Sometimes referred to as a “breast aug” by patients, involves using breast implants or fat to increase the size of your breasts, to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy, to achieve a more rounded shape, or to improve natural breast size asymmetry.
Breast augmentation is also referred to as augmentation mammoplasty. When fat is used from volume, the procedure is referred to as fat transfer breast augmentation.
Breast augmentation surgery can:
Increase fullness and projection of your breasts
Improve balance of breast and hip contours
Enhance your self-image and self-confidence
Breast implants may also be used for breast reconstruction after mastectomy or injury.
Breast augmentation does not correct severely drooping breasts. A breast lift may be required along with a breast augmentation for sagging breasts to look fuller and lifted.
Breast lifting can often be done at the same time as your augmentation or may require a separate operation. Your plastic surgeon will assist you in making this decision.
Breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure to remove excess breast fat, glandular tissue, and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body as well as alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Most insurance companies will consider this procedure necessary and will pay for this surgery toward your policy benefits.
(Male Breast reduction)
Gynecomastia surgery reduces breast size in men, flattening and enhancing the chest contours.
Gynecomastia is a condition of overdeveloped breasts in men. The condition can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity or the use of certain drugs.
Gynecomastia is characterized by:
Excess localized fat
Excess glandular tissue development
This can present in one or both breasts
The goal of breast reconstruction is to restore one or both breasts to near normal shape, appearance, symmetry and size following mastectomy, lumpectomy or congenital deformities.
Breast reconstruction often involves multiple procedures performed in stages and can either begin at the time of the mastectomy or can be performed at a later date.
There are two types of breast reconstruction: implant-based or flap reconstruction.
Implant reconstruction relies on breast implants to help form a new breast mound
Flap reconstruction uses the patient’s own tissue from another part of the body to form a new breast
There are several factors to be taken into consideration when choosing which option is best:
Type of mastectomy
If only one breast is affected, it alone can be reconstructed. In addition, a breast lift, breast reduction or breast augmentation may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry of the size, shape and position of the breasts.
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. New statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show breast lifts have grown 70% since 2000, outpacing breast implants 2-to-1. Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged over time, and a breast lift will reduce this as well.
A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is more youthful and uplifted. A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness.
These changes and loss of skin elasticity can result from:
Breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of your breast. If you want your breasts to look fuller, consider a breast lift with a breast augmentation. If you want smaller breasts, consider combining breast lift and breast reduction surgery.
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