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What can I expect from a breast lift?
Women who have a breast lift have a more youthful appearance and fit into their clothes better. Surgery does not significantly increase the size of breasts. Women who want larger breasts will need breast lift and augmentation surgery.
What is breast augmentation?
Breast implants are surgically placed to improve symmetry and increase fullness and projection of breasts. Implants have been greatly improved with advanced technologies and are not the safety concern they once were.
Are lifts or augmentation done with breast reduction surgery?
Also known as reduction mammaplasty, breast reduction surgery 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. Depending on the situation, reduction surgery may be combined with a breast lift.
At what point should a woman with breast cancer consider reconstruction surgery?
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, talk to your physician or general surgeon prior to scheduling a mastectomy. There are decisions you will want to make pre-operatively. Breast reconstruction will restore the missing breast to a reconstructed breast of normal shape and size although the breast will not have the same sensation or feelings. Depending on the amount of trauma to the area, a breast lift or breast reduction may be recommended for the opposite breast to improve symmetry and position of both breasts.
Does insurance cover breast surgical procedures?
Federal law guarantees insurance coverage for breast reconstruction for women diagnosed with breast cancer; the law requires coverage for both the affected breast and the other breast if advisable. Insurance plans also generally cover surgeries for women seeking breast reductions and reconstructions related to physical pain and/or medical issues. A breast lift or augmentation done purely for cosmetic reasons is not covered by insurance. Schedule an initial consultation with a plastic surgeon to get answers to all your questions before you proceed.
Davis Bronson, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an elected member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. His experience includes a successful private surgical practice for more than 21 years in San Diego as well as 25 years as a volunteer doing free reconstructive surgeries in Mexico for children and teenagers with major birth defects and trauma injuries. Dr. Bronson joined the Sanford Health staff last fall.