Breast Reshaping With Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Ellis Choy
Although breast development begins around puberty, women experience a lot of changes in the bust area during pregnancy and after childbirth. The original shape, size and volume of the breasts may change after each pregnancy and also when women reach menopause. Often, the only way to restore shape, symmetry and volume to the breasts is by undergoing plastic surgeries like breast reshaping and mastopexy.
Specialist Plastic Surgeons like Dr Ellis Choy can reshape the breast through procedures such as breast lift, areolar repositioning or breast augmentation. These procedures surgically mould the breasts so they look more balanced, well-contoured and proportionate.
Reasons for Breast Reshaping
Many natural life events can lead to changes in a woman’s breasts — pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding being among the most common causes of these changes. However, other factors can also change the appearance of a woman’s breasts, such as rapid weight loss or even breast cancer surgery. Breast reshaping in the hands of an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon can help women achieve a look that is more aligned with their aesthetic preferences.
Breast Reshaping After Pregnancy
During pregnancy, the breasts undergo many changes. Breast tissue will enlarge as the breasts begin to produce milk for their growing child. This, in turn, will stretch breast skin leading to laxity that often does not improve on its own. Breast shape also frequently changes after glandular tissue shrinks, and the breasts return to a size much closer to their original one — but now with stretched skin and muscle tissue. As a result, the breast no longer enjoys the support it once did, and this can affect aspects of a woman’s breast appearance afterward.
Breast reshaping performed by Dr Choy can address these concerns. A breast lift will include skin excision and tightening of breast tissues, both of which will reduce sagging and loose skin and help restore the shape and orientation of the breasts. Implants can be included to return the volume of the breast which had been lost.
Breast Reshaping After Weight Loss
Breasts undergo many changes following weight loss. They lose fatty tissue and can look and feel deflated. Even the nipples and areola can become distorted and begin to sag. They can lose their firm circular shape and start hanging downwards and outwards. There is a considerable loss of breast projection coupled with sagging as well. Further, these changes occur independently on each breast, so one side may appear flatter or lower than the other, resulting in significantly asymmetrical or disproportionate breasts.
Breast reshaping, however, improves these issues. It can aesthetically contour the breast, increase volume and reduce sagging. Dr Choy may either tighten or remove excess breast tissue or restore volume with the use of implants or fat grafts. The result is a breast that more closely resembles the breast before changes in weight occurred.
Breast Reshaping Options
Dr Choy offers his patients many procedures which share the ultimate goal of reshaping the breast to reduce or eliminate unwanted issues. Treatments plans are highly-customisable depending on a woman’s individual circumstances, the issues she wants to address and the final results she wishes to obtain.
The popularity of breast lift procedures has grown worldwide. It’s often a cosmetic surgery of choice because it restores the breast’s shape and volume. It doesn’t generally involve the insertion of implants, but patients can also choose to undergo breast augmentation surgery if they want to make their breasts look and feel fuller as well as lifted up.
During the procedure, Dr Choy makes a few incisions to lift and reshape underlying breast tissue. Depending on the patient’s requirements, he may also reposition the nipple and areola and trim enlarged areolas so the breasts look more proportionate. Once the breasts are reshaped, and excess skin is excised, the incisions are carefully sutured together. A breast lift is often chosen by patients who wish to addresses the effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Breast Lift Without Implants
A breast lift without implants augments only the orientation of the breasts, not their size, making it a good procedure for women who are happy with their current breast volume. In a breast lift procedure, Dr Choy will excise loose skin, tighten underlying breast tissues, which may include muscle, and reposition the areolar complex.
Breast Lift With Implants
Women can also have a breast lift with a breast augmentation which builds on the benefits of a lift by improving the volume and shape of the breast through the insertion of an implant. An implant is carefully selected with Dr Choy’s guidance to complement a woman’s frame, lifestyle and aesthetic preferences.
Those with very large breasts can use the latest techniques in breast reduction surgery to achieve smaller, light breasts. This procedure takes care of the excess weight and discomfort associated with larger breasts. It can also make uneven breasts look more even. The surgery can alleviate the physical symptoms associated with excessively large breasts such as back pain and make it easier to pursue active interests such as sports.
There are various techniques used to remove breast tissue and decrease the size of the breast. Dr Choy will choose a method only after taking the patient’s breast size and shape and other factors, like the need for breastfeeding, into consideration. Common procedures include an anchor incision, a vertical incision, a free nipple graft and liposuction. The procedure takes two to three hours and is performed under general anesthesia.
Request a Consultation With Dr Choy in Sydney
Dr Ellis Choy is known for his credentials and refined taste, as well as the empathy and the rapport he builds with patients.
Dr Choy has been recognised for his talents as a surgeon in numerous areas including general surgery, breast augmentation and revision surgeries, reconstructive surgery of the face, breast and body as well as skin oncology.
Women in and around Sydney with ongoing concerns about the appearance of their breasts may schedule an appointment with Dr Choy. They may call the surgeon’s practice on 02 8962 9388 or book their consultation online if they prefer.
*The information about breast reshaping was reviewed by Dr. Ellis Choy. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.
Making an Informed Decision
Undergoing plastic surgery is a significant decision that should be made only after careful consideration of all aspects involved, including the potential risks and complications.
General Risks and Complications
There are general risks and complications that apply to most plastic surgery procedures. These are discussed in detail on our Risks and Complications page.
Specific Risks and Complications
In addition to those that apply generally to plastic surgery, each individual procedure comes with its own specific risks and complications. For breast reshaping operations, these may include:
- Breast surgery risks and complications, such as changes in nipple or breast sensation, breastfeeding challenges, chronic breast pain, and asymmetry in breast shape or nipple placement
- Breast implant risks and complications, such as capsular contracture, implant rupture or leak, implant rippling or wrinkling, implant displacement, breast implant illness (BII) and breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL)
Request a consultation with Dr Choy for a detailed discussion of these considerations. Dr Choy will conduct a thorough risk assessment based on your individual factors and outline the measures that can be taken to minimise these risks. He and his team are here to support your decision-making process, providing all the information you need to make well-informed choices about your care.