Breast Procedures and Plastic Surgery in Colorado Springs
The Institute of Plastic Surgery, serving the Colorado Springs, Monument, Castle Rock, Pueblo, Canon City and Denver areas, provides a full spectrum of available plastic surgical procedures of the breast to address your particular needs. Some the plastic surgery procedures are, breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, and male breast surgery.
Breast augmentation is used to enlarge or enhance the shape and symmetry of the breasts. It is most often desired by women who would like to look and feel more confident about the appearance of their breasts. Specifically, augmentation can enhance the figure, replace lost breast volume which has occurred as a result of age or pregnancy, and improve any asymmetry in the breasts.
Breast augmentation involves insertion of a saline or silicone filled breast implant behind the breast tissue or behind the chest wall muscle (pectoralis muscle) depending upon your requirements. It is among the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States.
Implants can be placed in the desired location via several different incision locations: around the areola; an incision in the armpit; and from an incision near the lower fold of the breast. There are also different shapes, textures, and sizes available in breast implants. Our plastic surgeons will discuss the differences of the various incisions and implant types to help you choose the right implant for you.
Breast lift (mastopexy) is the procedure used to reproduce the shape and “perkiness” of youthful appearing breasts. Gravity, time and loosening of supporting ligaments after pregnancy and nursing each contribute to a saggy, flattened appearance of the breast.
The surgery involves raising the nipple and areola to a higher level, which can be performed with various different incisions depending upon the degree of sagging. Occasionally, a breast implant is used to improve the size, shape, firmness and projection of the breast in conjunction with the breast lift.
Breast reduction surgery is optimal for those who develop discomfort and difficulties associated with excess weight and size of their breasts. Women with large, heavy breast may experience back and neck pain, headaches, problems, bra strap grooving and pain, postural problems, nerve problems of the arm or hand, and skin infections under the breasts. These women will often find themselves embarrassed and self-conscious. Large breasts and the associated problems can afflict women of any age, including girls during puberty.
Breast reduction surgery involves removal of the excess skin, fat, and glandular tissue of the breast. There is also a reduction in the size of the areola, since it is usually stretched out from the constant weight of the breast. Another welcome effect of the surgery is a breast lift that helps restore a more youthful, lifted or “perky” look.
The majority of patients who undergo breast reduction wish they had done it years earlier. Plastic surgeons, Dr. Dash and Dr. Jain in Colorado Springs, feel that breast reduction surgery patients are some of the most satisfied patients plastic surgery patients. It can have a dramatic impact on a patient’s lifestyle and self-esteem. Many patients find they are more easily able to perform routine activities of life which were much more difficult with large breasts. Exercising often becomes significantly less difficult after surgery helping patients live a more active and healthier lifestyle.
During your consultation at the Institute of Plastic Surgery, in Colorado Springs, our board certified cosmetic surgeons will evaluate you to see if you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. They will send the necessary information to your insurance company to see if you qualify. Many insurance companies will authorize coverage of breast reduction surgery, knowing that it can provide health improvements to patients.
Male Breast Surgery
Many males will experience an increase in the breast size, sometimes without an medically significant cause. This can sometimes start at an early enough age that they can be teased in school. This can lead to years of embarrassment before they realize that there are good surgical options to correct the problem.
This condition of excess male breast tissue is called gynecomastia. Based on the individual patients’ issues, the removal of the breast tissue can be accomplished with surgical excision of the breast tissue,or liposuction of the breast, or both. The cosmetic surgeons, at the Institute of Plastic Surgery, will decipher what procedure will optimally correct your breast tissue excess.