As you continue to age, the breasts change in size and shape due to the aging process along with variations in your weight. Once the changes in the breasts start to become obvious, the desire to learn more about breast enhancement options often becomes a topic of interest to people of any age. A recent study in the journal, Body Image, spotlighted data related to how women around the world felt about the current condition of their breasts. The journal showed that almost 71% of the women surveyed were dissatisfied with their breast size. In addition, only a third of the women reported being happy with the current condition of their breasts. If you are thinking about making some changes to the size, shape or contour of your breasts, here is a look at different types of breast augmentation techniques as well as breast reduction.
The first step you should perform is scheduling a consultation appointment with a board-certified doctor that is experienced in treating the breasts. The doctor will examine the breasts to determine what caused the changes in their size or shape and the medical technique that is the best option to achieve the desired look.
The next step is determining if you are wearing the correct bra for your body size and the size of the breasts. The bra brand needs to be tight enough to keep the breasts from sliding out underneath it. The bra brand should also be able to effectively create a flatness around the rib cage that provides a smoothness to the skin in that area (rather than a flimsy bra brand that can cut into the back).
A bra that does not fit well also contributes to the appearance of “side boob” and the spotlighting of fatty components of the breasts. If you suffer from a large amount of fat deposits in the area of the bra, liposuction can be performed to eliminate the stubborn fat deposits in the area.
When it comes time to have breast implants placed in the body, the most popular breast implant materials contain either saline or silicone. There are some doctors that prefer to use silicone implants as they often feel, and look, more like natural breasts. In addition, they produce rippling and wrinkling that is less obvious than the results sometimes provided by saline implants.
The placement of the incision for the breast implants should be considered before having the surgical procedure. The incision can be placed halfway around the lower circumference of the areola (periareolar incision), in the horizontal crease where the breast meets the body (inframammary incision), in the armpit (transaxillary incision) or in the belly button (TUBA or the transumbilical incision).
If you have breasts that are asymmetrical in shape, the surgeon can perform surgery on either breast in order to give them a more symmetrical appearance. The performance of breast augmentation or breast reduction can give the breasts a final look that is more even in appearance.
A breast lift, AKA mastopexy, elevates the sagging appearance of the breasts that has occurred due to pregnancy or the aging process. A breast list gives the breasts a more rejuvenated and youthful look by lifting them and placing the breasts in a higher and more flattering position on the chest. Any resulting scar after the surgery will heal and flatten as time passes and should not be quite as noticeable as a person continues to age.
If you have breasts that are large and/or heavy in size, breast reduction can be performed to reduce both the size and weight of the breasts. The breast reduction is performed by removing fat, skin, and tissue from the breasts. Breast reduction incisions can be made horizontally under the breast and then up around the nipple (anchor pattern) or around the areola and down to the crease of the breast (vertical incision or “lollipop incision”).
If you want to increase the size of the breasts without using breast implants, breast fat transfer can be performed to give the breasts a larger size through the use of fat removed from another part of the body. Liposuction is performed by the surgeon in order to harvest fat from one area on the body of the patient. The fat is processed and purified before being injected into the breasts. The final results are a larger size and look to the breasts and a more contoured appearance to the area of the body where the liposuction was performed.
If you are interested in learning more about the various types of breast augmentation techniques available to you, contact your surgeon of choice today to schedule a consultation appointment. The doctor will discuss your desired final results and determine if you are an ideal candidate for cosmetic breast surgery.