Click on any of the procedures below to learn more about the breast procedures offered by Boulder Valley Plastic Surgery and Dr. Jeffrey Swail.
Breast augmentation has quickly become one of the most popular and most requested procedures in plastic surgery. Breast augmentation uses breast implants to fulfill the desire for fuller breasts, or to restore volume to breasts that may have lost volume due to substantial weight loss or pregnancy.
As the popularity of breast augmentation has grown, more options have become available for the procedure to give each woman a personalized procedure to achieve optimal results. With multiple incision locations, different types of implants, and different placement locations, a full examination and consultation will be done by Dr. Swail. This consultation will help to determine which options will best meet the needs of each individual patient and deliver desired results.
A woman’s breast can change over time and tend to lose their youthful shape and firmness. As a woman ages, the skin supporting the breast can lose skin elasticity due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss/gain, aging, gravity or even heredity. This can cause the breasts to rest lower on the chest. A breast lift is designed to correct this by removing excess skin from the breast and by tightening the surrounding tissue. A breast lift is designed to lift the breasts to a more youthful and firm position on the chest.
In cases where patients are unhappy with the overall volume, Dr. Swail may recommend partnering a breast lift with breast augmentation or breast reduction to allow for the best results. Keep in mind, a breast lift does not affect the overall volume of the breast.
Large breasts can lead to a number of physical and emotional problems. Along with self-image issues, women with large breasts can often suffer from neck and back pain that limits their ability to lead active lifestyles. Breast reduction is designed to alleviate emotional distress and physical discomfort, by removing excess fat and tissue from the breast that may be causing undue harm.
The main disadvantage of a breast reduction is that in order to decrease the overall volume of the breast and reshape the breast, it is necessary to remove excess skin, which leads to scarring. The typical scar patter is often referred to as a “anchor scar” as it goes around the nipple, vertically down, and transversely at the fold under the breast. In cases where less correction is necessary, Dr. Swail may be able to use a short scar technique to minimize visible scarring. Regardless of the scarring that results from this procedure, the satisfaction is very high due to the difference in can have on physical and emotional distress.
Breast reconstruction is the use of several plastic surgery techniques in order to restore a breast to near normal shape, appearance, and size following a mastectomy. The procedure can also be used to restore a natural looking breast to women who may lack breasts due to congenital or developmental abnormality.
Reconstructive surgeons strive to create a new breast and nipple that resemble the woman’s natural breast as closely as possible in shape, size and position.
Gynecomastia is a common condition seen in nearly 50% of all men at some point in their life. While most cases resolve themselves over time, gynecomastia can cause enlarged male breasts that can be embarrassing for men. The condition is generally attributed to hormonal imbalance and can be amplified by obesity. Enlarged male breasts can also be caused by certain medications and the use of anabolic steroids. In cases where the condition persists into adulthood, gynecomastia surgery is available to correct enlarged male breasts, restoring a flat and masculine appearance to the chest.
Dr. Swail performs gynecomastia surgery through direct excision as well as liposuction. Surgical scars are generally minimal, and satisfaction with this procedure is high. In some cases where male breast enlargement is more severe, it may be necessary to remove skin which will cause more significant scarring.