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Your Complete Guide to Breast Enhancement Procedures

Your Complete Guide to Breast Enhancement Procedures

If you’re not quite happy with the size, shape or perkiness of your breasts, you may have had a thought or two about possible breast enhancement. Whether you’re interested in breast augmentation to boost the size of small breasts, a breast lift to reduce sagging, or a breast reduction to fix uncomfortably large breasts, a board-certified plastic surgeon may be able to help you achieve your goal. Of course, before you make a decision to go ahead with any kind of plastic surgery, it’s important to learn as much as you can about the procedure.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation uses either silicone or saline breast implants to create a fuller, more shapely appearance. Some of the reasons why you may choose this type of breast enhancement include loss of volume through pregnancy or weight loss, asymmetrical breasts or a desire for larger breasts. You’ll have a few choices to make before arriving at the ideal breast augmentation solution for you:

  • Saline or silicone implants
  • Low, moderate or high profile placement
  • The size you wish to achieve
  • Is a breast lift also required? This is commonly done to produce optimal results

Your board-certified plastic surgeon will be happy to discuss the available options and those which are best for you, as well as making sure you are a candidate for breast augmentation. Generally, breast augmentation is suitable for women who are:

  • At or near their ideal weight
  • In good health
  • Realistic about what can be achieved
  • Unhappy about some aspect of their breasts, such as feeling they are too small, asymmetrical or abnormally shaped

Remember, breast augmentation isn’t only for those who want dramatic results. Breast implants can also be used to create more subtle changes.

Breast Reduction

Breast enhancement can also be a great solution for those who wish their breasts were smaller, either for medical or cosmetic reasons. If you would like relief from pain and discomfort caused by particularly large breasts, or are unhappy with the appearance of your natural breasts, you may be a candidate for breast reduction.

During a breast reduction, your board-certified plastic surgeon will remove breast tissue, fat and skin to create smaller breasts, leaving you free of the back, neck and shoulder pain you may have been experiencing due to the weight of large breasts. There’s also the added bonus of it being easier to find nice clothes that fit, buy bras in everyday stores and feel more in proportion. A breast reduction will normally also include a breast lift, meaning your newly enhanced breasts will be perkier as well as a more comfortable size.

As with breast augmentation, you should start by booking an initial consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon, who can discuss the options available to you and assess your candidacy.

You may be suitable for breast reduction if you:

  • Are in good general health
  • Feel that your breasts are too large and causing pain or discomfort
  • Don’t smoke, or are willing to quit

Breast Lift

Done either as a standalone procedure, or to optimize the results of breast augmentation, a breast lift involves removing excess skin and tightening tissue to create a more youthful and lifted appearance. As well as elevating the breasts themselves, the procedure can also correct enlarged areola.

As you may expect, there are quite a few reasons why you may choose to have your breasts lifted. Some of the most common reasons for a breast lift are changes due to:

  • Pregnancy
  • Significant weight fluctuations
  • Breastfeeding
  • Aging
  • Hereditary issues

During an initial consultation, your board-certified plastic surgeon can assess your suitability for this form of breast enhancement. The factors which will be taken into consideration include general unhappiness with the sagginess of your breasts, or loss of shape and volume. You should also be in good health and committed to maintaining a suitable weight for your build.

Just as with other breast enhancement procedures, opting for a breast lift is a very personal decision and one which can only be made in collaboration with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.

Breast Enhancement Recovery

As each of the breast enhancement procedures mentioned involve a considerable change to your body, you can expect some recovery time. Before the procedure is carried out, your board-certified plastic surgeon will give you instructions on how to manage and aid your recovery. This will usually cover:

  • What pain medication you should take, and how often
  • How to care for your breasts post-surgery
  • The importance of wearing compression garments
  • How much time you will need to take off work
  • When to attend a follow-up appointment
  • When you can expect any stitches or drains to be removed
  • Signs of potential complications you should look out for and when to contact your plastic surgeon urgently
  • When you can safely return to your normal daily activities, exercise routine and any heavy lifting

Your board-certified plastic surgeon will discuss all of this, and more, in detail during your initial consultation session. It’s a good idea to have a list of questions you want to ask at this meeting, to make sure you’re not left feeling uncertain or uninformed about any aspect of your breast enhancement or recovery.

Guest post by - Dr. Sugene Kim

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