augmentation should restore a woman’s self-esteem while providing a natural-looking, long-term solution to complementing their body’s existing shape.
Breast Enhancement Consultation
You will have a one-on-one breast consultation where one of our plastic surgeons will help you to determine the type, size, and shape of implants that will get you the breasts you’ve always wanted. Our skilled physicians pay careful attention to proportion and balance, all the while listening to your concerns, needs, and desires when it comes to enhancing your breasts.
Saline vs. Silicone Implants
Although there is only one fundamental difference between the two types of implants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s extensive research has proven both to be safe for use. While saline implants contain a sterile solution of water and salt, silicone implants are filled with a cohesive gel; both have a silicone shell. The most significant difference lies in how the implants feel to the patient.
Choosing Breast Implant Size & Shape
Sometimes the best results for a desired size and contour can come from a breast reduction or breast lift, but the most important variable when considering breast augmentation is shape. When women want a more robust silhouette, anything from round or teardrop shapes can become an overwhelming decision. Let our experts at Renaissance help you envision exactly what you want with our free breast augmentation sizing in conjunction with the Vectra 3D Imaging System.
Implant Incision Types
The breast implant may be placed under or over the pectoralis muscle. Each option has specific benefits and may be more appropriate for certain body types or appearance goals. During your consultation, these approaches can be discussed in greater detail. Most of our breast augmentation patients in St. Louis enjoy a rapid recovery and are able to return to light activities in about a week. However, every breast augmentation procedure is unique. Our plastic surgeons tailor the procedure to meet the specific needs of the patient. We can help you make your vision a beautiful reality.
Fat Grafting Breast Enhancement Alternative
In their approach to enhancing breasts, some physicians consider fat grafting – the surgical process of harvesting existing fat tissue from a designated area on your body, cleaning it, and then placing that same fat to contour your new breast. While this may be a more natural approach to breast enhancement or revision, it is a lengthier process that does not produce a large volume increase to the breast. Service areas include: St. Peters, O’Fallon, St. Louis, Wentzville, St. Charles, Affton, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, Osage Beach, Maryland Heights, Florissant, Kirkwood, University City, Troy, Kansas City, Ballwin, Clayton, Oakville, Columbia an Lake Saint Louis Missouri.
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