How To Get Beautiful Breasts With & Without Implants
Breast augmentation or enhancement is the top cosmetic procedure performed in the U.S., but
don't just assume that means all of the surgeries involved implants. Many of them did of
course, but that category also includes breast lifts, breast reconstruction and even breast
reduction surgery. There are a lot of very personal reasons that a woman would choose to
have any of these breast enhancement procedures. Some of them are cosmetic, some are health
related. But no matter the reason, every woman considering breast augmentation or enhancement should learn as much as possible about the specific procedure she wants and then find a qualified, experienced cosmetic surgeon to help her take the next step.
Breast augmentation in general involves any type of surgery that improves the look or profile
of your breasts. That could mean getting breast implants, having a breast lift or breast reconstruction.
There are two types of breast implants used today. The oldest type is saline breast implants and the newer form is pre-filled silicone breast implants. Saline was preferred by women for a long time because of health fears related to ruptured silicone implants. Older silicone implants were more fluid and if a leak developed, could cause painful, disfiguring lumps that required revision surgery. But the newer silicone implants are more of a gel and less prone to leakage.
The advantages of saline implants are that if ruptured, the solution will just dissipate and be absorbed by your body. They are also filled after insertion, which means a smaller scar. The disadvantages to saline implants are that most women believe they don't look or feel as real as silicone implants. They are usually rounder than a normal breast and lines or dimples could form under the skin. They are also heavier, so some sagging could happen over time.
According to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgery, women opt for silicone implants over saline implants more than 60% of the time. They come pre-filled so the insertion scar is larger, but the feel is more realistic, the look and shape is more like real breast tissue and they are lighter in weight and don't form dimples as much.
If you are happy with your breast size and just feel that some sagging has occurred due to
normal aging or nursing, then a breast lift may be the best choice for you. Your skin type, level of elasticity and breast size will determine which kind of breast lift is right for you. Women with larger breasts will probably need a standard breast lift where an incision is made, the breast tissue is pulled up from its sagging position and sutured into place then any excess skin is removed and the incision closed. Smaller breasts are lifted in the same way, just with shorter incisions and not as much skin reduction.
If you're breasts are large and causing back, neck or shoulder pain, then a breast reduction may benefit your overall health. If your reduction is due to health reasons and not cosmetic, it may be covered by your insurance.
There are several forms of breast reductions. The Pedicle Method is the most common. The
nipple is not removed and no nerves or milk ducts are cut. The cosmetic surgeon will removed the unwanted breast tissue and skin and reposition the nipple and breast before stitching it back in place. Each type of Pedicle Method is classified by which blood vessels and nerves are left in tact, but almost all of them involve making a circular cut around the areola. Another incision goes down the front part of the breast and one more under the breast.Women with size DDD breasts may opt have to have a short scar, Lejour or vertical breast reduction. The cut beneath the breast doesn't have to be made with these surgeries and there is no excess skin removal.
Liposuction can be used as a breast reduction technique, but while it leaves fewer scars, there is a chance of dimpling and the breast tissue can't be shaped. It's left to heal itself and any excess skin left to shrink on its own.
Women with extremely large breasts often have to have a free nipple graft. In this breast reduction procedure, the nipple is actually cut away because there is too much tissue and skin to leave it attached during the surgery. Another procedure is needed to reattach the nipple, but feeling will be lost and you won't be able to breast feed.
Breast reconstruction is a form of breast enhancement that is usually covered by your insurance. This procedure is usually for women who have had a mastectomy due to cancer or
an injury. The reconstruction is an important part of the healing process for these women, and there are several options available.
The most common breast reconstruction procedure is with implants, but women can opt for a
fat transfer reconstruction with fat cells harvested from other parts of your body. There are also tissue flap reconstruction methods, which use tissue and skin from donor sites on your body such as the stomach, back, buttocks or thighs.
With so many breast augmentation and enhancement methods available, women don't have to be dissatisfied with their breasts or have low self-esteem. A good cosmetic surgeon can help you decide which breast enhancement method will be the best fit for your body profile and your expectations.