One of the most common plastic surgery inquiries from women involves the augmentation of the breast. In 2015 alone, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimated that 280,000 females underwent breast augmentation surgery in the United States. While breast enhancement ranks among the top when it comes to performed plastic surgeries, every case is unique and specialized for the patient’s specific needs.
Excessively large breasts are not only detrimental to one’s self-esteem but also to one’s health. Complaints due to large breasts include constant neck and back pain, poor posture, skin rashes and irritation, and painful grooves in the shoulders from the weight of the breasts in one’s bra. The dramatic improvement to a woman’s figure and her quality of life are reasons enough to undergo breast surgery.
A breast reduction is more than removing excess tissue and fat. The breast itself needs to be sculpted into a smaller shape. The techniques and incision patterns used are essentially the same as those used in a breast lift. Breast fat and tissue are removed through these incisions, and in some cases, liposuction may be needed to remove fat around the breast. This process would be followed up with a full reshaping of the breast, reduction of overlying breast skin, and proportioning of the areola to match the breast.
Age, pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and genetics all contribute to changes in the breast. Sagging, called Ptosis, includes breasts that are flattened with an elongated shape and an areola complex that is pointed downward. Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, returns the breast to a more youthful shape and position. A breast lift does not change the amount of breast tissue a woman has, but does change the shape, which can affect the overall breast size.
A breast lift can typically be achieved by either decreasing the size of the skin envelope, increasing the size of the stuffing, or a combination of the two procedures. Incisions are made to sculpt the new breast position and raise the areola complex. The technique used for the lift will be based on the size and shape of the breast and the size and position of the areola complex. Equally important is the degree of breast sag and the elasticity of the skin. The results will appear immediately. However, it will take a few weeks for the new look to fully settle in.
If you are considering breast enhancement surgery, we strongly suggest that you invest some time into research on the surgery that you are interested in. We always welcome patients’ questions and concerns regarding any plastic enhancement surgery. Contact us for a consultation and get started on the path to becoming a new you!