Breast Enhancement/Reconstruction in Biloxi, MS
Larger, smaller, lifted or reconstructed – these are the wishes of many women who want to reshape their breasts. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Michael Diaz, M.D., F.A.C.S., performs breast enhancement surgeries for women living in Mobile, Ocean Springs, Gulfport and the surrounding communities of Mississippi who want to reshape their breasts.
What is Breast Enhancement/Reconstruction?
Breasts are one of the main features that define a woman’s femininity and appearance. While some women desire to have a fuller shaped upper torso, others want to reduce the size of their breasts. Breast enhancement procedures encompass cosmetic surgeries designed to reshape the breasts, enhancing and reshaping a woman’s physical appearance.
The Best Candidates for Breast Enhancement/Reconstruction
To be the best candidate for breast enhancement, it is important to understand what is involved in the procedures and have realistic expectations. A woman’s breasts change with age, after childbirth and nursing, significant weight loss, and with a mastectomy. Breast enhancement procedures address each of these changes to allow a qualified surgeon to reshape and restore them to a natural appearance and position. It is also important to be in reasonably good health as breast enhancement is major surgery that requires a period of recovery and healing.
Planning Your Breast Enhancement/Reconstruction
For breast enhancement, it is necessary to schedule a consultation with Dr. Diaz so that he can talk with you about your wishes as well as evaluate your overall health, medical history and the current appearance of your breasts. Additionally, since most breast enhancement procedures are cosmetic and elective, insurance typically does not offer coverage. You may want to discuss the cost of the procedure so that you have a full understanding of the investment involved in breast enhancement.
Another part of the planning process is scheduling the surgery and an extended time off from work if necessary. Because there is a recovery period, we recommend that patients rest for several days at the very minimum to allow the healing process to begin. If necessary, we suggest that patients arrange for a caregiver to provide support in the initial days after the procedure, especially if there are small children in the home.
Preparing for Breast Enhancement/Reconstruction
Breast enhancement is considered major surgery no matter what type of procedure is planned. Prior to the surgery, there are several steps patients must go through to ensure the success of the surgery. Some of the steps include a preoperative check-up and bloodwork. In addition, patients must stop taking certain medications and supplements that tend to thin the blood along with not smoking at least a week prior to the procedure. There is a complete list of instructions given to each patient having breast enhancement prior to the procedure.
Types of Anesthesia
Breast enhancement procedures require patients to be asleep as the procedures are involved and take some to time to perform. Because of this, breast enhancement procedures are done using general anesthesia or local with sedation.
General anesthesia. General anesthesia allows patients to be unconscious while the surgery is done. This allows them to feel nothing. With general anesthesia, they receive medications intravenously and through inhalation. Longer, more involved surgeries are typically performed with general anesthesia.
Local with sedation. Breast enhancement may be performed with a local anesthetic that numbs a smaller area so that there is no pain. With local anesthesia, it is common to use sedation as well so that patients are relaxed and even go to sleep. This is often called “twilight” sedation and is used with many outpatient procedures.
Breast Enhancement/Reconstruction Procedures
The actual details of breast enhancement procedures vary depending on the type of surgery to be performed. With today’s medical advances in breast enhancement, procedures are typically done on an outpatient basis requiring no hospital stays. Dr. Diaz performs the following breast enhancement procedures:
- Breast Augmentation
- Breast Implants
- Breast Reduction
- Breast Lift
- Breast Reconstruction
After Your Breast Enhancement/Reconstruction Surgery
Prior to the actual breast enhancement surgery, you receive a detailed list of post-operative instructions to follow in the days and weeks after your surgery. Much of the immediate time following surgery involves lots of rest to allow the body to begin healing itself.
How Much Does Breast Enhancement/Reconstruction Cost in Mississippi?
Breast enhancement procedures vary in terms of cost. The factors that go into determining the cost involve the type of surgery and anesthesia as well as whether another plastic surgery procedure is done at the same time. Additionally, if the surgery is deemed medically necessary (breast reduction or reconstruction), insurance may provide coverage to offset some of the expense. We can help you determine if your insurance may help with the expense. Additionally, we accept cash, checks and credit cards in addition to offering financing.
Getting Back to Normal Following Breast Enhancement/Reconstruction Surgery
After breast enhancement surgery, patients require rest for a week or two to allow the incisions to begin healing and the internal healing to begin. Most patients may return to work within a week to 10 days but must take it easy with no strenuous activity including heavy lifting and exercise (except walking) for up to four weeks. Within a month, the healing is complete, for the most part, and normal activities may be resumed.
Your New Look
The results of breast enhancement are immediately noticeable as the breasts are either enlarged or reduced in size; however, the full results become more visible after the healing process and once the swelling and bruising diminish.
If you live in or around Mobile, Ocean Springs, Gulfport and the surrounding communities of Mississippi and are looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform breast enhancement, contact Michael Diaz, M.D., F.A.C.S. in Biloxi, MS, today to set up an appointment.
Michael Diaz, M.D., F.A.C.S.
936 Tommy Munro Dr.
Biloxi, MS 39532