Choosing to get breast surgery is a major decision, one that millions of patients make every year. Many of these patients know exactly how they want to change your breasts while others may not even know how to get started. There are several different breast surgery procedures that you can choose from depending on your specific needs. For example, if you want to make your breasts larger, then you need to add implants to your breasts with an augmentation. If you want your breasts to be smaller, a breast reduction will do that for you by removing the extra tissue. And if you want your breasts a little higher on your chest, then a breast lift is your best bet. Understanding what each procedure will do for you is a big step in deciding which procedure is right for you.
Breast Augmentation Surgery
In a breast augmentation, implants are used to increase the size and change the shape of your breasts. Typically plastic surgeons use silicone or saline implants in this procedure. Saline implants are basically a plastic sac made of silicone. The implant is then filled with a saline (saltwater) solution until the implant is the correct size. Saline implants tend to have a range of sizes available because the total volume can be adjusted to match different cup sizes. Silicone implants have a harder outer shell that is filled with a silicone gel. Unlike saline implants, these are formed to the appropriate volume and shape beforehand. Both types have a long history of safety and reliability, and both are capable of producing great results.
There are some differences between the implants that may affect how they appear. Saline implants are usually placed on top of the muscles under your breast tissue, so they tend to appear perkier and bouncier than silicone implants. Silicone implants can be placed underneath the muscles, which may reduce your risk of capsular contracture (a complication where scar tissue forms around the implant and causes your breast to tighten). Silicone implants also have a softer and more natural look to them than saline implants.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Breast reduction patients choose this procedure for a number of reasons. Some are women who have enlarged breasts from pregnancy and breast feeding. Others are women who have always had larger breasts due to their hormone levels that peak during their teenage years. Breasts can also grow larger with weight gain. Women with larger breasts often have trouble finding clothes that fit their frame correctly or have difficulty exercising. For women with especially large breasts, back pain can also be a significant problem due to the extra weight on their chest.
This procedure can also be used on male patients. Men have breast tissue that can grow during puberty, a condition known as gynecomastia, or with extreme weight gain. Male breast reduction is actually more common than you would think, as about 50% of all men experience this condition at some point in their lifetime.
Once breasts grow, it can be difficult to get them to shrink again. If the breast tissue itself is swollen or enlarged, it doesn’t matter how much weight you lose or how much you exercise. That’s why breast reduction surgery is important – it removes the extra tissue as well as extra fat deposits.
Breast Lift Surgery
Sometimes breasts don’t really need a major change in shape or size, they just need a little boost. This is often the case with breasts that are a little saggy or deflated with age. Moms who have finished breast feeding can also have breasts that look deflated after their milk production stops. Breasts can be lifted up higher on your chest and given a more youthful appearance without having to use implants or remove the actual breast tissue.
A breast lift usually involves tightening the skin around the breast to smooth it out and elevate it on your chest. It is also fairly common for the areola to be repositioned in a breast lift. Ideally, the areola should be in the center of your breast and face forward. As your breast ages, however, your areola can start moving lower on your breast and face downward. This can be corrected with a breast lift. The shape of your breast can also be somewhat adjusted .
Other Procedures That Can Improve Your Breasts
Even if you aren’t sure you want to have a major breast surgery procedure, there are a couple other options to consider. Liposuction can be used to remove extra fat deposits that could be hiding among your breast tissue. On the flip side, fat transfers can be used to add a little extra volume to your breasts by taking fat deposits from somewhere else on your body and transferring them. Both of these procedures can be used to tweak or refine the shape of your breasts. They won’t be as drastic as the other procedures, but they can still help you feel better about how your breasts look.
For patients who have already had breast surgery, there are procedures available in the event that you want to make additional changes or experience complications. Breast revision surgery is a procedure that helps patients who have received implants through breast augmentation. This can include anything from adjusting the size of your implants if you want larger or smaller breasts to completely replacing your implants in the rare event of a rupture or deflation. Capsular contracture repair is also associated with breast augmentation and is used in the event that your body forms a tight scar tissue around the implant, which can leave your breasts deformed or uncomfortable. These types of procedures are used less often, but they are available in the event you need them.
To learn more about your different breast surgery options and determine the best one for you, contact Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at (281) 484-0088 to schedule an initial patient consultation with expert surgeon, Dr. Paul Vitenas.