Monthly Archives: February 2019

Top 3 Reasons to Get Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery is a procedure that is often requested at Mesbahi Plastic Surgery. That makes Dr. Mesbahi pretty familiar with the treatment and who the best candidates are. There are many reasons women decide to undergo breast reduction surgery, but the top 3 reasons include comfort, enhanced activity, and superior proportion. With these three reasons in mind, you might be able to decide if breast reduction surgery might be right for you.

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1. Comfort

One of the most important and persisting reasons patients ask for breast reduction surgery is to increase their comfort. In some instances, people find that large breasts can cause back pain and general discomfort. Breast reduction surgery could be one way to increase overall comfort and reduce the aches caused by the weight of extra breast tissue. Many patients have reported that breast reduction surgery has dramatically improved their everyday life.

2. Enhanced Activity

In addition to increasing comfort, breast reduction surgery is often considered by those who have a keen interest in sports and an active lifestyle. While it is certainly possible to participate in sports and exercise regardless of breast size, there are some instances where reduced breasts can confer a slight performance advantage by lowering weight and strain. A breast reduction can assist with movement and agility too. Breast reductions are often useful for runners, cyclists, and martial artists. If you are an aspiring athlete, a breast reduction could increase your enjoyment of sports.

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3. Superior Proportion

The main reason that patients elect to have a breast reduction is for aesthetic preference. Many women just wish to fit better in their clothes, but it is also true that some women desire to have a superior proportion to the rest of their body size. A breast reduction can enhance the overall look of a patient. Often times patients wish to improve a top-heavy appearance. Breast reduction surgery also enhances one’s appearance by removing sagging skin and lifting the breasts to a better position. Patients often feel better about the way they look following a breast reduction.Above all, the number one reason anyone should consider a breast reduction is because they want one. Cosmetic surgery is all about self-love, so if you think that you might enjoy the results of breast reduction surgery, then you should seriously consider scheduling a consultation. You can always decide if the procedure is right for you after getting more information from your dedicated cosmetic surgery team.

It should be noted that candidates for breast reduction surgery should be in good health. All candidates will need to either be non-smokers or be willing to stop smoking before surgery. Make sure to ask your surgeon about smoking cessation during your first appointment.

If you are ready to schedule your consultation, then fill out our contact form or call us today at 703-287-8277.

Potential Effects of Rhinoplasty on the Voice

Rhinoplasty, one of the most popular procedures performed, can drastically improve the appearance and function of your nose while improving your quality of life in the process. Even with all of the benefits this surgery offers, some individuals still have questions regarding the procedure. For instance, many people wonder if rhinoplasty will affect the sound of their voice. While many surgeons agree that most rhinoplasty procedures result in minimal to no changes in the voice, every situation is different, and concerns regarding your voice should be discussed during your consultation.

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Research Results

An article published in the February 2014 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) addressed this very issue. Dr. Kamran Khazaeni, along with colleagues of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, conducted a study to determine if changes occur in a person’s voice after undergoing rhinoplasty. The conclusion of the article stated that “changes in voice after rhinoplasty are perceptible to patients as well as to experts, but generally don’t cause problems with speech function.”

The study was performed on 27 people (22 women and five men) in Iran, where rhinoplasty is one of the most frequently performed procedures. After patients underwent rhinoplasty surgery, researchers had each person answer a questionnaire about how they thought their voice sounded. Trained listeners were asked to monitor random before-and-after audios of each patient to determine if there was a significant change in the patients’ voices.

The listeners determined that any change in a patient’s voice after surgery was likely due to an increase in hyponasality. Hyponasal speech is a term used to describe the voice when there is an inadequate amount of air moving through the nasal cavity. This condition commonly occurs when a person has a stuffy nose. However, they noted that although the rhinoplasty may have slightly changed a patient’s voice, the change in sound would barely be noticed by the untrained ear, if at all. More importantly, the researchers concluded that any alteration in the voice did not negatively affect patients’ lives in any way.

Rhinoplasty Pros and Cons

After researching the positive and negative effects of rhinoplasty, evidence leans heavily in favor of the procedure. Corrected shape and profile of the nose, improved breathing, increased confidence, and enhanced facial balance are very common outcomes from this surgery, as opposed to rare cases where patients’ voices are negatively affected. Many famous singers have undergone rhinoplasty and continue to sing beautifully, and are completely satisfied with their rejuvenated nasal structure.

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If you think a rhinoplasty may be beneficial for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Mesbahi Plastic Surgery by calling our Virginia practice at (703) 287-8277 or filling out our convenient online contact form today. Dr. Alex N. Mesbahi is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), and has extensive experience in performing nose surgery for men and women of all ages. He looks forward to meeting you soon and is dedicated to providing you with the best results possible.