Brust OP

Benefits of Breast Reduction

Bloomfield Hills, MI – When you think of a breast augmentation procedure, chances are good you think mostly about breast implants, and women desiring to make their bust larger. But for some women who have naturally large busts, they know bigger isn’t always better.

“I see many women who come to me with very real and painful side effects from their large breast size,” says MI plastic surgeon Dr. Ali. “Back, neck and shoulder pain, grooves from bra straps digging in as they support the weight of the breast, and discomfort when exercising are very real issues women with large breasts deal with. But they don’t have to.”

Having a beautiful bust line doesn’t mean that your breasts have to be extremely large. A breast reduction surgery can reduce the weight of heavy breasts, while also making them more beautiful. Removing excess fat, tissue and stretched skin, Dr. Ali can sculpt breasts that aren’t just smaller, but more beautiful than ever before.

In a 2012 study published in an issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, researchers found that women who underwent a breast reduction surgery had high levels of satisfaction. Physical improvements including a reduction in headaches, breathing and sleeping issues, and pain.

But there are also many psychological improvements women see, too. Having extremely large breasts can make women uncomfortable and self-conscious, and may lead to issues with depression and anxiety.

“After a breast reduction surgery, patients are often happier and more confident,” says Dr. Ali. “They spent years trying to hide their large bust, but now, they face the world confidently, and without physical pain. Their bodies are more in proportion, so their self-esteem greatly improves.”

For women with large breasts, it can be difficult finding clothing and bras that fit properly. After a breast reduction, women find their wardrobe choices increase, and they happily report they can wear clothes they never would have been able to before.

Another area women may have problems with before surgery is exercising. They can experience extreme physical discomfort from the weight and size of their breasts, but after surgery can participate in physical activities they never were able to before.

It is important to remember that breast reduction is surgery, so patients must be in good overall health prior to the procedure.

Surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Ali uses one of two different incision types, depending on your breast size and post-surgery goals.

The first is a three-part incision technique, known as an anchor incision. The incisions are made around the areola, first vertically to the crease beneath the breast and then horizontally beneath the breast, paying close attention to follow the natural crease of the breast.

The other incision type is referred to as the lollypop technique. In this surgical technique, Dr. Ali will take great care to limit the incision to around the nipple and straight down the fold of the breast, eliminating the need for the horizontal incision along the crease of the breast.

Dr. Ali will remove the desired amount of excess fat and tissue, and carefully reposition the nipple and areola. He can also reduce the size of the areola to fit better with the new breast size. Dr. Ali will then take great care to contour the breast to provide you with the most beautiful result following surgery.

There will be discomfort for a few days, and bruising and swelling will begin to go away over the weeks following surgery. Patients will have drains to help remove excess blood and fluid, but the drains will be removed after a few days. To heal properly, patients should avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can gain back confidence and reduce physical pain, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali today.

© 2016 Millionairium and Dr. Ali. Authorization to post is granted, with the stipulation that Millionairium and Dr. Ali are credited as sole source. Linking to other sites from this document is strictly prohibited, with the exception of herein imbedded links.

Handsome gym man

What Causes Male Breast Enlargement?

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Are you a male who suffers from enlarged breast tissue? You’re not alone – one in four men over the age of 50 suffer from the condition known as gynecomastia. But what causes it?

Gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, is triggered by a decrease in testosterone,” says Dr. Ali, a Michigan plastic surgeon. “Normal hormone changes can cause the condition, as well as medications, drug and alcohol use, and certain health conditions.”

Gynecomastia is the enlargement of glandular tissue within the male breast, and can happen during infancy and puberty in normally-developing boys. In these instances, hormonal fluctuations trigger it, and it will ease on its own, typically within six months to two years. The instances of gynecomastia then peaks again in men between the ages of 50 and 80, as testosterone levels naturally begin to decrease.

There are also several medications that can cause the condition. They include:

  • Anti-androgens that are used to treat prostate conditions such as enlarged prostate and prostate cancer.
  • Anabolic steroids and androgens
  • AIDS medications, such as highly activeretroviral therapy and efavirenz.
  • Anti-anxiety medications, such as valium
  • Antidepressants
  • Ulcer medications
  • Chemotherapy
  • Heart medications and calcium channel blockers

Additionally, certain medical conditions can cause gynecomastia because they affect the body’s normal hormone balance. They include:

  • Aging – normal aging brings about hormonal chances that can trigger gynecomastia, especially in overweight men.
  • Tumors, especially involving the testes, adrenal or pituitary glands, can result in the production of hormones that will alter the body’s balance.
  • Hyperthyroidism results in too much thyroxine being produced.
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure and cirrhosis
  • Malnutrition and starvation can cause a significant drop in testosterone levels, while estrogen levels remain the same.

The use of controlled substances, such as alcohol, amphetamines, marijuana, heroin and methadone can also lead to enlarged male breasts.

The symptoms of gynecomastia are enlarged male breasts, caused by enlargement of the glandular tissue, not the fatty tissue. It may result in a rubbery or firm feel, and typically occurs on both sides. There may be some sensitivity or tenderness, but no pain should be present.

“Gynecomastia should not be mistaken for male breast cancer,” says Dr. Ali. “Male breast cancer accounts for about one percent of all breast cancer diagnoses, and will typically be found on only one side. The breast will feel hard or firm at the location of the cancerous tumor, and there can be dimpling of the skin, retraction of the nipple, enlargement of the lymph nodes and/or a discharge from the nipple.”

If you have concerns about whether your condition is gynecomastia or male breast cancer, consult a physician immediately.

Gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction, can reduce the size of the breast, while also flattening and enhancing the contours of the chest. For severe cases of gynecomastia that have also stretched the areola, a trained surgeon can also resize and reposition the areola, while reducing excess skin.

“Reduction mammoplasty offers excellent results in men who have severe gynecomastia or who have suffered from the condition for a long time,” says Dr. Ali. “In some cases, drug therapy may work to reduce the size of the male breast, but in many cases, surgery is the best option.”

For many men, gynecomastia is a source of embarrassment. It can be stressful, leading a man to attempt to hide it and making romance and everyday life more difficult. If you suffer from gynecomastia and are ready to regain your confidence, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali today.

© 2015 Millionairium and Dr. Ali. Authorization to post is granted, with the stipulation that Millionairium and Dr. Ali are credited as sole source. Linking to other sites from this document is strictly prohibited, with the exception of herein imbedded links.

Breast lift MI

When Bigger Isn’t Better – Breast Reduction Surgery and You

Bloomfield, Hills, MI – You’ve heard the phrase bigger is better, but for some women, that isn’t necessarily the case. Women with exceptionally large breasts can experience physical pain and discomfort, as well as self-consciousness associated with their breast size.

“When we think of cosmetic surgery, we often think of women seeking larger, fuller breasts,” says Dr. Ali. But the Bloomfield Hills plastic surgeon says that isn’t always the case. “There are many women who develop overly large breasts during puberty and who suffer physically and emotionally because of it. They seek me out to lead a more active, confident lifestyle.”

Breasts that are too large can cause pain in the neck, back and shoulders, rashes along the folds of the breasts, and indentations on the shoulders from bra straps. Patients with large breasts may have poor posture, which aggravates back pain, and they may also have difficulty leading an active lifestyle due to the weight of their breasts.

Additionally, women may be self-conscious about their large breasts. It can be difficult to find properly fitting clothes and bras. But there is an answer. Breast reduction is a very common procedure that is performed regularly by Dr. Ali.

A breast reduction procedure removes excess fat, glandular tissue and skin in order to create a breast size that is in better proportion with the patient’s body, as well as to relieve any discomfort associated with the size of the breasts.

There are several surgical techniques to reduce a breast so your procedure will depend on your surgeon’s experience and preference, as well as the size of the breasts.

The most common procedure Dr. Ali uses is a three part incision. Incisions are made around the areola, then vertically down the breast and horizontally beneath the breast in the natural crease. For patients who may wish to have fewer scars, a technique called the lollypop technique can also be used. In this case, the incision will only be around the areola and then straight down to the fold, eliminating the horizontal incision.

The type of procedure that is best for you can only be determined after a careful examination by Dr. Ali. Once the procedure is chosen, excess tissue, fat and skin will be removed, and then the nipple and areola will be repositioned. Dr. Ali can also reduce the size of the areola to make it more proportionate to the new breast size, if need be.

In some cases, excess tissue is removed through liposuction. If the breast is large in size due to fatty tissue alone, and there is no excess skin, Dr. Ali may be able to use liposuction alone to properly reduce the breast size.

Once the excess tissue and skin is removed, the breast will be lifted and shaped. Dr. Ali takes careful time in contouring the breast to ensure an aesthetically pleasing breast. He will layer sutures in the breast tissue to support the newly sized breasts, and then use sutures, skin adhesive and/or surgical tape to close the skin.

Incision lines will be permanent, but Dr. Ali takes great care to ensure that they will fade over time and be well hidden when wearing a swimsuit or bra.

Your results will be immediate. However, you’ll experience some discomfort in the days immediately following. There will be some bruising and swelling, but it should subside in the weeks after surgery. Patients should avoid strenuous activity for at least six weeks after surgery.

Patients will be asked to wear a special support bra for several weeks after the surgery. The nipple may have limited sensation immediately after surgery, but normal sensation will return within four to six weeks.

You will be given care instructions following your procedure. It is important to carefully follow all of Dr. Ali’s instruction to ensure proper healing. In just a few weeks, you’ll be able to return to normal activities and experience life to its fullest.

If you’re ready to discover how a breast reduction procedure can reshape your life, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ali today.
© 2015 Millionairium and Dr. Ali. Authorization to post is granted, with the stipulation that Millionairium and Dr. Ali are credited as sole source. Linking to other sites from this document is strictly prohibited, with the exception of herein imbedded links.

Breast Reduction – Could It Change Your Life?

Breast reduction, or reduction mammoplasty, is a safe and effective option for women with large, heavy breasts. Women with large breasts may not only be dissatisfied with their body image, but also experience physical pain and discomfort, including back or shoulder pain. In addition, women may also suffer from skin irritation, bra strap indentations, concerns with posture, headaches, and even physical limitations with activities and exercise.

The best candidates for this surgery include:

  • Women whose breasts are fully developed and breasts are enlarged (generally, a size D or larger)
  • Healthy women who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers (smoking may delay healing and increase the risk of complications).

A consultation with a cosmetic surgeon at Amae Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center is the first step to learn if you are a candidate for the procedure. Dr. Ali can explain how a reduction mammoplasty can improve the appearance of your breasts and relieve pain, discomfort and any associated symptoms you may have resulting from large, misshapen breasts.

How do I prepare for breast reduction?

Preparation for your breast reduction surgery includes:

  • Evaluation of your general health and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examination of your breasts, photographs, and possible detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, placement of your nipples and areolas
  • Discussing your options, recommending a course of treatment, including any risks or complications
  • Discussing the use of anesthesia during your procedure

The success and safety of your breast reduction procedure depends on you being completely open and honest during your consultation. Being able to discuss why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcomes, along with a thorough medical evaluation will help lead to the best end result.

If you are currently considering this procedure, or are just interested in collecting more information at this time, please contact us.