Breast augmentation is a procedure which involves placing an implant behind the breasts to increase their size and enhance their shape. There are several reasons why women choose to have this procedure. Some may never have been happy with the size of their breasts, whilst others may have once been happy with their breasts but have lost volume or feel their that breasts have deflated with hormonal changes, weight loss or breast feeding.
With breast reduction, excess breast tissue and skin are removed resulting in smaller and firmer breasts. The areola is reduced in diameter and the nipple is elevated to a new position. It is kept alive by a bridge of breast tissue called a pedicle. After removal of an appropriate amount of tissue, the remaining breast tissue is reshaped to create a smaller and more elevated breast.
Many women experience a change in the shape and firmness their breasts. This may result from loss of the skin elasticity, weight loss, pregnancy and breast-feeding. Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, removes the excess breast skin to elevate and reposition the nipples and to reshape and firm the breasts. The areolae (pigmented skin around the nipples) may also be reduced in size. Sometimes, breast implants may be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift to increase breast volume if desired.
Involves rebuilding a breast shape by moving skin, fatty tissue and muscle from the back (below the shoulder blade) to the chest. Tissue expanders are usually also used to create sufficient breast size.