Breast enhancement is one of the most popular sets of plastic surgery procedures on the planet. But not all of these procedures are the same, which is why it may be a good idea to spend a little bit of time talking about how breast enhancement option 1 is different from breast enhancement option 2.
What Are the Basics on Breast Enhancement?
All of these breast enhancement procedures were developed to suit different patients’ individual needs. As humans, we tend to be very unique! And so our breast enhancement needs also tend to be quite individualized.
That’s why there are several breast enhancement options available–each one designed to suit a specific patients needs. You should always consult with a surgeon about which breast enhancement option is right for you. Learning the basics on breast enhancement here is no substitute for real medical advice–we’re here for entertainment purposes only. So what are the breast enhancement options you’ll have to choose from?
The Most Popular: Breast Augmentation
If you want to make your breasts appear larger than they are, then you’re probably going to be drawn to the single most popular breast enhancement option: breast augmentation. During a breast augmentation procedure, a surgeon will make an incision, insert a breast implant, and close the incision. Usually, this is performed as an outpatient procedure, so most patients are free to return home once the initial effects of the anesthesia wear off.
A breast augmentation is designed, first and foremost, to increase the size of the breasts. In order to do that, patients will have a choice between three basic implant materials: silicone, saline, and their own fat (this last one is known as a fat graft breast augmentation). The most popular option is silicone, as the implants feel quite natural and have a reputation for durability. Patients will have many motivations for undergoing a breast augmentation procedure (sometimes it’s as simple as wanting to improve breast symmetry).
To Look More Youthful: Breast Lift
The second most popular breast enhancement procedure is called a breast lift. In most cases, a breast lift is used to make the breasts appear more youthful. As you age, your breasts will be impacted by gravity. That gravity (a little every day) combined with a loss of elasticity in your skin, causes the breasts to droop and sag over the years.
Breast lift is a procedure that can reorient the breasts. During the procedure, surgeons will make an incision along the breasts, repair interior structures, and give the breasts some added structure. They may also be required to move your nipple, depending on the extent of the breast lift work to be done. Once the procedure is complete, the breasts will have a significantly more perky and buoyant appearance. The breasts will also appear much more youthful–and have a more youthful orientation.
Sometimes the Most Practical: Breast Reduction
Breast reduction surgery isn’t quite as popular as breast augmentation or breast lift, but it’s still a very common plastic surgery procedure. The appeal (and the benefits) of smaller breasts should not be ignored. As you age, your breasts can start to accumulate some excess skin (the same factors that cause your breasts to sag, plus some other ones, such as genetics). When the breasts become too large for your frame, you can sometimes start to feel a significant amount of neck and back pain.
A breast reduction can reduce pain and discomfort caused by overly large breasts. Surgeons will make the appropriate incisions and then start removing unwanted tissue. Once the tissue is removed, the incisions are closed and the patient is allowed to return home (usually) for the rest of the recovery process. Once recovery is complete, patients tend to report significantly less chronic neck pain and fewer chronic headaches.
Combinations Are Common
It should be noted that many patients will elect to undergo multiple breast enhancement procedures at the same time. Breast lift is commonly paired with breast augmentation, for example. Breast lift is also commonly paired with a breast reduction. It all depends on what the patient wants and what will best deliver those desired final results.
Sometimes, combined breast enhancement procedures are ideal. But in other cases, a single procedure will do the trick. What’s been covered by this article is not necessarily the extent of breast enhancement options. So if you want to know more about which breast enhancement procedure might be best for you, it might be a good idea to have a conversation with your surgeon about your desired goals.
About the Author: Nick Engebretson has been marketing plastic and cosmetic surgery for over twenty years. Surgeons are always reaching out to him, eager to discuss the next big thing in cosmetic surgery.