If watching your diet and exercising to promote good health is a given, how is beauty care so radically different? We work hard to take care of our insides as well as our bodies, but is paying attention to your looks such a narcissistic endeavor? I don’t think so. Plastic surgeons see people across the age spectrum walk through their doors. Some are trying to fix something that has bothered them, some are worried about how age is treating them, and others just want to look as good as they can. Whether it’s injectables, non-invasive skin-tightening procedures or surgery, I enjoy addressing all of it. Some patients will not breathe a word about having come to me, as if spending money on themselves is the ultimate in self-centeredness. In other words, plastic surgery tends to be a deep, dark secret except, perhaps, between BFFs. While I understand the need to keep this private, I also don’t see the need for shame. If you remodeled parts of your house it would be no big [...]
While every day stands for something, today is an especially important one for women. October 21st is Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day. Plastic surgeons, their patients and their former patients everywhere celebrate the miracle of being able to make women feel whole again following breast cancer surgery. It wasn’t that long ago that women routinely lived with the results of a mastectomy using only a prosthetic bra after surgery. For women, losing a breast was like losing a limb, robbing them of a precious part of their body. One can only imagine what it was like to lose one or both breasts at the time, even though eradicating the cancer itself gave them a new lease on life. Over the past few decades we have made great strides in breast reconstruction, making breast cancer survivors feel both feminine as well as complete once again. Having studied and conducted research at one of the top cancer hospitals, MD Anderson Cancer Center, I learned the cutting edge techniques of breast reconstruction. Their depth of experience [...]
While we use October to display pink ribbons and highlight breast cancer awareness in the U.S., those conversations should never be reserved for a particular month of the year. The Susan B. Komen Foundation estimates that by the end of 2020, in the U.S. there will be 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer. Add to that approximately 50,000 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer and 42,170 breast cancer deaths and it’s a reason to pay rapt attention. It cannot be stressed enough how mammograms figure prominently in helping to lower some of these numbers via early detection, since in the big scheme of things this uncomfortable but necessary ounce of prevention enables the medical community to save lives. Although men can get breast cancer, it is most common in older women. Other factors that figure prominently are (1) if you have changes in breast cancer-related genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2) (2) having started your period before age 12 or starting menopause after age 55, (3) never having given birth or being older when [...]
Breast reduction surgery can alleviate the difficulties related to oversize breasts, specifically neck, shoulder, or back pain; the pain of bra straps digging into the shoulders; and limitations in physical activity. But you should be aware that breast reduction surgery is considered a reconstructive procedure, which means a fairly involved operation. View the entire breast reduction gallery The incisions used, and the resulting scarring, depend upon the technique used. Breast reduction incisions can be as small as a line around the areola and one running midline down the inferior aspect of the breast. Or as large as an anchor-shaped line that runs vertically down from the nipple-areola-complex and across the fold under the breast. A breast reduction is often done in combination with liposuction of the axillary region. Of all reconstructive surgery patients, women who have a breast reduction are among the happiest with the outcome. The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for a breast reduction is to contact us and schedule a consultation with Dr. Goodman.
Breast reconstruction is a highly personal and individualized process that requires extensive consultation. For women who are considering a mastectomy, breast reconstruction restores a natural, symmetrical appearance to the chest and boosts self-confidence. A new breast, nipple, and areola complex are reconstructed to resemble the woman's natural breast as closely as possible in shape, size and position.
Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, weight loss and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman's breasts. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. A breast lift, or mastopexy, raises and reshapes sagging breasts. Breast lift surgery can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple.
Breast augmentation, or enlargement, is an operation done to enhance the appearance of small breasts. This procedure increases the size and improves the shape of the breasts especially in underdeveloped breasts, breasts that have decreased in size after pregnancy, or breasts that are uneven in volume.