Women who choose breast augmentation want to enhance the size and shape of their breasts. The goal is to create a natural-looking appearance. Women who undergo breast enhancement surgery do so to change the size, shape and contour of their breasts. The procedure can enlarge a naturally small bust, restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, achieve a more rounded bust shape or improve symmetry between the two breasts.
A woman’s breasts are one of the most important physical features that give a sense of femininity and sexuality, but for many women, their breasts are not as large or shapely as they would like. Breast augmentation is the best way to enhance your breast size and contour without a major operation.
- Undersized breasts which may have been present since birth or after pregnancy
- Loss of breast volume due to breastfeeding or weight loss
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Age-related droopiness
A breast lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new contour of the breasts. This is usually performed on women who have drooping breasts due to breast-feeding, age, or weight loss. The procedure can also be used to reduce areolar size (the dark skin around your nipple).
Breast lifts are typically performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia or intravenous sedation with local anesthesia. There are three common types of incisions used during this type of surgery: crescent, lollipop, or anchor (also referred to as inverted T). Incision patterns depend on how much sagging there is in your breasts.
Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure that restores shape to your breast after mastectomy, surgery to remove the breast to treat or prevent breast cancer. One of the goals of reconstructive surgery is to match the size and shape of the other breast.
You may have several options for reconstruction. Some women choose not to have their breasts reconstructed after mastectomy, and some do not have enough tissue available for reconstruction at the time of their initial mastectomy surgery. For some women, radiation therapy after a lumpectomy will also make it difficult or impossible to perform immediate reconstruction.
If you’re considering reconstruction, there are many factors you’ll need to weigh before deciding on a course of action that’s right for you.
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow into nearby tissues or spread to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.
In women, breast cancer commonly starts in either the lobules or ducts. Each breast has 15 to 20 sections called lobes, which have many smaller sections called lobules. Lobules end in dozens of tiny bulbs that can produce milk. The small ducts carry the milk from the lobules to a large duct that lies just beneath the nipple.
Breast cancer begins when cells at first become abnormal and then divide uncontrollably and haphazardly and go on living when other cells die (the word cancer refers to these cells’ ability to invade and destroy tissue). The result is a growth called a tumor that may extend beyond its normal boundaries if not treated promptly by surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy or hormone therapy (used for estrogen receptor-positive cancers).
Breast Enhancement Options and Considerations
Choosing the appropriate procedure for you is a critical part of your breast enhancement experience. Patients should have a realistic and positive attitude about their results, as well as an understanding that additional surgery may be needed to achieve their goals.
Although breast augmentation is the most popular plastic surgery procedure performed in the United States, it’s not right for everyone. You need to have good general health, realistic expectations and a specific motivation for undergoing this procedure.
To help you make an informed decision about having breast augmentation, your consultation with your surgeon should thoroughly address all aspects of the operation, including:
- Your expectations from surgery
- The kinds of implants available and their differences (saline vs silicone vs gummy bear)
- The medical risks associated with breast implants
- Your incision options