Breast Surgery

Breast enhancement options

Breast surgery remains a very popular form of cosmetic surgery today. While most people tend to think the procedure revolves entirely around breast augmentation through the usage of implants, there are also other forms of cosmetic breast surgery to deal with various issues women and men may have with their chests.

Breast Surgery Types

Cosmetic breast surgery was devised as a way to deal with aesthetic and physical issues with breasts considered too small, too large or asymmetrical. These types of breast surgery include:

  • Breast Augmentation: Breast enlargement surgery involves placing saline or silicone implants either within the breast tissue or below the pectoral muscle tissue to increase the size of the breast.
  • Breast Reduction: Liposuction is used to reduce overly large breasts to a more manageable size.
  • Breast Lift: This procedure emphasizes breast enhancement rather than augmentation. The nipple is repositioned and droopy or sagging skin and tissue are removed to give the breast an uplifted, firmer appearance.
  • Breast Reconstruction: This procedure involves reshaping the breasts or nipples to correct misshapen or damaged breasts and may involve augmentation, lifts or liposuction to achieve the desired results.

Are you a candidate for breast surgery?

Even though most forms of breast surgery only take a few hours and rarely involve an overnight stay at the hospital, you should not enter into it lightly. Don't kid yourself that the operation is only a small boob job; the aftereffects of the surgery may impact you for months or years to come. Scars from breast augmentation surgery are virtually unavoidable and some breast surgeries involve considerable risk of nerve damage in the nipple or surrounding area.

Women are not the only candidates for breast surgery. Men with gynecomastia may consider a breast reduction procedure as well. However, the same risks apply as for any surgery, and other options ought to be considered first.

You need to ask yourself if you truly need to surgically alter your appearance and why. Aside from breast reduction, which removes the strain placed on the back, neck and shoulders of the patient, most other breast operations are purely for aesthetic reasons. As in the case of most surgeries, people who are physically fit, don't smoke and have no allergies to anesthesia have the best results and recover from the surgery much faster.

Questions for your Breast Surgeon

The breast surgery type required is determined by you and your surgeon. Your doctor may recommend one procedure or a combination to achieve the desired results. You should ask whether the surgery will affect your ability to breastfeed in the future. Breast implants in particular need to be removed or replaced after a certain length of time and may complicate mammograms. Ask if there are any non-surgical methods that may achieve similar results for you. Get all the details before opting for surgery to correct any perceived problems.