Atlanta Breast Surgery Combinations: Why Certain Cosmetic Issues Require More Than Implants for Correction

atlanta breast surgeryWith so many options for Atlanta breast surgery, the highly skilled surgeons of Atlanta Plastic Surgery know that just because patients want to enhance their appearance, they don’t always know what needs to be changed to reach their cosmetic goals. Plastic surgery is not as simple as A + B = C.  Since every plastic surgery patient is different, every procedure is a little different.  I’m sure you’ve heard of traditional breast procedures like breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, and breast reconstruction, but have you ever heard about combination breast surgery? These procedures mingle elements of multiple breast procedures to help patients address all of the underlying issues contributing to dissatisfaction with their breasts.

Breast Reduction with Lift

Women with overly large breasts (known as macromastia) often seek breast reduction surgery to relieve the symptoms associated with their condition, including neck or back pain, poor posture, irritation or rash, skeletal deformities, low self-esteem, and limitations on physical activity. Women who have dealt with their overly large breasts for a long time may experience breasts that begin to sag.  Fortunately, our Atlanta breast surgeons are able to perform a breast lift (mastopexy) at the same time as the breast reduction. During this procedure, a plastic surgeon removes excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breasts, and then lifts the breast to a more natural position. Liposuction may be used to remove fat from areas around the breasts like the underarms for further refinement.

Breast Augmentation with Lift

Breast augmentation (breast enhancement) remains the most common cosmetic procedure for women who desire larger breasts. Because even small sized breasts begin to sag over time due to weight fluctuations and decreased skin elasticity, breast augmentation may also be combined with breast lift surgery. Inserting a breast implant successfully lifts the breast to a certain extent, but a plastic surgeon can provide further enhancement during breast augmentation by removing excess skin and returning the breasts to a more aesthetically pleasing position.

Breast Revision Surgery/Implant Exchange

Breast implants are not made to last a lifetime. Usually lasting around ten years, many women who undergo breast augmentation surgery often have secondary procedures called breast revision surgery. Also known as breast implant exchange or removal, breast revision is suitable for patients who wish to exchange their breast implants for a different size or composition of breast implant (i.e. silicone or saline) or for patients were not satisfied with their original breast augmentation results. Women who experience breast surgery complications such as capsular contracture, breast implant leak, or infection may also require breast revision surgery.

If you are interested in pursuing plastic surgery, be sure to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled surgeons at Atlanta Plastic Surgery.  For more information on the cosmetic and reconstructive procedures offered, review the rest of our website.