A Wide Variety of Breast Procedures
Breast procedures are among the most popular aesthetic plastic surgery procedures in the world. Plastic surgeons have developed a wide array of procedures and techniques designed to give patients the breasts they want—the breasts that work with their frame or match their self-image or bolster their sense of self. Whether a patient is looking for a reduction, an augmentation, or reconstruction, the end results usually lead to an increase in self-esteem, confidence, and quality of life. For women who want to change the size, shape, or orientation of their breasts, there are now many options to help you get the body you want.
There are a few main types of breast procedures, each attempting to address different aspects of the breast. Some of these procedures can be performed concurrently where it makes sense, while others are mutually exclusive (a breast augmentation and a breast reduction, for example). The focus of these procedures, however, is to give each and every individual patient results that meet their expectations, assuming those expectations are realistic. Once those final results come to pass, however, most patients are usually incredibly happy with the results.
Among the most popular breast enhancement options is a procedure called breast augmentation. This procedure is designed to increase the size of the breasts, sometimes subtly and sometimes by a significant amount. Patients usually have the option of choosing saline, silicone, or autologous fat implants—though silicone is by far the most common, capable of giving patients natural-looking, long-term results. Women looking into breast augmentation procedures generally want to increase the size of the breasts in order to bring their bodies into proportion (and, hence, find clothes that fit better), or simply wish to see themselves with a larger bust.
The recovery from a breast augmentation procedure usually takes between several weeks to several months, depending on the technique, though you should be able to return to most normal activities before that. Most patients are thrilled with the results, ensuring that breast augmentation will continue to be popular for some time to come.
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Breast lift procedures are designed to make the breast look more youthful. Over time, gravity pulls the breast tissue down, causing both sagging and the formation of excess tissue. The orientation of the breasts can also change. A breast lift is designed to remove excess tissue and reorient the breasts in order to achieve a perkier, more youthful look. In general, breast lift procedures do not change the overall size of the breast. Rather, the procedure is focused on helping patients achieve a natural, youthful look to the breasts by replicating that youthful perkiness.
Most patients are able to return to daily routines within a matter of days (excepting rigorous exercise), though it may take a few months for swelling to subside completely. The results, however, are almost always highly regarded by patients, who end up loving their more youthful, perkier look.
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One of the most common breast enhancement procedures is actually the reduction of the size of the breast. There are many reasons why the breasts may accrue more tissue as time goes on—pregnancy, nursing, aging—and sometimes this is simply an artifact of genetics. However, overly large breasts are heavy, and they can cause stress on the body, leading to headaches, neck pain, and severe back pain. A breast reduction will not only make the breasts look more youthful by removing excess tissue, but they will mitigate much of the mass of the breasts, leading to a reduction in pain in the back and neck.
Recovery from breast reduction surgery usually takes a number of days before patients can return to normal activity, though that could be longer depending on the scope of work. Many patients decide to have a breast lift performed concurrently with a breast reduction in order to get the best possible results, giving the breasts some welcome perkiness.
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Many patients are curious about breast enhancement procedures, and the best place to get answers to those questions is through a highly qualified plastic surgeon. During a confidential consultation, a plastic surgeon can tell you precisely what you can expect in terms of your results, recovery, and options. If you’re still forming your opinions about these procedures, you can find more information in the articles on this site, where we examine many aspects of breast enhancement surgery.
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