A More Shapely You!
Electing to have breast surgery is a very personal decision. Each procedure is different based on what results a woman is seeking. Reasons are varied and can include aging, wanting to have a more positive body image, pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and lifestyle change. Breast surgery isn’t just about looks; it’s how it makes you feel about yourself.
Dr. Won is a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon
Who Performs The Following Types of Breast Surgeries:
* Breast lift (mastopexy) Learn More
* Breast augmentation with implants Learn More
* Breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty) Learn More
Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
Breast lift surgery will not round out the upper part of your breast or change its size, however it can provide your figure with a more youthful appearance by giving your breasts a more youthful shape, perkiness, and firmness. As you experience different changes in your life, breasts can sag and lose their elasticity and make you feel older than you actually are. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can take a toll on the appearance of your breasts, as can weight fluctuations, and aging.
Many women’s breasts will lose their shape or begin to sag and lose volume. You may want your nipple to be placed in a more pleasing position. Breasts can become more elongated or become pendulous. Sometimes one breast may hang lower than the other. Nipples and areolas can point downward instead of forward. If any of these have happened to you and you want to regain your youthful appearance, then a breast lift may be exactly what you need to get your figure back and feel better about yourself!
There are different types of incisions that can be done to get your desired result. Dr. Won can go over these different procedures with you so that you can make the best decision to achieve beautiful breasts again. All incisions result in having scars however these usually diminish greatly over 6-months to a year and become barely noticeable.
After having the procedure, you will see immediate results! Any post-surgery swelling will diminish over time and the results of your breast lift will improve over the next few months as you recover from your procedure.
Time and gravity can continue to affect your breasts, however maintaining your weight and a healthy lifestyle will help your breasts continue to look youthful.
It is important to understand that a breast lift is best considered after you have had your children. The reason for this is that your breasts can change during pregnancy which can negate the positive effects that a breast lift can provide. Additionally, any significant weight changes (after pregnancy or otherwise) can also affect breast appearance.
Ultimately a breast lift focuses on breast position and contour. If you desire more volume in your breasts as well as a lift, then breast augmentation surgery can be done along with the breast lift.
Breast Augmentation with Implants
If you want bigger or fuller breasts, then implants will be necessary to achieve the look you want. There are different options to choose from when deciding to have breast implants, depending on the look that you desire. The four things that you will want to consider are:
- Type of implant – options include saline or silicone.
- Size and shape of implant – what look are you wanting to achieve?
- Type of incision and placement of the implant.
- Risks associated with each type and size.
Dr. Won is an experienced cosmetic surgeon and can provide guidance to you based on the look you are wanting to achieve, your body type and what would look most natural, and your budget.
Silicone implants are more expensive and can require a larger incision and a more involved surgery. However, they do work best for women who have very little breast tissue and also have a natural feel to them.
Saline implants tend to be better suited for women who have ample natural breast tissue. They can add volume and more shape to your breasts while still looking natural and keeping the feel of your breasts.
Both types are FDA approved and have good safety records. The life of both types of implants are the same, which is from ten to fifteen years.
Breast augmentation of any kind cannot help sagging breasts, however it’s possible to have a breast lift procedure when undergoing breast augmentation. There are some cases where the two procedures may need to be done separately, however Dr. Won can advise you on what is best to achieve the results you are looking for.
Breast Reduction (Reduction mammaplasty)
Women who have disproportionately large breasts can experience both physical and emotional distress. They may experience physical discomfort from the weight of their breasts including back, neck, and shoulder pain. They can also experience skin rashes or chafing underneath their breasts from the constant contact and weight. Additionally, wearing a bra can cause significant indentations and pain on the skin of the shoulders and back.
Having breasts that are too large can also limit physical activity. Additionally, it can be difficult to find clothes that fit properly. Emotional discomfort and self-consciousness can be as equally distressing as the physical pain.
Reduction mammaplasty, or breast reduction surgery, removes excess glandular tissue, skin, and excess breast fat to alleviate the physical and emotional discomfort. Liposuction may be used, either by itself, or in addition to excision procedures depending on what is best for each individual to reduce the breast size.
In this type of procedure, the nipple remains attached to its original nerve and blood supply, and the areola can be reduced in size. As the breast tissue is reduced, it is also lifted and reshaped for a pleasing appearance. For women who have very large and pendulous breasts, the nipple and areola may need to be transplanted to a higher position on the breast.
Women who have breast reduction surgery report feeling better physically and emotionally since they are able to perform everyday functions so much easier and the social stigma is eliminated.
Recovery from Breast Surgery
Recovery time is going to be based on the extent of the procedure performed and the patient’s overall health. The great thing is that you will be able to see immediate results!
Generally, you will wear an elastic-type bandage or support bra in order to keep swelling to a minimum and provide support to your breasts as you heal. Sometimes, a thin tube may be placed under the skin in order to provide drainage for any excess fluid or blood that may accumulate, but this is usually removed within the first week. You should be able to return to work in approximately two weeks, depending on how active your job duties are. Bruising and redness will usually decrease in the first few weeks, however it may take a few months for all of the swelling to completely subside.
Dr. Won will provide you with detailed instructions regarding your recovery on how to care for your breasts, any medications you may need to take, and any concerns to watch out for at your surgical site.
Swelling is to be expected after any type of surgery but this should go down in a matter of weeks and you will quickly realize the benefits of the type of surgery that you have.
Are you a Candidate for Cosmetic Surgery?
Not everyone is a candidate for cosmetic surgery. If you are in the process of losing weight, it is best to wait until you have reached your goal weight before undergoing any kind of cosmetic procedure. Additionally, if you are still planning on having children, it is best to wait until you have had your child and recovered from the pregnancy. The reason for this is because weight fluctuations can affect the long-lasting benefits that are gained from having cosmetic surgery. Additionally, if you are currently a smoker, you will need to stop completely prior to undergoing any type of procedures since smoking can affect both the healing process and the results gained from a procedure. Also, it is important that you have a positive attitude and a realistic outlook about what surgery can do for you. An unhealthy lifestyle and poor overall health and fitness can wreak havoc on your appearance.