2 years ago

written by Patty Young, MD

Thinking about your breast procedure options? Your breasts and their size and shape play a central role in your self-image as a woman. If your not content with your breast size you may feel self-conscious or embarrassed about your appearance. No matter what the reason there are a variety of breast enhancement procedures that can give you the breasts you’ve been thinking of bringing balance and symmetry while still looking natural and beautiful.

Breast Augmentation

woman-computer-breast-augmentation-top10md-blogBreast augmentation mammoplasty is a surgical enhancement that accentuates the size and shape of your breasts. The procedure is designed to make your breast larger and to help your breast to become more shapely. Should you need your breasts to be closer together or have them lifted, this might not be the right cosmetic procedure for you. If you’re suffering from excess skin or sagging breasts, you may require a breast lift in addition to the augmentation. If you are unsure about what you may need, check out our article on Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation, or Both?

Reasons to Have a Breast Augmentation

  • Breast Reconstruction – If you’ve had breast surgery such as a mastectomy from having breast cancer or reconstructive breast surgery after injury and want them to look more natural.
  • Pregnancy – If you lost breast volume following pregnancy and nursing.
  • Profile – If you desire a fuller or more proportionate breast and body profile.
  • Weight Loss – If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight and your breast have begun to droop; this is call ptosis.

Breast Lift

A breast lift also known as a mastopexy is a procedure that is designed to raise and reshape sagging or drooping breasts.  As we age, our skin loses elasticity which can cause our breasts to lose their natural shape and firmness from twenty years ago.  A breast lift will elevate your breasts and give them a more useful appearance. The procedure can be performed with or without a breast augmentation depending on the overall look you and your board certified plastic surgeon discuss.

Reasons for Considering a Breast Lift

  • Elevation – Elevate your breasts if they are sagging due to childbirth, breastfeeding, weight loss aging and plain old gravity.
  • Firmness – As we age our breasts become less firm losing substance due to pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.
  • Suppleness – To bring back natural suppleness after weight loss.
  • Realignment – If your nipples are not symmetrical or one is lower than the other a breast lift is designed to realign your nipples/areolas no matter which way they are pointing.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is also known as reduction mammoplasty a procedure designed to reduce the heaviness, size and reshape the breasts in order to make them smaller, lighter, and firmer.  Breast Reduction is accomplished by removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin.  Large breasts over time cause back and shoulder pain, as well as the emotional and social anxiety some women, feel having dealt with them their whole life.

Reasons for Considering a Breast Reduction

  • Chronic Pain – If your back, neck or shoulders begin to hurt because of the weight of your breasts.
  • Sagging – If your breasts are sagging and dropping past the middle part of your upper arm.
  • Proportion – If your body frame is disproportionate to what you desire.
  • Disability – If your physical activity is reduced because of the size and weight of your breasts
  • Shoulder Pain caused by your bra straps – Painful bra strap marks and rashes that follow due to the heaviness and rubbing begins to wear on you emotionally and physically, its time to consider a breast reduction.

No matter what your reason is to enhance, your breasts do it for you and you alone. Your plastic surgeon will help guide you through making the right decision with breast procedure options as measurements don’t lie and swimsuit season is right around the corner.

Schedule an appointment with Dallas Plastic Surgeon Dr. Patty Young today.

Dr. Patty Young is a Plano Texas Plastic Surgeon Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Young is Medical Director of Premier Plastic Surgery of Texas. Named Top10MD in 2015-2018 an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeeds within the United States. To schedule a consultation for breast procedure options with Dr. Patty Young, click on her profile or call her office at 972-398-1131.


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