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 procedure is undertaken for reasons that include perceptions that the breasts are inadequate in size or asymmetrical, or due to a reduction in size following pregnancy or significant weight loss.
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.
Mastopexy (Breast Lift)
A breast lift is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and tighten the surrounding tissue, hence restoring the breast’s firmness and contour. It is often sought after after childbirth or significant weight loss. Note that above all, a consultation with a qualified surgeon is key to understanding individual suitability and outcomes.
Nipple correction is less complex compared to breast reduction, which is a long procedure requiring a longer downtime. However, the patient should expect 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.