But what happens when you’re unhappy with the appearance of your bust? Perhaps you have small, asymmetrical, or deflated breasts and are considering a change. When that time comes, you need to know your enhancement options.
Today’s breast augmentation and breast lift techniques have come a long way. And plastic surgeons on the cutting edge of breast enhancement surgery — like the cosmetic team here at Inland Breast and Body — are ready to help you gain that confidence in your body you may have been lacking.
Here are the most popular choices for breast enhancement and why you should consider all your options before deciding with your plastic surgeon.
Option #1: Breast Lift
A breast lift does just that: lift. With this procedure, the breasts are reshaped and repositioned to be higher and projected further from the chest wall.
Incisions are made on the breast, depending on the extent of breast ptosis (laxity) present. While incisions may only be needed around the areola, they often continue down the lower pole of the breast and across the inframammary fold to properly shape the breast.
Excess skin is removed, internal tissues are tightened, and the nipple and areola complex is resized and repositioned to elevate and tighten the breasts.
Because the breasts are higher on the chest and the skin is no longer lax, a breast lift gives a more youthful appearance. Discomfort, such as rashes underneath sagging, can also be lessened or alleviated.
Breast lift surgery does not increase lost volume.
Is a Breast Lift Right for You?
A breast lift alone might be right if you struggle with sagging breasts but remain pleased with their size and volume. Otherwise, you may need to consider an alternative or additional procedure.
Option #2: Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation increases the volume and enhances the shape of the breasts. Breast augmentation increases the size of naturally small breasts or replaces the volume lost during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.
Customizable saline or silicone implants are used to increase fullness. These implants will be selected during a consultation with your plastic surgeon based on your aesthetic goals, body type, and current best size.
Incisions are made around the areola or across the inframammary fold to place and position the implants.
Breast augmentation can help reshape and enlarge the breasts, whether they have always been small or deflated over time.
Breast implants must be surgically removed if you decide they are no longer for you (or if they develop a complication). Additionally, breast implants cannot raise sagging breasts or tighten skin.
Is a Breast Augmentation Right for You?
Breast augmentation might be right for you if you want more fullness in your breasts.
Option #3: Breast Lift With Augmentation
This combined option addresses three of the most common issues women face: projection, shape, and fullness. The breasts are lifted, the areolas are positioned higher, and the volume is increased.
This option is often chosen with a Mommy Makeover. But it is also appropriate for women who want fuller, higher breasts.
You take care of the most common issues women face with their breasts — sagging, lax skin, and loss of volume — all in one combined surgery. Most women say they love how they look in clothes after this combined surgery.
Which Breast Enhancement Option Is Right for You?
Your best bet is to sit down with your plastic surgeon and discuss these choices. Your surgeon can give you a realistic bird’s-eye view of what you can expect.
Breast asymmetry is a condition where one breast is noticeably larger, smaller, or differently shaped or positioned than the other. The condition is prevalent among women, with a majority having some degree of breast asymmetry, which is considered normal. In most cases, it is so minor that it is almost impossible to notice without an in-depth examination.
However, for some women, asymmetry is more pronounced, making them self-conscious about their physique. If the differences are greater than one bra cup size, it can cause clothing to fit poorly, significant psychological distress, and even social stigma.
It can be embarrassing or difficult for these women to deal with this reality, which may lead to a loss of self-confidence, consequentially degrading their quality of life.
What Are My Breast Asymmetry Treatment Options?
Depending on the severity of your asymmetry and desired results, various interventions can help correct your breast asymmetry.
Want to Enlarge the Smaller Breast?
Breast asymmetry can easily be corrected through breast augmentation techniques. For those who are looking to match the size and shape of both breasts, an implant may be used to achieve the desired level of symmetry.
The size of the implants may differ considerably depending on the size of your breasts; for instance, a slightly bigger implant may be used on the smaller breast and vice-versa to enhance symmetry while creating an overall larger bust appearance.
A breast reduction may yield natural results for patients with overly large breasts. Dr. Andreason will remove excess glandular tissue and fat from the larger breast to make it more equal in size with the smaller one.
For many women, a combination of breast reduction and lift is needed to create a harmonious, balanced, fuller, and firmer bust appearance.
Need to Reposition the Breasts?
Sagging of breasts may make them appear asymmetrical in placement, especially when they begin to point away from one another. A breast lift procedure removes sagging tissue and elevates the breasts to a higher point on the chest, repositioning the nipples to a more natural-looking position. This ensures that both breasts are equally shaped and attractive.
A breast lift may be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation or reduction to achieve optimal results. In many cases, a combination of any of these procedures is used to accomplish comprehensive improvements in the breasts’ size, shape, profile, and position.
During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your concerns, and depending on your specific characteristics and needs, a surgical plan will be recommended.
Do you wish to correct your breast asymmetry? Dr. Andreasen can help. Contact us today at 909-291-4900 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation and learn which transformative procedures will work for you.
3 Minute Read: Breasts come in many shapes and sizes. But what happens when you’re unhappy with the appearance of your bust? Perhaps you have small, asymmetrical, or deflated breasts and are considering a change. When that time comes, you need to know your enhancement options. Today’s breast augmentation and breast lift techniques have come […]
3 Minute Read: Breast asymmetry is a condition where one breast is noticeably larger, smaller, or differently shaped or positioned than the other. The condition is prevalent among women, with a majority having some degree of breast asymmetry, which is considered normal. In most cases, it is so minor that it is almost impossible to […]
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