Your Breast Surgery Options Explained

A woman’s breasts can impact her self-esteem and self-confidence significantly. There can be changes in the breasts from aging, weight fluctuation, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and even diseases such as cancer. Thankfully, there are numerous surgical options available for women that can give them the breast look they want and improve their quality of life. 

Breast Surgery Options

Every woman’s body and goals are different. There are options for any need. Some surgeries can be combined, as well. Here are breast surgery options that you and your surgeon can choose from:

  1. Breast Augmentation: When your breasts are not the size you want or are asymmetrical, breast augmentation can help. This is one of the most popular surgeries performed because it helps women feel more confident and can give better shape, volume, and contours to the breasts.
  2.  Breast Implant Exchange: After a woman has had augmentation, she may eventually decide on a breast implant exchange, also called a revision. This procedure entails removing the current implant and putting in a new one. Some reasons this surgery is done are due to capsular contracture, rupture, wanting to change the size or shape of the implant, or wanting to change the type of implant.
  3. Breast Implant Removal: Sometimes, a woman may decide to remove the implants permanently. It can be because she experienced problems with her implants, or sometimes she just wants to go back to the natural size and shape of the breasts instead of the current augmented one.
  4. Breast Reduction: When a woman’s breasts become excessively large, they can cause great discomfort to her. The weight can cause back and postural issues that impact the quality of life. If a woman is faced with these problems, she may decide to reduce the size of her breasts surgically to help. This surgery can reduce and eliminate pain and other issues caused by large breasts such as sell-consciousness or the inability to do activities she loves.
  5. Breast Lift: Aging, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and breastfeeding can impact the firmness and volume of the breasts. They may begin to sag and droop. A breast lift can help them sit higher on the chest and look more youthful and firmer. Sometimes breast lifts are combined with augmentations or reductions to give the best results.
  6. Breast Reconstruction: Breast cancer can sometimes cause a woman to lose her breasts via mastectomy. This is a necessary surgery, but the loss of one or both breasts can impact a woman emotionally. There are methods to reconstruct breasts after mastectomy. The two main options surgeons have are implants or using the patient’s tissues to rebuild and give them a new breast or breasts. Having this surgery can help a woman celebrate survival and also help her heal emotionally at the same time. She will feel more feminine and like her old self again.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in one or more of these procedures, call Lorraine Golosow, MD. and her staff today to book your consultation.

What to Know About Breast Revision and the Risks

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Breast revision is a surgery that can be performed after you undergo a procedure like a breast augmentation, lift, or reduction. There are many different things that can be achieved with breast revision, but the most common form is when your plastic surgeon swaps out breast implants for different ones. If you’re planning on getting breast surgery or have already had it, then it’s a good idea to consider that you may need a revisional surgery in the future. Although this is not the case for everyone, it’s still a risk that you’ll take. Here’s what to know about breast revision and what to expect if you need one in the future.

Reasons for A Breast Revision

The most common reason for breast revision is unsatisfactory results or, in some cases, simply wanting a different implant type, size, or placement. Some complications are the reason for breast revision, including bad placement, capsular contracture, or visible rippling. Implant rupture is rarer but does call for breast revision. Additionally, different stages of life can cause an increase or decrease in breast size, such as pregnancy and weight gain. Some women change their minds about their breasts as they age and want their implants removed entirely. Other times, women feel like they chose implants that are too small. Although it’s a common recommendation that breast implants should be replaced every ten years, this is not the case for every patient and Dr. Golosow can give you the best idea of what to expect.

Breast Revision Risks

Every surgery comes with risks, so it’s important to understand that you’ll assume these risks of breast revision when you undergo breast augmentation the first time around. Often, revision is more complicated than a breast augmentation. Many challenges, like the presence of scar tissue, makes it more difficult for your plastic surgeon to make subtle changes. Anatomical changes can also complicate the procedure, especially in cases where you underwent breast augmentation a long time ago or underwent pregnancy or weight gain since then.

Your breast revision can also be made riskier by choosing the wrong plastic surgeon. If your initial plastic surgeon was not board-certified or was inexperienced in performing breast augmentation, then this can make it more difficult for your revisional plastic surgeon to achieve the goals you’re looking for. You should always verify that each plastic surgeon you receive care from is board certified and can show before-and-after pictures of work they’ve done in the past.

How to Reduce the Risks

Having a successful surgery the first time is the surest way to avoid a breast revision. However, some women are still unhappy with their results even if they have a safe and successful surgery, so it’s important to listen to your plastic surgeon’s recommendations and experience. Do your research and talk to more than one plastic surgeon before deciding which one to use– they should be honest about your goals and whether they’re in line with what’s achievable with breast augmentation surgery. Price should not be the deciding factor when choosing a plastic surgeon; cheaper is not better and can even increase the odds that you’ll need revisional surgery. Finally, having realistic expectations is the best way to ensure satisfying results.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Lorraine Golosow is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast revision surgeries. To learn more about your breast augmentation and breast revision options, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our Fort Myers area offices by calling or filling out our online form.