Breast Augmentation: What Are Your Options?
Now that summer is in full swing, bikinis and bathing suits are common outfit options for days spent at the pool or on the beach. This can cause many women to feel self-conscious about their breasts, as bathing suits can be unforgiving and not offer the right support. Whether you are unhappy with the size, shape, or symmetry of your breasts, there are different types of breast augmentation procedures that can help:
Breast augmentation surgery increases the size and symmetry of a woman’s breasts by using either a saline or silicone gel implant, placed above or beneath the pectoral muscles. The augmentation yields the fuller, firmer breasts a woman has always longed for.
A breast augmentation is the perfect solution for women who are disappointed with the size, shape, or symmetry of their breasts. Inserting an implant into the breasts results in a beautiful, shapely breast with restored youth and flawless symmetry. Most women are candidates for a breast augmentation surgery; however, some may need a breast lift as well, rather than implants alone to produce a lovely result.
A breast reduction surgery is often performed not only for aesthetic reasons, but also to relieve pain and restore health. Overly large breasts can often cause neck, back, and shoulder pain, as well as diminish the desire to exercise.
A breast reduction procedure removes excess skin and breast tissue, especially along the sides of the breasts near the arms, while leaving tissue in the middle of the breasts to maintain the patient’s desired cleavage. The areolae are reduced in size to be made more uniform and attractive with the nipples positioned further up the breast, leaving a youthful teardrop shape beneath.
In some cases, liposuction can also be used along the sides of the breast, creating a tighter contour to the sides and breasts. Liposuction makes the breast stand on its own, rather than the lovely contour being overwhelmed by extra fat and skin along the sides.
Breast reduction surgery has a very high satisfaction rate, despite scars left from the procedure. A beautiful aesthetic balance is brought to the breasts, most neck and shoulder pain is relieved, and self-confidence is restored.
A mastopexy—often called a breast lift—is a popular cosmetic surgery for women who want to restore the natural youthfulness of their breasts that has been lost to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and effects of gravity that makes breast skin lose its elasticity.
A breast lift restores the breasts by removing excess skin and breast tissue, as well as decreasing the size of the areola and raising it to a more youthful position. A breast implant may also be used to enhance breast volume if desired.
Determining whether you will need a breast lift is simple by looking at your profile in a mirror. Look at the position of your nipple versus the crease beneath the breast, known as the inframammary crease. If the nipple is above the crease, breast implants alone will produce fabulous results by increasing the size, shape, and symmetry of the breasts. If the nipple is level with the crease, called psuedoptosis, it is most likely that you will get a beautiful result with only implants; however, occasionally some type of breast lift may be necessary for optimal results. If the nipple is below the crease, a breast lift is generally necessary with the breast augmentation to produce the most beautiful breasts possible.
No matter what the situation, Dr. Shapiro, a Scottsdale breast augmentation surgeon, can help you achieve the most beautiful breasts ever.
For more information and to find out whether breast augmentation is right for you, contact Shapiro Plastic Surgery.