Breast surgery is a very popular form of cosmetic surgery, which enables women to change the size, shape and firmness of their breasts. However, all surgery has potential health risks, making it important not to enter into such cosmetic surgery procedures lightly.
Why Choose Breast Surgery?
There are many reasons as to why women decide that breast surgery is for them. Some women are unhappy that their breast size is too small, while others seek to have large breasts reduced. Those who have been through childbirth and have breastfed their babies, may wish to have their breasts made firmer. There are also medical reasons behind forms of breast surgery, for example women who have been through a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer, may choose to have breast reconstruction surgery.
What are the Different Types of Breast Cosmetic Surgery?
The four main types of breast surgery, include breast enlargement, breast reduction, breast lift and breast reconstruction. While breast enlargement, sometimes known as breast augmentation is usually undertaken to increase small breasts, it may also be used to correct asymmetrical breasts. Breast lifts help to raise and reshape breasts, with breast reduction decreasing breast size. In contrast to other forms of breast surgery, breast reconstruction usually requires several different procedures, in order to make the breasts appear as natural as possible.
Key Benefits of Breast Enlargement, Breast Reduction and Breast Reconstruction
Breast cosmetic surgery can help women who are suffering both physically and emotionally as a result of breasts being very small, too large or having gone through the trauma of a mastectomy during treatment for breast cancer. In The Cosmetic Surgery Companion, Mariconda (2010) highlights key benefits of breast surgery, to include the following:
- reduce sagging/drooping
- improve overall appearance
- relieve symptoms such as back/neck/breast pain
- correct a difference in size between breasts
- improve self-esteem, self-image, self-confidence
- have breasts more in proportion to your body
Potential Health Risks of Breast Enlargement Surgery
All surgery has risks, especially when general anaesthesia is required, with breast enlargement surgery typically resulting in 2-4 weeks recovery time. Key health risks associated with breast enlargements or breast augmentation surgery, as identified by Mariconda (2010), may include as follows:
- sore, swollen, hard breasts
- changes in skin/nipple sensation
- ripples, creasing on skin
- unevenness in breast size/shape
What is Breast Revision Surgery?
Breast revision surgery, also known as breast implant revision, involves removal or replacement of breast implants, or making changes in order to correct previous surgical procedures. As recognised by Mariconda, key reasons why women may require breast revision surgery, include the following:
- implant leakage
- implant rupture
- capsular contracture
- changes in size
- changes in shape
- dissatisfaction with surgery results
As highlighted above, breast cosmetic surgery may be done to increase or decrease breast size, as well as to reconstruct following a mastectomy. Before undertaking breast surgery, it is important to consider the pros and cons, as potential health risks can be serious.