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Breast Surgery Options

Improving the appearance of your breasts can bring a new sense of confidence that impacts how you feel every day. Plastic surgery is a personal choice and should be done for yourself, not to meet someone else’s expectations or to fit an “ideal” image. It’s important to do your research before making the decision to have breast surgery and fully understand what to expect. SSM Health’s qualified physicians can answer any questions you may have and help determine the best option for you. Our experts are connected to a wealth of resources and advanced technology to help ensure the best results for your needs.

Types of Breast Surgery

Breast Augmentation

This involves using breast implants or fat transfer to increase the size of your breasts. The procedure can also restore lost volume after pregnancy or weight loss, achieving a more rounded shape or improving natural symmetry.

Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new contour. The lift can rejuvenate your figure with a more youthful profile.

Female Breast Reduction

Women with large breasts may experience a variety of medical problems caused by the excessive weight, such as back aches, neck pain, or numbness in fingers and hands. This procedure removes excess fat, glandular tissue and skin from the breasts, making them smaller, lighter and firmer.

Male Breast Reduction

For men, large or overdeveloped breasts is called gynecomastia. Surgery can help men who feel self-conscious about the appearance of their chest. It can also help those who may have recently lost a significant amount of weight and have residual excess skin on their chest. The procedure involves the removal of fat, glandular breast tissue or excess skin, resulting in a firmer, flatter chest.

Breast Revision

This procedure generally involves removing or replacing an original saline or silicone breast implant. Patients who elect to have breast revision do so to change the size or type of their implants and/or to correct any complications resulting from a prior breast surgery.

Breast Reconstruction

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the US every two minutes. If you’ve had a mastectomy, it’s normal to feel sad, anxious, angry, or a host of other emotions. One option is to rebuild your breast or breasts – with a surgery called breast reconstruction.

What to Expect from Breast Surgery

Recovery from breast surgery varies depending on the patient and procedure. Your physician will discuss a plan that is tailored specifically to you. Traditionally this plan will include information about medications, when to begin exercise or certain movements again, or how to care for incisions. It is critical to follow these guidelines in order to provide the best results and allow your body to properly heal. We’re here to help if you have any questions along the way.

If you want to enhance, reduce, contour or renew, you can trust the board-certified physicians at SSM Health to develop a plan to meet your personal needs and goals. 

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