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Breast Lift, Reduction or Enlargement to Correct Sagging?

January 17th, 2018

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How do you know if you need a breast lift, a breast reduction or breast enlargement to correct sagging to make your breasts more youthful looking? Let’s start with the “pencil test” because it is a simple and an effective way to tell if breast lift surgery might be helpful to correct sagging or droopy breasts. The pencil test helps to identify true sagging. Place a pencil under your breast where it attaches to your chest and if your nipple hangs below the pencil when you sit or stand, then you might consider a breast lift.

True sagging or drooping of a woman’s nipples can occur following pregnancy or as a result of any dramatic weight gain/loss. True sagging refers to the location of the nipple position below the crease beneath your breast. I do not recommend breast lift surgery if nipples are above the crease or at the level of the crease. Breast enlargement is usually sufficient to correct the saggy breast shape in most cases. However, breast lift surgery is designed specifically to reposition the nipple and areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) upwards toward a more natural position. The natural position is about one half to three-quarters of an inch above the crease. Positioning them any higher than this can result in an odd breast appearance. The size of the areola can also be reduced during the procedure if desired by the patient.

Breast enlargement or breast reduction may be considered to change the size, shape and contour of the breasts, when a breast lift would not be indicated to achieve the desired improvement. As with all breast surgery, size is a personal choice and all options should be discussed during your consultation with your surgeon. Breast surgery is often part of the Mommy Makeover. See more specific information on Breast Procedures here.

Watch this video as our patient kindly shares her journey of restoring her breasts to a more youthful look following pregnancy. Thank you Lisa.

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New Year Rings in 5/5 Star Review

January 9th, 2018


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In a recent Facebook Review, Debra B writes, “The choice is extremely personal and most of us like me do a lot of research in order to make an educated decision that is right for you. Among the 3 doctors I interviewed Doctor Bashioum was by far the one who made me feel that I could put my life on his hands, that was a decision I came-up to after meeting him. He is a passionate and caring person before mentioning a well respected and experienced surgeon. Along with his staff I am very happy to have become part of the Bashioum mission and family. I will come back for anything I may need in the future. Complete confidence in recommending Doctor Bashioum.” My Facebook rating is 5/5 Stars in skills and person/character.

Dr. Bashioum replies, Thank you Debora for taking time to share your experience of choosing to have your cosmetic surgery at Bashioum Cosmetic Surgery Center after your research. I am delighted you love the results! We strive to provide our patients with well-informed choices before surgery and with comprehensive 24/7 patient after-care following surgery. It is always a pleasure to hear from patients that we met their expectations and gratifying to know that our effort to provide a pleasant surgical experience for our patients is appreciated. I will be very pleased to share your comments with my great staff, many of them with me for more that 20 years. What a nice way to start off the New Year!

Thank you,

Dr. Ralph Bashioum

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