There are many options available to women who seek a change in the shape, volume or elevation of the breasts, and just as many reasons why patients choose a particular breast procedure. For many women, the choice is based on aesthetic preference. Other times, comfort, medical necessity or a disappointing initial surgery motivates the decision.
Below, experienced Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Charles S. Lee, MD reviews the most popular breast surgery choices: breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction and breast revision.
Silicone or saline implants are used to add volume to breasts, improve their profile and correct any asymmetry that may exist. Saline is essentially salt water, and the silicone variety uses a gel that many patients report has a more natural feel.
Implants come in a range of sizes and shapes, allowing patients to select a round shape or teardrop variety that features greater fullness at the base of the breast. The surgical technique used also varies. Incisions are usually made around the nipple or areola (periareolar incision) or near the lower breast crease (inframammary incision). The underarm is another common incision placement.
Many women are happy with their breast size, but hope to reclaim a youthful, perky look by elevating the breasts and eliminating sagging skin.
Sagging may have occurred as a result of pregnancy, changes in weight or aging. Breast lift repositions breast tissue and can also return low or downward-pointing nipples to a natural position. For an even more dramatic change in your profile, breast lift is often combined with breast augmentation.
There are several techniques used to perform breast lift. A crescent lift is a popular choice for minor breast droopiness. A Benelli lift targets nipple asymmetry and minimal skin sagging. The lollipop lift is recommended for moderate sagging and nipples that have begun to stretch. The anchor lift is used for the most dramatic improvement, often in cases of pendulous breasts and severe sagging.
For patients with small frames, breast reduction can be a welcome solution to neck and back pain, poor posture and even social awkwardness. Heavy breasts can limit a woman’s freedom, making some physical activities impractical or uncomfortable.
Breast reduction surgery can provide an array of benefits, including adding symmetry to breasts and sculpting a more appealing shape. It can also adjust the nipple, compress the size of the areola, and generally create an elegant, perkier profile.
Breast revision becomes an imperative in cases where implants have lost integrity, drifted or caused changes in surrounding tissue. Breast revision is also appropriate for women who decide that implants did not meet their aesthetic expectations, or felt less natural than they hoped. In a few cases, patients have health conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, that may be aggravated by the presence of implants.
To learn more about breast procedures, schedule a personal consultation with Charles S. Lee, MD by contacting the Beverly Hills office of Enhance® Medical Center today.