What are the differences between breast augmentation, lift, reconstructive and reduction surgeries?

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What are the differences between breast augmentation, lift, reconstructive and reduction surgeries?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. The breasts may lose their elasticity and firmness which can be caused by different factors such as pregnancy, massive weight loss, lactation and aging. To reaffirm the breasts and restore the natural look your surgeon can perform a mastopexy or breast lift. A breast lift restores a firmer, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing shape to sagging breasts. This not only can improve a patient’s appearance by restoring her youthful, feminine proportions, but  also help bras and swimsuits fit more comfortably and attractively. By removing excess, stretched out skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and raising the nipple & areola into a more forward position, a cosmetic surgeon can create a more youthful breast contour. Stretched, large areolae can also be reduced during breast lift surgery, creating an overall better proportioned, natural looking breast, Actually the perkiness on a person or another, depends on patients skin and breast tissue… Breast augmentation surgery increases or restores breast size using silicone gel implants, saline implants or in some cases, fat transfer. One of the most popular and frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedures, breast augmentation has a long and successful track record in satisfying women who wish to enhance, regain or restore balance to their figures.At the first 3 to 5 months, it is too soon to determine how your results are going to be, per now, they look very nice and beautiful, you can have one bigger than the other, feel swollen and also have bruises and open wounds, it is normal and that can happen for the first 3 to 4 months until your implants have settle in. I recommend you to wait and keep using your post surgical bra, that will help you with the shape and support…

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Reconstructive vs aesthetic

In many cases, we need to differentiate between reconstructive and aesthetic (or cosmetic) surgery, whether for insurance coverage, or for legislators attempting to regulate the practice of medicine.  Reconstructive surgery has therefore been defined as "surgery done to restore a body part to normal appearance and function," whereas aesthetic surgery is defined as "surgery to improve the appearance of a body part which is already normal."   Breast augmentation and breast lift surgery (or mastopexy) are usually aesthetic, but may be reconstructive in some cases, such as when one breast is lost by mastectomy, and augmentation or mastopexy is needed on the opposite side to improve symmetry of the breast appearance with the reconstructed breast.  Similarly, breast reduction may be aesthetic in nature, but in many cases, it is covered by insurance as reconstructive because of the functional benefits of the surgery on back strain, neck pain, and/or skin breakdown underneath the very large, pendulous breast.

Breast surgery differences.

  • Thank you for your question about breast surgery.
  • Breast augmentation makes the breasts larger.
  • Breast reduction makes them smaller.
  • Breast lifting puts droopy breasts back in place.
  • Breast reconstruction is done to restore the shape of the breast after partial or total breast removal, usually for cancer.

    Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
    Best wishes. Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

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Reconstructive surgery - surgery to restore the normal appearance of the breast after mastectomy or congenital deformity

Breast augmentation - the surgical enhancement of the breast using saline or silicone implants

Breast lift (mastopexy) - the reshaping of the breast and lifting of the nipple/areola

Breast reduction - the reshaping of the breast, lifting of the nipple/areola, AND the removal of significant amounts of breast tissue

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