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Augmentation mammaplasty or breast enlargement (or enhancement) is the surgery that makes breasts larger using implants. It is one of Dr. Skiles's most frequent procedures. A pocket is made behind the breast and the implant is placed there which moves the breast tissue forward. This can either be to replace volume lost after pregnancy and nursing or to enlarge breasts that never developed sufficiently.
Anyone who wishes her breasts were larger is a candidate for this procedure. But, because it is elective surgery, she should be reasonably healthy.
Yes, and it should be. Every woman's shape is different and her surgery should be too. There are many different options available including size of implant, kind of implant (gel or saline), placement of implant and incision. Choosing the right combination should be part of the consultation process with a board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Skiles.
This is a decision only you can make in consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. You should explain your goals and listen to the surgeon's recommendations. Dr Skiles would be glad to give you the information you need and help you make your decision. It is important for you to be comfortable with both the surgeon and the operative plan.
This surgery is not designed to lift the breast or move the nipple position upwards. However, placing an implant will often fill out deflated skin and, because the breasts are fuller, they appear to be higher and perkier.
The surgery usually lasts about an hour and is an out-patient procedure so you will go home after you are stable and ready to go home. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home. Dr Skiles is on the staff at both hospitals and outpatient surgery centers in Yuba City and Marysville so you have your choice of facility.
An abdominoplasty is surgery to remove extra skin from the abdomen or tummy. An incision is made from hip bone to hip bone and the skin is lifted off the underlying muscle. Another incision is made around the belly button to leave it in place. The extra skin is then pulled down and the extra removed. A hole is cut in the skin over the bellybutton to allow it to be seen. If necessary, the muscles can be tightened as well. There will be a scar from hip bone to hip bone and around the bellybutton.
Sometimes the extra skin is just below the bellybutton. This can sometimes be removed while leaving the bellybutton in place. This surgery is not as extensive and does not affect the upper abdomen much, if any.
Anyone who has extra skin in their abdomen is a candidate for this surgery. Typically extra skin is caused by significant weight loss or pregnancies. Since this is elective surgery, candidates should be in reasonable health.
In general, the closer you are to your ideal weight, the better the results of surgery will be. However, many of us are never going to be at our ideal weight and that does not mean that a tummy tuck will not improve the abdomen. Consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon such as Dr Skiles will help determine whether preoperative weight loss is necessary in individual cases. Tummy tuck is not a weight loss procedure.
Any stretch marks that are present in the skin that is removed will be gone. If the stretch marks extend above that, they will remain but will be in a lower position. During your consultation Dr Skiles will help you estimate how much skin and stretch marks can be removed.
The surgery usually lasts about an hour and a half and is an out-patient procedure so you will go home after you are stable and ready to go home. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home. Dr Skiles is on the staff at both hospitals and outpatient surgery centers in Yuba City and Marysville so you have your choice of facility.
These procedures, both abdominoplasty and mini-abdominoplasty, are done under a general anesthetic so you are asleep for the procedure. A board certified anesthesiologist will administer the anesthetic and you will have a chance to talk with him or her before your surgery.
Only you can make that decision and you should do it in consultation with your plastic surgeon. Dr Skiles will be glad to give you the information you need to make your decision.