There are literally dozens of plastic surgery procedures developed around improving or altering the breast area.
While the majority of procedures tend to be centered around enlargement of the breasts, there are still a number of reasons why people may be searching for breast surgery.
Types of Breast Surgery
Some of the more common reasons patients undergo breast surgery are:
- To correct a breast imbalance in shape, size, or look.
- To reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy.
- To increase breast size.
- To regain the look of breasts prior to pregnancy and nursing.
- To reverse the effects of stretched, saggy skin caused by significant weight loss.
- To reduce breast size.
Plastic surgery procedures centered around the breast are among the most popular procedures performed every year, and they are generally referred to under a number of similar terms.
Below you can find a brief synopsis of the most common terms. Click through on the links to find more detailed pages about each type of surgery.
Breast augmentation is by far and away one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the country and thousands of women augment the size and shape of their breasts through silicone or saline implants every year. Breast augmentation can also help women with a variety of breast-related issues including overall size, sagging or reduced firmness, asymmetry, breast reconstruction after a mastectomy and changes due to pregnancy or weight loss. Still, breast augmentation is not a good choice for everyone and a direct consultation with one or several cosmetic surgeons is an absolute necessity before you even consider having your breasts augmented. Read more about breast augmentation here.
Also known as a mastoplexy, a breast lift is similar to other types of plastic surgery “lifts.” The primary purpose is naturally to lift and remove sagging skin around the breasts that has lost its natural elasticity. Many breast lifts are done as outpatient procedures and results are usually immediate, though there is usually a lengthy recovery period involved and some scarring. Breast lift surgery can also be combined with a breast augmentation to further enhance the size and appearance of the breasts. Read more about breast lifts here.
More of a general term that applies to any combination of breast enlargement or improvement surgery, breast enhancement is essentially any form of procedure that results in bigger, fuller and firmer breasts. “Natural” breast enhancement offers an alternative way to achieve larger breasts without surgery. The majority of natural breast enhancement products are made up of phytoestrogens, which stimulate your body to allow new breast tissue to grow. Be wary, however, of extraordinary claims of natural breast enhancement as there are limitations. Find out more about the effectiveness of pills, creams and pumps on our Breast Enhancement pages. Read more about breast enhancement here.
In short, breast enlargement simply refers to the process of increasing the size of a woman's breasts. Read more about the different types of breast enlargement here.
Breast implants are teardrop or round-shaped prostheses made of either saline or silicone that are placed into a woman’s breast to reshape, restore, or enlarge the shape and size of her natural breast. Some women get implants for cosmetic reasons; others get implants to restore the breasts after a mastectomy. Read more on our breast implant pages.
A breast reduction procedure is designed to remove fat from the breasts to make them smaller, lighter, and, ideally, firmer. Occasionally, breast reduction liposuction can also reduce the size of the areola. The goal is to give the woman smaller breasts more in proportion with the rest of the figure and alleviate additional health issues (including back, neck, skin and breathing issues) caused by excessive breast weight. Read more about breast reduction liposuction here.
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