Every human body is different, which means every woman need to consider different things when planning for a breast augmentation. To help you make the most informed decision for your body, we’re going to look at the different types of breast enhancement procedures and how they benefit different body types.
First and foremost, it’s important to identify what options are available to you. If you’re considering enhancing your chest with plastic surgery, you may be interested in one or more of the following:
- Breast augmentation with implant
- Breast augmentation without implant
- Breast lift with implant
- Breast lift without implant
- Breast reduction
Breast Augmentation 101
One of the most common procedures we perform at The Lucas Center is a Breast Augmentation. This can be done with or without the use of implants, but is usually aimed at enhancing the size of the breasts, correcting size differences between the breasts, and/or improving the shape of the breasts.
During this procedure, Dr. Lucas will place the implant (if applicable) under the chest muscles or breast tissue and position it based on your overall goals for your body. Prior to the surgery taking place, you will have the opportunity to chat with Dr. Lucas and his team during a personalized consultation, during which you can also opt to visualize your desired results by getting a 3D scan of the area using our VECTRA 3D Imaging System.
So, why get a breast augmentation?
This procedure can be done for numerous reasons. For instance, women who have small or asymmetrical breasts may undergo it for cosmetic purposes. Additionally, women who have recently undergone a large, body-altering event— such as pregnancy, weight loss, or surgery— may seek a breast augmentation to restore natural youth to her breasts. In certain cases, it can also play a vital part in boosting the confidence of breast cancer patients who have undergone a great loss to their body.
Are implants right for your body?
Breast implants come in two primary varieties: saline and silicone. During a procedure with saline implants, the implants are initially empty. Once set in place, they are filled with sterile salt water, causing them to inflate to the patient’s desired size.
Silicone implants, on the other hand, are pre-filled with gel. The gel mimics human fat in consistency, giving it a more natural feel. Though both implant types can be used, it’s best to speak with Dr. Lucas about your goals and concerns prior to your procedure in order to determine which is best for you.
Placing the implants.
Another important factor to consider when deciding on implants is placement. Implants can be inserted in one of two ways: sub-muscular (under the muscle) or sub-glandular (over the muscle).
Sub-muscular procedures are slightly less invasive, while sub-glandular procedures tend to produce a more natural look, though some women may prefer the appearance of sub-muscular implants. Again, consultation with Dr. Lucas is critical when determining the best approach for implant type and placement.
Breast Lift 101
For those considering breast enhancement, a lift may also be a desirable procedure. Breast lifts are commonly performed to raise and reshape sagging or drooping breasts, which is often caused by the aging process, weight gain, pregnancy, and other factors.
During a breast lift procedure, the surgeon removes superfluous tissue and skin, and then reshapes the breasts to fit the patients desired look.
Breast lifts can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or combined with implants for added volume. Patients who are happy with their breast size but wish to have more elevated breasts can opt for a stand-alone breast lift. Patients who wish to both elevate and increase their breast size are the best candidates for a combination procedure. When compared with using implants alone, a breast lift combined with implants often requires smaller implants to achieve the desired appearance, causing less strain on the area.
Dr. Lucas recommends that patients wait to undergo a breast lift procedure until after they are done having children, as pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect breast shape and size. As with any other procedure, if you are considering a breast lift, Dr. Lucas will consult with you prior to the procedure to determine which approach is best for your unique body.
Breast Reduction 101
While many procedures are designed to increase breast size, breast reduction procedures have the opposite goal. These procedures may also be referred to as Reduction Mammoplasty or Gynecomastia Surgery (the reduction of breast tissue in men’s chest region). Breast reductions work by removing excessive glandular tissue, skin, and breast fat with the common goal of reducing any patient discomfort in the chest and/or back region and producing a more natural, proportional breast size.
Choosing The Lucas Center
Above all else, we want our patients to know they’ve chosen the best Surgeon and procedure for their specific body. Though all surgical procedures come with their own rewards and risks, we aim to make your experience as comfortable and easy on the body as possible. When you leave our office, we want you feeling more confident than ever before— and we know what it takes to get you there!
If you visit a Surgeon who does not take the time to consult with you about your goals and overall health prior to booking the procedure, please proceed with caution. Choosing a board-certified Surgeon who will make time to work with you and provide the personal care you need is crucial to successful surgery and beautiful results.