Health Watch - A New Body: Breast Restructuring

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about what it takes to get a new body. We’ve been talking about surgical options for losing weight or shaving inches off trouble spots. But there are some areas where you might want to gain inches.

Over time, pregnancy, nursing and the force of gravity can change the shape of a woman’s breasts. They may lose their firmness and start to sag as the skin loses its elasticity. Plastic surgery can help, but it’s important to find a qualified surgeon.

Dr. Michel Saint-Cyr, a plastic surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a surgeon should evaluate your breast tissue, skin elasticity and chest-wall dimensions to determine what procedures and options will work best to improve symmetry while enhancing the natural contour and shape. A mastopexy, or breast lift, can raise and reshape sagging breasts. Implants can be inserted along with the mastopexy to increase firmness and size or to fill out volume lost through pregnancy.  


March 2011

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