Introduction to Breast Surgery in NYC
Breast surgery is a blanket term for various procedures used to change the breast’s appearance and physicality, both on males and females. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the different types of breast surgery in NYC and our procedures and process for each.
Types of Breast Surgery in NYC
Breast surgery divides into five main categories: breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reduction, breast reconstruction, and the less commonly known male breast reduction or gynecomastia. Each type has its unique purpose and result.
Breast augmentation, also known as breast enhancement or simply, breast implants, is a surgical procedure that involves placing silicone or saline implants into the breast to enhance the size, shape, and volume. In less common cases, the process may include a transfer of fat from other body areas to the breast.
Breast lifts, also known as mastopexy, are standard procedures used to lift sagging breasts and nipples while maintaining their size. Sagging in the female breasts is a natural occurrence caused by ageing, pregnancy, nursing, weight gain or less, and simple gravity. These causes affect women differently throughout their lifetime. Luckily, this form of breast surgery in NYC can be a solution to achieve a more youthful body appearance.
Like a facelift, the surgeon will shape the existing breast tissue to lift and tighten the skin. Breast lifts are a more natural-looking solution to enhance the look and appearance of breasts, compared to breast augmentation. However, some patients do opt in to combine a breast lift with a breast augmentation procedure.
Reduction mammoplasty, more commonly known as breast reduction surgery, is done to relieve pain in the back, shoulders, and breasts due to large breasts. Breast reduction is also known to improve the appearance of breasts, depending on the patient.
There are various techniques to reduce the size of breasts. However, generally speaking, all methods involve removing fat and glandular tissue, resulting in smaller and lighter breasts. The overall result is a more proportionate breast size to your body.
Breast reconstruction is a procedure to rebuild the breast’s look and shape, typically following a mastectomy or removal of the breast due to breast cancer. This procedure may use tissue from other parts of your body or use implants, similar to breast augmentation surgery. Your surgeon may also use a combination of both methods to achieve the best results for you.
Male Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia is a common condition where there is an enlargement or swelling of the male breasts. The most common cause of this enlargement is the male estrogen levels being higher than average or out of balance with testosterone levels. Male breast reduction is a procedure similar to female breast reduction, making the male breasts more proportionate to the male body.
How to Prepare for Breast Surgery in NYC
Before going under surgery, Dr. Kaufman recommends going in for x-rays and mammograms or other breast imaging. Taking a mammogram will help your medical team detect any changes in your breast tissue. Smoking decreases blood flow in the skin and can slow the healing process; therefore, we will instruct you to stop smoking for a specific time before surgery. We will also advise you to stop taking any blood-thinning medications and anti-inflammatory medications like Advil® or ibuprofen, and Aleve®) at least ten days before surgery.
Before your surgery, we conduct a complete and comprehensive preoperative instruction detailing which medications to avoid and which vitamins and minerals to take. Since patients experience some pain and discomfort immediately after the surgery, we recommend you plan to have some help with household chores, including cleaning and cooking.
The Recovery Process for Breast Surgery in NYC
Overnight stays are not necessary for breast surgery. Once you have completed your procedure, you will recover from the anesthesia and are escorted home with your designated caregiver. Dr. Kaufman will give you thorough instructions for your regimens after surgery and to support your recovery period.
During the first week, we provide you with a surgical support bra to aid in your recovery. We also recommend that you wear a soft support bra for three to four weeks following that.
It would be best to consider keeping your breasts out of direct sunlight to help protect the incision lines from sun exposure. There is a small chance of scarring. However, the scars will fade and soften over time.
We encourage you to stay as active as possible at home for several days while keeping appropriate positioning and posture. However, we advise refraining from washing your hair, showering, or bathing until the doctor permits those activities.
How do I know Breast Surgery is right for me?
Breast surgery is common for women who experience a considerable sag, loss of shape, and volume in their breasts due to pregnancy, nursing, or weight gain or loss. After careful evaluation of your breasts, Dr. Kaufman will consult with you on which technique is best for you.
Suppose you are considering pregnancy in the future. In that case, you may want to delay your breast surgery as pregnancy can stretch out the breasts and offset the surgery results. Additionally, you may experience difficulties with breast-feeding.
The Benefits and Results of Breast Surgery in NYC
You will notice an immediate enhancement in the appearance of your breasts. If you are curious to see some of our results from previous patients, please browse our before-and-after gallery here. Following your procedure, your surgeon will consult with you on maintaining your results, giving your breasts the most natural, elegant, and youthful look.
As a result of your breast surgery, you may need new bras, and your clothes may fit differently. Even without a breast reduction, you may notice your bra size is smaller, but this results from the breasts becoming firmer and rounder.
The surgery results are permanent, though your lifestyle and hereditary factors can impact the outcomes.
Next Steps for Your Breast Surgery in NYC
Deciding to undergo breast surgery of any type is a big decision, best made when you have consulted with an experienced professional. That is why Discreet Plastic Surgery is here to help. If you have questions or need more information about getting your breast surgery in NYC, schedule a consultation with us today!