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Breast Surgery: Why It Doesn’t Have to be All About Breast Augmentation

When it comes to breast surgery, what immediately comes to mind are breast implants and augmentation. However, there is more to enhancing busts than just bringing them up a size. Let’s take a closer look at other aesthetic procedures for the breast and see what other possibilities are there for those searching for an aesthetic solution.

Breast Reduction

The total opposite of breast augmentation, this procedure is sneaking its way up the charts as one of the commonly requested procedures in recent years. The usual patients are those who experience  discomfort due to breasts that are relatively large for their body type. Ladies who wish to reduce their breast implant sizes can also opt for this type of surgery.

Breast reduction involves the removal of excess fat, glandular tissue and skin. The excess fat is removed either by excision or liposuction. However, the technique that will be used would have to be determined by your individual condition, breast composition, the extent of reduction you aim to achieve, and other preferences you want to address.

There are celebrities who were very happy about their breast reduction results. The point here is that bigger doesn’t always mean better. For some of these women, overly plump breasts can lead to several discomforts. Research states that generally associated physical symptoms with large breasts include, chronic pain, shoulder, and back pain, as well as, stiff neck. The weight on the brassieres can also cause grooving on the shoulders and the area underneath the folds of the breasts. Muscle fatigue on a daily basis may even lead to spinal curvature if there is nothing done about it. So, on top of addressing aesthetic concerns, breast reduction also has its advantages to a woman’s health.

Breast Lift

Female breasts are exposed to several factors which can adversely affect the elasticity of the skin in that area. Heredity, gravity, aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight fluctuations are just some of the reasons behind it. For women who wish to perk up their breasts, a breast lift would be more appropriate. Also known as a mastopexy , this procedure raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissues in order to reshape and support the new breast contour.

 In most cases this is performed together with breast augmentation or breast reduction, however there are also others who prefer not to tweak the size but simply to correct the sag. A lift also provides other advantages aside from aesthetics as it also corrects uneven breast size and severe breast sagging where the nipples already point downwards.

A way for you to check if your breasts would do well with a breast lift is to use the pencil test. It’s an easy way to determine if the degree of sagging warrants a lift, by putting a pencil under the breasts. If your breasts holds it in the fold, it means that a breast lift would be a good choice at this point.

Fat Grafting

A less invasive way to improve breast shape and size is fat grafting, also referred to as “natural breast augmentation”. From the get go this procedure sounds like a very practical solution because it simply uses your own fat taken from other areas (preferably problem spots), and then introducing it inside the breasts.

It catches attention because it is a non-invasive alternative to the traditional approach. However, the downside to this technique is that results may not be long lasting. Yes, it does the job, but it may not give the same dramatic outcome that implants could provide.

Nipple Surgery

This particular surgery is usually done to correct inverted nipples. Having such makes a woman feel self-conscious and embarrassed, however a more pressing concern is that this can lead to irritation and inflammation. Nipple surgery is a safe and conservative procedure to address inverted nipples. Another benefit from nipple surgery is that it helps improve the appearance of uneven or large areolae.

Gynecomastia Surgery

This breast procedure particularly targets men to correct gynecomastia, a condition where there is a proliferation of breast tissue in men resulting in female-looking breasts. If anything, this can hurt a man’s confidence and self-esteem.

Just like breast reduction on women, this also involves the removal of excess breast tissue and skin to flatten the area. A 2015 statistic showed that men now account for 40% of breast reductions It has been a widely successful procedure which left men satisfied with the results. They are also embracing the fact that cosmetic surgery is fast evolving, giving potential patients a better chance at success.

Improving your bust doesn’t always have to come with implants. If you are apprehensive about it, there are other cosmetic surgery options available. Even men have their fair share of the pie when it comes to breast surgery. Discuss what you aim to achieve with your surgeon and map out what is the best course of action based on your preference and goals.

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