It is impossible to increase or decrease the size of the breasts using diet and exercise. Yes, it’s true that you can create that illusion by focusing exercises on the muscles just below the breast tissue—but that’s a lot of work and focus for relatively little gain. If you want noticeable changes in the size of your breast—whether that’s increasing size, decreasing volume, or changing orientation—plastic surgery is going to be your beast option. That class of plastic surgery procedures is known, collectively, as breast enhancement procedures.
The most popular breast enhancement procedure is, of course, breast augmentation. Known perhaps a bit more informally as a “boob job,” breast augmentation is a plastic surgery procedure designed to increase the overall size of the breasts. But there are other breast enhancement procedures that are popular. A breast reduction procedure is designed to remove excess tissue from the breast, making it smaller and more proportional to the frame of the patient. A breast lift is designed to restore youthful perkiness to the breasts without changing their overall size.
In most cases, breast enhancement procedures will be conducted in a hospital or surgical suite setting. Patients can work with their plastic surgeons to determine whether general anesthetic or local anesthetic with a sedative will be the better option. Plastic surgeons have, in general, discovered minimally invasive techniques for all breast enhancement procedures, but you should still count on a couple of days of primary rest and recovery at home, followed by several weeks of swelling (though you should be able to return to your job, assuming that it’s not overly physical).
During a breast augmentation, your surgeon will make an incision in one of several areas around the breast, depending on the technique that has been chosen for your case. You will need to choose between silicone, saline, or fat graft implants, though most surgeons opt to go with silicone (generally the safest option). You will also need to decide on the size and shape of the implants. The implant can then be inserted either directly beneath the breast tissue or beneath the muscle, depending on your desired results. Generally, breast augmentation produces results that can look mostly natural, depending on the patient’s desires.
As gravity and stress combine to change the orientation of the breasts, sometimes a breast lift is the best way to grant some youthfulness back to the bust line. Breast lift procedures reorient the breast and the nipple area to give the breast a perkier appearance. In other words, the breast is restored to an orientation more in line with what it was in your youth. Unless specifically paired with another procedure, there should be no noticeable change in the size of the breast.
Breasts that are too large for the frame can cause significant stress on the neck and back, leading to chronic pain. For this reason among other others, many patients with overly large breasts will opt to pursue a breast reduction procedure, in which excess tissue is removed from the breast area. The results greatly ease the patient’s neck and back pain.
A breast enhancement procedure can totally transform the way you feel about your body. Many patients report a significant increase in confidence and self-esteem, not to mention overall quality of life. Finding a highly qualified plastic surgeon and scheduling a consultation is the first step in your transformation, so get started today!
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In the past decade, breast lift procedures have increased in popularity by 70%.
In 2014, over 286,000 individual breast augmentation procedures were performed.
In 2014, the most popular age range for breast augmentation procedures was 30-39 years old.