Breast Enhancement Surgery
Breast augmentation and breast lift are two of the most common and most sought-after procedures performed today. Every individual is different and considerations are made at the time of your consultation about what is best for you. Breast augmentation surgery and breast lift surgery offer women distinctive benefits. Saline and silicone implants will increase the volume of the breasts and can help to improve an asymmetrical appearance, while breast lift surgery provides a woman with a more youthful look after the repositioning of the breasts to a higher position on the chest wall. Depending on various factors, these procedures may be combined during one operation.
The main indication for this procedure is dissatisfaction with the size of the breasts, as well as evening out size differences. As you get older or following pregnancy, certain hormonal changes can result in shrinkage of one’s breasts; this can be easily corrected through breast augmentation by simply filling in what has been lost. Breast augmentation, or “augmentation mammoplasty,” is commonly performed with the insertion of either gel (cohesive silicone) or saline implants placed either over or under the pectoral muscle. The approach (incision placement), sizing of the breast implants, the type of anesthesia to administer, and type of implant to use, will depend on the individual.
Every plastic surgery procedure carries its own set of potential risks and complications, and breast augmentation is no exception. Although it is rare, some of the complications that may occur after surgery include: infection, bleeding, changes in nipple or breast sensation, blood clots, and implant leakage or rupture. The extent of noticeable scarring is based on the incision placement selected. No matter the approach used, Toronto, Ontario cosmetic surgeon Dr. Castillo strives to provide the most natural-looking, breast enhancement surgery results.
Sagginess of the breasts commonly occurs in women following pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, or loss of elasticity in the skin due to aging, which can be solved with a breast lift (“mastopexy”). In some cases we encourage the patient to combine a mastopexy with a breast augmentation to improve shape and breast projection. It is common for women to request the insertion of saline breast implants or silicone gel breast implants in combination with breast lift surgery.
Mastopexy can effectively raise the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissues; however, when repositioned into their new contour, the breasts can appear smaller with less volume. Breast augmentation will increase breast volume and add firmness, which is not capable when mastopexy is performed on its own.
Dr. Castillo can discuss a woman’s options with the lifting procedure during a consultation. Those who are frustrated with having over-sized, hanging breasts may be interested in having a reduction performed with mastopexy versus augmentation.