Month: December 2018

Breast Augmentation for Upper Pole Volume

Breast enhancement Cincinnati, OH Breast enhancement with implants is not intended only to increase the size of the breasts to be more in line with a woman’s frame. Many of the patients who consult with Dr. Krummen express that what they want is to enjoy more fullness and cleavage. Often, what it takes to achieve this is a restoration of volume at the upper pole, or upper region, of the breasts.

To create more fullness and shape, an experienced plastic surgeon looks at essential variables, including the condition of the skin (is a lift also necessary?), and the size, profile, and type of implant. Saline implants may not be advisable due to the effect of gravity on the fluid within the implant shell. Because they hold their shape well, form-stable breast implants made with a cohesive gel may be more appropriate to round out deflated, drooping breasts.

Breast implant placement is also a consideration for the surgeon because the situation of the implant within the pocket of tissue that is created affects the final position of the breasts on the chest wall. To achieve and support the proper height, many surgeons choose to place form-stable implants beneath the muscle tissue in the chest. The pocket is made only as wide as necessary to accommodate the implant. This discourages any shifting in shape and position. Of course, over time, natural aging will cause this to change.

More than overall size, it is the profile of the breast implant that may come into play in recreating upper pole fullness. Implant profile relates to projection vs. width. A broader implant base projects more subtly from the chest wall, while a narrower base has more projection to it. To achieve the desired amount of fullness at the uppermost part of the breast, a high-profile implant may be chosen. The profile of the implant, because it dictates how far out the breasts come forward from the body, also affects the appearance of breast size. This is why cup size alone is not an ideal measurement to describe the desired outcome of breast augmentation.

Breast enhancement is a personal choice and one that Cincinnati cosmetic surgeon Dr. Donna Krummen customizes to each patient. To learn more about creating beautiful breast shape with augmentation surgery, contact 513.985.0850.

Could Cosmetic Treatment be the Key to a Happier New Year?

Facial Rejuvenation Cincinnati, OH For many years now, the question regarding cosmetic improvement and overall happiness has been well-studied. While the only claim that can be made about the various surgical and non-surgical treatments frequently sought today is that they can correct cosmetic concerns, there is mounting evidence that a positive change in appearance can and often does provoke positive emotional change, as well.

In one European study of more than 1,500 patients, some who had undergone elective cosmetic surgery and some who had not, the patients who underwent various procedures self-reported positive psychological and social effects. These patients used terms like “less anxious,” “more attractive,” “whole,” and “healthier” to describe their general feelings after cosmetic surgery.

The European study confirmed findings that had been revealed in a previous study out of Cornell University. In this 2008 study, 95% of participants who had undergone breast lift surgery stated a sensation of improved well-being after their procedure. Patients who had undergone facial cosmetic treatments reported feeling more satisfied with their appearance and less anxious in general. Observation of 105 patients who had undergone various surgical procedures to improve appearance found that the majority of them reported massive improvement in the quality of life, including better relationships and social success, six months after surgery.

Cause and Effect

Numerous studies have indicated that facial expression is the basis for much of human interaction. Just by observing a person’s face, we develop a perception of their character and personality. Research in which images revealing specific facial characteristics were observed confirmed that most people perceive heavy eyelids, drooping brows, and downturned corners of the mouth as unfriendly or angry.  Regardless of the natural cause for these characteristics, facial aging, the effect is that people may be less likely to approach someone who appears angry, tired, and generally unapproachable.

We often assume that facial rejuvenation procedures such as blepharoplasty, brow lift surgery, and even injectable treatments are all about looking younger. Not so. When you visit our Cincinnati office, we can also help you bring more friendliness to your face.

Contact us to learn more about surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation at 513.985.0850.

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