Women may decide to undergo plastic surgery to enlarge or reduce their breasts, to achieve a balance in size or shape of their breasts, or to reconstruct one or both breasts after mastectomy. Men may also seek to reduce breast size. Whatever the motivation, breast surgery is safer and easier now than ever before.
Dr. Hunsaker performs the following breast procedures:
A breast augmentation, also known as an augmentation mammaplasty or a breast enlargement, is a cosmetic surgery that increases breast size or fixes breast asymmetry. Breast augmentation enlarges breasts using implants or by fat transplantation. Unless done in conjunction, augmentation mammaplasty is not a substitute for a mastopexy, which is a breast lift that corrects significant sagging.
A breast lift, clinically known as mastopexy, has the goal of returning the breasts to a higher position on the chest. To accomplish this, excess skin and sometimes fat is removed, tissue is repositioned, and the nipples and areolae are usually repositioned higher on breasts. If the patient feels she has lost too much volume, the breasts can easily be augmented during the procedure by placing implants.
Women with large breasts who are unhappy with their appearance or have medical complications due to their breasts may benefit from breast reduction surgery. This procedure, also known as a reduction mammoplasty, removes fat and glandular tissue from the breast while tightening skin to produce smaller breasts that are more comfortable and in a healthier proportion to the rest of the body.
The overdevelopment of male breasts, also known as gynecomastia, affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of men. This condition may be caused by a hormonal imbalance, side effects from drugs, or may occur for no particular reason at all. But despite the cause, the condition is significant and may pose a serious problem in a man’s life.