When most people think of breast implants and breast augmentation surgery, they think it's just for increasing the size of the breasts. Yes, many patients get breast implants to increase cup size, but breast augmentation has plenty of other uses as well. For some patients, breast augmentation can restore confidence and improve their overall body contour.
The team at our Edina plastic surgery center would like to focus on how breast augmentation surgery can be performed to treat problems with breast asymmetry. The results can be excellent, and give patients a renewed sense of self.
Problems Caused by Breast Asymmetry
If you have breasts that are asymmetrical, it can lead to serious issues with your self-image. If the size difference is especially pronounced, these body image issues can be quite severe.
Asymmetrical breasts can lead to a number of practical concerns as well. These problems can lead to major problems finding bras and undergarments that fit properly. The same is true for bathing suits and tops.
Thankfully there are breast enhancement options that can help improve the symmetry of your breasts and address these various issues.
Breast Implants to Improve Size and Evenness
When treating breast asymmetry, a plastic surgeon can use one breast implant or a pair of breast implants to make a patient's breasts appear even in terms of size and shape. Creating greater symmetry can be relatively simple just by placing implants.
The ideal size of breast implants can be determined during a consultation at our practice. All efforts are made to help ensure the most natural-looking results possible.
Combination of Breast Lift and Augmentation
When drooping or sagging of the breasts causes or contributes to asymmetry, plastic surgeons may consider incorporating breast lift techniques into the surgery. A breast lift improves the perkiness and firmness of the breasts, reducing sagging in the process.
This procedure may involve a breast lift on its own, or a breast lift as well as placement of a breast implant. Again, a consultation will help determine the ideal surgical method.
Ideal Candidates for Brest Enhancement to Correct Asymmetry
Good candidates for this surgery are people whose breasts are asymmetrical for any reason, whether it's injury, genetics, medical conditions, major weight loss, or the aging process. These patients should be in good health overall and not suffer from conditions that would make surgery a risk to their general wellness.
Patients should understand the risks and benefits involved in the breast augmentation procedure and have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve.
Scarring After Breast Augmentation Surgery
During breast augmentation surgery, incisions are often made on the breasts, typically around the areolas or along the underside of the breast. If breast lift is also involved, there may be more incisions along the underside of the breasts. Thankfully these incisions can be concealed by most undergarments and bathing suits, and they will fade with time.
There are "scarless" versions of breast augmentation surgery that can be performed. These involve incisions made in the belly button or the armpit in order to place saline implants. Silicone breast implants cannot be placed through these scarless surgery methods.
The ideal method of performing surgery to meet a patient's goals can be discussed in full detail during a visit to the practice.
Contact Our Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Center
For more information about breast augmentation surgery and your many other options for aesthetic enhancement, be sure to contact our plastic surgery practice today. Our entire team will answer your questions and address your concerns in much greater detail.