Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift, Breast Reconstruction: What Are the Differences in Each Procedure?
Breast augmentations and breast lifts and breast reconstruction, oh my! If you’re considering improving the look of your breasts through surgical means, you may feel overwhelmed with the number of procedures available to women to address and correct their varying needs. It’s easy to be confused as to which procedure is right for you or be under the impression that they all basically correct the same issues. Although each procedure is successful in providing patients with beautiful breasts and an increased confidence, they each correct different issues and provide varying results.
A breast augmentation is a surgical procedure designed to increase breast size. During the procedure, a surgeon will insert saline or silicone implants either above or below the chest muscle through an incision in the natural crease of the breast. Although breast augmentation can have a great impact on breast size, it does not affect the position of the breasts.
If you are looking to correct sagging of your breasts, a breast lift procedure is a promising solution. The surgery corrects drooping by repositioning the existing breast tissue on the chest. Breast lifts are a great choice if you are happy with your breast size and shape, but not your breast position. If both factors affect you, you can elect to have both a breast lift and breast augmentation procedure done together.
Although the general idea of breast reconstruction is similar to that of breast augmentation, it is important to note that they are not the same procedure and that the outcomes of each are very different. Breast reconstruction is a procedure that many women elect to undergo after having a mastectomy or lumpectomy to restore the appearance of their breasts before surgery. Unlike breast augmentation surgery, reconstruction occurs in two stages. During the first stage, a tissue expander must be placed either above or below the chest muscle. The expander is then filled over a few weeks to gradually stretch the overlying tissue. Once the desired size is reached, stage two begins and the expander is replaced with a permanent implant. The results may be different from that of a typical breast augmentation as numbness is common and the appearance of the breasts may not be as natural looking due to a lack of breast tissue.
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These three procedures can improve the look of your breasts and your self-confidence, but each of them serves a different purpose. If you are interested in learning more about each procedure to decide which is right for you, consult with Dr. Timothy E. Fee of Coastal Cosmetic Center to craft your unique treatment plan. Dr. Fee and his staff are proud to offer expert service to the people of Jacksonville and the surrounding areas.