Breast Procedures Palo Alto
Mammary hypoplasia or small breasts refers to an anatomical state in which the breast size is not in harmony with the rest of the body. Small breasts may be: congenitally inherited, a result from loss of breast tissue secondary to child bearing and breast feeding, a factor of aging (mammary atrophy), or a result from significant weight loss. Occasionally, injury of the breast in childhood may result in lack of breast development. It is also not uncommon to have one breast larger than the other.
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The breast uplift is a wonderful operation as a result of the vertical incision techniques developed over the past few years. The older techniques were less favorable and had longer scar patterns. The inverted “T” or “anchor incision” has been replaced by a better operation that gives a more attractive, natural and youthful shape to the breast. The vertical approach is also more affordable since the operating time is shorter. There have been many names applied to this truly remarkable technique: short incision mammoplasty, short scar mammoplasty and vertical mammoplasty.
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For many years, breast reduction goals were primarily focused on relieving physical disabilities created by large, pendulous, ptotic (drooping) breasts. Mammoth pendulous breasts can be both physically and emotionally disturbing. Very large breasts (macromastia) upset the harmony of body contour and can detract from an otherwise pleasing figure. Even though a person may be quite slender, large breasts often imply a weight challenge. The fact is, only 10% of the women with macromastia have a true weight problem. Medical problems associated with large pendulous breasts include: breast, back, neck, muscle, shoulder and joint pain, shoulder notching, irritation from bra straps, arthritic problems with the neck and back, and skin irritation under the breasts (inframammary intertrigo). There is also difficulty with mobility, participation in athletics and challenges in shopping for clothes.
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Gynecomastia is the medical term derived from the Greek language meaning “woman-like breasts.” It is actually common in 40% to 60% of the male population. There is no known cause in the vast majority of cases. Certain drugs (anabolic steroids, estrogen-containing medications), medical problems, actual glandular enlargement, disproportionate fat deposits with normal weight and obesity have been linked to the male breast overdevelopment.
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