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Having very large breasts can cause a variety of physical concerns such as shoulder grooving, back and neck pain, skin irritation, alteration in posture, as well as breast discomfort. Women suffering from overly large breasts also complain of unattractive shape and improper body proportions that can significantly worsen the overall body appearance by making them look heavier or boxy.

Because of this loss of balance on a woman’s figure, this condition also frequently creates significant insecurities with body image and self esteem. Not only does large breast size affect ones appearance, but it can also influence the clothes that can be worn and even what activities and exercises that a woman can participate in.

Breast Reduction surgery can significantly improve the life of a client suffering from overly large breasts and has one of the highest patient satisfaction rates of any cosmetic surgery performed today. The procedure is ideal for the patient looking to improve the symptoms of excessive breast size and who desires smaller, more natural appearing breasts. The goal of breast reduction surgery is remove the excess skin and heavy breast tissue to reduce the size, reshape the breast tissue and improve the body contours. The end result is to alleviate the extra weight and to establish improved harmony and balance to a woman's body.

Breast Reduction Surgical Overview:

Duration: 2-4 Hours
Anesthesia: General / Outpatient

Risks: standard surgical risks include infection, bleeding, scarring and wound complications, blood clots, and anesthesia related risks; procedure specific risks include asymmetry in breast or areolar size or position, loss of sensation or lactation, skin loss and wound complications.

Recovery: shower in 72 hours, return to work typically in 1 week, breast contact is delayed 3-4 weeks, strenuous exercise after one month, full scar maturation 1 year usually fading to a discreet scar line.

“I went in the have consultation for a breast lift / reduction. The staff was very friendly and so was the Dr. Craft. I scheduled my surgery and know I am home recovering. He is an amazing doctor and loves what he does. I am so excited how my breast look even after only 4 days. I can't wait till they are completely healed to see final results. The only regret I have is not coming to him sooner!” - jesenia p., Yelp

To learn more about a breast reduction and to see how we can help transform you to the look you desire, take the next step toward and younger, sexier, more confident you by scheduling a complimentary consultation with Miami cosmetic surgeon Dr. Christopher Craft.

We are currently providing cosmetic surgery services to Miami plastic surgery candidates as well as surrounding areas such as Ft Lauderdale, Kendall and Miami Beach.

PIP - Poly implant prosthese, Miami implant removal and replacement


At Christopher Craft Cosmetic Surgery, patient care is very important to us, and we are continuously striving to inform our patients about healthy and knowledgeable decision making when it comes to their cosmetic needs. With the recent scare of Poly Implant Prothese (PIP )implants from France, it is important that our patients, new and existing, understand the answers to some of the questions many clients are asking.

Concerns about the safety of the PIP implants were first raised in France when surgeons noticed they were rupturing more easily than other brands. It was the death of a French woman from cancer last year that had the implants that caused a global health scare for many around the world. According to The Daily Mail sixteen cases of cancer have since been linked to the implants. The PIP implants, made by French company, contain industrial grade silicone, what is used in the manufacture of mattresses instead of specialist medical material, and it is thought that many of the implants were missing a protective coating designed to keep them from rupturing and preventing any silicone solution that could leak from spreading through the body. Although the implants are French, PIP implants were the third largest implant company in the world, distributing to over 65 countries. Approximately 300,000 implants were exported mainly to South America (in particular Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina ) but also China, Iran, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Holland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Spain, Britain, and Australia. PIP saline-filled implants were available in the United States with approximately 35,000 PIP saline implants implanted by that time. However, PIP did not sell its silicone implants in the United States at the time because such implants were subject to a general ban due to safety concerns raised by the FDA based on its observations upon inspection of the PIP plant at La Seyne sur Mer, in south-east France. The authorization for use was revoked after a re-evaluation by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000 found 11 deviations from 'good manufacturing practices including the company's failure to investigate the deflation of its saline implants and a failure to report more than 120 complaints in France and elsewhere to the FDA. PIP closed its business in 2010following widespread accusations of potentially unsafe medical practices in the manufacture of its implants.

At Christopher Craft Cosmetic Surgery, we urge patients to become informed about their health needs If you have any questions about your implants, refer to your implant ID card, provided to you by your surgeon after your date of surgery, or call your surgeon for more information. It is reported in Holland, that over 1,000 women received PIP implants sold under a different name, and rebranded as M-Implants. In China, PIP implants named Bao Libei in Chinese have been used for some time. In Venezuela, 84% of implants come from French companies, however the number of those with PIP implants has not been officially announced.

According to BBC News, Tara Smith, 40, from Newark, had the Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) implants in 2006 and recounts having five operations since the implants, infections and illnesses due to the PIP's, causing her much pain and inflammation.

In Germany, the Federal Office for Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices said investigations shown that even implants which did not show signs of rupturing could pose a health risk, and many governments throughout the world are urging patients that have PIP implants, to see their surgeons for a regular checkup. Other countries like France, Germany, Venezuela, and Bolivia urge women who have the PIP implants implanted to have them removed.

At Christopher Craft Cosmetic Surgery, your health care needs are paramount in our practice. We want you to feel comfortable about asking questions and seeing your surgeon in follow-up care. We use FDA approved saline and silicone implants from Mentor and Allergan. If you have any questions, please contact us for free information at 305-596-9700, or come in for your free consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Christopher M. Craft, MD. In order to be of service to assist those patients who had the PIP implants placed, we are offering implant exchange for FDA approved implants and removal of the implants at a reduced rate. Please call or come for consult for further information.

We will continue to diligently monitor the reports and findings in effort to provide the most up to date information concerning these potentially harmful implants.

Update: 1/17/2011

More data is slowly coming available concerning the PIP implants as time goes on; I will try to continue to providea summary of this information as it is available.

The best course of action regarding PIP has changed slightly over the past weeks. The National Health Service from England (similar to their FDA) has stated that there is no increased risk of cancer associated with the PIP implants. The NHS has however confirmed that the silicone used in the implants is indeed industrial grade and not the more refined medical grade used in the FDA approved implants available in the USA.

The rupture rate with the PIP implants has been one of the greater concerns with the implants and has been estimated to be nearly as high as double the rate of those used in the US. The concern being if the implant were to rupture the industrial grade silicone would then be exposed. The risks associated with this would include capsular contracture, foreign body reaction, granuloma formation, migration of the silicone through the body, and the very rare immune system cancer Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. The incidence of this cancer is higher with the implant based exposure but remains quite rare with an incidence of 1 per 500,000 women. Symptoms associated with this disease are nonspecific and include breast pain, heat, redness, inflammation, and fluid accumulation. The cancer is not known to metastasize and is cured with simple excision.

Based on what I am reading my current recommendation is that removal is not an emergency but due to the increased rupture rate and associated problems I recommend removal or replacement when convenient simply for a decreased complication rate and for peace of mind.


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