The size and shape of a woman’s breasts can often play a critical role in a woman’s self image. Women who are discontent with their breast size can often feel self-conscious or even embarrassed about their appearance. We offer a variety of breast enhancement procedures that will give the breasts a more balanced, symmetrical look while still appearing natural and beautiful. Talk to the doctor during your initial consultation about the available breast enhancement procedures.
Breast Implants – Breast augmentation can help add balance and harmony to one’s figure. Implants, both silicon and saline, have been shown, in studies that looked at thousands of women, to be safe. Prior concerns about the silicon in implants have been disproved, and the newest generations of implants have long, reliable lifespans. Some patients prefer saline implants because they contain no silicon in the filling material, just sterilized saltwater, but other women, knowing that silicon implants are considered to be safe, prefer the more natural feel of silicon. It is a personal decision that one can make after an extensive consultation with Dr. Cross. There are a number of other things to know about breast augmentation procedures, including the ability to breast feed and getting mammograms after breast implantation. A thorough consultation can help educate someone who is interested in this procedure.
Breast augmentation without implants – A new and pioneering technique in breast augmentation involves using one’s own fat, taken from other places on the body, to create larger, fuller breasts. Using this technique, breast enlargement is possible without the use of implants. The fat that is transplanted into the breast is taken from the hips, thighs, abdomen and other regions of the body through a liposuction procedure. The fat is purified and then placed into the breast. Once placed, the fat obtains its own blood supply and becomes healthy, living tissue that will survive indefinitely. The patient gets an added benefit of liposuction at the same time. This procedure cannot be used to create extremely large breasts, or in patients who have no fat to be obtained, but is an option that Dr. Cross can offer to many patients interested in breast augmentation without the use of implants.
Breast Lift and Breast Reduction – Breasts can sag or change shape and size as one gets older. This is often hastened by having children. Additionally, large breasts can affect ones quality of life and the ability to be active and to be comfortable in clothing. New techniques allow the reshaping of breasts with minimal scars and downtime. Scars are hidden in areas that can be concealed with even the most revealing lingerie or bathing suit. Dr. Cross uses a minimum incision breast reduction in the majority his patients. Unlike the traditional “anchor” incisions that go around the pigmented areola, vertically tot he under fold of the breast, and all along the under-fold of the breast, Dr. Cross performs most of his procedures through incisions that range from incisionless (in the case of a liposuction breast reduction) to what is known as the “lolly-pop” incision that eliminates any scarring under the breast fold. His techniques also allow patients to maintain maximal fullness to the upper portion of the breast if that is desired, while removing or repositioning the saggy portions of the breast. The nipple is not removed from the breast, but rather is repositioned in a way that maximizes the chance of maintaining sensation and even the ability to breast feed. Lastly, to maintain long term lift and shape, Dr. Cross brings the breast tissues together so that they act as an internal brassier, providing support over time.