When it comes to breasts, the idea that bigger is better is no longer relevant. Patient preferences are changing and while some women still want larger, noticeable breasts, most of today’s patients would prefer something more subtle and natural.
Breast surgery is about more than just implants. There is a variety of procedures that can be used to enhance the size and shape of the breasts in a way that looks natural but aesthetically pleasing.
This guide outlines the different options that women have available to them.
Breast Reduction Surgery
Achieving a natural look doesn’t always mean going larger. Women living with overly large breasts will understand how frustrating the pain, rashes and physical limitations can be. Finding clothes that fit correctly is another challenge.
Breast reduction surgery is designed to reduce the size of the breasts, ensuring they’re more manageable. Whether your breasts are naturally large or they increased in size due to weight gain or pregnancy, reduction surgery can provide you with an aesthetically-pleasing result.
This particular breast surgery can be life-changing, particularly for women who have always wanted a more proportionate silhouette.
The incision that is used during your procedure will depend on what needs to be achieved. If there is a significant amount of breast droop, the reduction may need to be paired with a surgical lift.
Age, pregnancy, weight loss and breastfeeding can all contribute to droopiness. When there is a loss of skin elasticity in the chest area, the effects of gravity are much worse. This leaves women with breasts that make them look much older than they really are.
A breast lift is designed to give you a natural, perkier appearance by raising the position of the breasts. To create a more natural result, the size of the areola and nipple is also reduced and relocated.
According to the Gold Coast specialist plastic surgeon Dr Magnusson, this procedure can be a standalone surgery but many women choose to pair it with other types of breast surgery – it all depends on the desired outcome. The incisions used are similar to other breast-related procedures, which minimizes scarring and recovery. In most instances, patients are able to return to work a week after surgery. However, the bruising and swelling will last for several weeks. There are also a few exercise restrictions to be aware of that will be covered during your plastic surgery consultation.
For those who want to enhance the size of their breasts to create a fuller feminine silhouette, there is the popular option of adding implants. Too many people believe that adding implants creates a fake end result but this isn’t the case.
When inserted correctly by a reputable surgeon, implants can improve unevenness and create a more proportionate profile. It’s important to note that modern implants are designed to replicate the look and feel of the breasts. Where the implants are placed and the size you choose are two of the main factors that determine how natural augmentation results look. Choosing implants that are much larger than your frame will stretch the skin and make the implants more noticeable. Choosing implants that are suited to your frame has the opposite effect. Many patients choose to pair augmentation with a lift for the most natural results.
Patients should plan for a week-long recovery period as well as bruising, swelling and movement restrictions.
While implant manufacturers state that each implant lasts 10 years, in most instances, they last much longer. There’s no need to replace your implants after 10 years if they’re still in good condition.
The final option available to women who want to enhance the size and shape of their breasts in the most natural way possible is fat transfer. It’s uncommon for fat transfer to be used as a standalone procedure – most surgeons use it in conjunction with augmentation to create a more desirable shape. However, fat transfer can be used as a standalone procedure if a patient only wants a very subtle increase in size and shape.
During the procedure, liposuction is used to remove excess fat from another area of the body such as the thighs or stomach. Once the fat is processed, it is transferred to the breasts to create a more desirable shape and slightly increase the size of the breasts. Since some degree of fat absorption occurs, size will not be accurate directly after the surgery. Some patients may even decide to undergo a second fat transfer procedure to achieve more volume.
Fat transfer is also used to reconstruct the breasts after a mastectomy as the fat helps fill in areas that the implants cannot. Patients with tuberous breasts can also benefit from the fat transfer method if they want a subtle and natural result.
Patients considering fat transfer need to be in good physical health – this is not a procedure that can be performed on overweight patients.
Even though fat transfer does result in less scarring and requires minimal recovery, it won’t achieve the same results as implants – something to be aware of when planning your surgery.
Scheduling Your Breast Surgery
Deciding to enhance the size and shape of your breasts is an exciting next step. However, you will need to schedule a consultation with a board-certified surgeon first. The right surgeon is able to provide you with a personalized recommendation based on your goals.
The aim is to create the most natural result possible without the need for unnecessary surgery and scarring.
The surgeon you choose for your procedure needs to have the necessary qualifications and experience. A reputable surgeon will take the time to understand your goals, answer your questions and provide you with the best advice. A surgeon will never pressure you into scheduling a surgery or undergoing additional surgeries. He or she is there to provide you with a professional opinion and time to think things over.
Once you understand what’s possible and best for your body shape, you can look forward to beautiful, natural results that you can enjoy for many years to come.