Taking a Comprehensive Approach toward Breast Enhancement
Becoming shortsighted in regards to breast enhancement is a concern for both patient and surgeon. If the patient’s goal is to simply improve the appearance of the breast, it may be easy to assume that breast implants are the best course of action. Surgeons then meet with these patients and, in the face of the patient’s total assurance that a size increase is their only goal, proceed with a single procedure.
Only after the fact in some of these cases does it become apparent that the patient may have had concerns over ptosis or areola size that could have been addressed at the same time. An exhaustive, subjective consultation is essential to ensure that surgeons are meeting their patients’ cosmetic goals, which typically require a more comprehensive approach toward breast enhancement.
Breast Enhancement Options
There are several different approaches that can be taken when it comes to enhancing the appearance of the breast:Augmentation Mammoplasty: Saline or silicone gel breast implants, placed either subglandularly or submuscularly, can add volume ranging from subtle to significant.Fat Graft Mammoplasty: Harvesting autologous fat cells via liposuction, then injecting them into the breast, offers a natural alternative to synthetic implants.Mastopexy: This procedure lifts and reshapes existing breast tissue to reduce ptosis, correct placement and improve nipple and areola aesthetics.Reduction Mammoplasty: This procedure resolves macromastia by excising excess glandular and adipose tissue and restructuring remaining breast tissue.
Too often, these surgeries are looked at as separate and distinct options for enhancements. In reality, combining multiple procedures more often offers the best approach for natural looking results.
Implants with Fat Transfer Deliver Better Augmentation
There are many benefits of combining breast implants with autologous fat grafting. Implants provide the foundation of the volume boost, and fat transfer improves the final contours. While fat transfer alone remains impractical and inconsistent for dramatic volume increase, it offers just the right cushion to smooth out implant edges and surface irregularities.
Breast Lift Plus Implants Improves Shape and Volume
Many women choose breast implants in the hopes that the added volume will restore a perkier appearance to ptotic breasts. However, implants alone may only exacerbate this issue. Instead, restructuring existing breast tissue to improve texture and placement of the breast allows for a more youthful profile, and patients then often find that a more modest implant is sufficient to meet their expectations.
Breast Reduction Plus Breast Lift Improves Final Results
The majority of women with larger breasts suffer from various grades of ptosis, the correction of which through mastopexy should lend itself well to breast reduction surgery. Just decreasing breast volume is insufficient to correct the shape and placement of the breast, particularly if a large volume of tissue is excised. Reshaping remaining adipose and glandular tissue does more than just reduce breast size; the shape and profile of breasts are enhanced as well.
Ensuring Realistic Patient Expectations. Call Simply Breasts to Learn More!
It is a small minority of patients who will see the improvements they hope for with a single breast enhancement procedure. As an example, even a small-breasted woman with no visible ptosis who only wants a larger cup size may still see better results when fat transfer is included as part of that procedure. Discussing these possibilities with patients during consultation is essential for helping make them aware of their options, as well as ensuring more forthright communication about the best ways you can meet their expectations.