Breast Asymmetry is a condition in which one breast is larger than the other. There are two options to correct this condition. Breast Implants can be used to augment one breast, or Fat Transfer to increase the size to better match the larger breast. Liposuction can also be performed to reduce the larger of the two breasts. Either procedure results in breasts that are similar in size.
Bra bulge is that large fold or puff of fat between the armpit and the bra strap as the strap continues around the rib cage. That pad of fat serves no purpose and, therefore, can be removed by Liposuction. Women of all body types often have a prominence of that pad when wearing tight clothing. Dr. Roche is an excellent choice as an authority who can clearly explain the operation and process to remove the bulge.
This breast condition results from a developmental deformity of the breast. During the puberty stage, internal constriction bands prevent the breast from growing fully over the entire surface of the chest. Instead, the growth is stunted and remains limited to the area around the nipple. Tuberous breasts are not simply small or underdeveloped breasts. The look of the deformity of the breast can range from mild (constricted breast with a tight base) to severe (breasts that look like tubes.) Dr. Roche has performed corrective procedures on many patients with this anomaly.
Deflation, or an implant rupture, is when a saline or silicone implant leaks. A saline implant rupture will leak and be absorbed into the body, causing no harm but noticeable deflation of the breast and significant breast asymmetry. Surgery is performed to remove the implant, and a new implant can usually replace it in the same surgery.
A silicone breast implant rupture is not as easy to identify. The silicone from the implant simply sits in the shell in the capsule. Feeling sudden pain in the breast due to the silicone shifting is the most common identifier. Surgery is needed to remove and replace the silicone implant in the breast. The rupture is not life-threatening but should be attended to as soon as possible. An MRI can be used to make an accurate diagnosis.
Double Bubble is a term used to describe a post-surgical complication that can occur after breast augmentation with breast implants. Specifically, double bubble happens when an implant drops down behind the natural fold (inframammary crease) where the lower breast meets the chest, rather than forward into the breast. This shifting creates an unnatural indentation or line across the bottom (lower pole) of the breast. This is particularly visible when the arms are lifted above the head. When viewed in profile, double bubble is said to have a “four breast” effect. Double Bubble can also occur when a patient’s natural pre-surgery chest is strong and the memory remains to a degree giving the appearance of an indentation or 2 breast creases.
Fortunately, double bubble is a relatively rare complication that is correctable in most cases. If you have previously had breast augmentation that has resulted in Double Bubble, contact Dr. Roche to set up a consultation to correct your breasts.
Pectus Carinatum and Pectus Excavatum are deformities of the anterior wall of the chest, in which several ribs and the sternum grow abnormally. This deformity occurs in different ways; post surgically, from birth, and in the pubertal male undergoing a growth spurt. Pectus deformities can have significant psychological impact. Some people, especially those with milder cases, live happily. For others, the shape of the chest can damage their self-image and confidence, possibly disrupting social connections and causing them to feel uncomfortable throughout adolescence and adulthood. For patients with severe pectus deformity, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Roche performs breast augmentation to help disguise mild to moderate cases in women. Men may require a fat transfer augmentation for correction.
Nipple and areola reconstruction can provide a boost in self confidence to patients who have inverted or stretched nipples or who lack one or both nipples due to mastectomy (surgical removal of the breast), injury or a congenital defect. It is often the final step in breast reconstruction surgery, where the nipple is created after the breast mound has settled into place so that the new nipple matches the appearance and position of the natural one as closely as possible.
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