Aesthetic (cosmetic) breast procedures should be performed in the context of healthy, normal breasts. Be aware of your own body by regular self-examination.
Know your family history and your risk for breast cancer. If breast or ovarian cancer is in your family, consider genetic testing to assess your own personal risk. Painful breast nodules during menses are usually not dangerous. Your doctor may recommend aspiration, analgesics, or other medication. Breast feeding your baby is advised by many experts.
Breast cancer develops in one of every nine to ten American women in their lifetime. Early detection is important for survival. Monthly breast self examination is advised several days after menses. Use both hands to carefully feel all areas. Report changes to your doctor. Screening mammograms are advised annually beginning at age 40 or maybe earlier if you are at high risk or if you find a new nodule or lump on breast self exam. Dr. Laverson advises a baseline mammogram for women aged 38 and older before cosmetic breast surgery. Any abnormality on your own self exam, change in appearance of the breasts, skin or nipple dimpling, nipple drainage, new lump, mass, or density should be reported to your physician.
Millions of women each year adjust their breast size, shape, and proportion by aesthetic surgery. For women whose breasts are too small, too large, mismatched, or lost to disease, reconstructive or cosmetic breast surgery offers restoration. Reconstructive plastic surgical procedures are performed to replace absent breast tissue, improve large size differences (asymmetry) between right and left breast, to reduce the size and weight of overgrown, heavy, burdensome breasts, and for other indications. Breast enlargement (augmentation with implants), breast lift, breast lift-augmentation, and reshaping tuberous breasts are considered cosmetic procedures. Minor breast lift, nipple eversion, nipple reduction, and/or areola reduction are cosmetic breast procedures that can be performed in the office under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort and quick recovery.