While preparing a set of before and after photos for a medical journal article about the newest techniques in breast augmentation and breast implants, my then four-year-old son walked into the room and asked why I had a photo of a girl and a boy on the computer. The computer screen showed the same patient with and without breast implants but in the eyes of a four-year-old, breasts are a symbol of being a woman and of femininity. It was at that moment, that I realized the importance of this field of plastic surgery.
I believe that as a female plastic surgeon, many women find that they can communicate with me about the changes they have seen in their bodies post pregnancy or weight loss, how cumbersome and painful overly large breasts may be, and the desire to feel more feminine by adding breast implants. As one patient said to me, “Why would I undress in front of a man and expose that area of my body that I am most insecure about and have him critique me?” My New York City office is often compared to a stylish Park Avenue apartment, with the goal of making you feel at home the minute you arrive.
An interest in the female form and the creation of beautifully shaped breasts is not new to plastic surgery but dates back to ancient times. More recently, we have witnessed female fashion trends focused on creating more alluring breasts. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the idea of prominent breasts first came into vogue. Corsets during this era focused on lifting breasts to display them at the top of a lady’s bodice, creating the illusion of roundness and fullness. In 1914, Mary Phelps Jacobs created the first bra fashioned out of two handkerchiefs and a ribbon. Bras continue to support and boost breasts into the 1930s instead of constricting them. This further developed into the push-up bra believed not only to be fashionable but to also boost confidence.
When patients are consulting for breast surgery, I find that most patients ask for breasts that match their body often with the idea that a c-cup is the perfect size. For some reason, women who are small dream of becoming a C-cup through the placement of saline or silicone implants and women who are too large also hope to decrease their cup size to a c-cup. Whether interested in increasing your size by breast augmentation, improving your shape and position through mastopexy (breast lift) or augmentation mastopexy (breast lift with an implant), or wish to alleviate problems associated with excessively large breasts while improving your breast shape through a breast reduction, I will tailor the procedure to your aesthetic goals.
“Melissa Doft, feminine, modern, well-informed and sensitive to the needs of her patients, embodies the new generation of plastic surgeons.” — Vogue Paris
Gummy bears may very well have been your favorite candy or cartoon as a child, but if you are now considering breast augmentation, you will soon be thinking a lot about them once again.