Medical Procedure Uplifts More Than Spirits

by | August 10, 2010 @ 03:00PM
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Restore Pre-Pregnancy Form & Firmness To Breasts

(Beverly Hills, CA.) Have a couple of trips to the maternity ward left more than your spirits sagging? Have your once firm and perky breasts somehow deserted you? Does somebody else's unfamiliar chest glower back at you from the mirror?

Over the years, pregnancy, nursing, and gravity can all take their toll. Dr. John A. Grossman, a Beverly Hills, CA. aesthetic plastic surgeon, explains: "As a woman matures, the breast tissue enlarges and the skin covering the breast will usually increase in a commensurate manner. Pregnancy alters the shape of the breast by stimulating the tissue to amplify and stretches the overlying skin. Following pregnancy, the tissue usually decreases in size, but alas, for many women, the skin doesn't come along, and a sagging breast is the result.

But fear not! With today's highly advanced surgical techniques, you can have your old shape (or better) back in short order with a "Breast Lift" (Mastopexy), which elevates the breast tissue and removes all that unwanted excess skin. According to the America Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 45,000 women (an increase of 130 percent from 1997-2000) have taken advantage of this procedure to regain or improve their old form.

Over the past 20 years, Grossman has performed a variety of aesthetic breast procedures on some of Hollywood's most fabled figures. His preferred approach for "lifts" makes incisions around and below the nipple areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). The tissue is then elevated, along with the areola, and the excess skin removed. This results in a higher repositioned nipple.

If there is insufficient tissue to fill the skin and achieve the desired cup size, a saline or silicone filled implant can be inserted during surgery to achieve the desired size, shape, and projection. The entire procedure, which also sometimes incorporates reduction of the size of the areola itself, can take approximately 3 hours and is commonly performed on an outpatient basis.

Outstanding results are usually achieved in women with smaller, sagging breasts. Larger busts can also be lifted, but, says Grossman, "the results may not last quite as long."

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