There are a number of cosmetic breast enhancement procedures that can be performed on patients in order to create more appealing, youthful breasts. The type of breast enhancement surgery that is most appropriate for a patient will depend on the type of results he or she is seeking. Some patients can benefit most from a breast enhancement procedure known as a mastopexy, that raises and re-shapes sagging breasts and can reduce the size of the areola.
Breast enhancement can also be achieved through breast augmentation that uses implants to enhance the appearance of the breasts. Breast enhancement procedures are among the most popular cosmetic procedures sought in the United States today. Nearly 300,000 women perform the procedure each year.
Is breast enhancement the right option for me?
The best candidates for breast enhancement surgery are emotionally and physically healthy individuals who have realistic expectations about the results of their surgery. Patients should fully understand what will take place before, during, and after breast enhancement surgery. Good candidates for the surgery are women who have sagging breasts as a result of:
The procedure is recommended also for women who are unsatisfied with the size or shape of their breasts and wish to enhance their appearance with breast implants.
How is the procedure performed?
Mastopexy breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that is performed under a general anesthesia or a local sedation. This breast enhancement procedure is completed in one to four hours.
An anchor-shaped incision is made around the nipple down the breast and across the breast fold in order to remove extra skin and reposition the nipple. It is also possible for an incision to only be made around the areola in order to perform this breast enhancement surgery.
Mastopexy breast enhancement surgery generally doesn't increase the size of the breasts but instead lifts the bust to a more natural and desirable shape and position. This breast enhancement surgery can also be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation.
Breast enhancement through augmentation can be performed utilizing a variety of techniques. Incisions can be made:
- in the breast fold
- around the areola
- in the armpit
- in the belly button
There are a variety of types of breast implants that differ in volume, shape, materials, and filling. Breast implants are not permanent and will have to be replaced or removed five to ten years after the procedure, sometimes even sooner.
Risks associated with breast enhancement
There are a number of risks and benefits that are associated with breast enhancement surgery. Complications from anesthesia, bleeding, and infection are rare but possible side effects. After a breast enhancement surgery patients can expect the following side effects:
The typical recovery period from breast enhancement surgery is a few weeks to a few months. However patients should keep in mind that neither augmentation nor breast lift results last forever as the effects of aging, gravity, pregnancy, and genetics will inevitably take a toll on the appearance of the breasts once again.
Surgery results are not permanent because implants do not last forever. Whether due to health complications or simply time, breast implants must be removed or replaced five to ten years after breast enhancement surgery or even sooner. Some patients find that the results of breast enhancement surgery last the longest when both a breast lift and augmentation are performed simultaneously.
Male Breast Enhancement
Male breast enhancement is achieved through insertion of pectoral implants into a patient's chest area. The procedure can increase and define the shape of a man's chest when the chest cannot be developed through exercise and diet. The surgery is performed to improve the appearance of the chest area but is not designed to achieve other cosmetic and medical results. Patients with chest wall asymmetry or congenital chest wall deformities may not benefit from male breast enhancement surgery. The procedure does not improve the actual muscle definition of the chest either.
The pectoral implants used in male breast enhancement are contoured to the natural shape of the pectoral muscle. These implants are made of soft, flexible, and durable silicone, that is not the same controversial material that has been used in some female breast enhancement procedures.
Male breast enhancement surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that there is typically no hospital stay required. The procedure is done under general anesthesia and normally takes one to three hours to complete. The male breast enhancement technique involves making an incision in the armpit area to insert the pectoral implant under the muscle area. An endoscope is often used to guide the implant into the proper location.
After male breast enhancement surgery, a patient should carefully follow all aftercare procedures recommended by his cosmetic surgeon. Sutures will be removed after a few days, and a patient will normally be required to wear a post-surgical compression garment for a short period of time. Patients will normally be able to resume daily activity after a few weeks and begin exercising after two to six weeks.
Though uncommon, there are some risks associated with male breast enhancement surgery, including:
- displacement of an implant
- loss of sensation in the chest area
The scar from the incision normally fades considerably with time and is virtually unnoticeable due to its placement in the armpit area.