Plastic Surgery - Breast
Breast Augmentation Aspen, Basalt, Glenwood Springs
Dr. Fodor offers Breast Augmentation to residents of Aspen, Basalt and surrounding areas.
Breast augmentation, technically known as augmentation mammaplasty, is a surgical procedure to enhance the size and shape of a woman’s breasts. Many women find that breast augmentation not only enhances their appearance but also contributes to their quality of life. Women decide to have breast augmentation for a variety of reasons. For many, it is an opportunity to improve their body contour and achieve the more proportional figure they always wanted. Some women view breast augmentation as an option for taking control of their lives and changing their appearance to better reflect how they feel about themselves.
Someone who has no skin laxity would not be a good candidate for a large augmentation. On the other hand, many patients are women who are finished with their childbearing, and the effects of pregnancy and breast-feeding have naturally stretched out, or expanded, the skin — often making them very good candidates. These women want to restore their ‘before-baby’ bodies, so to speak.
It’s very important to educate breast augmentation patients about the limits of their anatomy. specifically, how much skin they have to work with. I do a lot of breast augmentation for young women who have not yet had children. Typically, they are thin and rather small breasted, with much less droop or sag in their skin compared with women who have had several children and whose skin has stretched out. Most patients want to look natural and proportional; the key is to guide the patient regarding the appropriate shape and size for her individual anatomy.
I stress the importance of the individualizing the approach to breast augmentation. I think the most important thing is tailoring the operation to each individual patient’s wishes, as much as possible. At the same time, I don’t believe in large augmentations that are out of proportion with the rest of the patient’s body. An essential aspect of achieving the best result is to work with the patient to agree upon reasonable goals. The same procedure; the same implant, incision site, or technique simply doesn’t work for every patient. Part of the patient education process for breast augmentation includes helping prospective patients understand the significance of having a foreign material in their body and the responsibility this entails. Like any device, breast implants require “maintenance.” This may include using various methods to keep the breasts mobile, wearing a specific type of bra, or self-massaging the breasts. It definitely should include annual check-ups with your plastic surgeon to assess long-term results.
One of the first things for you and your plastic surgeon to determine is whether you are a good candidate for breast augmentation. In some cases, women may seek breast augmentation to restore breast volume lost as a result of having children. Weight loss can change the size and shape of the breasts, and breast augmentation (alone or in conjunction with a breast lift) may be recommended to improve these problems. Another reason for undergoing breast augmentation may be to equalize the size of the breasts if one is larger than the other. Perhaps most commonly, women simply feel that their breasts are too small; their clothes fit well around the hips but are often too large at the bust line, making it difficult to wear the styles they prefer. They may feel self-conscious about wearing a swimsuit or form-fitting top, or they lack confidence about their body in intimate situations.
A woman should decide whether to have breast augmentation surgery after careful study and after all aspects of surgery are seriously discussed and considered. Every patient is unique, bringing different desires and expectations to the plastic surgeon’s office about how they would like their appearance to be improved. Although two women may have very similar appearing chests, they may have vastly divergent opinions about how they want to look after breast enhancement surgery. In my practice, significant time is spent preoperatively to determine the patient’s aspirations — for both the anticipated size and shape of her enlarged breasts — so that we can determine the ‘best’ method to accomplish that dream.
In addition to the patient’s personal goals for surgery, there are physical considerations that must be carefully assessed in developing the surgical plan. These include factors such as the patient’s body type and proportions, the base diameter of her breasts, the amount of breast tissue, the size and position of her areolas (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple), and whether there is existing breast asymmetry (one breast is larger than the other).
When I evaluate patients for breast augmentation surgery, I use a number of objective criteria. I’ve learned over the years is that collecting the necessary data allows me to make decisions that result in an augmentation that is proportionally correct for each individual patient. Within any limitations imposed by these objective criteria, I can offer patients selected alternatives while providing them with the information they need to make an informed choice. I am comfortable with all the technical approaches and have used all implant types, so I can truly tailor the best procedure for each individual patient.