Breast surgery is becoming common as women want to alter their breast size or shape. Having ideal sized breasts is something every woman considers. It is important to realize that while an hourglass figure is desirable, the breasts you wish should look proportional to your body. You can opt for a breast augmentation, breast reduction, or a breast lift.
Breast augmentation increases the size of the breasts by placing an implant to increase the symmetry and fullness of the breast. Implants can be made of silicone, saline, or the new gummy bear type. Incisions to insert the implant are typically made under the breast and around the areola. The size of the incisions depends on the type of implant inserted. Consult with a plastic surgeon to determine which implant would work for you. Breast augmentation ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures show rounder and fuller breasts positioned naturally on the chest wall.
Breast reduction surgery is done for women who are either self-conscious about the size of their breasts or are having physical ailments such as back or neck pain due to their large breasts. In this procedure, the surgeon removes excess breast fat and glandular tissue to reduce the size of the breasts to be proportionate to the woman’s body. The nipple is placed higher on the breast to compensate for the new size.
Breast lifts are typically done in older women who are seeing natural changes in their breasts due to gravity and changes over time. This can occur due to pregnancy and nursing, heredity and aging. A breast lift removes excess skin and tightens the underlying breast tissue to raise the breasts higher on the chest wall. Incisions are made around the areola and on the underside of the breast. The breast size doesn’t change- the breast simply becomes firmer and more youthful-looking. With breast reduction surgery, the strain on the spine from supporting large breasts is relieved. The patient will not feel that pain. Other benefits are cosmetic and help the woman’s self-confidence. By either increasing or reducing their breast size to get their desired look, they would feel better about their appearance.
The risks of breast surgery include bleeding and infection. In breast augmentation, the implant can move and look lopsided. The largest complication is capsular contracture. After the implant is inserted, the scarring collagen hardens around the implant and squeezes it which distorts the shape of the breast. If it is a saline implant, it can leak within the breast. As with natural breasts, asymmetry and uneven cleavage can occur.