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Body Image and Self-Confidence: Breasts

November 10th, 2016

Dr. Bashioum w TV crew

Is it true that how you feel about your body image affects your self-confidence? During my practice as a cosmetic surgeon for over 30 years, I have found that many patients report they have a renewed level of self-confidence after their recovery from cosmetic surgery. Perhaps the perception of feeling that a physical change reflected in body image contributes to feeling better about yourself. This change may contribute to a boost in self-confidence. Certainly this has been the case with Lisa. She graciously shared her story and insights with “Twin Cities Live” awhile ago, but this same scenario happens every week with patients in my office following surgery. My staff and I always appreciate hearing stories like Lisa’s. Sometimes a subtle change can even make a difference, particularly for women experiencing physical changes to their body following pregnancy. Often these changes cannot be fixed through diet or exercise, but elective cosmetic surgery can be the answer. Collectively these surgeries have been referred to as Mommy Makeovers. Breast restoration after pregnancy is one particular surgery that is quite effective in restoring a woman’s figure to eliminate breast sagging and/or loss of fullness. Watch Lisa’s story on our Nipntuck YouTube channel in this video.

Thank you again to Lisa for allowing the “Twin Cities Live” cameras to document her story.

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Breast Enlargements Not Created Equal

October 31st, 2016

KQRS Real or Not Real

Are all breast enlargement surgery results the same? I frequently get this question in my office. The short answer is no, all results are not created equal. Each plastic surgeon has a particular  aesthetic  or individual style for how they do surgery, resulting in a specific “look” after surgery. My practice has been built on the natural appearance that I strive to give to my patients. Hundreds of people took the KQRS Breast Real or Not Real Challenge and found it difficult to pick out my surgical breast enlargements using saline implants from the photos where autologous (your own) lipo-fat transfer to achieve natural enlargement without the use of any type of implant. While not all patients have the goal of achieving a natural appearance after breast enlargement surgery, an effective way to evaluate how well a surgeon’s results match your own expectations is to look at Before/After photos. We have been updating our patient photos on our site and appreciate having their permission to use them. You can see photos for breast enlargement using saline implants here and breast enlargement using fat transfer here.

According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, more than 279,143 women have chosen to have breast augmentation (enlargement) last year. It is important to understand all your options in choosing to consider this surgery.

 

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