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Learn About Breast Procedures

Breast plastic surgeryFrom the fit of your clothes to the comfort of your shoulders, breast size has a big impact on your daily life. If you are unhappy with your current silhouette, the plastic surgeons at Lehigh Valley Health Network will work with you to determine which breast procedure will best enhance your figure.

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If padded, underwire and push-up bras just aren’t cutting it, breast augmentation may be the solution for your undersized breasts. Also called augmentation mammoplasty, this procedure involves placing saline-filled or silicone gel-filled implants into the breast tissue to supplement the shape. This outpatient surgery typically lasts one hour, and may also be combined with a breast lift procedure.

Breast lift

Mastopexy, or breast lift surgery, aims to reduce sagging that may result from aging, pregnancy, weight fluctuation or heredity. In a same-day surgical procedure that lasts from one to three hours, the plastic surgeon raises the breasts by removing excess skin. This procedure will help the breasts look fuller without adding volume and restores a more youthful profile. Breast lift may also be combined with breast augmentation surgery if more volume is desired.

Male breast tissue reduction (gynecomastia reduction)

Gynecomastia refers to excess breast tissue in men, a troubling though benign condition. To restore a more masculine chest, the unwanted breast tissue can be removed using direct excision of skin and breast tissue and/or using liposuction. This procedure lasts one to two hours and is usually done in the outpatient setting.

Breast reduction

Reduction mammoplasty, better known as breast reduction surgery, alleviates pain and discomfort that women with overly large breasts may experience. During this procedure, your surgeon will remove excess breast tissue, fat and skin to achieve a breast size that is in better proportion to your body. This is a two- to three-hour procedure that can be done in the outpatient setting, but in some cases may require an overnight stay. Breast reduction surgery may be covered by your health insurance provider pending preauthorization for medical necessity.

Breast reconstruction

Surgical treatment for breast cancer, or prophylactic surgical treatment for women at risk for breast cancer, can permanently alter a woman’s physique. The goal of breast reconstruction surgery is to restore the woman’s breasts to their natural shape. Surgical options for breast restoration include using your own tissue (autologous reconstruction) or breast implants (prosthetic reconstruction) to create new breast mounds.

You and your surgeon will discuss the risks and expectations, as well the pros and cons of each option and determine which approach is best for you. Procedure time and the need for inpatient care is dependent on the procedure you select.

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