Different Types Of Breast Surgery Procedures

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The most important step in having breast plastic surgery is to locate a reputable board certified cosmetic surgeon, and organize a consultation to find out more about what breast surgery entails and how it may benefit your individual requirements. During you consultation with a breast surgeon, he or she will explain the options available to you, including the steps of the procedure, and the different types of breast plastic surgery procedures available, this information should include the risks, side effects and limitations, as well as the breast plastic surgery costs, and overall effects and outcome.

Different Types Of Breast Plastic Surgery Procedures

There are currently several types of breast plastic surgery operations available, these include:

Breast Augmentation

A breast augmentation, also known as breast enlargement, is surgery to increase the size of the breasts or correct asymmetrical breasts. It usually involves placing an artificial breast implant filled with silicone (cohesive gel that doesn’t run if cut) or saline (salt water) either under the breast tissue or the chest muscle behind the breast. You may choose to enlarge your breasts if you feel that your breasts are too small, or perhaps you want to increase your breast size after losing weight or after a pregnancy, or you want to correct a difference in size between the two breasts (breast asymmetry). The operation may also be offered if you are having reconstructive surgery as part of treatment for breast cancer or other conditions that may affect the size and shape of your breasts.

Breast Implants

Breast enlargement implants are available in a variety of shapes, forms and sizes.  A breast implant can be made of natural body tissue or synthetic (man-made) materials, such as saline breast implants or silicone breast implants.  Natural tissue breast enlargement implants are usually only used on women having breast reconstruction surgery (after breast cancer treatment) and are rarely used for cosmetic purposes. The operation is carried out either under general or local anesthetic (sometimes as day surgery, but usually with an overnight stay in hospital) and the procedure takes around an hour.  An incision (surgical cut) is made in or near the breast and the surgeon will create a pocket for the breast implant to lie in, either beneath the muscle or beneath the breast tissue (size and shape will determine the outcome of the position of the implant and the you should discuss this with your surgeon).

Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstruction is an operation to try to get back the shape of the breast after mastectomy (removal of a breast), or lumpectomy (removal of part of the breast). The aim of a breast reconstruction operation is to match the remaining natural breast as closely as possible. This can either be done by creating a breast ‘form’ with a breast implant, or by using natural tissue from another part of your body. If you have lost one or both breasts, the creation of a new breast can dramatically improve your self-image, self-confidence and quality of life. However, although breast reconstruction surgery can give you a relatively natural-looking breast, a reconstructed breast will never look or feel exactly the same as the breast that was removed. Breast reconstruction typically involves several procedures performed in multiple stages. It can begin at the same time as mastectomy, or you can delay it until you heal from mastectomy and recover from any additional cancer treatments.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction (or reduction mammoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery procedure that lifts the breast and makes it smaller. Women with large breasts often suffer from back pain, neck pain, breast pain and other medical problems, and breast reduction surgery will help to relieve the symptoms. For this reason, it is considered a reconstructive surgery and is often covered by insurance. During the breast reduction operation, excess tissue and skin are removed from the breasts. The breasts are then reshaped to form smaller ones, and the nipples are repositioned. If you feel like your breasts are too large or uneven (breast asymmetry), if they are causing back or neck pain, or if you have a difficult time finding clothes that fit or playing sports, then you may be an ideal candidate for breast reduction.

Breast Enlargement

A breast enlargement operation (also referred to as breast augmentation) involves surgically inserting breast implants behind the natural breast tissues to increase the size of the breasts. Breast enlargement procedures are performed to create better symmetry and make the breasts larger, firmer and fuller.  Breast enlargement surgery involves inserting breast implants into “pockets” made behind the breasts. The breast implants can be put in either through a cut (incision) made in the crease underneath the breast, around the lower edge of the nipple or in the armpit. The implants are then inserted through the incisions and positioned either in front of or behind the chest muscles.  Breast implants are available in a variety of types and sizes. All implants are made of an outer casing of silicone but are filled with either a silicone gel or a salt solution called saline.

Breast Lift

Breast lift (mastopexy) is an operation to raise and re-shape your breasts if they have lost their shape and skin elasticity through pregnancy, breastfeeding, a loss or gain in weight or as part of the aging process. There are several different techniques that can be in a breast lift augmentation, depending on the degree of sagging.  Breast lift surgery consists of removing excess skin from around the areola to tighten the skin that surrounds the breast. By tightening the skin in this way, the breast is “lifted”, elevating the position of the nipple and areola. Some women may choose to have breast implants inserted in conjunction with a breast lift, which may yield more satisfying results for those who desire greater volume as well as firmness in their breasts. 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.