Dr. Jay Birnbaum
74 East 79th Street Suite 1ab
New York, New York 10021
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Phone: (212) 472-3040
Fax: (212) 988-5455

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation, or breast implant surgery, is a procedure used to augment or enhance the breasts. The decision to have breast augmentation surgery is a very personal one. Some women undergo the procedure to increase bust size. Others have the surgery to lift and reshape their breasts after significant weight loss or pregnancy.

Generally, breast augmentation is achieved by making an incision either in the armpit, the nipple area or the bottom of the breast. An implant (usually filled with a saline solution) is then placed under the breast tissue or chest muscle.

Thanks to advances in cosmetic surgery, several different surgical techniques and implants are now available. After a thorough examination and consultation, Dr. Birnbaum will determine which surgical technique will work best for you and work with you to determine the ideal size and shape for your new implants.

Breast augmentation can usually be completed within one to two hours. Recovery periods vary depending on the extent of the procedure.

Contact our office to learn more about breast augmentation.

Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction

The goal of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction is to rebuild breasts that were partially or totally removed as a result of disease or cancer. Depending on individual need, the procedure can involve a single procedure or a series of procedures.

Physicians throughout the New York City area refer patients to Dr. Birnbaum for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction because they know that their patients will be met with a caring, compassionate and highly skilled professional.

A number of complicated and sensitive matters should be considered before having post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, such as the emotional and physical ability to handle another major surgery and the extent to which diseased tissue was successfully removed from the breast.

Dr. Birnbaum is experienced in several different breast reconstruction techniques. The most common are:

TRAM FLAP RECONSTRUCTION - The TRAM (transverse rectus abdominous myocutaneous) technique utilizes the patient’s own tissue to reconstruct the breast. During the procedure, a skin flap is created by repositioning skin, fat and muscle from the abdominal area to the breast area. The tissue is adjusted, shaped and stitched into place.

Since this procedure also involves a "tummy tuck," many women are pleased by the added benefit of a tighter, firmer abdomen. It is also possible to simultaneously reconstruct both breasts with tram flaps, if necessary.

The TRAM technique can only be used once. Should the need arise for another breast reconstruction surgery, skin and tissue must be taken from another part of the body.

EXPANDER/IMPLANT RECONSTRUCTION – This technique uses an expander to create a breast mound. Expanders are essentially empty implants that are placed under the chest muscle and gradually filled with saline over a period of time to encourage skin and soft tissue growth. A breast implant is then placed into the mound to replace the removed tissue expander. A nipple is then created surgically, using the patient's own skin. Finally, the nipple and areola are tattooed to create a natural looking color match.

Dr. Birnbaum has performed breast reconstruction surgery for many years, and his compassionate, thoughtful manner, along with his experience and expertise, have made him one of the most popular choices to perform this type of surgery.

If you are considering breast reconstruction surgery, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Birnbaum.

Breast Reduction

Excessively large breasts can cause a number of medical maladies including skin irritation, back and neck pain, shoulder grooves from bra straps, and difficulty sleeping and breathing.

Many breast reduction procedures are performed each year in the United States. The intent of most breast reduction surgeries is to relieve the physical discomfort associated with large breasts. The procedure is rarely performed strictly for cosmetic reasons.

Breast reduction surgery involves the removal of breast tissue, fat and skin. In some cases, the nipple is also repositioned. The procedure usually takes three to five hours.

Most people are able to return to moderate work two to three weeks following breast reduction surgery.

Many factors are involved in determining if you are a good candidate for breast reduction surgery. When you schedule a consultation with Dr. Birnbaum, he will speak with you in detail about the procedures and determine which approach will work best for you.

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