A September 24 article in Medical Xpress reports on a study by doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital which looked at the impacts of plastic surgery to correct major breast asymmetries – sometimes amounting to as much as two cup sizes – in young women.
The subjects of the study, with an average age of 18, received breast augmentation and/or breast reduction to make their breasts more similar. A few years later, the study found significant improvements in self-esteem and psychological function in the subjects that were comparable to other women their age.
Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., better known as Dr. J, says that the procedures in the study are an example of a broad area of plastic surgery that is not so much about attracting positive attention as it is about avoiding negative or unwanted attention.
Dr. J adds that breast asymmetries are relatively rare compared to two other more common situations where breast reduction may be desired: women for whom unusually large breasts have become a problem and men with oversize breasts who may suffer from a glandular condition called gynecomastia.
The double board-certified plastic surgeon says that the issue for men is psychosocial – younger men especially can be traumatized by bullying while also being very profoundly embarrassed by having ‘moobs’. They will typically go to great lengths to make sure they are not seen bare-chested or wearing tightfitting shirts and some may begin to socially isolate.
As for women, breast reductions are typically obtained for two primary reasons, says Dr. J. Many younger women receive unwanted attention to the point where they may begin to feel defined by one bodily feature. Women of all ages are also often plagued by physical issues that can include back pain and the inability to participate in certain athletic activities,
In all of these cases, Dr. J says that intelligently planned plastic surgery can make an enormous difference in a patient’s outlook. No one, says Dr. J, should be defined by a single physical characteristic in any way. In a better world, he adds, people might not be so obsessed with body parts to the point where any departure from a perceived norm can spark cruelty.
It’s also possible for some individuals to develop self-confidence without regard to bodily features, he says. However, in the world we actually live in, breast reductions and other treatments are usually the most direct path to freedom for people who feel trapped by their bodies.
About Dr. Payam Jarrah-Nejad, Dr. J
Payam Jarrah-Nejad, MD, FICS, FACS is a double board certified Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon. Nicknamed Dr. J by his patients and staff, he holds certifications from both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. J is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons.
Dr. J first started his medical career during an internship he held in NYU. It was during this time that he also began working with hospitals around the New York area. It was in New Jersey that he completed his training and served as Chief Resident at Morristown Memorial Hospital.
Newly certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jarrah-Nejad received a fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City to specialize in hand surgery. The fellowship was under the guidance of Dr. Charles P. Melone which was a big influence on the young doctor. It was during his training at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center in Michigan that Dr. J found his true calling working with many well-known plastic surgeons.
Years later, practicing as a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. J still uses the same techniques he learned in his training in his frequent operation on the face and body. He is greatly admired by his staff and patients who happily contribute positive testimonials to his website.
Dr. J is known throughout the Los Angeles Area medical community as well as beyond it, for his record of outstanding outcomes and his engaging, patient-friendly personality. He has published a wide range of papers in many prestigious scientific and medical journals and has presented his research to local, regional and national symposia.
Finally, Dr. J has performed pro-bono surgery in several countries as part of humanitarian efforts helping children with congenital anomalies. He works side by side with charitable organizations devoted to providing needy children around the world with free plastic surgeries to repair such issues as cleft lips and palates.
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