Breast atrophy, or a loss of breast tissue, often occurs after pregnancy or breastfeeding. This condition can also result from breast cancer surgery, significant weight loss, or the natural aging process. Some women who have developed breast atrophy, as well as those who have always had naturally small breasts, might seek breast augmentation to address their aesthetic concerns. This cosmetic procedure, which usually involves the placement of silicone- or saline-filled breast implants, can effectively enhance the physical form of the breasts by restoring or adding the desired level of volume and fullness.
In addition to addressing breast atrophy, a breast augmentation procedure can also reduce a minimal degree of breast ptosis, or sagging. However, in cases of advanced ptosis, a surgeon might recommend a breast lift procedure instead of or in addition to breast augmentation. Because each patient has unique concerns and circumstances, the best source of information is a personal consultation with an experienced cosmetic surgeon. One such surgeon in the Tampa, FL, area is Dr. Daniel Greenwald, a Board-certified plastic surgeon who founded Bayshore Plastic Surgery. Dr. Greenwald can explain how breast atrophy and breast ptosis can be surgically addressed to help achieve the aesthetic goals of an individual patient.
In determining whether a patient is a candidate for breast augmentation or a breast lift, Dr. Greenwald will typically evaluate the following characteristics in light of the patient’s desired outcome:
- The degree of breast atrophy
- The overall shape and symmetry of the breasts
- The nipple positioning
- The amount of excess skin
- The degree of breast ptosis
- The elasticity of the breast skin
The goal of any type of breast surgery is to provide a patient with the best results possible. Therefore, if a patient who has experienced both breast atrophy and moderate-to-severe breast ptosis undergoes breast augmentation without a breast lift, the end result will likely be a larger version of the patient’s original breasts (i.e., with the same degree of sagginess). In sum, breast lift surgery is the only way to effectively and permanently lift severely sagging breasts.
If you’d like to consult with Dr. Greenwald about possible ways to treat breast atrophy and breast ptosis, he’ll be pleased to meet with you at his clinic in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Greenwald can evaluate your specific needs and objectives, show you before and after images of patients he’s cared for, and help you determine whether breast surgery is right for you. To schedule a personal consultation, call Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 1-888-840-3199 today.