Also known as augmentation mammaplasty, the procedure involves using implants to fulfill your desire for fuller breasts or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy. If you are dissatisfied with your breast size, augmentation surgery is a choice to consider. Breast augmentation can increase fullness and projection of your breasts, improve the balance of your figure, enhance your self-image and self confidence. Common incision locations include the breast crease or around the areola (pigmented skin surrounding the nipple). Placement of implants beneath the chest wall muscle or directly behind breast tissue using pre-filled implants or implants filled during surgery creates desired volume. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis, usually under general anesthesia.
Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Sometimes the areola becomes enlarged over time, and the breast lift will reduce this as well. Excess skin is surgically removed to raise the nipple and tighten the breast tissue. Incision patterns vary, depending on degree of excess skin and amount of lifting required, as well as patient and surgeon preference. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis, usually under general anesthesia.
If you are facing the loss of a breast due to cancer or other disease, you may be given the option of breast reconstruction. The breast reconstruction process may begin at the time of your mastectomy (immediate) or weeks to years afterwards (delayed). There are different types of breast reconstruction that are commonly performed: a tissue expander, followed by a breast implant, either gel or saline filled; your own tissues (referred to as a flap); or a combination of both. The best reconstruction procedure for you will depend upon your individual desired results, your physical condition and your surgeon's advice.
Also known as reduction mammoplasty, this procedure removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts. Breast reduction is a good option for you if you have symptoms of back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts, you have regular indentations from bra straps that support heavy, pendulous breasts or you have skin irritation beneath the breast crease. This surgery is performed in a hospital under general anesthesia and you may require a one-night stay in the hospital.