We are Milwaukee’s breast surgery specialists.
Trust is such an important part in finding the right specialist to enhance and improve your bustline. At CPSS, we’ve spent the better part of our lives talking to and working with women to find outcomes that lead to a better way of life. From breast augmentation to breast lifts and breast reductions, our doctors and support staff will help you understand your procedure and become comfortable with the risks and rewards of granting us the opportunity to work with you.
It’s so much more than size.
For much of human history the female body has been revered as a work of art and beauty, and as a source of life. The breasts are a beautiful feature of the female body and stand out as a symbol of womanliness and livelihood. The breast is a secondary sexual organ, meaning that it is not involved directly in reproduction, but the distinct shape and curve of the female breast, its sensitivity to touch, and its role in suckling infants lend it an aesthetic and functional role that are distinctly female.
Our perceptions of the appearance of the female breast have been shaped by artistic portrayals and descriptions. The female breast is often viewed in an erotic nature, as a source of nourishment, and a sign of feminine power. In modern western civilization, pervasive media images continue to play a significant role in influencing the public’s aesthetic perception of the ideal size and shape of the female breast.
Women request breast surgery for both aesthetic and reconstructive purposes. How a woman feels about her breast size and shape may influence her feelings about self worth. Evaluation of one’s own appearance is closely connected to overall self-esteem, and women experience improvement in their self-esteem following breast surgery.
The patient is the best person to define her expectations and to demonstrate what aspects of her breast appearance she wants changed or improved. Patient education is perhaps the most important part of a plastic surgeon’s practice, especially with respect toward breast surgery. A patient’s appreciation of realistic expectations results from having an increased understanding of the surgical procedure(s), and the surgeon must be both an educator and an effective communicator. It is essential for the surgeon to ensure the patient understands the operative plan, why it was chosen, the necessary placement of incisions, the likely duration of recovery, and the potential risks and complications. Every choice and every surgical alternative in breast surgery has unique benefits, trade-offs, risks, and potential complications. Honest informed consent and allowing patients to participate in the decision-making process is an invaluable investment for long term patient welfare.
Breast Augmentation remains the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedure overall. The renewed and continued popularity of breast enlargement follows better patient understanding, improved devices, and a greater acceptance of cosmetic surgical procedures. Studies have indicated that implants do not pose a serious health hazard, are not linked to connective tissue or autoimmune diseases, and do not increase the risk of breast cancer. Creating a long-lasting, soft, natural augmented breast remains a challenge for the plastic surgeon. It is important for a patient to have realistic expectations with respect to the size of the implant which is appropriate for her physique and soft tissue cover. When the patient is self-motivated, breast augmentation is associated with a high level of patient satisfaction once the patient’s aesthetic expectations are addressed and an appropriate breast augmentation is performed.
Women with breast ptosis have loss of breast shape, and an excess of breast skin in comparison to the amount of underlying breast tissue. The skin is loose, has poor strength and elasticity, and does not support the shape of the breast. Upper pole flattening occurs because of the descent of the breast parenchyma. Breast Lift is performed to restore a youthful uplifted appearance to aging breasts. Mastopexy can be one of the more complex aesthetic breast procedures and it often involves compromises. Women may not be clear about the breast alteration they desire, and may not understand the limitations of an operation imposed by suboptimal or compromised tissue elasticity. Many want lovely, uplifted breasts without visible scars or a breast implant. Most patients will understand and accept limitations imposed by their individual tissue characteristics (and the long-term effects of the implants on those tissues), provided they are educated and offered only realistic alternatives that provide optimal long-term results.
For many women, Breast Reduction offers a resolution of the functional and aesthetic problems associated with large breasts. Breast reduction is associated with high patient acceptance and satisfaction because the desire for operation is self-motivated and there is an improvement in lifestyle following resolution of the symptoms commonly associated with breast hyperplasia. One challenge in treating patients with breast hyperplasia is determining just how small she wants her breasts to be. The tendency in reduction may be to underestimate the amount of tissue resection required, resulting in failure to remove enough breast parenchyma. Careful discussion regarding the proposed changes in breast size will help ensure a more accurate reduction.
As the options for breast cancer therapy and breast reconstruction have expanded so has the role of the reconstructive surgeon. With an increasing emphasis placed on breast-conservation surgery and skin-sparing mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction, the reconstructive surgeon is often involved earlier in the planning to participate in the initial decision making process about procedures and therapy. The success of these treatments will be based on a combination of factors, including the stage of the disease, the extent of excision required, the individual needs of the patient, the effect of adjunctive treatment on the local tissues, and the experience of the oncologic and reconstructive surgeons.
Gynecomastia is a benign enlargement of the male breast resulting from a proliferation of breast tissue. Male breast enlargement may also occur from excess fat deposition without glandular proliferation, and is known as pseudogynecomastia. Gynecomastia is the most common cause for male breast evaluation. There are multiple potential etiologies and gynecomastia may occur at different times during life. The presence of male breast enlargement may be emotionally devastating. For many, surgical male breast reduction is the best option and produces a high degree of patient satisfaction with improvement in self-esteem.
We invite you to explore the individual sections on breast surgery, for more information, to see if one is right for you. If you desire additional information please contact us, or phone 414-443-0033 during business hours.