Breast reduction surgery can make a huge improvement for some women—not only in the way they look, but also in their quality of life. When breasts are too large, women have a condition called macromastia. She can feel self-conscious about the way she looks even in clothes, and the heaviness of her breasts can cause an imbalance of the upper back posture as well as skin rashes and pain. In severe situations, it may be difficult to exercise or even lay down flat in bed.
People who are facing cancer or have suffered a injury may feel uncertain, stressed, and just want to get “back to normal.” Plastic surgery rises to this need and desire in a patient centered way—we try to make people feel like themselves again.
Sometimes men or teenage boys develop a condition called gynecomastia. It is the enlargement of breast tissue of the chest that can occur due to medications, hormone imbalance, or for no clear reason at all. After a thorough medical examination and possible testing rules out problems such as medications or tumor, we can plan for treatment. The psychological impact of this condition for the individual can vary. Unfortunately, it can be a source of nagging self consciousness and embarrassment.
Breast reduction is a procedure where extra skin and fat is removed, and the nipple and skin are redraped to create a most youthful appearance. Breasts not only look better, but surgery can take that pain off the back and shoulder. The goal is for women to become pain-free, exercise, and find clothes which fit.
As a plastic surgeon, I am humbled by the patients I meet who face breast cancer with courage and determination for cure. Though breast reconstruction can be an involved process, it is often an important part of recovery and rebuilding of self image and confidence.
Reconstruction of the breast after a mastectomy can be an important part of the recovery process for women. The discussion of which type of surgery would work best for you depends on your body type and time you wish to commit to the recovery process. There are three main types of reconstruction—the abdominal flap, the back (latissimus) flap with implant, and tissue expansion with implant.
The nose, as the central part of a person’s face, is a crucial element of our identity and self-esteem. It can be finicky to reconstruct because it is a delicate, three dimensional structure that does not donate much extra skin. This week, I am finishing the third stage of a nose reconstruction surgery. Why does it take three surgeries?
I had a wonderful opportunity to speak to health care providers at Providence Milwaukie Hospital this week about breast reduction. Breast reduction has been proven in clinical studies to provide effective and long lasting relief for symptoms like back pain and shoulder pain. In addition, women often find that they are able to engage in physical activities that they couldn’t do before.
I took care of an elderly patient who needed upper lip reconstruction for skin cancer. It was very challenging because it involved most of her upper lip. The case reminded me very much of child with a cleft lip. I had to think about form, function, balance, and symmetry—and all the layers of a lip. … Read more