Understanding each breast surgery procedure and which option is best for you

Most women are critical about the appearance of their breasts. From sagging to loss of volume, or no volume at all, most women are able to identify exactly what it is they don’t like about their chests. The question for most, however, is what to do about it.  Luckily, there are plenty of options. Most plastic surgeons will recommend one of three breast surgery options to make you completely satisfied with your breasts:  breast augmentation, breast reduction, and breast lift, or a combination of the three. Here’s what you need to know about each procedure:

Breast Augmentation: A breast augmentation, or boob job as it’s most commonly referred as, is a simple procedure where a saline or silicone implant is placed either behind the breast or pectoral muscle to increase fullness and projection of the breast. The result creates proportionality and volume that establishes a balance from the bust line to the waist and hips. If you feel that your breasts are too small due to a natural lack of tissue, are uneven in size, or lack desired perkiness due to pregnancy or weight loss, breast augmentation may be right for you. A breast augmentation may be combined with a breast lift if the problem includes a loss of elasticity in the skin and muscles.

Breast Lift: A breast lift is the raising of the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. This procedure may include a repositioning of the nipple and reduction in the size of the areola, as it can become enlarged due to changes in the breast. A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure by creating a breast profile that is more youthful and uplifted. A breast lift is most well suited for women who have experienced changes to their breast volume and loss of skin elasticity as a result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity and heredity.

It is important to know that breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of the breast. Therefore, if you want your breasts to look fuller, you may want consider combining the lift with an augmentation. However, if you prefer small breasts, combining a breast lift with a reduction is likely the best course of action for you.

Breast Reduction: Breast reduction surgery reduces, reshapes and alleviates the heaviness that may cause discomfort. This procedure is accomplished by removing excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size that is in proportion with your body and a weight that is easier to bear. A breast reduction is ideal for women looking to not only reduce the size of their breasts, but to also obtain a balance in proportionality between their chest, waist, and hips. A breast lift is commonly combined with a breast reduction in order to achieve the optimal result.

The shape, size and positioning of a woman’s breast is unique to her as a result of adolescent development and the changes that follow over time due to age, childbirth, weight gain, weight loss, and many others. If a woman is unhappy with the appearance of her breasts, this can have a detrimental impact on self-esteem and body image. As such, it is not unusual or shallow to want to change this. The most important thing is that you feel good about yourself.  

If you are looking to repair or enhance your bust, but are unsure which procedure is right for you, contact us today for your free breast surgery consultation. Dr. Madda is here to answer all your questions and help you determine the surgical route that is best to realize the shape and look you most desire.