Breast procedures remain some of the most common surgeries performed by plastic surgeons. Whether a patient wishes to enlarge, enhance or contour their chest, there are many options available to them, each of which can be specified to align with their individual needs and goals. If you’re considering breast surgery, but are not sure where to begin, this guide is a great place to start. A qualified, experienced plastic surgeon will help you determine which procedure is the best option for you.
Types of Breast Surgery
- Breast Augmentation: The most common breast procedure, breast augmentation, is a popular choice among women of all ages who wish to enhance the size and/or appearance of their breasts. Breast implants can address a number of aesthetic concerns– they not only make breasts bigger, but they can balance uneven or disproportionate breasts and provide volume and fullness. Breast augmentation candidates have a variety of choices available to them, allowing for a fully customizable procedure to ensure optimal results.
- Breast Lift: A breast lift does not change the size of the breast, but rather lifts the tissues to restore firmness and volume to breasts that sag. This procedure is popular among patients who have experienced decreased breast volume often associated with pregnancy and nursing, or those who have lost a significant amount of weight. Breast lifts can be combined with additional procedures, such as augmentation, for more dramatic results.
- Breast Reduction: Women who experience physical discomfort due to overly large breasts can benefit greatly from a breast reduction. This procedure removes excess fat, skin and glandular tissues from the breast to create a chest more in proportion to the rest of the patient’s body.
- Male Breast Reduction: Women are not the only ones uncomfortable with large breasts. Research indicates that more than 40 percent of men suffer from gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts. Male breast reduction removes fat and other tissues to create a firm, smooth contour.