The size and shape of the breasts is a serious issue for many women and for that reason breast augmentation is one of most common plastic surgeries. The breasts are typical female secondary sex characteristic and a sign of sexual maturity and fertility, while the size and shape of breast greatly vary from woman to woman. Breasts also play an important role in human sexual behavior, while larger and full breasts are considered erotic and in most men desired. For that reason women with smaller breasts are often feeling unattractive and not enough feminine. A lot of sadness also causes loss of volume, sagging or dropping of breasts which often occurs with aging, after childbirth and weight loss. Fortunately, breast augmentation and breast lift provide both enlargement and reshape of the breasts.
Breast augmentation or breast enlargement is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery in the Europe. Typical surgical procedure for breast enlargement usually take about two hours, while the shape and enlargement of the breast size are achieved by using either saline-filled or silicone-gel-filled implants. Saline implants are inserted empty and than filled with saline (salt-water) what requires a smaller cut than silicone gel implants which are filled with silicone before the insertion. There are three common incision sites:
- inframammary (below the breasts)
- transaxillary (in the armpit)
- and periareolar (along the areolar border)
Breast lift (mastopexy)
Breast lift or mastopexy is performed to lift the sagging breast, while the procedure of breast lifting might be done alone or in combination with breast augmentation. There are several methods used for breast lifting, while most common procedure involves incisions along the crease underneath the breasts, around the areola, and between the areola and the base of the breasts which is known as the inverted T incision. There are also other procedures used for breast lifting which are in first place intended to reduce scarring.
Like all other surgical procedures, breast augmentation and breast lift procedures are continuing to evolve. Either way, before deciding for any plastic surgery including breast augmentation or lift it is important to be well informed over different possibilities as well as over potential risks and complications.
General Breast lift Surgery
The breast lift procedure takes place on an outpatient basis. The patient is placed under anesthesia. The most common mastopexy procedure involves placing an anchor-like incision along the underside of each breast. This incision, located around the unwanted skin and tissue, defines the new position of the areola and nipple. The unwanted tissue is removed, allowing for the areola and nipple to be relocated to a higher position on the breast as well as the breast to be reshaped desirably.
Women with smaller breasts or minimal sagging may have a less invasive procedure, known as “doughnut” or “concentric” mastopexy. Circular incisions are made around the areola in this type of procedure, allowing for the removal of excess tissue.
Regardless of the technique applied during your surgery, modern mastopexy innovations minimize the side effect of reduced nipple sensation and achieve safe and pleasing results.
Recovery Following Breast Lift Surgery
A complete list of post-operative instructions will be given to you. Follow them closely to help your body recovery quickly and properly. You’ll most likely require plenty of rest and limit your movement. Dressings, applied immediately following surgery, will help the recovery process. You may also need to wear a surgical bra to maintain support. Any discomfort experienced following surgery can be minimized with prescribed oral medication. Complications are rare, and can be minimized by following post-operative care instructions carefully.
Breast augmentations are a common procedure but still can cause serious side effects. These side effects can range from minor to serious, including death caused by infection. Other more common side effects include temporary discomfort, soreness, swelling, bruising, and skin wrinkling. The breast can become very sensitive following surgery. Both methods of implantation can produce these side effects. Silicone breast implants have become known for causing the worst and most harmful side effects. According to researchers and doctors, the possible side effects of silicone breast implants include associations to breast and lung cancer and autoimmune diseases. There are several factors that can contribute to these harmful side effects such as medical history and smoking.
All medical procedures involve some level of risk. When considering plastic surgery it is very important for the patient to understand all the risks involved with their surgery. High risks are most commonly associated with breast augmentations and liposuction.
Serious risks and illnesses have been associated with breast augmentation. However, many of those claims have been disproved. Still, plastic surgery to the breast carries risks that have not been disproved and should be addressed. Some people who receive breast implants can experience trouble after the procedure. These risks associated with breast augmentation can include rupture of the implant, breast disfigurement, various infections, pain, and capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is a contraction of the scar tissue that the body forms around breast implants. All patients are strongly advised to be aware of all the risks associated with plastic surgery and realize that changes to the shape of the breast after implantation can occur and are irreversible.