Breast Reduction Surgery

Large Natural Breasts Can Be a Pain

Although liposuction passed breast augmentation as the most popular cosmetic surgery in Canada in 2019, breast augmentation isn’t far behind. That’s why it’s hard for some people to understand why a woman would opt to have Dr. Frank surgically reduce the size of her breasts, usually by two or more cup sizes with breast reduction.

The reality is — overly large natural breasts can be a real pain. Not to be trite, but we mean that both literally and figuratively.

As we come to the end of the oddest year of all, let’s get into these reduction surgeries with Dr. Frank. Maybe 2021 is the right time to move forward with this procedure.

Who could benefit from breast reduction?

Having overly large breasts, a condition clinically known as hypermastia, can be a burden both physically and psychologically. While women tire of the undue attention their breasts can attract, there are also many physical problems caused by overly large breasts. When patients come to Dr. Frank for help, these are the common health issues that often accompany a woman’s decision to have reduction surgery:

  • Spine problems
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Tingling hands
  • Balance problems
  • Headaches and migraines

Those are the physical issues caused by the weight of large natural breasts. An unfortunate side issue is that large breasts can make a woman pull back from areas of her life socially. She’ll often avoid sports and most types of exercise because her breasts are a hindrance to participation. They can come into play as a distraction in social and professional environments. Who needs that?

Dr. Frank only performs cosmetic breast reduction. This is due to the potential for complications involved with reducing overly large natural breasts that are creating more serious health issues that require intervention.

What results can I expect from breast reduction surgery?

It’s ironic in a way, but our breast reduction patients are so thrilled with the outcomes of these procedure. They’ve typically been saddled with the burden of their overly large natural breasts their entire life from puberty on. Rather than the sagging, outsized breasts that were out of proportion with her figure, now the breasts are proportional and in line with the rest of the figure. Gone is the sagging skin and oversized nipple/areola complexes. After breast reduction, the patient’s breasts are higher on the chest, firm, and look great. Yes, there are incision scars, but these will fade with time. Plus, patients feel the scars are worth it just to be rid of their large, heavy, sagging breasts.

Have you resolved to finally reduce your overly large natural breasts for the New Year? Please give Dr. Frank a call at (403) 245-1228 to set up a consultation.

Downsizing Your Breasts

These days, it seems everyone wants to have larger breasts. Canada doesn’t track cosmetic surgery numbers the same way the U.S. does, but you can assume the trends are similar. Breast augmentation was the most popular cosmetic surgery in the U.S. in 2018. In 2018 313,735 U.S. women had breast augmentation. That was a 48 percent increase from 2000.

But not everyone is of that mindset. For some women, their breasts have become a true burden, causing back and neck pain, chafing, embarrassment, and a host of other problems. For these women, smaller breasts are the goal.

If this sounds like your situation, breast reduction surgery with Dr. Frank can deliver the changes you seek.

Who could use breast reduction surgery?

Very large natural breasts are anything but desired by many women who have them. The excess weight can cause back and neck pain and even nerve damage. Bra straps dig into the shoulders. Finding clothing can be difficult. Overly large breasts can become a hindrance when pursuing certain sports and exercise routines. And the attention they merit is unwanted. This undue attention can make some women with very large breasts shun social interaction.

Breast reduction surgery is known as reduction mammaplasty. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, fat, and tissue from the breasts. The end goal is to have breasts that are smaller, lighter, and proportional to the body.

The procedure

When Dr. Frank performs reduction surgery it is an involved procedure with the patient under general anesthesia. As with all of his cosmetic surgeries, every case is unique, but to remove the amount of sagging, stretched skin necessary, in most cases he uses the “anchor” incision. This incision circles the nipple-areolar complex, extends downward to the breast crease, and then moves outward along the crease in both directions. The nipple-areolar complex is moved upward to the desired position and excess tissue and fat are removed. The entire procedure usually takes from two to four hours.

Recovery

Patients usually return home the same day of the surgery. A surgical bra will need to be worn for 1 week to provide support and decrease swelling. This will transition to a support bra and then to a strong sports bra. Dr. Frank will stress the importance of wearing these bras 24 hours a day for at least one full month. This can seem excessive, but it eliminates placing weight and pressure on your incisions, which is important to minimize their future appearance. Swelling can persist for up to eight weeks, and a patient’s final results won’t be fully realized until six months after surgery.

If you’re ready to downsize the burden of overly large breasts, please call Dr. Frank at (403) 245-1228 to schedule a consultation for breast reduction.

Why Choose Breast Augmentation?

Breast AugmentationThere are plenty of reasons why individuals engage in breast augmentation surgery. Even though it is one of the more common forms of cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation surgery is still an important procedure and many factors must be considered before scheduling a consultation.

There are many medical and aesthetic reasons for seeking breast augmentation surgery. Some of the more common reasons are listed below.

Breast Augmentation and Weight Gain

Breasts shift as time progresses. Weight gain can have an impact on a breast’s size, shape and placement on the body. Breast implants can provide better balance and present a more visually aesthetic appearance, years after nature and time have taken their toll.

Breast Augmentation and Weight Loss

During childbearing years, breasts often lose volume and may appear droopy. While there are no proven exercises or diets that can restore a woman’s body to the way it looked pre-childbirth, breast augmentation has been proven to be a viable option in re-shaping breasts.

Athletes and Breast Augmentation

Having a large chest can lead to back problems in more active candidates. Marathon runners, for example, complain about back pain being an issue and will often opt for breast reduction surgery. Athletes may also opt to enhance breast size, and there are many options in choosing the correct implant size that will not interfere with athletic performance.

Cancer and Breast Augmentation

After suffering through the long, oftentimes arduous journey of breast cancer, many women opt for breast reconstruction surgery. A mastectomy may be required to remove one or both breasts, resulting in a massive shift in physical appearance. By restoring a woman’s figure and creating a new shape, a patient feels a sense of normalcy in the wake of such a traumatic experience.

Undergoing a breast augmentation procedure is a serious decision. Whether a potential patient has gained or lost weight, survived cancer or is seeking to reshape themselves with more athletic contours, it is important to weigh the options and understand the reasons behind making such a decision.

Are You Interested in Enhancing Your Breasts? Contact Dr. Ryan Frank in Calgary

If you would like more information on the breast procedures Dr. Frank offers, please give us a call at (403) 245-1228, or contact us.

Is Breast Reduction Surgery Right for You?

Breast ReductionWhen most people hear about “breast surgery,” they immediately think of breast augmentation. However, not every woman wants to make their breasts larger. Each year, many women choose instead to undergo breast reduction surgery to reduce the size of breasts which they feel are too large for their body.

Is breast reduction surgery right for you? Take a look at these common questions about this procedure.

Top Four Questions about Breast Reduction Surgery:

  1. Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery? The best candidates for this procedure are women who feel uncomfortable with the unwanted attention often associated with having overly large breasts. In addition to causing self-esteem problems, large breasts can also cause physical discomforts to patients, including back pain. Breast reduction surgery can significantly reduce these issues. During your initial consultation, Dr. Frank will evaluate your medical history and determine if breast reduction surgery is right for you.
  2. Are there different types of breast reduction surgery? Yes. Traditional breast reduction surgery is performed on women with very large breasts, while Vertical Incision Breast Reduction is used for women with moderately large breasts.  Occasionally, liposuction alone can be used as a means to reduce breast size. Dr. Frank will determine which technique will be best for you.
  3. How long will it take to recover from a breast reduction surgery? The exact recovery period will depend on the individual patient. Immediately following surgery, most patients experience soreness, swelling, and bruising, which will subside after several days. In most cases, physical activity should be limited for about two weeks after surgery.
  4. Are there any complications associated with breast reduction surgery? Complications are possible following any surgery. The most common complications associated with breast reduction surgery are scarring, infection, bleeding and a partial loss of sensation in the breasts. Fortunately, most complications can be treated without requiring further surgery.  These will all be discussed at your consultation with Dr. Frank.

Contact Dr. Ryan Frank about Breast Reduction Surgery

If you are interested in learning more about breast reduction surgery, or would like to learn more about any of the other cosmetic surgery procedures we offer, contact Dr. Ryan Frank today. Our offices are located in Calgary, Alberta, and we can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!

Breast Reduction Techniques: Which One Is Right For You?

breast reductionBreast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a solution for women who are unhappy with their appearance, or who suffer from back pain or breathing problems due to overly enlarged breasts.

This procedure involves removing excess fat, skin and breast tissue to reshape smaller breasts that are more proportionate to the rest of the body. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes about two hours.

There are a number of breast reduction techniques used by plastic surgeons, each with its own set of pros and cons. Some surgeons specialize in several techniques, so that they can tailor the procedure to each individual patient’s needs and desired outcome. The breast reduction technique used in each surgery should be chosen with care, based on a number of factors. During the consultation process, Dr. Frank carefully examines each patient and offers his recommendation on the technique that will work best and is in alignment with the patient’s goals.

Here is a guide to the three breast reduction techniques most frequently performed by Dr. Frank:

Traditional Breast Reduction

The most widely used technique, this method involves the surgeon making an anchor-shaped incision to remove fat, skin and glandular tissue from the lower breast. The incision is then closed, lifting the skin, and the nipple and areola are repositioned. This technique is ideal for women with very large breasts. However, scarring is more apparent with this method.

Vertical Incision Breast Reduction

Also known as a “lollipop” or “short scar” reduction, this technique requires the surgeon to make incisions which extend around the areola and down to the breast crease, creating a scar that resembles a lollipop shape. The vertical incision technique is ideal for women with moderately large breasts, since it creates a shapelier breast profile and the scarring is minimal. However, this technique cannot be used for women who require extensive breast tissue to be removed.

Scarless Breast Reduction

This method of reduction uses the liposuction technique to remove fatty tissue from the breast area. This procedure leaves little to no scarring, however it only removes fat cells. Therefore, the patients who would best benefit from this technique are those who have a large amount of fatty tissue as opposed to glandular tissue. This technique is commonly used on men who suffer from enlarged breasts.

Breast Reduction in Calgary

If you are interested in undergoing breast reduction surgerycontact Dr. Frank today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!

Restore Your Body!

body contouringThere’s no doubt that being a mother is one of the most important jobs a woman can have. However, becoming a mother can take a toll on a woman’s body, leaving you feeling self-conscious and wondering how you can achieve your pre-pregnancy body once more.

With all that mothers do for their families each day, it’s still important for a woman to look and feel confident. With Mother’s Day having just passed, there is no better time to explore procedures that will restore your body – along with your confidence.

Abdominoplasty (better known as a “tummy tuck”) is extremely in-demand among women looking to restore their body. This procedure is especially useful for women who have experienced stretched skin or muscles caused by pregnancy.  One important thing to keep in mind about an abdominoplasty is that any future pregnancy may disrupt the patient’s results, so you may want to hold off on a tummy tuck until after you’re done having children.

Mothers may also wish to consider liposuction, which restores the body following pregnancy by removing exercise-resistant areas of body fat. While most people still believe that liposuction is a weight-loss surgery, it actually will only help eliminate body fat, not significantly change your weight! However, patients can expect to look slimmer following this procedure.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding can also take a toll on the shape and appearance of your breasts. Breast augmentation can help give you fuller, more youthful-looking breasts through the use of implants. Breast implants are cohesive gel implants, placed firmly underneath breast tissue or the chest wall muscle to restore size and shape to breasts that have “deflated” following pregnancy. Following breast augmentation surgery, patients may have their bust size increased by at least one cup size. For more satisfying results, patients can opt to combine their breast augmentation surgery with a breast lift, to fully restore any lost volume and fullness to the breasts.

Plastic Surgery in Calgary

If you are interested in having any breast or body procedures, or want to learn more about any other procedures we offer, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!

The 5 Top Plastic Surgeries of Today

plastic surgeryCosmetic Surgery is an extremely personal decision for any patient, and one which should be discussed thoroughly with your surgeon beforehand. Patients are always concerned about looking natural, and experiencing a comfortable procedure.

Cosmetic surgery is customizable and can be done to suit a patient’s specific needs and desires. The list below covers some of the most popular cosmetic procedures of today.

Top 5 Plastic Surgeries of Today:

  1. Breast lift. Over time, many women will experience loose, sagging breasts, which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. A breast lift will give women “perkier” breasts! Breasts will look very natural, and feel firmer.
  2. Cosmetic eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Cosmetic eyelid surgery corrects the look of  puffy, tired-looking eyes, by removing excess fat, skin, and muscle from either the upper or lower eyelids. This can be done for cosmetic purposes, but also to keep droopy eyelids from hindering one’s vision! On occasion, cosmetic eyelid surgery is combined with BOTOX® Cosmetic to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and under eye circles.
  3. Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck.) An abdominoplasty flattens, and shapes the patient’s abdomen and waist, removing excess skin and fat. Muscles also become tighter during this procedure! Many women request this procedure following life-changing events, such as pregnancy, which can stretch out the muscles around the abdomen.
  4. Breast augmentation. Breast augmentations remain extremely in-demand among women who wish to enhance the size of small, or uneven breasts. Women may choose their procedure for aesthetic reasons, as well as for medical reasons, since uneven breasts can often be uncomfortable. Augmentation surgery may be performed on its own, or in combination with breast lift surgery. Breast implants are cohesive gel implants, which are placed behind each breast, to give the patient the look they’ve always wanted.
  5. Liposuction. Liposuction remains in-demand among patients who want to enhance the overall body shape. This procedure sculpts the shape of a patient’s body, removing stubborn fat from targeted areas of the body, such as the thighs, abdomen, waist, neck, hips and buttocks. Patients love the slimmer appearance this procedure gives them!

Plastic Surgery in Calgary

If you are interested in exploring any of these procedures, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!

Top Questions on Breast Reduction Surgery

breast-reductionUpon  hearing the term “breast surgery,” most will immediately think of the breast augmentation. However, not every woman wants to enlarge her bust size. Each year, millions of women with larger breasts undergo breast reduction surgery. Let’s take a look at some questions about breast reduction surgery.

Top 4 Questions about Breast Reduction Surgery:

  1. What does breast reduction surgery involve? Breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia, and takes a few hours to complete. The techniques used for breast reduction will depend on the individual patient, and what the doctor determines will be best for the patient.
  2. Am I a candidate for breast reduction surgery? The best candidates for this procedure are women who are uncomfortable with the unwanted attention that is often associated with having overly large breasts.  In addition to causing self-esteem problems, large breasts can also cause physical discomforts to patients, including back pains, breathing issues, and posture issues.  Breast reduction surgery can help correct these issues. During your initial consultation, a plastic surgeon will evaluate your medical history, and determine if breast reduction surgery is for you. Ideal candidates for the procedure should not be pregnant or breast-feeding, and should be non-smokers.
  3. How long will it take to recover from a breast reduction surgery? The exact recovery time often depends on the individual patient, although most patients will need about 2 weeks to recover. Patients will normally be able to have their stitches removed 2 to 3 weeks after the procedure. Strenuous activities or exercises should not be resumed until about a month after the surgery. It is also important to schedule regular visits with your doctor, so they can evaluate how well you are healing.
  4. What are some side-effects of a breast reduction? While breast reduction surgery is considered quite safe, there are some potential side-effects associated with the procedure, as there are with any surgery. Some common side-effects associated with the procedure include scarring, and bleeding. Your plastic surgeon will discuss the procedure in detail with you prior to surgery.

Breast Reduction Surgery in Calgary

If you are interested in breast reduction surgery, or would like to learn more about any of the other cosmetic surgery procedures we offer, contact us today. We can be reached at (403) 245-1228. We look forward to hearing from you!

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