Which Breast Surgery Option Is Best For You?
Surgery on the breasts, or more commonly referred to as a boob job, can be divided into three categories: augmentation, reduction and reconstruction. Here we break down each category and take a look at the basics of each to give you an overview as you decide which option is best for you.
Breast Augmentation is typically performed to create a fuller, symmetrical and improved appearance of the breasts.
The most common two types of implants are saline or silicone. Saline implants are filled with a saline solution that’s held in a silicone shell. The amount of saline solution will affect the feel, firmness and shape of the breast. Silicone gel implants have a silicone shell pre-filled with a silicone gel. The volume that is best for you is dependent on the results you want to see, your body contour and laxity of your skin.
Surgery and Scars:
Implants can be placed above or below the chest muscle and incisions are usually placed in a discreet area such as the armpit, the areola or lower breast area to minimize visible scarring. Incisions are closed using sutures, surgical tape, or skin adhesive. Incision lines will fade over time.
Post-surgery recovery is 24-48 hours, with 10-14 days of reduced physical activity. You can expect to see some swelling in the first few days which will decrease over time.
Breast Reduction surgery is used to remove excess fat, tissue or skin from the breasts. A breast reduction is typically performed to reduce discomfort from large or disproportionate breasts, to improve self-image, or improve the ability for physical activity.
Surgery and Scars:
Incisions for a breast reduction can vary depending on the size of the adjustment. There are several incision patterns that are easy to conceal. The most common incision lines are a circle around the areola, a keyhole shaped pattern around the areola and down the breast crease, or an inverted T shape. Through the incision, excess tissue is removed to reduce the volume and weight of your breasts.
The recovery process varies for each case. You can typically return to work within a week. Swelling and discomfort is common in the first few weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least four weeks. Over time the swelling and incision lines will fade.
Breast Reconstruction is typically performed following a mastectomy or lumpectomy in order to restore the breasts to their normal shape and appearance and bring self-confidence back.
Surgery and Scars:
The two most common reconstruction procedures are implants or skin flap surgery, also known as autologous. For implants, you must have enough skin and muscle in place to cover the implant. Skin flap surgery uses tissue from another part of the body to rebuild the breast. Skin or flaps from the abdomen or back are most common, but the thigh or buttocks can also be good sources. Oftentimes nipple reconstruction may be necessary as well. For this procedure, small pieces of skin are used to make a bump that resembles a nipple. To create the appearance of an areola, the skin may be tattooed.
The recovery process varies for each person and is dependent on your previous surgeries and your current health. For example, if you still need radiation therapy this could affect the healing process and delay the procedure all together. Breast reconstruction is a major surgery and you should expect to keep your daily activity at a minimum for up to two months.
Schedule a Breast Consultation with Hyde Park Cosmetic Surgery to Decide the Option That is Best For You.
Dr. Rieger will help you determine the option that is best for you based on your unique anatomy, age, and other physical considerations. He will discuss implant options, incision options, and create a plan that will help you achieve the results you desire.