For some people considering plastic surgery, they do not realize there are different types of breast procedures that fit patients in different ways. It is common for patients to confuse the benefits between a breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction. Many women begin their plastic surgery consultation thinking they want or need one procedure only to find out the other breast surgery is more appropriate for their personal goals.
A breast augmentation is the most common type of breast procedure amongst women. Women choose breast augmentation because the surgery enhances breast size and shape, improves overall body proportions, helps clothing fit better, and can be performed in conjunction with a breast lift. Dr. Castellon works with patients to have an open dialogue about their desired result and takes into consideration the increase in size, current breast anatomy, skin elasticity and body type when recommending a type of breast implant. Dr. Castellon primarily uses silicone implants because they offer the look and feel similar to real breast tissue. Most importantly, the selection of your implant should match your individualized aesthetic goals, specifically fullness and volume.
Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is ideal for women with aging breasts. Breast lift surgery removes excess skin and repositions the remaining tissue and nipples, placing the breast in a higher position giving it a perkier, more youthful appearance. Age is not the only factor contributing to drooping breasts. Women with children often find that their breasts do not return to their pre-pregnancy state once they are done adding to their family. Unlike breast augmentation surgery, breast lift surgery does not change the size of a woman’s breasts. If you were a C-cup going into your breast lift surgery, you will be a C-cup after your procedure as well. Breast lift surgery simply reshapes the breast, but does not enhance them.
A third option would be a breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty. Breast reduction surgery reduces the size of your breasts by removing excess breast tissue, skin, and fat. Having smaller breasts has many secondary benefits, such as reducing neck and back pain and allowing you to wear clothing and bras that fit better. You also feel more comfortable and confident in your appearance because your breasts are more in proportion with your body. Are you a man with enlarged breasts? Breast reduction can also be performed on men who have a condition known as gynecomastia.
While each surgery provides different benefits to the patients who seek them out, they all target very specific aesthetic goals. Breast surgeries continue to be very popular among women. Understanding the differences can better prepare you for your time with Dr. Castellon. An educated patient is often more satisfied with their cosmetic surgery since goals and results are well understood and closely aligned. It all begins with a consultation.