At Schweiger Dermatology Group, we offer the best plastic surgery treatments to cosmetically improve the breast area. Performed by our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua Zuckerman, each treatment is performed with careful attention to detail with the end results being natural as though there had been no surgery performed at all. Here, the cosmetic procedures we perform for the breast area:
This procedure is ideal for women desiring improved balance and symmetry in overall appearance through a fuller, rounder breast and enhanced skin elasticity. We work with each patient to select the optimal implant size and surgical approach, with a priority on creating a nearly invisible scar and maximizing control of implant pocket size, shape and position. Round or teardrop-shaped silicone implants are proven safe and reliable, with a natural feel and appearance. A successful breast augmentation can boost your confidence and self-image through improved appearance, in or out of clothes.
Are You a Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
“The perfect breast augmentation candidate is one desires to improve balance and symmetry in her overall appearance through a fuller, rounder breast,” explains New York plastic surgeon Dr. Joshua Zuckerman. “She has minimal ptosis or “sag” to the breast preoperatively, and healthy, elastic skin and breast tissues. As with all procedures I perform, I strive for a natural, non-operated appearance; I also pay close attention to the aesthetic goals of each individual patient, and work with the patient to select and implant size and style and surgical approach that will most effectively achieve those goals.” The vast majority of implants we use at Schweiger Dermatology Group are silicone, either round or teardrop shaped, depending on patient goals and preference. Silicone offers a more natural feel and appearance than saline, and modern silicone implants have been repeatedly proven safe and reliable.
What to Expect After Breast Augmentation Surgery
Downtime for breast augmentation is typically 5-7 days off work for most jobs, two weeks out of the gym completely, and six weeks of refraining from chest or shoulder exercises or heavy lifting over the head. Most patients require oral pain medication for no more than 2-3 days postoperatively. Patients are instructed to wear a bra at all times for the first six weeks after surgery, and as much as possible for the first three months, in order to maintain implant position and maximize the longevity of a beautiful result. A well-done breast augmentation will produce a naturally beautiful full breast, improving appearance and overall body symmetry both in and out of clothes, boosting confidence in the process.
Over time, many women experience significant ptosis (sagging) resulting from pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight loss, or simply the patient’s natural anatomy. With mastopexy we can remove excess skin, elevate the position of the nipple, and reshape the breast mound into a more aesthetic, youthful contour—all with minimal and unobtrusive scarring. We can combine this procedure with implants for added fullness and a more aesthetically pleasing contour; by adding a tummy tuck or liposuction we can renew a “pre-baby” body shape and proportions.
Are You a Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
The ideal breast lift candidate is one who has significant ptosis (sag) to the breast, to a degree that cannot be corrected by simple augmentation with an implant. This can be the result of pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight loss, or simply the patient’s normal anatomy. Mastopexy should not be sought by patients looking to have a smaller breast (rather than simply a lift), or those with a minimal degree of sag that could be corrected by an implant alone. Done properly, mastopexy restores a naturally youthful contour and position to the breast. It bestows the confidence that comes with renewing one’s “pre-baby” body, especially when combined with a tummy tuck or liposuction.
What to Expect After Breast Lift Surgery
Downtime for this operation is similar to that for breast augmentation – 5-7 days off work, two weeks completely out of the gym, and six weeks of no strenuous upper body exercise. Discomfort is usually somewhat less than with augmentation; with placement of an implant in addition to mastopexy, it is generally similar. Postoperative wearing of a bra becomes very important with a breast lift, in order to allow the incisions to heal and the tissues to remodel under as little tension as possible – and by doing so, to produce a beautiful, long-lasting result with an unobtrusive scar.
With an artistic eye and a high degree of technical precision, our surgical team recommends breast reduction to relieve neck, back and shoulder pain caused by large breasts and to balance and proportion to the body. By sculpting the breasts to a more appropriate size and position, we can preserve attractive cleavage and produce a round contour that sits high on the chest wall—all with minimal scarring. This procedure has one of the highest degrees of patient satisfaction.
Are You a Candidate for Breast Reduction Surgery?
Breast reduction is best performed on the patient with large breasts that interfere with daily activities and that often cause neck, back, and/or shoulder pain. It is also performed to restore balance and proportion to the body through sculpting the breasts to a more appropriate size and position.
What to Expect After Breast Reduction Surgery
Post-op pain from breast reduction is minimal, with most patients requiring no more that one-two days of post-op pain medication. Recovery and downtime are very similar to those for mastopexy, as it is a quite similar operation.
Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction): For men with overly large or non-masculine looking breasts, we can restore a strong, natural-looking masculine contour. We accomplish this unobtrusively through liposuction, or by direct removal of glandular tissue or excess skin. This procedure can boost confidence in appearance, whether shirtless or in fitted clothing.
Are You a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
The perfect candidate for male breast reduction (gynecomastia) surgery is uncomfortable about his appearance due to overly large, in some cases nonmasculine-appearing, breasts. He often avoids removing his shirt in public due to this discomfort or embarrassment.
What to Expect After Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Downtime is relatively short, and varies somewhat with the extent of the problem and consequent extent of the operation. Pain medication is rarely required beyond 2-3 days post op. An elastic compression vest or shirt is worn under the clothing for six weeks post op, to minimize swelling and facilitate restoration of an ideal contour. Patients are asked to refrain from heavy lifting with the chest for 6 weeks, but can generally return to work at non-strenuous jobs within a week of surgery.