Breast plastic or reconstruction surgery
You might consider breast plastic or reconstruction surgery at Gundersen Health System if:
- You're not happy about the size, shape or firmness of your breasts
- You have discomfort in your neck, back or shoulders due to large/heavy breasts
- You're a man suffering from gynecomastia (abnormally large breasts)
- You've had a mastectomy (one or both breasts removed)
Start with a confidential consultation with a Gundersen plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns and expectations.
Types of breast plastic surgery available
Breast augmentation or enlargement is a procedure to change the size or shape of the breasts. Women have various personal reasons for wanting breast enlargement including differences in the size of breasts, changes after pregnancy or breastfeeding, or they think their breasts are too small.
Our surgeons use saline or gel-filled implants to increase the size of the breasts. Incision sites are made as inconspicuous as possible, either under the breast or around the areola. Your physician will recommend the best method for your surgery.
View before-and-after photos of a breast augmentation or tummy tuck with breast augmentation.
Breast reconstruction is an option if you have lost a breast to cancer or other disease. If you have uneven breasts after other breast cancer treatments you may also choose reconstructive surgery. It is generally covered by insurance. Reconstruction may be done using your own tissues, an implant or a combination. Your surgeon will help you determine the best option for you.
We also offer areola tattooing (repigmentation) for a more natural final appearance after a mastectomy and breast reconstruction.
Breast lift (mastopexy)
Breast lift (mastopexy) is cosmetic breast surgery to lift the breasts. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and normal aging can cause women to have stretched skin, sagging and loose breasts and decreased breast volume. It involves removing excess skin that causes the breast to droop or sag and repositioning the areola and nipple.
Breast reduction may be recommended if you have very large/heavy breasts causing:
- Chronic back, neck and shoulder pain
- Numbness or tingling in your arms or hands
- Cosmetic problems, such as persistent bra-strap groove and difficulty finding clothes that fit
- Chronic rashes under your breasts
- Unwelcome attention
- Inability to participate in sports
The surgeon removes some of the breast tissue and skin, and your nipples may be moved higher to reposition them for cosmetic reasons. Insurance usually covers this procedure.
Male breast reduction
Male breast reduction is a surgical option to remove excess tissue in men with gynecomastia, the growth of abnormally large breasts. Changes in hormone levels or how the body responds to hormones due to aging, steroid use, tumors, and some medical conditions and/or treatments can cause enlarged breasts in men. Male breast reduction surgery may be your best option for breast enlargement that is extreme, uneven or does not go away.