NorthBay Health’s cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures can help you look and feel your best. Each person’s goals for seeking surgery are unique — and we treat them that way.
Whether you're facing breast cancer surgery, suffer from poor elasticity of the skin, need a revision from a previous surgery or have life-long wishes for change, Dr. Jason Marengo brings years of experience and positive outcomes to our community. No matter what your goals are, we will work together to determine the best cosmetic or plastic surgery to meet your unique needs.
Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery Procedures at NorthBay:
You might choose to have a tummy tuck if you have excess fat or skin around your bellybutton or a weak lower abdominal wall. There are a number of reasons for this condition, including:
- Significant changes in weight
- Abdominal surgery, such as a C-section
- Your natural body type
A breast lift is cosmetic procedure that changes the shape of your breasts through surgery. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed and breast tissue is reshaped to raise the breasts. You might choose to have a breast lift if your breasts sag or your nipples point downward. A breast lift won't significantly change the size of your breasts. However, a breast lift can be done in combination with breast augmentation or breast reduction.
Breast augmentation is a surgery designed to increase breast size. For some women, breast augmentation is a way to feel more confident. For others, it's part of rebuilding the breast after surgery or illness.
Breast reduction surgery removes excess fat, tissue and skin from the breasts. If you have large breasts, you might choose to have breast reduction surgery to ease discomfort or to achieve a breast size proportionate to your body.
If you are experiencing pain from your current implants, you might consider a breast revision. It entails relieving the tightness from your scar tissue. Some patients also opt for a breast implant revision to correct implant asymmetry, which occurs when one implant heals differently than the other.
The reasons for getting a breast implant revision or a breast implant replacement include a desire to change the shape, size, and position of the breasts, a change from saline to silicone or vice versa, or correction of implant-related problems, such as an implant leak or rupture.
Fat grafting, also called autologous fat transfer, is emerging as a new breast reconstruction technique. In fat grafting, fat tissue is removed from other parts of your body — usually your thighs, belly, and buttocks — by liposuction. The tissue is then processed into liquid and injected into the breast area to recreate the breast.
Another form of fat grafting, called lipofilling, has been used for a number of years to fix minor differences in the shape, balance, or position of the reconstructed breast compared to the other breast.
Top Surgery for Transgender Women
Top surgery for transgender women and other transfeminine individuals is the same as breast augmentation. It involves the insertion of a silicone or saline implant inside or beneath the breast in order to increase breast size.
Estrogen can help maximize breast growth, making it safer and easier for the surgeon to perform the augmentation.
Top Surgery for Transgender Men
There are two broad categories of top surgery for transmasculine individuals—nipple sparing and surgery involving nipple grafts. When you meet with Dr. Marengo, he will go over the different incision types and scar placement with you to learn what you are most comfortable with and will fit your surgical goals. As many trans men report that one of their goals with surgery is to go shirtless in places where other men go shirtless, comfort with scar placement is important.
Gynecomastia is a condition that makes breast tissue swell in some boys and men. It can happen when the balance of two hormones in your body is thrown off.
Liposuction can remove excess fatty tissue. It involves inserting a small tube through a 3- to 4-millimeter incision.
In some cases, both excision and liposuction will be used.
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Preparing for a Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery Procedure at NorthBay
Everyone’s story — just like their body — is different. That’s why we begin by listening to your goals, learning about your medical history and health, and working together to create a shared plan.
Leading up to your procedure, we will:
- Discuss your expectations.
You’ll have an opportunity to share why you want cosmetic or plastic surgery and what you're hoping to accomplish, in terms of appearance after the procedure. Before-and-after photos are available upon request.
- Review your medical history.
Be prepared to answer questions about your current and past medical conditions, past surgeries and any medication you're currently taking or have recently taken. If seeking breast cosmetic or plastic surgery, tell the doctor if you have a family history of breast cancer and bring the results of any mammograms or breast biopsies.
- Conduct a physical exam.
A physical examination will be conducted to determine your treatment options. Along with learning your medical history, this helps Dr. Jason Marengo, our plastic and reconstructive surgeon and surgical oncologist, make a plan specific to you.
What’s the Difference Between Cosmetic Surgery and Plastic Surgery?
Cosmetic procedures are designed to enhance a patient’s appearance, whereas plastic surgery is intended to repair and reconstruct a standard function or natural appearance.