Breast Enlargement (Augmentation Mammaplasty)

Enhance the size of breasts using inflatable implants filled with saline.

Length 1 to 2 hours.

Anesthesia Local with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient Usually outpatient.

Recovery Back to work: a few days. Physical contact with breasts: 3 to 4 weeks. Fading of scars: several months to a year or more.

Duration of Results Variable. Implants may require removal or replacement.

Side Effects Temporary soreness, swelling, change in nipple sensation, bruising. Breast sensitive to stimulation for a few weeks.

Risks Lack of implant permanence — surgical removal or replacement of the implants may be required to treat problems, including: deflation; the formation of scar tissue around the implant (capsular contracture), which may cause the breast to feel tight or hard; bleeding or infection. Increase or decrease in sensitivity of nipples or breast skin, occasionally permanent. Mammography requires a special technique. (Note: Some women have reported symptoms similar to those of immune disorders. Ask your doctor about these and other FDA concerns.)

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

Raise and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples.

Length 1 to 3 hours.

Anesthesia Local with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient Usually outpatient, sometimes inpatient.

Recovery Back to work: 1 week or more. Strenuous activities: 1 month. Fading of scars: several months to a year.

Duration of Results Variable; gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight changes may cause new sagging. Results may last longer or be enhanced when breast implants are inserted as part of the procedure.

Side Effects Temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, numbness, dry breast skin. Permanent scars.

Risks Thick, wide scars; skin loss; infection. Unevenly positioned nipples. Permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breast.

Breast Reduction (Reduction Mammaplasty)

Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction removes excess breast fat, glandular tissue and skin to achieve a breast size in proportion with your body and to alleviate the discomfort associated with overly large breasts.

Length 2-4 hours.

Anesthesia Local with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient Inpatient/Outpatient.

Recovery Back to work in 7 days, more strenuous activity 2-3 weeks. Swelling and bruising 3 to 6 months.

Duration of Results Permanent

Side Effects Temporary swelling, numbness, bruising, fluid accumulation.

Risks Infection, loss of nipple sensation, scarring, injury to the skin, asymmetry, and possible inability to breast feed.

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