Breast Plastic Surgery in Asheville, NC
Breast Augmentation (Breast Implant Surgery) in Asheville
Breast implant surgery, or breast augmentation, may be chosen for many reasons. Some women have always desired larger breasts, while others wish to restore the volume they once had prior to pregnancy or weight loss. Asheville plastic surgeon, Dr. Colette Stern, has a special interest in breast surgery. She takes great pride in improving your breast shape and volume, while maintaining a natural appearance and a proportionate shape with optimal implant position and symmetry.
You have several options when it comes to breast implant surgery in Asheville. Dr. Stern will discuss your goals and desires with you as well as perform a thorough examination. Together you will decide on the implant size, implant type (saline vs. silicone), implant position, and location of incisions.
Dr. Stern will help you to determine implant size based on your anatomy and your goals. You may try on implant sizers to assist in the decision-making process and help you to visualize your post-operative size.
You may choose between saline and silicone implants. Dr. Stern will review the advantages and disadvantages of each with you.
Breast implants may be placed under the chest muscle or above the muscle. Dr. Stern most commonly places them under the muscle, especially in women who have sparse breast tissue pre-operatively.
Asheville plastic surgeon, Dr. Stern, places your breast implants though a small incision created:
- In the crease under the breast
- Under the nipple
- In the armpit
These incisions typically heal beautifully and are well camouflaged.
Dr. Stern typically performs breast augmentation surgery in our state-of-the-art, fully certified surgical facility as an outpatient procedure. Our surgery center uses an exceptional team of MD anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and nurses who are dedicated to your safety, care, and comfort. The surgery generally lasts 1-1.5 hours and is performed under local anesthesia with sedation or under general anesthesia.
Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Asheville, NC
With pregnancy, nursing, weight fluctuations, and time, your breasts can change significantly in shape and contour. Women often request a “lift” to reshape the breasts and create a more youthful appearance.
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure that Asheville plastic surgeon, Dr. Stern, performs to:
- Reshape the breast tissue, producing a raised, fuller, and more youthful contour
- Remove excess skin
- Reduce the size of the areola (pigmented area around the nipple) if necessary
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
If you desire additional fullness, breast implants can be placed at the time of the breast lift surgery.
Dr. Stern offers several breast lift incision options. These usually heal beautifully and are well-worth the improvement in shape. Your breast shape and goals will determine which option is the best for you.
The crescent lift is the most minimal lift, leaving a slight scar on the upper areola.
The circumareolar lift is also called a donut or Benelli lift, creating an incision around the areola.
The lollipop incision runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the breast crease.
The anchor lift is also called a Wise pattern, creating an incision around the nipple, vertically from the bottom edge of the areola and then horizontally beneath the breast.
Dr. Stern typically performs breast lift surgery in our state-of-the-art, fully certified surgical facility in Asheville as an outpatient procedure. Our surgery center uses an exceptional team of MD anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and nurses who are dedicated to your safety, care, and comfort. The surgery generally lasts approximately 2 hours and is performed under anesthesia. You may be sore for a few days after your breast lift in Asheville, but soon you will be able to resume your normal activities.
Breast Reduction in Asheville
Many women experience discomfort due to their enlarged breast size. Back pain, shoulder, and neck discomfort, and rashes under the breasts are common concerns that patients describe to Asheville plastic surgeon, Dr. Colette Stern.
Breast reduction surgery in Asheville may:
- Reduce the size and weight of the breasts
- Improve the shape of the breasts, creating a more youthful appearance
- Reduce the size of the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple)
- Relieve symptoms of back, neck, and should pain as well as rashes under the breasts
- Improve ability to exercise and resume physical activity
- Improve ability to fit into clothing
- Enhance overall self-esteem and sense of well-being
Asheville plastic surgeon, Dr. Colette Stern, is highly experienced in breast reduction surgery. She finds this surgery quite gratifying, as her patients experience such immediate relief from their pre-operative symptoms.
During your consultation, she will evaluate you and discuss the details of the surgery, the location of the incisions, and what to expect post-operatively. Many patients are pleasantly surprised by how much easier the recovery process is than they expected.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery in Asheville, NC
Enlarged male breasts (gynectomastia) is a very common condition, affecting 40 to 60 percent of the male population. A history of cancer, endocrine disorders, or the use of certain drugs (anabolic steroids, alcohol, estrogen medications, etc.) can contribute to gynecomastia. However, you may be one of the many men Dr. Stern treats who suffer from enlarged male breasts with an unknown cause.
A male breast reduction procedure with Asheville plastic surgeon, Dr. Stern, can give you a firmer, flatter, more contoured chest. The male breast reduction may enhance your self-confidence and improve your ability to wear certain clothing and to be comfortable shirtless.
During your consultation with Dr. Stern, she will evaluate you and discuss your goals in detail to determine what surgical procedure(s) will be most beneficial for you. Male breast enlargement may be treated with liposuction and/or direct excision of excess breast tissue. Dr. Stern will discuss what options are best for you given your body type and goals.
Gynecomastia Treatment Surgical Procedure
Dr. Stern typically performs male breast reduction surgery in one of her two fully certified operating rooms as an outpatient procedure. Our Asheville surgery center uses an exceptional team of MD anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, and nurses who are dedicated to your safety, care, and comfort. The surgery generally lasts 1.5-2 hours and is performed under anesthesia.
Breast Reconstruction in Asheville
Going through the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer is very trying and emotionally exhausting. Deciding whether to proceed with breast reconstruction and what type of breast reconstruction to undergo, can also be very confusing and draining. Asheville plastic surgeon, Dr. Colette Stern, understands how difficult this time is and tries to help make this process as easy as possible. Whether you have yet to undergo your cancer treatment or you completed your treatment over 15 years ago, Dr. Stern is happy to meet with you for as long as necessary to discuss your goals and reconstructive options.