Which Surgical Breast Procedure Is Right for You?
Breasts can be a big part of a woman’s image and if a woman is not satisfied with how her breasts look and feel, it can be upsetting and lead them to look for solutions to improve things. After trying all the tricks that can be found on social media like breast tapes, “chicken cutlet” bra inserts, and all the breast pills in the world without getting results, maybe it’s high time to consider a breast procedure. And there’s no shame in that.
As women age, the breast tissues lose elasticity. They tend to droop downwards and hang loosely. In other cases, genetically large breasts cause premature sagging in younger women. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight changes, trauma, and several illnesses can all dramatically change the appearance of the breasts. To fix this problem, one can consider getting a surgical breast procedure. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
A lot of women consider undergoing surgical breast procedures without realizing that different types of procedures are tailored for different issues and that the right combination of procedures is needed to get the desired results. To help you with this, allow us to explain the basics.
Which surgical breast procedure is right for you?
Breast augmentation is perhaps the most common breast procedure out there. In most cases, the plastic surgeon inserts a silicone or saline-filled breast implant behind the breast to push it forward and give the appearance of having a larger breast. Less commonly a patient’s own fat can be used to do the same. For traditional breast implants, the incision placement can be chosen carefully to minimize visible scarring. These include the underarms, under the breasts, and at the border of the areola.
This procedure is usually suggested for women with very mild sagging and those with smaller breasts who want to slightly enlarge them. Breast implants come in different shapes and sizes, so choose carefully.
A breast lift involves raising the breasts to a higher position. Excess skin may be removed as a result of the lift. The areola may be reduced for a perkier appearance and the nipple is usually repositioned to a higher and more aesthetically pleasing location on the breast. Breast size will not be increased. Scarring may be a tad more noticeable but can be minimal depending on the procedure.
This kind of procedure is suggested for women with fuller breasts. It is important to note that breasts that have undergone breast lifts are still susceptible to aging. In time, they will sag again. But they remain natural and last for several years.
A combination of both a breast augmentation and a breast lift is one of the most popular procedures. The procedure is reserved for women with who want a size increase and want to correct sagging at the same time. This can be caused by age, genetics, trauma, pregnancy and extensive breastfeeding. Extreme weight loss is also a popular reason to undergo a combination procedure.
For women who only want a mild increase in their breast size, smaller implants can be used in combination with a precise lift to achieve good results. Also, doing two procedures at once will save you the time and energy of doing a second one in a few years’ time in case you are not happy with the first.
What if your breasts are too big? That’s where breast reduction surgery comes into play. Not everyone wants bigger breasts after all. In fact, smaller breasts can be quite advantageous for some. With smaller breasts, back pain is reduced, running won’t be a bother, and general movement can greatly improve. Breast reduction is always combined with a lift, so not only will patients get lighter breasts, but they will also end up with perkier ones.
Ultimately, the only way to know which procedure is right for you is to have a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Plant to discuss your specific concerns, have your breasts assessed properly, and a customized plan created to help you achieve your goals.