Breast

Breast Augmentation

plastic surgery procedures in CharlotteMany women with small or uneven breasts due to genetics, pregnancy, or weight loss turn to breast augmentation in Charlotte to give them a fuller, more proportionate breast. Breast enlargement is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery operations, and can be performed in conjunction with a breast lift to correct sagging or drooping.

After an initial consultation, Dr. Liszka will assist you in determining what size implant you should have and whether a saline or silicone gel implant is better for you. Implants are placed through a tiny incision at the breast fold, base of the areola, or armpit. The operation takes approximately one and one half hours and is performed under general anesthesia. Many of our patients elect to receive a state-of-the-art pain relief system that reduces the need for narcotics and allows for a quicker, gentler recovery. Typical recovery time is within three to seven days, with no exercise before two weeks.

View Before and After Pictures of Breast Augmentation Procedures by Dr. Liszka in Charlotte, NC.

Breast Enlargement Procedure Steps

What happens during breast enlargement surgery?

Step 1 – Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during breast augmentation surgery. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia with a board certified anesthesiologist caring for you. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 – The Incision
Incisions are made in inconspicuous areas to minimize visible scarring. You and your plastic surgeon will discuss which incision options are appropriate for your desired outcome. Incision options include: underarm, under the breast, or around areolas.

Incisions vary based on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your particular anatomy, and patient-surgeon preference.

Step 3 – Implant choice: Silicone breast implants or saline breast implants?
Breast size and shape are important, so be honest and open about your expectations when talking with your surgeon.
 
Implant type and size will be determined not just on your desired increase in size but more importantly on your breast anatomy, skin elasticity and body type.

Options for Breast Implants
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. They can be filled with varying amounts of saline which can affect the shape, firmness and feel of the breast. Should the implant shell leak, a saline breast implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.

Silicone breast implants are filled with a semi-solid cohesive gel. The gel feels and moves much like natural breast tissue. If there is a problem with the outer shell, the gel may remain within the implant.  If you choose these implants, you may need to visit your plastic surgeon regularly to make sure the implants are functioning properly.  An ultrasound or MRI can help assess the condition of breast implants.

A leaking implant filled with silicone gel may not collapse. If you choose these implants, you may need to visit your plastic surgeon regularly to make sure the implants are functioning properly. An ultrasound or MRI screening can assess the condition of breast implants.

Implant manufacturers occasionally introduce new styles and types of implants, so there may be additional options available.

Currently Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women 18 years of age and older.

Currently Silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women 22 years of age and older.

Saline or silicone implants may be recommended at a younger age if used for reconstruction purposes.

Step 4 – Inserting and Placing the Breast Implant
After the incision is made, a breast implant is inserted into a pocket either:

  • Under the pectoral muscle (a submuscular placement)
  • Directly behind the breast tissue, over the pectoral muscle (a submammary/ subglandular placement)

The method for inserting and positioning implants depends on the type of implant, degree of enlargement desired, your body type, and your surgeon's recommendations.

Step 5 – Closing the Incisions
Incisions are closed with layered sutures in the breast tissue and with sutures, skin adhesive or surgical tape to close the skin. Over time the incision lines will fade.

Step 6 – See the Results
The results of breast augmentation surgery are immediately visible. Over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. Satisfaction with your new image should continue to grow as you recover and realize the fulfillment of your goal for fuller breasts.

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Breast Lift

Aging, weight loss and childbirth can lead to a loss of skin elasticity and breast volume. As a result, many women notice a sagging or drooping appearance of their breasts. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical option to restore a more youthful shape and appearance to the breast.

During your consultation, Dr. Liszka will help you determine if you are a candidate for a breast lift and which lift is right for you to achieve the look you desire. The type of breast lift performed determines whether general or local anesthesia is necessary, the length of surgery, and recovery time. This procedure can also be performed with placement of breast implants to give you a firmer, fuller, and larger breast.

Breast Reduction

Patients who undergo breast reduction surgery frequently are seeking relief from physical symptoms caused by the excessive weight of large breasts. Breast reduction usually can solve these problems as well as improve the size and shape of your breasts. Following breast reduction, your breasts will be more proportional to the rest of your body, and clothes will fit you better.

You may be a good candidate for breast reduction if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Breasts that are too large in proportion to your body frame
  • Heavy, pendulous breasts with nipples and areolas that point downward
  • One breast is much larger than the other
  • Back, neck or shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
  • Skin irritation beneath your breasts
  • Indentations in your shoulders from tight bra straps
  • Restriction of physical activity due to the size and weight of your breasts
  • Dissatisfaction or self-consciousness about the largeness of your breasts

Breast reduction can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting until breast development has stopped. Childbirth and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast reduction before having children and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. If you plan to breast-feed in the future, you should discuss this with your plastic surgeon.

During the consultation, you will be asked about your desired breast size as well as anything else about your breasts that you would like to see improved. This will help your plastic surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.

We accept following insurance for Breast Reduction Procedure:

  • BCBS of NC
  • United Health Care
  • Aetna
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