Augmentation, lift, or reduction — how does one choose which breast surgery is best for a particular need or situation? In some situations, it may seem obvious, but for some women, choosing the right breast procedure may require a bit more consideration. As a potential patient, not only is it important to consider your own individual reasons for seeking out breast surgery, but you should also take time to understand what any particular surgery may do for you and whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure.
While most women are familiar with breast augmentation, it is important to consider the procedure in relation to your own needs. Breast augmentation is ideal for women who hope to enhance their overall appearance by bringing their breasts into better proportion with the rest of their body. For many of these women, the breasts have lost volume or symmetry after significant weight loss, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. For some, the breasts never developed to a satisfactory size to begin with or developed asymmetrically.
Breast augmentation, also called augmentation mammaplasty, is designed primarily to increase volume, or size, and correct symmetry. More than 300,000 breast augmentation surgeries are performed annually and it is the most popular of all plastic surgery procedures for women. Since 1997, the popularity of breast augmentation has grown by 227 percent.
A breast lift primarily raises the breasts to a more pleasing position — a procedure which also often improves the overall shape of the breast and may make it appear slightly more voluminous without an actual augmentation. However, for a true increase in volume, particularly a significant increase, a breast lift may be combined with a breast augmentation.
Typically, breast lift candidates are women who wish to restore a more youthful or refreshed appearance after pregnancy, breastfeeding, or sustained weight loss. While not quite as popular as breast augmentation, breast lifts have grown in popularity by more than 540 percent since 1997. Breast lifts are now the fifth most popular of all plastic surgery procedures.
Unlike a breast augmentation or breast lift that increases the shape and size of breasts or improves their position, a breast reduction, called a reduction mammaplasty, often helps reduce physical discomfort by reducing the size of the breasts. A breast reduction reduces the size of the breast by removing excess fat, tissue, and skin that may cause discomfort due to having overly large breasts. An added benefit is also the lift that also occurs with this procedure, giving a more youthful appearance.
A breast reduction is ideal for women who suffer from physical or emotional pain due to the size of the breasts or who limit their physical activity due to pain or discomfort related to breast size. Nearly half of all breast reductions are performed on patients between the ages of 35 and 50, and the surgery has grown in popularity by 135 percent since 1997.If you have been considering breast surgery, schedule a consultation with a surgeon at Monarch Plastic Surgery to learn all about your options and how breast surgery might help you achieve your goals. Call us today at (913) 663-3838 or (816) 436-3262 to schedule your consultation.