Millions of people opt for plastic surgery to enhance their looks and restore their confidence. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons conducted a study in 2017 and found that out of almost 2 million surgical cosmetic procedures, the most popular was breast augmentation. More than 300,000 women chose to change their breasts for some reason or another.
Many women in the Charlotte, North Carolina area have entrusted Andrew Gear, MD at Providence Plastic Surgery and Skin Care, to improve their breasts. He’s widely known for his subtle, natural, and personalized approach to cosmetic surgery. His core philosophy revolves around providing aesthetic improvements that blend seamlessly and artistically with native anatomy while boosting self-esteem, well-being, and ultimately overall health.
When it comes to breast augmentations, Dr. Gear understands the sensitive nature of the issue and works discreetly and compassionately, regardless of why you’re seeking a change. Here are some of the top reasons you may be considering breast augmentation:
1. Bigger breasts
The most common and obvious reason for augmenting your breasts is to make them larger. Due to genetics, many women have breasts that are small, and this can create an imbalance with the rest of the body or damage a sense of feminity.
Wanting bigger breasts is nothing to be ashamed of, and it’s within your reach. There are several different options for breast augmentation, including saline and silicone implants (sometimes called “gummy bear implants”). Dr. Gear has always used smooth, Mentor implants which are manufactured in the USA. Due to the lack of texturing, the long term risk of cancer such as ALCL is close to zero. A newer option for women who want a smaller augmentation with their own tissue, involves a fat transfer. Dr. Gear believes that a well-executed breast augmentation, whether it be with an implant or your own fat, can enhance body harmony and beauty without being overexaggerated and pornographic.
2. Uneven breasts
Are your breasts different from one another? You’re not alone. The human body is full of idiosyncratic asymmetries including everything from ears to breasts. While a small amount of size asymmetry is ok, it can be noticeable if more significant, thus creating a sense of shame or embarrassment. Size differences can be due to a variety of causes, including genetics, the pregnancy process, weight loss, diseases such as mastitis, and the aftermath of breast cancer treatment. Breast augmentation, whether it be with an implant or fat grafting, is a superb tool to correct breast asymmetry.
3. Post-pregnancy deflation
The pregnancy process can take a brutal toll on women’s bodies. With lactation, the breasts become engorged and the skin and tissues stretch out and can become damaged. Once breastfeeding ends, the breasts can end up looking like deflated bags. Many women remember with fondness the size and fullness of their breasts during pregnancy. That memory often drives a desire for subsequent breast augmentation to restore that sense of vitality and joy and sensual beauty.
A breast augmentation can often be combined with an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck to achieve what some have dubbed the “mommy makeover.” It’s best to wait at least three to six months after delivery, or three to six months after you’ve stopped nursing to undergo the procedure.
The same damage to breast tissue can also occur with massive weight loss. If you’ve lost a lot of weight and need breast rejuvenation, breast augmentation can help.
Regardless of how fit you are, time takes its toll. Skin gets thin and wrinkles, bones become fragile, and breasts can deflate and sag. While this can be depressing, plastic surgery can reverse many of these physical changes, thus improving self-esteem and creating joy. A well-executed breast augmentation can be part of that redemptive plan.
If Father Time has robbed you of the pert, perky breasts of your youth, Dr. Gear can easily help you turn back the clock and reclaim your figure.