When women begin to consider cosmetic breast surgery, it’s usually because of drooping or sagging of the breast tissues that have occurred over time. Other women may be unhappy with the size of their breasts and consider getting augmentation to enhance the fullness and shape. These two procedures have different results but in some cases may be done together to produce a higher and fuller breast appearance.
A breast lift is a particular type of procedure that it used to lift the breast tissue to a higher, more normal position. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and normal aging can cause breast tissues to thin and sag. The increased sagging can cause the nipples to change position, facing downward. A lift procedure can restore the normal position of the breast and nipple, to give a younger, shapelier appearance. The lift procedure, called a mastopexy, is generally delayed until after a woman’s childbearing is complete.
Breast augmentation, often called a boob job, is the process of increasing breast size through a cosmetic surgery procedure. Many women feel that their appearance would be enhanced if they had slightly larger breasts, and they would look better in clothing. Augmentation surgery can achieve a fuller and shapelier look through the insertion of breast implants. Breast implants are fluid-filled sacks that are inserted under the skin to provide more fullness.
In this procedure, the surgeon first outlines the area where the breast tissue must be removed and how the nipple should be re-positioned. The patient is then put under general anesthesia and the incisions are made in areas where they will be least visible after healing. The breast tissue is then re-shaped and stitches inserted to hold the tissues in place. In some cases, an augmentation or breast reduction is done at the same time as the lift surgery. Special bandages or support garments must be worn for several weeks after surgery.
Augmentation surgery is generally done under general anesthesia, but is sometimes done under local anesthesia. Your physician will determine the best type of anesthesia for your needs. During the procedure, the surgeon will make an incision in the fold of the breast to create a pocket in the tissue. The implant is then inserted into this pocket behind the breast tissue, either on top of the muscles or beneath the muscles, depending on your needs. The incisions are then closed and a bandage applied to the chest. Although you can return home after a few hours, a support garment must be worn for several weeks after surgery to facilitate healing.
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