Many patients considering breast surgery find selecting a procedure challenging. Which one is right for you? Understanding the various types of breast surgery can help you prepare and make an educated decision with the help of your plastic surgeon. Breast surgery doesn’t just enhance the size and shape of your breasts, but it can also give you the confidence you deserve by creating a bustline that complements your body and desired aesthetics.

Understanding Breast Surgery & Who Gets It

Cosmetic breast surgery seeks to alter the size, shape, and position of the breasts. People get breast surgery for a variety of reasons, including to add volume, lift, and improve the appearance of their breasts. In some cases, people seek breast surgeries to reduce the size of their breasts for greater comfort and overall well-being.

What Are the Types of Breast Surgery?

With the different types of breast surgery available, it can be difficult to know which one will give you the results you’re looking for. That’s where Dr. Sweat and his expertise come in. Scheduling a consultation appointment at J. Sweat Plastic Surgery will help you determine the right breast surgery to meet your needs and aesthetic goals.

Some of the breast surgeries we offer include:

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is the most popular breast surgery procedure. The procedure increases the size of the breast through implants filled with saline or silicone. In some cases, patients opt to increase their breast size with implanted autologous fat. If breast augmentation is right for you, Dr. Sweat will help you determine the type of breast augmentation needed to achieve the results you’re looking for.

Breast Lift

As people age, go through pregnancy, or lose weight, their breast tissue can begin to sag. For a breast lift, Dr. Sweat will make a small incision and tighten the existing breast tissue for a lifted and more youthful appearance.

Breast Augmentation & Lift

Some patients need a combination of a breast augmentation and a lift. Sagging breasts that have lost volume can look fuller, rounder, and more youthful after an augmentation and lift. With these two procedures, you can achieve a  complete breast makeover!

Breast Revision

After augmentation, some patients come back in later years for breast revision surgeries to change the size, position, and shape of the augmented breasts. This can be done by moving the implant to the right position, adding silicone or saline to the implant for a greater enhancement, or removing and replacing the implant altogether.

Breast Reduction

Overly large breasts can cause pain in the shoulder, neck, and back and can even lead to poor posture. A breast reduction procedure removes excessive breast tissue and makes the breasts smaller and more manageable. If you’re experiencing pain, problems fitting in clothes, or issues performing everyday activities, a breast reduction may be the perfect option for you.

Gynecomastia Surgery

When males develop unwanted breast tissue and enlarged breasts (also known as gynecomastia), it can addressed by removing the tissue with a surgical procedure. Dr. Sweat will remove the breast’s glandular tissue and use liposuction to remove any excess fat in the chest area, giving you the more masculine contours you desire.

Schedule A Consultation

If you are unhappy with the size, shape, or volume of your breasts,  breast surgery can help. To learn more about breast surgery and the right procedure for you, scheduling a consultation is a perfect first step. During your consultation, Dr. Sweat will examine your breasts and talk to you about your desired aesthetic goals. He will make sure you’re informed about all your options and help you decide which will be best to meet your needs.

Call our Sacramento, CA office today at (916) 400-0822 or use our online contact form. We look forward to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals!

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Are you uncomfortable with your breast size, volume, or shape? We understand your struggles. With time, breasts can lose shape and begin to droop due to age, pregnancy, and more. Fortunately, you can undergo surgical procedures to restore or change the size or volume of your breasts.

Some of the most common surgical procedures include breast augmentation and breast lift. Let’s take a look at the specifics and then with the help of a surgeon, you can decide which is right for you.

What You Should Consider

There are many elements you need to consider before you decide whether a breast augmentation or a breast lift is right for you and your needs. Some of the points your should examine include:

Breast Size

Are you unhappy with the size of your breasts? You may feel like your breasts are too small for your liking. Perhaps you wish to fill out your clothing better or achieve a more proportionate overall body shape. Or maybe one breast is larger than the other and you want them to even them out. If that’s the case, you may consider undergoing a breast augmentation and breast implant procedure.

Breast augmentation surgery involves placing breast implants into the breasts to augment their shape and size. There are two main types of breast implants used today, including saline breast implants and silicone breast implants. Silicone implants are filled with a silicone gel, while saline implants are filled with a sterile salt water solution. Consulting a surgeon can give you a better idea of your options for breast implants.

Breast Volume

Do your breasts feel saggy or droopy? Some factors like pregnancy, aging, and significant weight loss can affect the volume of your breasts. A surgeon can restore a more youthful breast contour by performing a breast lift and/or breast augmentation procedure.

If you wish to change your breast size and also restore breast volume, breast augmentation is likely the better option. On the other hand, if you wish to restore your breasts to a more youthful position, a breast lift may be a better fit. These two procedures can also be combined to improve both breast fullness and position.

Position of the Nipples

Do you feel as if your nipples are positioned too low? If you have sagging breasts, your nipples might droop as well. In this case, a breast lift may be a great option. A breast lift will restore the position of your nipples and make your breasts appear fuller and rounder. During this procedure, your surgeon will create incisions to remove excess skin and/or tissue and lift the breasts to a more youthful position. Nipples may also need to be repositioned depending on individual anatomy.

Combining a Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation

While breast augmentation mainly focuses on the volume and size of your breasts, breast lift surgery involves altering the position of your breasts. In some cases, both procedures might be necessary.

Since a breast augmentation does not change the position of your breasts, you can combine both procedures to achieve your desired goal. You can also complement a breast lift with a breast augmentation to achieve a natural look and improve the overall shape of your breasts.

Other Breast Procedures

If neither of these breast surgery options caters to your personal aesthetic goals, you may also consider a breast reduction. This procedure involves removing excess breast tissue and skin from the breasts to reduce their size. For more information regarding breast reduction surgery, please contact our office today.

Consult a Professional

While weighing your options is important, getting professional help is the key to healthy breasts that you’re happy with. To learn more about which surgical procedure is right for you, set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Sweat at J. Sweat Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Sweat is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience in the industry. He knows the ins and outs of breast surgery procedures and cosmetic surgery procedures for the breasts and will help you make the best choice for you. Set up a consultation today to achieve your body goals.

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Even though most women think of breast augmentation or breast implants when they think about breast surgery, many women are actually better candidates for a breast lift. A breast lift accomplishes different things and doesn’t involve the use of implants, but that doesn’t mean it can’t achieve confidence-boosting results. Here’s what to know about the breast lift and how you can benefit with the help of Dr. Sweat.

What is a Breast Lift?

The goal of a breast lift is to lift and rejuvenate the breasts when they sag after things like aging, weight loss, or pregnancy. Rather than add volume, a breast lift repositions the breasts to a higher position on the chest and removes excess breast skin. It can also reposition the nipples and reduce the amount of breast sagging there is.

What Makes a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?

Some women are better cut out for a breast lift than others. A few ways to know if a breast lift is a good option for you include:

Your Nipples Point Downward

When the skin begins stretching out and sagging at the base of the breast, the breast tissue weight will begin pulling the nipple downward. A cosmetic surgeon can reposition your breast tissue with a breast lift so your nipples face forward and sit above the natural crease of the breast.

You Lost Breast Volume After Weight Loss

If you lose fatty tissue after substantial weight loss, it can leave behind sagging skin that contributes to a stretched appearance. A breast lift can remove excess skin to improve breast contour and restore a more youthful, proportional breast shape.

You Have Unusually Shaped or Asymmetrical Breasts

Since a breast lift procedure lifts sagging breasts and reshapes breast tissue, it can be an effective way to correct tuberous breasts or asymmetry and restore them to a more rounded, normal shape.

Types of Breast Lift Incisions

There are various breast lift techniques your plastic surgeon can use for your breast lift surgery. The right incision technique for you will vary based on factors like your existing breast tissue, how much excess skin you need removed, and your personal goals.

The most common breast lift incisions include:

  • “Lollipop” (Vertical Lift): Uses a circular scar around the areolae with a vertical incision down to the breast crease.
  • “Donut” (Peri-Areolar Lift): Uses a simple circular scar around the pigmentation of the areolae.
  • “Anchor” (Inverted T Lift): An extensive incision that includes a circular incision around the areolae, a vertical incision to the breast crease, and horizontal incisions along the breast crease.
  • Crescent Lift: A very small incision that extends along the top of the areolae.

What to Expect After Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery takes around one to two hours and is performed on an outpatient basis. You’ll experience swelling and soreness following the procedure, but Dr. Sweat will make sure you have pain medications to manage it. Most patients only need prescription-strength pain medications for a few days after the procedure, after which they switch to Tylenol.

You’ll be encouraged to do some light walking around the house for the first few days to prevent complications, but you should plan on spending much of your time resting. Most patients are able to return to a desk job within a week of breast surgery, but you may need to take more time off if you work a labor-intensive job. You’ll need to limit exercise except walking for the first two to six weeks after your procedure. Dr. Sweat will make sure you understand when you can safely return to your normal exercise regimen. He will also let you know when you can expect to see your breast lift results.

Schedule a Consultation

The breast lift can be a transformative procedure for women looking for breast surgery in Sacramento. To learn more and meet with our board-certified plastic surgeon, contact J. Sweat Plastic Surgery by calling or filling out our online scheduling tool.

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