Breast Augmentation Is Not Just For Size Increase Special To MD Monthly October 24, 2016 Cosmetic MD, Women's Breast augmentation is no new phenomenon, and given its prevalence, MD Monthly spoke with Dr. Susan Pike, the director of the Cosmetic Surgery Center at Baylor Scott & White–Round Rock, to gain and share a better insight on breast augmentation. MD Monthly: “ Many people have said, ‘I’ve always wondered if breast augmentation is right for me. I would like a different shape and size, but I don’t want it to look fake or overdone. Is there a way to accomplish this?’” Dr. Susan Pike: “Breast augmentation is one of the most requested cosmetic procedures for women because of the great ability it has to positively impact your overall look. Enhancing the size or shape of your breasts can actually improve the proportions of your body, and it’s not always about going bigger. The changes in shape women experience with aging, weight loss or pregnancy, can often be corrected with a breast implant to the client’s desired appearance.” “The many procedures and techniques available allow plastic surgeons to work with the patient to achieve her unique desired appearance,” explained Susan Pike, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon who is the director of the Cosmetic Surgery Center at Baylor Scott & White–Round Rock “We can achieve a very natural looking breast by using implants. Many patients are seeking a fuller or more round appearance in the upper breast as they age. This is a very achievable goal.” To achieve their desired look, patients have the option of several procedures: • Breast Augmentation: Breast augmentation enhances the size and shape of the breasts through the placement of silicone, saline, or devices referred to as “gummy bear” implants. “The many procedures and techniques available allow plastic surgeons to work with the patient to achieve her unique desired appearance” • Breast Lift: A breast lift restores the nipple position to the center of the breast. This is achieved by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue, providing a more youthful, perky appearance. The breast lift procedure can reduce the size of enlarged areola as well. • Breast Lift and Augmentation combined: This procedure is for women who require both a lift, they have excess skin and a low nipple position, and desire a fuller looking breast, particularly in the upper part of the breast. “The breasts are such an important part of a woman’s personal identity,” said Dr. Pike. “We work with patients to achieve not only the size, but also the shape and appearance of the breasts they desire. We recommend procedures for improvements that will fit the patient’s body style, lifestyle and personal appearance goals.” *This information is intended for general knowledge and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Dr. Susan Pike is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and director of the Cosmetic Surgery Center and director of the Section of Plastic Surgery at Baylor Scott & White–Round Rock. For more information call 512.509.0200 or visit www.sw.org. Baylor Scott & White–Round Rock clinic is located at 425 University Boulevard in Round Rock, TX 78665.