Explaining Augmentations, Lifts and Reductions
Breasts, like the people who have them, come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Body positivity aside, it’s not always easy to accept what you have naturally. Whether it’s feeling uncomfortable about their breast shape, not loving the way shirts fit or breasts get in the way of everyday activities, it’s possible that some women don’t like at least one part of their chest. It can be the tricky part to know what kind of procedure is required for a particular case, particularly for people who are new to the plastic surgery concept.
Breast augmentation with implants
More than 300,000 women choose this surgery in 2018. If a woman’s main goal for breast surgery is to enlarge her breasts, breast augmentation with saline or silicone implants may be the ideal solution. There are many factors to consider, including the size, type and shape of the chosen implants, their position in the chest area (in front of the pectoral muscle, partially in front of the muscle or behind the muscle) and where the incision will be made. The plastic surgeon can help each woman make these decisions by assessing her body shape, lifestyle and overall goals.
For having the breasts bigger, breast augmentations and fat transfers are helpful, but what they can’t do is correct problems related to drooping or sagging. Instead of sitting high on the chest, age, gravity, weight fluctuations and breastfeeding can cause the skin and tissue of once firm breasts to stretch out, causing the breasts to hang down. A breast lift may be needed for women who have found that the skin of their breasts has a large degree of laxity or that their nipples point to the floor and are placed at or below the breast fold. The surgery includes making a breast incision, changing the location of fat and other tissues, cutting off excess skin, and repositioning the nipple where appropriate. While this is a reliably effective plastic surgery procedure, with results visible virtually as soon as the surgery is over, it does not prevent breasts from becoming saggy in the future if there are future weight fluctuations or further changes to the skin’s elasticity.
Chronic pain in the back, shoulder or neck caused by large, pendulous breasts is an issue that many women face. Compared to the rest of the body, some women may choose to make their breasts smaller to alleviate physical pain or to make them appear more proportionate. Breast reduction, includes the removal of excess fat, tissue, and skin from the breasts by incisions, liposuction, and other tissue removal. By speaking with a board-certified plastic surgeon, women considering either of these breast surgery choices are encouraged to get answers to their questions and find out more about their treatment of choice.