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Types of Breast Enhancement Surgery: Know Your Options

Types of Breast Enhancement Surgery: Know Your Options

Genetics, breastfeeding, changes in your weight, and illness can cause breast tissue to sag and lose fullness. For some women, these changes can result in dissatisfaction with their appearance and even affect self-esteem. Having breasts enhancement surgery can increase fullness and restore perkiness, and help you feel like yourself in your body again.

The term ‘breast enhancement’ can actually include a variety of procedures. On their own, or in combination to achieve your desired result, these surgical procedures can help to drastically improve the shape, look, and feel of your breasts. 

This article will give you an overview of the most common types of breast enhancement surgery and how they can help you love the skin you’re in.

Breast Augmentation vs Breast Lift

You may have heard the term ‘breast augmentation’ before but let's talk about what it means. To undergo breast augmentation surgery means that you are changing, and increasing the size of the breasts, through either breast implants or a fat transfer. Many women choose to undergo breast augmentation to restore the fullness of the breasts- not necessarily to make them bigger.

A breast lift is another type of plastic surgery that changes and enhances the shape of the breast but does not make the breast bigger, per se. Let's dig into the different types of enhancement procedures and what results they can offer.

3 Kinds of Plastic Surgery to Enhance Your Breasts

When exploring breast enhancing surgery it is important to understand the types of surgical procedures, the options within that procedure, and the results you may expect. Surgery is not a one size fits all solution, so arming yourself with information before you meet with your surgeon will ensure you have enough background information to ask the right questions to make the most of your consultation and to ultimately achieve the results you want.

Breast Implants: Breast augmentation surgery, also known as mammoplasty, is the most common plastic surgery to help women change the shape of the breast and achieve an enhanced fullness. Breast implants can be either silicone, ‘gummy bear’ gel-based, or saline-filled. The type of implant you choose depends on your desired results, budget, and recommendations from your surgeon. Other decisions that will need to be discussed prior to surgery are how to insert your implants and where to place them. Insertion options are in the breast fold, through the armpit, or through an incision around the areola. Placement refers to under the muscle or over the muscle. A thorough consultation with your plastic surgeon will help to determine the best answer for you.

Breast Lift Surgery: Many women choose to undergo plastic surgery due to sagging, or asymmetrical breasts. Many factors can contribute to the breasts changing over the years, and some women struggle with genetic factors that contribute to this from day one. A breast lift procedure, aka mastopexy, can include a variety of surgical techniques that will give the look of a larger breast and increase the perkiness of the breast. This is often used in combination with a breast implant, or fat transfer.

Fat Transfers: A newer option that is gaining more and more popularity is called a fat transfer. This procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that helps to fill the breast without having to undergo a full plastic surgery. Fat transfers to the breast will provide a small increase in volume, and is not the best option if you are looking for substantially fuller breasts. Your surgeon will use liposuction to remove fat from an area where you have some to spare and move it into the breast tissue to enhance shape and fullness.

Considering Breast Surgery: The First Step

The first and most important step in achieving the results you desire with enhancement surgery is booking a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon who can make a recommendation based on years of expertise and your desired results.

Whether you want breast implants, a lift, and/or a fat transfer Dr. Brian Peterson is one of Kelowna’s Top Plastic Surgeons, providing fly-in and fly-out surgeries for people all over the world. Reach out to his team to book in for a complimentary consultation by calling 1 (888) 505-8895 for toll-free, 1 (250) 868-9099 if you are in the Okanagan, or by sending us your information in the contact form below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's the difference between breast augmentation and breast implants?

Breast augmentation is the term used to describe getting your breasts enlarged with a cosmetic procedure. Breast implants are the materials used to enlarge them: either silicone, gel, or saline. You can augment your breasts with a fat transfer also.

Do I need body contouring with my breast surgery?

People who are interested in breast enhancements may also want to address the excess skin on other areas of their body. If this is the case, choosing a body contouring procedure in addition to your breast augmentation could be a great option for you. Often people who are interested in both procedures will choose to undergo them at the same time to avoid multiple surgery bookings, two anesthesia, and two recoveries.

What is a mommy makeover?

Having a child is an incredible experience, but some women are left feeling like they don’t recognize their own bodies after years of drastic changes to accommodate growing babies and breastfeeding. Women who are frustrated with the excess skin and loss of perkiness after childbirth may choose to undergo what is known as a Mommy Makeover. Typically, a Mommy Makeover includes breast augmentation, body contouring, tummy tuck, and liposuction. The results from this combination of procedures can help restore your body to its youthful, pre-child shape.

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