Updated December 2, 2020
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emily J. Kirby offers a number of breast procedures, including breast enhancement, breast reduction, breast lift, and breast reconstruction.
Breast augmentation, also called augmentation mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure that uses implants to change the size and shape of your breasts. Breast implants may be used to create fuller breasts or to restore volume after weight loss or pregnancy. Breast implants can also be used to correct breast asymmetry.
Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)
Breast reduction is ideal for women who suffer discomfort or embarrassment from the weight of large breasts. A breast reduction removes excess skin, breast tissue, and fat to reveal a breast shape and size that is more appropriate for your frame.
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Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A breast lift, or mastopexy, elevates breast tissue on the chest wall, revealing a more firm, rounded, youthful breast. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, and changes in weight contribute to drooping of breast tissue over time. Stretched areolas (the pigmented area surrounding the nipple) can be resized during a mastopexy as well. Depending on the results of your breast exam and your ultimate goals, breast augmentation may be recommended in addition to your breast lift.
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A Mommy Makeover is a personalized combination of procedures that is designed to reverse changes to your body caused by pregnancy.
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Breast reconstruction is performed to restore breast shape and volume, typically after removal of a tumor or cancerous tissue. Patients who test positive for the BRCA gene may also undergo breast reconstruction before any cancer has begun. There are many techniques to restore breast shape and volume, including the use of breast implants, muscle, and soft tissue. If only one breast is reconstructed, it may be recommended that the other breast undergo a lift, augmentation, or reduction in order to attain symmetry.
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Breast Implant Removal
If your breast implants no longer fit in with your lifestyle or aesthetic preferences, having them removed is a choice you may wish to make—your personal happiness, comfort, and confidence should be your top priority. Depending on the age and type of your breast implants, breast implant removal is typically a straightforward procedure with few risks. Your procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and takes anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours to complete if the capsule is also removed with the implants.
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Male Breast Reduction
Enlargement of the male breasts, or gynecomastia, can be treated surgically. Depending on the size and shape of the breast, liposuction or reduction surgery may be recommended.