One of the more complex issues that we as plastic surgeons deal with involves breast augmentation surgery. In today’s society it is not unusual for women to spend a great deal of time wondering how they could improve their breasts. The media, whose main purpose is to market products, doesn’t help.
Every plastic surgeon I know can tell you of a patient who is happily married with wonderful children and is extremely successful in her business - breast augmentation does more for her self-esteem than all of the rest. It is an issue whose emotional complexity can be downright scary.
As plastic surgeons, our goal is to help people be comfortable inside their skin. What they see when they look in the mirror will with luck, match the image they see when they close their eyes. It is also important that the patient’s expectations are realistic. In the properly selected patient he can certainly help with self-esteem and confidence issues. It is in no way, shape or form the answer to all one’s problems.
The operation itself typically involves placing an implant under the breast or under the pectoralis muscle to increase the volume and improve the shape of the natural breast. It is an outpatient procedure which is very safe and patient satisfaction is very high.
Over the past 20 years breast implants have been the most thoroughly studied medical device in the history of the universe. We now know with certainty that they do not cause cancer and do not increase the rate of autoimmune diseases. They do make mammography and breast self exams more challenging.
If you live in the Manchester or Nashua areas of New Hampshire and would like to learn more about your breast augmentation candidacy and options, please call the Office of Robert S. Feins, M.D., F.A.C.S. today at 603-647-4430 to schedule your personal, confidential consultation.