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MARINA DEL REY, CA, September 20, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Breast augmentation and areola surgery are increasingly popular, and a new approach to nipple surgery is helping women ensure a more attractive, balanced result from their breast enhancement procedure. Dr. Grant Stevens of Marina Plastic Surgery Associates (www.nipplerepair.com) is implementing a new step in many of his nipple surgery and areola reduction procedures to help increase the size of the nipples. He says this nonsurgical addition to nipple enhancement is already becoming popular with women wanting a more balanced and proportional nipple appearance.
"Balance is essential for beautiful results, so the basic idea behind this procedure is to create a better balance between the size of the areola - the dark tissue around the nipple - and the size of the nipple itself," explains Dr. Stevens. "I can achieve this balance using an injectable filler, RADIESSE , and my patients are very impressed with the results. A nicely shaped and sized nipple can enhance the look of the whole breast considerably."
RADIESSE wrinkle filler is a calcium-based gel typically used to restore tissue volume and correct wrinkles in delicate facial tissues. In the nipple enhancement context, RADIESSE can smooth out nipple texture at the same time as it adds volume, and can alleviate scar depressions and indentations that have resulted from other surgeries such as areola reduction.
"Most surgeons perform areola reduction as part of their breast lift and breast reduction procedures, but typically the nipples themselves are not changed," notes Dr. Stevens. "Areola reduction can improve breast aesthetics, but so can nipple augmentation. By using an injectable filler, my patients can have a better nipple appearance that lasts several months before retreatment is necessary."
Dr. Stevens has gained attention recently for his areola reduction procedures, which enhance the appearance of the breast by reducing the size and in some cases adjusting the position of the pigmented area around the nipple. Although areola procedures as stand-alone surgeries have yet to reach the mainstream, Dr. Stevens says that already he is seeing many more women who would like to improve areola size or position.
"I've had patients who tell me they've felt uncomfortable with their breasts their whole life because they had 'droopy' or enlarged nipples, or areolas that looked 'abnormal.' A small surgical procedure to enhance the areola can be extremely important for a woman's self-esteem and self-image," he says.
Dr. Grant Stevens (www.nipplerepair.com) is a Los Angeles plastic surgeon and Medical Director of Marina Plastic Surgery Associates. Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Stevens is highly recognized for his influential approaches in breast enhancements such as breast reduction and nipple surgery. Dr. Stevens graduated with honors from Washington University Medical School expanded his training and experience through residencies from a variety of well-recognized universities. His research has appeared in top plastic surgery journals, and he has pioneered several techniques including the Stevens Laser Bra, a variation on breast lift and reduction that allows for longer-lasting results.
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