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When to Have a Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation

Woman wearing a white bra, in front of a grey backgroundIf you’re contemplating a breast enhancement, it’s important to know which type of procedure will be best to get you the results you want. Breast augmentation helps to improve shape and volume, while a breast lift can reposition drooping, sagging breasts. Having both procedures done together is also an option if you want the most comprehensive results.

If you are interested in breast surgery, call the Specialists in Plastic Surgery today at 919-785-0505 to schedule your initial consultation. Our Raleigh and Cary based plastic surgeons will listen to your goals and help you find the best way to achieve those goals.

Breast Augmentation for Larger, Well-Shaped Breasts

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that involves using breast implants to create larger volume in the breasts. It is the single most popular plastic surgery procedure in America, and has a high patient satisfaction rate. You may be a good candidate for breast augmentation if you:

  • Want larger breasts
  • Have breasts that are not sagging significantly
  • Have asymmetric or oddly shaped breasts

Breast augmentation can help to correct asymmetry, and it can even help to reverse very minor signs of sagging. It’s important to visit an experienced plastic surgeon who will be honest with you about what is possible with your unique anatomy. For instance, if you have breasts that are extremely wide set, it may not be possible for you to achieve natural deep cleavage. However, many women with wide-set breasts love the look they can get with a bra after breast augmentation!

Breast Lift for Perky, Youthful Breasts

The natural aging process, plus hardship on the body from childbirth and breastfeeding, can contribute to breasts that deflate, sag, and droop. If your breasts have sagged to the point where your nipple is pointing downward, breast augmentation alone won’t be able to get your breasts back to their natural, youthful position.

A breast lift helps to remove excess tissue and reposition the nipple to be forward-facing. A breast lift alone can also act as a small breast reduction. Many women, though, find that a combination of a breast lift and breast augmentation gets them the best results.

When you combine a breast lift and a breast augmentation, you get the best of both worlds. The augmentation restores volume and shape to deflated breasts, while the lift gets the nipple back to its original position, reduces sagging, and tightens loose skin.

You may be a good candidate for a breast lift if you:

  • Have drooping, sagging, deflated breasts
  • Don’t mind losing a little volume in the breasts
  • Are okay with some scarring (breast lifts require longer, more visible incisions than breast augmentation alone)

You may be a good candidate for a breast lift plus augmentation if you:

  • Want to restore volume to the breasts as well as lift the nipples

Even if you don’t want to gain a lot of volume in your breasts, a breast lift combined with small breast implants can give you a nice, natural, full shape. Discuss your goals with one of our plastic surgeons to see what procedure is right for you.

Schedule Your Breast Surgery Consultation

Call the Specialists in Plastic Surgery today at 919-785-0505 to schedule your initial breast augmentation or breast lift consultation. We serve patients in Raleigh and Cary, NC.

Why You Need a Specialist for Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is a common procedure typically used to alleviate symptoms of large breasts. Women with macromastia or gigantomastia (terms for enlarged breast tissue) often experience a variety of painful symptoms such as neck, back, and shoulder pain and are unable to participate in activities such as running and other exercises. Breast reduction is also an option for men with gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts.

This procedure can reduce the size of your breasts, giving you a more proportionate figure and eliminating the pain and skin irritation. However, the breast surgeon you choose is an important step in the breast reduction process, which is why our board-certified plastic surgeons suggest asking these questions to ensure you get the best care and great results.

1. Is He or She Board-Certified by the ABPS?

The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) has certified nearly 10,000 physicians since 1937. This certification requires our doctors to complete additional education and training. They must take written and oral exams, and there’s a 10-year limit to ensure board-certified plastic surgeons continue to stay up to date on emerging techniques and technologies. Whether or not a physician is ABPS-certified is often reflected on their website.

2. How Much Experience Does He or She Have in Breast Reduction?

When you come in for your initial consultation at Specialists in Plastic Surgery in Raleigh or with any plastic surgery office, you’ll want to come equipped with a list of questions. How many breast reduction procedures have they performed? Is breast surgery their specialty? How can you prepare for surgery and recovery? Our plastic surgeons have years of experience in breast reduction and other breast procedures and believe in providing a customized approach as each patient is unique.

3. Do They Provide Patient Reviews and Before and After Galleries?

Many plastic surgeons provide breast reduction before and after photos and patient testimonials so you can get a glimpse of your potentials results and hear firsthand experiences. We rely on reviews for many products in life and plastic surgery is no exception. If you still have concerns after seeing their gallery and listening to patient reviews, ask if you can speak with a former patient as well.

These are just a few questions to consider when you choose a breast surgeon for your breast reduction. Your comfort level with the physician and plastic surgery office is another aspect to think about. You want to make sure you choose someone you feel comfortable asking questions throughout the process as you’ll interact with him or her and their office for at least several months.

Schedule Your Breast Reduction Consultation in Raleigh

If you’re interested in breast reduction, please contact Specialists in Plastic Surgery in Raleigh today at (919) 785-0505 to schedule your initial consultation. Our plastic surgeons are all board-certified and have years of experience in breast surgery. We provide face, breast, and body procedures and treatments to patients in surrounding North Carolina areas including Cary. 

What is Male Breast Reduction and Am I a Good Candidate?

When you think about breast augmentation, you usually picture a woman who needs correction after breastfeeding or wants to cosmetically change what she naturally has. It’s safe to assume that you don’t usually picture a man needing breast corrective surgery.

However, men can benefit just as much as women at Specialists in Plastic Surgery. Gynecomastia correction, or male breast reduction, is becoming increasingly common amongst men in the Raleigh area. This procedure can help men with overdeveloped or enlarged breasts by removing excess fat issue.

What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is caused by the imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone, and can affect both breasts, oftentimes unevenly. Although a benign condition, Gynecomastia can lower self-confidence, and can sometimes make men’s breasts painful.

Several things can create this hormone imbalance, like certain medications, excess drug and alcohol levels, health conditions like Hypogonadism, Hyperthyroidism, and kidney failure as well as natural hormone changes. In fact, more than half of male infants are born with Gynecomastia but it usually goes away within two to three weeks after birth.  It may re-appear during puberty, and may last six months to two years without treatment. One in four men will see it peak again between the ages of 50 and 69.

How Can Male Breast Reduction Help?

Gynecomastia may go away over time, but if it persists, surgery might be an option. It’s an outpatient procedure that can be performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. There are a few methods for this procedure – liposuction, surgical removal of the tissue (excision), or a combination of both. The type of surgery will depend on the amount of excess fat, tissue, and skin that requires removal.

During the surgery, only tiny incisions are required at the sites remote from the breasts, and the tissue is removed through a surgical vacuum. Once the excess fat tissue is removed, you’ll see immediate results and no follow-up surgery is necessary.

Am I a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?

To be a good candidate for this surgery you should be healthy, at a stable body weight, and have realistic about any risks and future outcomes. Although complications are rare, some potential risks include infection, breast asymmetry, excessive scarring, and other issues. Short-term side effects include swelling, bruising, and discomfort.

Male Breast Reduction at Specialists in Plastic Surgery

Men, enjoy the confidence that a masculine physique can give you. with male breast reduction at Specialists in Plastic Surgery!  Together, our board certified plastic surgeons have over seventy-five years of years of experience and provide each of our male patients with the highest quality of care. Schedule your consultation at our Raleigh or Carey, North Carolina practices today!

Here’s What a Mommy Makeover Looks Like



Are you interested in a mommy makeover but have no idea what the entire process look like? You are not alone! Many women hear the term “mommy makeover” thrown around, without really understanding how much planning and unique considerations are involved in the process. The Specialists in Plastic Surgery in Raleigh and Cary understand that your goals are dramatically different from the next woman and so you deserve a specifically designed plan of care. Continue reading Here’s What a Mommy Makeover Looks Like

Embrace the Cold with CoolSculpting®


As the winter months bring cold air to North Carolina, many rejoice! Despite bathing suit season being a thing of the past, many of our clients are looking for a method to look and feel their best for upcoming holiday gatherings and social events. Whether you love the colder weather or you wish that it was still summer, Specialists in Plastic Surgery has an innovative method for everyone to embrace the cold this season: CoolSculpting®Continue reading Embrace the Cold with CoolSculpting®

Say Goodbye to Cellulite with Oraser® Cellulite Control Body Smoothing Crème

There are few things in life more annoying than stubborn cellulite! With upwards of 98 percent of all women likely to experience cellulite at some point during their adult lives, many can tell you just how frustrating cellulite on their stomach, thighs, and backsides can be. Perhaps most infuriating is that cellulite is almost impossible to get rid of.

At last, Specialists in Plastic Surgery has found a cellulite treatment that actually works. When it comes to getting rid of pesky cellulite, ZO® Skin Health’s Oraser® Cellulite Control Body Smoothing Crème does the trick!
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4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Tummy Tuck


Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck can help you achieve a sleek stomach by removing excess skin and tightening the muscles along your abdomen. So, just how do you decide if a tummy tuck is for you? Together with Specialists in Plastic Surgery’s team of board certified plastic surgeons, we break down some of the qualities that make for a good tummy tuck candidate. When making your decision, we encourage you to ask yourself these four questions.
Continue reading 4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Tummy Tuck



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Schedule a consultation today!

Our board-certified plastic surgeons, Roger B. Russell, MD, Don L. Oschwald, MD, Richard E. Carlino, MD, Matthew W. Blanton, MD, and Sanjay V. Daluvoy, MD offer you more than 75 years of their combined experience in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery. We provide each of our patients with the highest quality care and deliver beautiful, natural results.

“My self confidence has skyrocketed. I now feel comfortable and confident in my own skin. Thank you! Dr. Daluvoy and the entire staff at SIPS were fantastic in every way possible. They took the time to listen to my concerns and answer all questions I had. They were kind and respectful and went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable in even my most vulnerable state.”

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