Your Guide to Cosmetic Breast Procedures

O’Neill Plastic Surgery is the premier practice for a variety of cosmetic breast procedures, from breast reductions to breast augmentations and everything in between. In order to receive the best possible results, it’s important to know what each breast procedure entails. While our team of professionals are here to walk you through all of your options, we wanted to share an overview to help answer any questions you may have. We realize that undergoing cosmetic surgery is a big decision, which is why we’re providing a preliminary guide to the breast procedures we offer at O’Neill Plastic Surgery.  

Breast Augmentation

What is it?

Breast augmentations are one of the most well-known cosmetic procedures. This procedure is the surgical placement of breast implants to increase the fullness and projection of the breasts. Breast augmentations are also used to improve the symmetry of the breasts. 

Who’s a candidate?

It’s important to note that breast augmentation is not an appropriate breast procedure to correct sagging breasts. A breast lift and augmentation can be performed in conjunction if a patient wants to lift and add fullness to her chest. Other necessary considerations include being in good physical condition and having fully developed breasts. In some cases, women choose to have a breast augmentation to adjust breasts that vary in size or shape or to correct breasts that fail to develop normally. At the end of the day, breast augmentations are highly individualized procedures, so make sure you are doing this to enhance your own confidence, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of idealized image.

Breast Reduction

What is it?

Over the last four years, the number of breast reductions has increased in popularity by 54%, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgery. While this rise in percentage is due in part to trends veering toward a well-proportioned, natural look, breast reduction surgery is most commonly performed to relieve back, neck, and muscle pain that is caused by the size of a woman’s breasts. 

Who’s a candidate?

Most surgeons do not require patients to have any particular-sized breasts to qualify for a breast reduction. The most vital factor to consider is if the breast size leads to mental and physical health problems. Depending on how much breast tissue is estimated to be removed, breast reduction surgery may be covered by some insurance policies. Of course, it’s essential that you are in good enough physical health to undergo surgery to be a candidate for breast reduction. 

Breast Reconstruction

What is it?

Breast reconstruction is a procedure commonly performed after a mastectomy to allow the body to retain a more familiar silhouette. It is also one of the breast procedures that can be covered by insurance. Losing a breast is a traumatic experience, so breast reconstruction is an option to help women feel normal, confident, and in control during this process. 

Who’s a candidate?

According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, ideal candidates for breast reconstruction surgery are women who are in good health. Some women with chronic medical conditions and suppressed immune systems or women who are overweight or smoke may not be good candidates for breast reconstruction.  

Breast Lift

What is it?

As we previously mentioned, the desired look of many patients over the last few years has trended toward a more natural look, with those undergoing breast augmentations opting for smaller implant sizes. Due to this change in aesthetic trends, The American Society of Plastic Surgery reports that breast lifts have been one of the top five most requested procedures two years running, despite never having made a list in previous years. A breast lift allows patients to address breast sagging that can come with age, pregnancy, breastfeeding, gravity, weight changes, or genetics. While breast lifts don’t add size or volume to the chest, they can lift and improve the contours of your natural breasts. If you are concerned about the size of the areolas, breast lifts can also reduce the size of enlarged areolas. 

Who’s a candidate?

If you are bothered by the feeling that your breasts sag significantly or have lost their shape, a breast lift might be the ideal breast procedure for you. You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if you are physically healthy, maintain a stable weight, and don’t smoke. 

Still not sure about which breast procedure is right for you? Talk to a professional and use the VECTRA XT 3D Imaging System! This specialized technology allows patients to see the possibilities of various breast procedures. The VECTRA XT 3D Imaging System uses 360 degrees of body imaging, captures 3D face, breast, and body images, and simulates aesthetic procedures in ultra-high resolution color. Contact O’Neill Plastic Surgery to learn more.

A picture of Patrick J. O’Neill, MD wearing his doctor attire.

About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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