Breast augmentation is a cosmetic surgery procedure to increase breast size and enhance breast shape using silicone, saline or gel breast implants. From a cosmetic perspective, this procedure is done by surgeons to make the breasts more symmetrical and enhance its profile.
The common reasons that patients have for a breast augmentation include the following:
- To restore breast fullness that is lost after pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Correct breast asymmetry
- A desire to fit and be more confident in certain clothes
- Enhance self-image
- Achieve a better proportioned or more appealing figure
There are different approaches that are used in this procedure. For example, there are different areas for incisions and different breast implant placements. All these will depend on the patient’s goals and what has been decided on during consultation.
Choosing the right surgeon is critical to the success of a breast augmentation surgery. A surgeon’s expertise and eye for aesthetics is necessary in achieving the desired results. Surgeons are also responsible for ensuring patient safety throughout the procedure. Therefore, it is important for those who are considering a breast augmentation surgery to carefully choose their doctor to avoid a botched outcome.
Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) is a procedure to remove the excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size that is in proportion with the rest of the body. This procedure can also help alleviate any discomfort that overly large breasts have on a patient’s body.
The specific techniques for breast reduction can vary. The placement of incisions, the use of liposuction, or the repositioning of the nipple and areola will be decided on during the consultation.
A successful breast reduction surgery can relieve pain in the upper back, neck, and shoulders. It may also increase a person’s ability to participate in more physical activities, all while promoting a more positive self-image.
Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can raise the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissues. This results in a shapelier, more youthful breast appearance.
Breasts comes in different shapes and sizes. However, sagging may hide the breasts’ original shape. A good surgeon will examine the breasts and overall body structure to make sure that the right amount of lift is done.
On top of the sagging, some breasts may have lost volume over time. In such cases, a breast lift may be done with breast augmentation to improve size and firmness. The surgeon may simply suggest this option, but it is ultimately up to the patient to decide.
A nipple surgery is done to correct an inverted nipple. Albeit an aesthetic concern in some women, inverted nipples are not medical emergencies. Inverted nipples are the results of an imbalance in muscle traction where the strength of the outward muscle is weaker than the inward. This results in the nipples being retracted. Women who prefer to correct this inversion do it largely for cosmetic reasons.
This procedure can increase a person’s self-esteem, improve quality of life, and increase a person’s confidence in their appearance and intimacy. To enhance the results of the procedure, nipple surgery can be combined with Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, or Breast Reduction.
Since nipple correction is fairly a straightforward procedure, it will require less recovery time than other cosmetic procedures. There will be bruising, swelling, and discomfort, which will gradually subside in a couple of weeks. The results often leave patients satisfied, especially when it is done alongside other breast enhancement procedures.
Gynecomastia surgery is the surgical correction of enlarged breasts in men. Gynecomastia, or man boobs, is a problem that is not responsive to exercise since it is mainly composed of overdeveloped breast tissues. A radical measure to address this concern is to remove the excess breast tissue through surgery.
This procedure is done using different techniques. It can involve excision techniques, liposuction (to remove excess fats), or a combination of both. What is used will depend on the goals of the patient and the presenting structures that is causing the problem.
The results of this surgical procedure is permanent, provided that the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle to keep fat stores in check.