Breast augmentation is a very common surgery which involves the surgical placement of implants to provide a natural enhancement to a woman's breasts. Implants can increase size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts. This surgery is performed to help provide a woman with the confidence she may lack due to naturally small breasts, asymmetrical breasts, or the loss of breast fullness from pregnancy or weight loss. The surgery is relatively short and is performed on an outpatient basis. With 25 years of experience, Dr. Harvey can help you determine what option is best for you.
Breast augmentation is a very common procedure which causes more tightness in the chest than actual pain. The tightness, caused by muscle spasms, can be easily overcome if you follow our post-operative instructions. Patients tend to be out of work for no more than 1 week. Lifting and certain exercise restrictions will be given for 6 weeks. We ask our patients to wear a molded cup sports bra for 6 weeks and no underwire bras for 1 year.
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a frequently performed procedure which lifts the breasts back to a more youthful position. Breast sagging may be caused from aging, pregnancy, recent weight loss, breast feeding, gravity, or heredity.
Dr. Harvey specializes in performing a minimally scarring mastopexy, also known as a LeJour lift. This breast lift will remove the excess skin to lift and tighten the breast, as well as reduce areola size, which commonly become enlarged as the breasts sag. Although the loss of nipple sensitivity is a risk, fortunately, it is less than 1%. If you are also looking to increase the fullness of your breasts, you may consider the placement of implants, also known as an Augmentation Mastopexy.
Recovery from a mastopexy is relatively simple. Patients are usually out of work for 1-3 weeks after this procedure. You can expect to be in a molded cup sports bra for 6 weeks after surgery. You will be placed on lifting restrictions for 6 weeks as well as no high impact activities, like running, for 6 weeks.
Women who have overly large breasts may suffer from unrelieved back or neck pain, painful grooving from bra straps, a loss of self-confidence, and the inability to exercise, among other health problems. A mammoplasty, or breast reduction, can help alleviate these symptoms and give you a breast size more proportionate to your body.
With 25 years of experience, Dr. Harvey has perfected the breast reduction. He will remove excess skin and fat and reduce the size of your areola, all without the use of those dreaded drains. This procedure is performed with liposuction under the arms to further enhance your results.
After a breast reduction, patients may be out of work for 1-3 weeks after this procedure. You can expect to be in a molded cup sports bra for 6weeks after surgery. You will be placed on lifting restrictions for 6weeks as well as no high impact activities, like running, for 6 weeks.
Fullness of male breast tissue, caused by weight fluctuation or heredity, can be very mentally and physically discomforting to men. Dr. Harvey can help you regain your confidence with a male breast reduction, also known as a gynecomastia surgery.
Dr. Harvey will evaluate you to determine which type of gynecomastia procedure is best for you. The two most common options are utilizing small incisions to remove excess skin and tissue, or performing liposuction to remove excess fat deposits.
Recovery for this procedure is typically uncomplicated. You will be in a compression like garment for 6 weeks and you will be restricted from high impact exercises, like running for 6 weeks. You will also need to refrain from most upper body weight training exercises. Most patients return to work in 1-2 weeks, depending on your typical daily activities.
Breast cancer and reconstruction can be a very stressful experience for patients. Dr. Harvey and his staff specialize in providing emotional support to you or your family member who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Together, we can achieve a better physical appearance with breast reconstructive surgery and offer education and guidance through this emotionally draining process.
There are multiple types of reconstructive breast surgery. Together, we will determine which type of reconstructive surgery is best for you.
Breast reconstruction following a mastectomy may be a staged procedure with the use of tissue expanders. Tissue expanders may be placed immediately or months to years following your mastectomy. Typically, this is done at the time of your mastectomy. A tissue expander is a temporary implant which aids in stretching the skin to allow for better size, shape, and symmetry of your breasts. You will come into our office on a weekly or biweekly basis in order to have your tissue expanders filled. A benefit of this type of reconstruction is that you help direct what size you would like your breasts. Length of time for expansion is approximately 6-14 weeks. Once optimal size is achieved, you will undergo another surgery to place the permanent implants. There are options for nipple reconstruction following this surgery if needed.
Dr. Harvey also specializes in reconstruction using your own tissue. These procedures are tailored to each individual patient and can include a latissimus dorsi muscle flap or TRAM (Transabdominal myocutaneous) flaps.