Implants are used to augment breasts (make larger). After reviewing years of research concerning silicone-filled breast implants, FDA approved use of Memory Gel implants that deliver a "natural feel" that closely resembles natural breast tissue and offers unparalleled safety, as the implant is very durable. Saline implants are obsolete and no longer used due to eventual rupture and loss of fill. Dr. Merkel will estimate with you, prior to surgery, what size is the best choice for you.
Surgery.com is a website with information regarding breast augmentation and most other plastic surgery procedures. Plasticsurgery.org also offers information on most plastic surgery procedures.
A women's breasts often change over time, losing their shape and firmness. If you desire to restore the firmness, often due to fat/weight loss, aging, and or lactation and want to shape your breasts, a breast lift (technically called a mastopexy) may be right for you. A breast lift is a highly individualized procedure that will be determined by Dr. Merkel based upon your breast size and shape, the degree of breast sagging and your skin quality and skin elasticity. A breast lift will rejuvenate your female form with a breast profile that is uplifted and firm. The uplift can be combined with augmentation to obtain the best results.
Women with large breasts experience more than dissatisfaction with body image - they experience physical back and shoulder pain and general discomfort. If you have large breasts that limit your physical activity and cause pain, breast reduction may be right for you and can correct your pain problem overnight. This is surgery to correct a functional problem and is not always done for aesthetic gain.
Breast reduction is a surgical procedure to reduce the size of large pendulous breasts. Also known as reduction mammoplasty, which improves breast position and shape. Breast reduction can be performed unilaterally (on one breast) or bilaterally (on both breasts). Pre-certification is required for possible insurance coverage.