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Breast

Breast augmentation

Breast augmentation, or augmentation mammoplasty, is an ideal surgical procedure for anyone looking to enhance the size and projection of the breast. The procedure adds and/or restores volume to the breasts to help patients feel their best. Breast augmentation may be performed with silicone or saline implants or with fat grafting. Fat grafting breast augmentation uses liposuction to take fat from other parts of your body and inject it into your breasts. In addition to a breast augmentation, patients with severely drooping, or ptotic, breasts may also benefit from a breast lift, or mastopexy. Your CU Plastic Surgery provider will work with you directly to determine your individualized approach.

Breast lift

Time, pregnancies, weight fluctuations and gravity may cause drooping and flattening of your breasts. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to lift the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the supporting breast tissue. A mastopexy may also reduce a widened areola. A mastopexy reshapes the breast into a more youthful contour. Patients looking to increase the volume of the breasts, may also combine a breast augmentation with this procedure. Your CU Plastic Surgery provider will work with you directly to determine your individualized approach.

Breast reduction

Overly large breasts may cause pain, shoulder grooving from bra straps, skin irritation and may contribute to feelings of dissatisfaction with your appearance. Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a surgical procedure to reduce breast volume, remove excess skin and improve the symptoms of discomfort. Breast reduction surgery is achieved through different incisions on the breast to improve your confidence and reduce bothersome symptoms associated with overly large breasts. Your CU Plastic Surgery provider will work with you directly to determine your individualized approach.

Breast reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is a procedure to rebuild a breast, or breasts, to achieve symmetry and restore shape or volume. Breast reconstruction is typically undertaken after a biopsy or mastectomy is performed to treat or prevent breast cancer. It may also be indicated in conditions related to congenital breast asymmetry. There are several types of procedures that may be performed to reconstruct a breast, depending upon the use of implants versus your own tissue. It may require several procedures and can be started at the time of mastectomy or delayed. Your CU Plastic Surgery provider will work with you directly to determine your individualized approach.

Breast implant revision

Breast implant revision is a surgical procedure to revise previously augmented breasts. Revision may be necessary if there is significant asymmetry, dissatisfaction with size, malposition, or capsular contracture, which is scar tissue that forms around breast implants, causing them to harden and often causing discomfort and a change in the look and feel of the breast. Breast implant revision is typically achieved through previously made scars on your breast or may involve additional incisions. Your CU Plastic Surgery provider will work with you directly to determine your individualized approach.

Gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction)

Gynecomastia is the condition characterized by abnormally enlarged male breasts. This condition is common, but can cause uneasiness for those living with it, affecting activity and clothing choices. Male breast reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce the volume and excess skin of the chest. The goal of gynecomastia surgery is to improve the contour of the chest wall. Surgery can typically be accomplished through incisions around the nipple and areolar complex and/or beneath the breast.  Your CU Plastic Surgery provider will work with you directly to determine your individualized approach.

Nipple reconstruction

Nipple reconstruction helps give the nipple a more natural color and look. Nipple reconstruction is a surgical procedure to rebuild the nipple and areolar complex, typically on a reconstructed breast. The surgery may involve creation of a nipple mound and areolar skin graft. At a second stage, tattooing may restore pigment to the reconstructed nipple and areolar complex. Your CU Plastic Surgery provider will work with you directly to determine your individualized approach.