If you're having a breast reduction, the goal is to get rid of extra breast tissue. Therefore, it might seem strange that many breast reduction patients have breast implants inserted during the same surgery. It's actually quite possible that breast implants might give you the look you want after breast reduction surgery, so read on to learn more about the when and the why of post-breast reduction implants.
Breast Reduction Surgery: What It Can and It Can't Do
Breast reduction surgery does one thing: it reduces the amount of breast tissue. Many women with very large breasts experience significant sagging, and removing the extra tissue won't correct the breast sagging -- in fact, it might even make it look worse. For that reason, many breast reduction patients opt to have breast lift surgery at the same time.
Breast lift surgery repositions the breast tissue on the chest cavity to eliminate sagging. However, sometimes the desired breast appearance just can't be achieved with the repositioned natural tissue. There may not be enough muscle tissue higher on the chest cavity to achieve the support you need, and the fatty tissue alone isn't firm enough to give you the look you want. When this is the case, breast implants may be inserted during the breast lift.
Breast Implants After Breast Reduction and Lift: What to Expect
Many women who are planning a breast reduction and lift with implants are concerned about breast size post-surgery. After all, your goal is to reduce breast size, not to make it larger. However, this fear is completely unfounded if you work closely with an experienced cosmetic surgeon. Your cosmetic surgeon will work with you to help you know what to expect -- and often, it's nothing like what most people associate with breast implants.
When you're having a breast reduction and lift with implants, the goal isn't to make the breasts larger but rather to get better shaped, better placed, and more proportionate breasts. Even though you're undergoing several different procedures at one time, you won't have to worry about extra recovery time. You'll need to undergo anesthesia and recovery just this one time, and your recovery will be very little different than it would be if you were having the breast reduction surgery on its own. Most patients need a few weeks for recovery, although you'll have to wear a compression garment for at least six weeks for support.
Planning breast reduction and want to make sure that the results are as good as you're hoping for? Speak to your cosmetic surgeon at your local breast augmentation surgery center about breast lift with implants today!