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Why Do Breasts Lose Volume?

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It’s no surprise that the breasts tend to lose support, volume, and shape over time. While the cause of unwanted breast changes ranges from lifestyle factors to genetic predisposition, a flatter or more “tubular” appearance in the bust may result from: Changing estrogen levels and other hormone fluctuations: Estrogen naturally decreases as women get older, leading to changes in the breast tissue. The skin is not as hydrated and elastic as it used to be, which may cause a smaller breast size and a noticeable reduction in volume. These effects are often compounded by reduced collagen and elastin production in the body, particularly for individuals who have gone through menopause. Pregnancy and weight loss: The skin naturally expands and shrinks according to your body shape,... Continue Reading

Can Large Breasts Cause Health Problems?

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It’s no secret that patients with an excessive or dominating breast size can be subject to insecurities about their appearance and unwanted attention from others. What patients may not be aware of is the myriad of physical symptoms and health issues often precipitated by large, heavy breasts. The burdens caused by a disproportionately large breast size usually range from minor irritations to severe pain and discomfort. In some cases, these symptoms can make it difficult to engage in certain activities, such as exercise and sports. Generally speaking, health concerns associated with excessive breasts include: Back, neck, and shoulder strain Headaches Poor posture Indentations in your shoulders from bra straps digging in, a phenomenon often known as “shoulder grooving” Rashes, irritation, and chafing underneath the breasts... Continue Reading

How to Get Rid of Tired Eyes

Despite popular belief, tired eyes can develop regardless of how rested you feel, or whether you got a full night’s sleep. Unfortunately, many of the characteristics that constitute tired eyes — such as drooping skin and under-eye bags — can also make individuals look angry, stressed, or older than their actual age. There are several techniques that can brighten the eyes and make you look more well-rested depending on the types of concerns exhibited: “Hooding” and excess eyelid skin: If support for the upper eyelids has weakened to the point of “hooding,” a condition in which excess skin accumulates on the lash line and potentially droops into your line of vision, upper blepharoplasty is considered the best solution to tighten loose tissue and smooth the... Continue Reading

Do Larger Breasts Cause More Sagging?

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Ptosis, a condition in which the breast tissue droops or sags, can affect all adult women regardless of whether they have large or small breasts. That said, it can be true that patients with a larger breast size may experience sagging to a greater degree when compared to individuals who have less weight in their chest. This is simply due to the fact that more chest mass can be more susceptible to the forces of gravity to a greater degree than smaller-sized breasts. Although this can be unfortunate for individuals with a bigger breast shape, Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani can correct sagging or drooping breasts with procedures like breast reduction and mastopexy. The most effective choice for your unique concerns depends on whether you are... Continue Reading

Can I Have a Flat Stomach After Having Children?

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For many women who have had children, the abdomen may appear to protrude or bulge to a greater degree than the appearance of their midsection prior to getting pregnant. In general, this is largely caused by the underlying abdominal muscles separating throughout pregnancy, which may or may not be accompanied by excess fat deposits and loose skin. In some cases, this can be a significant aesthetic concern that only improves marginally with dieting and exercise. For patients who visit Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani, our board-certified plastic surgeon based in Orlando, it can be difficult or near impossible to obtain a flat stomach again after pregnancy due to the weakening of skin, fat, and muscles in their abdomen. Fortunately, a Mommy Makeover is precisely designed to... Continue Reading

Tummy Tuck vs. Panniculectomy

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As plastic surgery procedures that both remove excess skin and fat from the abdomen, a tummy tuck and panniculectomy are sometimes confused as identical treatments. The truth is that these two surgeries are distinguished by the goals they wish to achieve, as well as the varying concerns that indicate the need for treatment. Dr. Jon Paul Trevisani, our skilled plastic surgeon in Orlando, explores the differences between abdominoplasty and panniculectomy below. A tummy tuck is primarily considered a cosmetic procedure performed to make the abdomen slimmer, smoother, and more taut. This is accomplished by removing excess skin and fat on the belly, along with bringing together stretched abdominal muscles. Many patients interested in a tummy tuck do not have medical concerns regarding their abdomen, but... Continue Reading

What to Know Before Breast Augmentation

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Breast augmentation can be an effective procedure that rejuvenates a patient’s breast size and contours. Designed for reshaping and resizing one’s breasts, breast augmentation can be the ideal choice for women seeking to reimagine the shape and size of their breasts. Using breast implants, patients can augment the size, shape, placement, and overall appearance of their breasts. There are several details women should know before pursuing breast augmentation surgery. At our Orlando practice, breast augmentation can utilize four different types of implants which can be customized in size and shape, as well as placement on the chest. Our Orlando board-certified plastic surgeon Jon Paul Trevisani, MD will be able to provide insight on the best type, size, shape, and placement of breast implants for your... Continue Reading

Can Breast Reduction Alleviate Back Pain?

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Pain in the back, neck, and shoulders is a common symptom of overly large breasts — a condition medically referred to as “symptomatic macromastia.” In general, heavy breasts that are disproportionate to a patient’s body frame can cause a host of symptoms that range from moderate inconveniences to debilitating medical problems. Back pain is a major concern that affects countless women with an excessive breast size, often making it difficult for one to exercise and live an active lifestyle. Consequently, large breasts can also be a contributing risk factor for obesity. While there are non-surgical remedies that can help improve back pain in the short-term — such as chiropractic therapy, pain-relieving medications, supportive bras, and ice packs — these solutions cannot reverse the pull of... Continue Reading