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What is Breast Augmentation?

The contribution of the breast to a woman's body shape and self-image has changed greatly over the years and varies amongst different cultures. At present, a fuller breasted body is desired by many women in America. Because an individual's body build is largely determined by genetics, women may not be able to achieve this look through diet and physical exercise. Today, through modern biomaterials technology, it is now possible to safely and reliably alter the shape of a woman's body. Some with small, underdeveloped or asymmetrical breasts may choose to undergo breast augmentation, a very effective surgical procedure designed to improve the contour of a women's body by implanting specially designed materials beneath the breast or chest wall muscles. Breast augmentation options consist of both saline and silicone gel implants placed through a variety of incisional approaches.

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What is Breast Lift?

For many women, the shape as well as the size of their breasts are of particular importance. Today, women who are bothered by sagging breasts as a result of pregnancy, weight loss, or the aging process can be helped by a surgical technique known as a breast lift or mastopexy. This surgical procedure is specifically designed to lift and reshape the breast to a more youthful and rounded appearance. The size of the nipple and surrounding areola (dark pink skin around the nipple) can be simultaneously reduced as the breast is lifted. It is important to understand that a breast lift procedure will not enlarge the size of the breasts. Therefore, the mastopexy procedure may be performed in conjunction with breast implants to provide a fuller appearance to the upper portion of the breasts as they are lifted.

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What is Breast Reduction?

Women with large breasts that sag or are disproportionate to their body shape often experience pain in the back, shoulders, and neck from their excessive weight. Furthermore, their shoulders may develop painful grooves in the skin from the bra straps which have to support the heavy weight of the breasts. Excessively large breasts can also make certain physical activities very difficult and exercise virtually impossible. Available clothing options may be severely limited and often embarrassing. Fortunately, modern plastic surgical techniques make it possible to help with this problem through a breast reduction procedure. This procedure can effectively reconstruct the breasts to a more proportionate size and an uplifted rounder shape.

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What is Liposuction?

No single plastic surgery procedure in the past 20 years has captured the attention and imagination of the public more than that of liposuction. It has been claimed to result in miracle cures from the ravages of obesity to being performed in the morning and being back at work by the afternoon. Unfortunately, such perceptions and promotions have done much to mislead the public from an otherwise remarkable surgical technique.

While diet, exercise, and the judicious selection of clothing styles can do much to improve the appearance of one's body, many are faced with unsightly bulges that are resistent to removal by these conventional measures. In women, these areas are usually at the hips, buttocks, and thighs (a.k.a., saddlebags). In men, they occur higher at the waist and flanks (a.k.a., lovehandles).

In the early 1980s, the procedure of liposuction was introduced to deal with these unsightly fat bulges. This procedure can effectively and safely remove excess fat cells from the body and can be done alone or with a wide variety of other plastic surgical procedures. It should be recognized that this surgical technique is not a treatment for obesity but is intended for those patients with specific localized areas of fat that is resistent to exercise,dieting, and other methods of weight loss.

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

An abdomen that is fuller or that protrudes more than one desires can be the result of too much fat, loose or stretched out abdominal muscles from pregnancy, or excessive skin from weight loss or combinations of any or all of the above. This condition is quite common and does not respond well to diet or exercise as these efforts will not eliminate redundant skin, loose muscles, or abnormal fat accumulations. Only surgical excisions of these tissues (abdominoplasty) can give the result that one desires.

Abdominoplasty surgery is designed to improve the contour of the abdomen by removing skin and fat and tightening the midline (rectus) muscles. It is not a substitute for weight loss and is not usually performed on very obese individuals. The ideal candidate for abdominoplasty has maximized their weight loss, begun some type of exercise program, and quit smoking before surgery.

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Barry Eppley, M.D.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Office Address:
Clarian North
Medical Center
11725 N. Illinois St.
Suite 140
Carmel, IN 46032

1111 N. Ronald
Reagan Pkwy.
Suite C1200
Avon, IN 46123
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