Health Watch - Facing the Mirror: Breast Enhancement

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about improving what you see in the mirror. We’ve been talking about fixes for the face, but there are also things that can be done to improve the image below the neck.

A woman’s breasts tend to sag as the skin loses elasticity with age. Factors like pregnancy, breast feeding and the pull of gravity affect how breasts look over time. Dr. Michel Saint-Cyr, a plastic surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says a variety of procedures are available to restore or enhance the breasts. Surgeons take into consideration skin elasticity, breast tissue and chest wall dimensions when choosing the best procedures. A breast lift can raise and reshape sagging breasts. Implants may be used in conjunction with a breast lift to increase firmness and size or to replace volume lost after pregnancy.

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June 2011

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