The Complete Guide to Mammoplasty (Breast Procedures)

Mammoplasty (breast procedures) can fix asymmetry, sagging, the appearance of the areola (dark area around the nipple), loss of perkiness, and adjust the size and shape of your breasts. The possibilities are almost limitless, and thousands of patients around the world seek breast procedures. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), nearly 546,300 breast procedures were performed in Brazil in 2015. Rio de Janeiro is responsible for a significant amount of Brazil’s plastic surgery operations.

If you are considering a breast procedure, there are some basic facts you should know. Below you will find additional information which can help you ask the right questions during the initial consultation. This insight will help you understand what to results to expect.

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Mammoplasty vs. Mastopexy

Mammoplasty is the term used to describe breast procedures which reshape and modify your breast’s overall appearance. A mammoplasty can either refer to a reduction or augmentation. Breast augmentation is commonly known as “breast implant surgery.” During a mastopexy, the breasts are lifted (except when silicone implants are used). This procedure only changes the position of the breasts.

Purpose of a Breast Reduction

Caused by the amount of excessive weight their backs need to support, patients with large breasts tend to experience health problems like chronic back pain. As a result, these patients develop a poor posture and lose back muscle strength. A breast reduction procedure can provide permanent relief for these issues. Patients who seek this procedure are often able to reduce their breasts by 1-2 cup sizes. Many patients also experience an improved sense of self-appearance after receiving a breast reduction.

Ideal Patients for a Mastopexy

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As mentioned above, a mastopexy only focuses on lifting the breasts. The purpose is not to increase or reduce a patient’s cup size. When measured from the clavicle bone, a person’s nipples should hang down about 17cm–18cm (6.75in). Ideal candidates for a mastopexy will often experience nipple dropping as low as 25cm–35cm (9.75–13.75in) from the clavicle bone. In some cases, the breasts are raised 13cm–18cm (5-7in) to achieve desired results. We often treat women who wish to reduce their bra size from 50-52 to 42-44.

Silicone Implants with a Mastopexy or Breast Reduction

Silicone implants are recommended to patients who receive a mastopexy or breast reduction. Although Dr. Alexandre Charão’s procedures create excellent results, the natural aging process of skin and tissue is unavoidable. If skin becomes saggy, it might loosen. Silicone implants create a solid foundation to build new breasts, allowing them to retain shape and firmness for many years to come. With a mastopexy or breast reduction, only medium sized silicone implants are necessary to achieve maximum results.

Postoperative Care & Scarring

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Dr. Alexandre Charão devotes extra attention and care to details when performing any procedure, including breast procedures. Since Dr. Alexandre Charão regularly performs, specializes, and studied breast reconstruction surgeries at the Hospital Pérola Byington in São Paulo, receiving any surgery involving the breasts is very safe. For example, when reconstructing the areola, the height and shoulder width of each patient is calculated to determine the exact size. During surgery, the areola remains connected to the body. These precautions are vital for retaining usual body functions, like breastfeeding. Meticulous care of the areola is just one of many strict guidelines Dr. Alexandre Charão follows.

With any of Dr. Alexandre Charão’s procedures, the smallest possible incision is made. A breast reduction procedure will result in an easily concealed “T” shaped scar. This size will depend on the amount of sagging. A “T” shaped scar is also possible for a mastopexy, which, again, is determined by sagging. Sometimes, for a mastopexy, a vertical periareolar or simple periareolar incision is made. You will always see where incision lines will be made during your initial consultation. Click the following links for more detailed information about breast implants, male breast reduction, a breast lift, or FTM top surgery. Plastic surgery can help you achieve the breast size and shape you want.

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As you are researching breast procedures, it is important for you to define your expectations. During your initial consultation, you can discuss various options which will work for your goals and current situation. To help give Dr. Alexandre Charão a clear idea of your desired results, you should send him photos of how you would like your breasts to look.