Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. and Dr. Bershof, a 5280 Top Doctor, has been performing breast augmentations for over 20 years. Breast augmentation can give women with small or asymmetric breasts a fuller, firmer, symmetric and better-proportioned look through the placement of implants under the breast or under both breast and chest muscle (more common). Women may elect to undergo breast augmentation for many different aesthetic motivations, including size enhancement, balancing asymmetry and compensating for reduced breast volume after pregnancy and breast-feeding. In properly selected patients who also have breast sagging, the procedure is occasionally combined with a breast lift.
Breast implants are silicone rubber shells filled with either saline (salt water) or silicone gel (approved by the FDA in 2006 and the more common implant used). The implants are placed under the breast (sub-glandular), or more commonly, under the breast and the chest wall muscle (sub-muscular). The procedure lasts about two hours, unless combined with a lift, and is typically performed with general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. After surgery the patient's bustline may be increased by one or more cup sizes.
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is performed to return a more youthful shape and lift to breasts that have sagged and bottomed-out as a result of weight loss, pregnancy, loss of the skin's natural elasticity or simply the effects of aging and gravity. The procedure can also reduce areolar size (the dark skin surrounding the nipple), and it can be combined with breast reduction or breast augmentation for added firmness or volume change. It is usually performed under general anesthesia, and lasts from one to three hours.
Breast reconstruction restores a natural, symmetrical appearance to the bosom, maintains body proportion, allows clothes to fit better, and most important, boosts self-confidence for women who have lost one or both breasts due to mastectomy or who lack breasts due to a congenital or developmental abnormality. Reconstructive surgeons strive to create a new breast and nipple that resemble a woman's natural breast as closely as possible in shape, size and position.
Large breasts can cause back & shoulder pain, hunched posture, rashes under the breasts, self-consciousness and low self-esteem. Breast reduction surgery is usually performed to provide relief from these symptoms as well as improve a person’s confidence. Performed under general anesthesia, the three- to four-hour cosmetic procedure removes fat and glandular breast tissue, tightens overlying skin to produce smaller, lifted and lighter breasts that are in a better proportion to the rest of the body.
Male Breast Reduction
Enlarged male breasts (gynecomastia) affects nearly 40-60% of men, often with no known cause.This condition can be highly embarrassing as well as physically uncomfortable. Men who feel self-conscious about enlarged breasts may seek breast reduction surgery. Dr. Bershof performs the liposuction techniques for male gynecomastia, a procedure that removes fat tissue from the breasts. The result is a flatter, firmer chest.