For many women, breasts can be a sensitive topic. It’s natural for breasts to change over time, but a small or sagging bustline can make clothes fit uncomfortably, create feelings of self-consciousness, and even lower self-esteem. What better time than a new year to reinvent a new outlook? For women who want to improve their self- image, a breast augmentation may be an option to help boost confidence and appearance!
Breast augmentation, or mammaplasty, uses implants to enlarge, reshape, or restore lost breast volume. It remains one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today; in fact, it ranked as the most popular surgery for women in 2010, topped only by liposuction in 2011. The reasons for breast augmentation vary from one individual to another. Many women choose to undergo mammaplasty to enhance small or underdeveloped breasts. Others combine augmentation with a breast lift to restore a perkier bustline after childbirth or weight loss, and some women seek to correct disproportion or deformities. Regardless of motive, most women who undergo breast augmentation report greater long-term satisfaction afterward.
If you opt for breast augmentation, your plastic surgeon will schedule a consultation to discuss the procedure, any risks involved, your goals, and most importantly, your implant options. Breast implants are either silicone or saline, and include a range of shapes and sizes. It’s important to be honest with your surgeon so that he or she can recommend the implant type that’s best for your anatomy, your health, and your expectations. During the procedure, the implants are inserted into the breasts, either just behind the breast tissue or under the pectoral muscle. The results are immediately visible, and most augmentation patients can return to light-duty work after only a few days. As with any cosmetic surgery, however, breast augmentation is a personal decision, and should be made to fulfill your own goals, not to meet the expectations of another person or ideal.
If you are healthy and at a stable weight, you may be a candidate for breast augmentation. Call Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery today for more information, or to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled plastic surgeons.