Augmentation mammaplasty or breast augmentation is the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedure performed each year in the United States. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), over 300,000 breast augmentation procedures were performed in 2017. These statistics remain common each year and are provided by the ASPS, the world’s largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons. What makes this the most common plastic surgical procedure performed yearly by women in the United States, and more specifically by women in San Diego and La Jolla? Let’s explore the numerous motivations women choose augmentation mammaplasty. The most common motivations San Diego and La Jolla women undergo breast augmentation surgery include the following:
1.Small breasts or micromastia
This is the most common reason women choose breast augmentation surgery in our practice. Small breast size may be congenital, secondary to weight loss, or occasionally due to previous pregnancy and delivery. Most women in our practice simply desire more proportional breasts which allow them to feel confident in clothing and swimsuits. Many of them are moms and professionals are not interested in drawing attention to themselves but desire breast augmentation to feel more confident.
In our private consultation, I always explain to patients that breast asymmetry is the rule rather than the exception. It is extremely rare to find that both breasts are mirror images of one another. Breast asymmetry may be due to chest wall asymmetry, spinal curvature, breast volume disparities, nipple asymmetry, and many other factors. These are demonstrated to each patient during their consultation in front of a full-length mirror.
3. Ptosis or breast sagging
Loss of breast shape is often associated with volume loss following pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and aging. This loss of breast shape may include sagging or ptosis where the nipple descends to the lower pole of the breast. Breast aesthetics can be restored by replacing the lost volume with implants and correcting the breast ptosis with a breast lift or mastopexy.
4. Breast deformity following mastectomy
Patients who have undergone mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer are often good candidates for breast augmentation surgery either with a breast implant, autologous fat transfer, or a combination of the two. Such breast reconstruction surgery may involve the breast affected by cancer and often includes the opposite breast to create more symmetry.
If you are considering breast augmentation surgery then please see the following link for some examples of patients who have undergone this procedure: https://www.lajollaskin.com/cosmetic-surgery/breast/breast-augmentation/. The most important decision you will make when considering any cosmetic plastic surgical procedure is your surgeon.
Make certain it is someone who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the only recognized board to certify surgeons in cosmetic surgery of the entire body. La Jolla and San Diego patients considering breast augmentation can be evaluated by La Jolla’s only triple board certified plastic surgeon, Richard Chaffoo, MD by calling (858) 623-6333 for a complimentary consultation.
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