As a person starts to age, the breasts begin to lose their shape. The breasts start to sag and look droopy. In order to combat these changes, patients can have cosmetic breast surgery to rejuvenate the look of the breasts and give them a more youthful appearance. Cosmetic breast surgery can also help the breasts maintain a good shape and contour to them. In order to achieve the final results desired by the patient, the person should schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified doctor. The doctor will sit down with the patient in order to determine which cosmetic breast surgery technique is the best choice to gain the desired final results as well as the look to the breasts that the patient hopes to achieve. When the patient meets with the surgeon during the consultation appointment, here are the cosmetic breast surgery techniques that will be discussed.
Breast Augmentation using Breast Implants
Breast augmentation, AKA augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic breast surgery procedure performed on patients that are looking to augment and enhance the shape, size, contour and appearance of the breasts. There are many reasons that patients want to undergo breast augmentation through the use of breast implants. These reasons include:
- Patients feel that their breasts are too small
- Patients don’t like the look of their breasts
- They think the breasts are not the same size or they lack symmetry
- Patients that have given birth want to improve the appearance of their breasts due to changes to the breasts that happened during the pregnancy.
Cosmetic breast augmentation is performed by the cosmetic surgeon placing breast implants either over, or under, the chest muscle of the patient. In order to place the implants, incisions are made in the armpit, the lower breast fold or the areola AKA the area that surrounds the nipple. The breast implants used during breast augmentation are made of a silicone shell that contains a silicone gel or they are made of saline which is also known as a salt water solution.
As mentioned above, the cosmetic surgeon meets with the patient during a consultation appointment to make sure the person is an ideal candidate for cosmetic breast augmentation. The surgeon will also set realistic expectations for the final results so they will look natural in appearance. Some patients want to have breast augmentation results that look unnatural in appearance because the desired results would be too large. Breast augmentation results that are too large can have an appearance that is out of proportion with the rest of the body and this will make it obvious to others that breast augmentation has been performed.
Women with breasts that are unusually large can suffer from both physical and self-esteem issues. They can have neck and back pain from the weight and size of the breasts. They can also receive a lot of attention from others due to the size of their breasts and the amount of attention they receive can make them uncomfortable. Patients can have breast reduction surgery to reduce the size of the breasts and create a more aesthetically appealing look.
In order to perform breast reduction surgery, the doctor removes excess breast tissue as well as excess skin and fat located in the area that surrounds the breast tissue. The removal of the excess breast tissue, fat and skin reduces the overall size of the breasts.
In addition to the breasts beginning to lose their shape and contour as a person gets older, the skin located around the breasts can also start to sag. To reverse these changes to the breasts, patients can have a breast lift, AKA a mastopexy, which restores fullness to the breasts via the removal of excess skin while also lifting and tightening the remaining breast tissue.
A breast lift that provides a more youthful look can also be performed on women that have skin that is no longer strong enough to support the weight of the breasts. Breast lift incision options include:
- Donut AKA Periareolar – The incision goes around the areola area
- Wise Pattern – The incision is in the shape of an anchor so it will go around the chest and then below the breast
- LeJeour – The incision goes around the areola as well as downward
Cosmetic Breast Surgery Consultation
Patients that want to have cosmetic breast surgery need to schedule a consultation appointment with a board-certified surgeon experienced in performing all of the above breast surgery techniques. Each patient has personal reasons for wanting to have some form of cosmetic breast surgery. The doctor will perform a thorough physical examination of the patient to make sure the person is healthy enough, as well as an ideal candidate, for cosmetic breast surgery. In addition, the doctor will make sure the person having cosmetic breast surgery has made the choice to have the procedure because they want to make the desired changes and not to make someone else happy with their appearance.