There are many women all over the world who dream of having bigger breasts because they feel that it will boost their self-esteem. Bigger, firmer breasts with a youthful look… these are just some of the demands women have when it comes to plastic surgery. Fortunately, there are now plenty of alternatives available for them. But where does the need to undergo breast enhancement procedures come from? These are just some of the motivations women have for opting for breast surgical procedures: 1. Objective reasons A genetic predisposition to small breasts A genetic predisposition to breast asymmetries (different shapes, sizes or positions on the chest) Breast reconstruction for patients who underwent a mastectomy intervention Reduced firmness of the breasts caused by aging Sagginess of the breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding (in this case, it is recommended to associate the breast augmentation procedure with a mastopexy). 2. Subjective reasons: An improvement of the physical aspect: they want a more attractive bossom is often the main reason why a woman decides to undergo breast surgery. The underlying desire is to achieve better proportionality of the body and a more attractive contour. A boost in self-esteem: the dissatisfaction or insecurities women have towards their breasts can deplete their self-worth. It can also negatively impact the relationships with the opposite sex as they don’t feel attractive enough. The desire to have more options in terms of clothes that fit well and complement the body: a better-proportioned body and an attractive silhouette with curves in all the right places offer the possibility to try on a new fashion style that was completely off limits before plastic surgery. Surprisingly, this is enough of a reason for some women to undergo an invasive surgical procedure. The most commonly performed breast enhancement procedures: Breast enhancement procedures can be performed using different techniques and methods. It all depends on the desires of the patient, her current anatomy, the feasibility of the procedure to the patient, and, of course, the financial capabilities of the patient. – Breast augmentation This can be performed through either the use of breast implants or fat transfer to the breasts. Personally, I recommend a combination of the two procedures as this will certainly provide impressive results, but still give a natural appearance to the breasts. Breast augmentation procedure increases the volume of the breasts, while also correcting asymmetries. This will significantly improve the breasts’ firmness as well as make the breasts seem natural and youthful. Keep in mind that a substantial augmentation of the breasts can only be achieved with the help of plastic surgery. The fat transfer to the breasts or fat injections is the only other FDA-approved method to augment the breasts, aside from the mammary implants. When fat transfer to the breasts is performed, the first step is to collect fat through help of liposuction from the donor areas. Once the fat is purified, it can be reinjected to the breast area in order to add volume. – Breast lift The breast lift procedure is a suitable option for people who are pleased with the size of their breasts, but are not satisfied with their position. As women get older, the breasts will start to sag. There are some women who are more predisposed to breast sagginess than others, and it is true that those with bigger breasts will start to sag sooner than smaller ones. With that said, this condition affects women of all ages, so it all depends on a case-to-case basis. With the breast lift surgery, this will recreate the youthful contour of the breasts by removing excess skin on the chest area. Consequently, the breasts will look firmer, more elevated and have an improved shape. However, it is worth noting that your breasts might look slightly smaller after the breast lift surgery. – Breast reduction This procedure is recommended for women who experience physical and emotional upheavals due to their excessively large breasts. When speaking of physical issues, this usually refers to the skin conditions located in the inframammary fold; back, neck and shoulder pain; and the discomfort of not being able to find suitable clothes and underwear to support the large breasts. All these can be difficult to deal with, which is why some women choose to go under the knife. During the breast reduction procedure, the plastic surgeon will remove not only the excessive skin on the level of the breasts, but also a part of the mammary gland. You should be aware that you might have difficulties with breastfeeding after the breast reduction, so it may be best to wait until you no longer want to give birth. An ulterior pregnancy can alter the results of the intervention as pregnancy is often one of the causes of breasts issues in the first place. Thus, your plastic surgeon will advise you to plan your breast enhancement procedure only when you feel that your family is complete and you have no desire to have more children. Regardless of the type of breast surgery you went through, it will be mandatory to wear a special supportive bra for at least a year. The scars are different from patient to patient and depends on the type of procedure performed. The breast reduction and breast lift tend to leave behind larger scars compared to the breast augmentation. Overall, the only person that can help you decide what breast procedure is suitable for you is the plastic surgeon. He will assess and evaluate your anatomy, skin condition, medical history, as well as discuss your desires and expectations from the surgery before making a recommendation for an optimal treatment plan. Conclusion As you can see, plastic surgery offers multiple treatment options for those who are unhappy with the current state of their breasts. The most commonly requested plastic surgery interventions are breast augmentation with implants or fat transfer, breast lift surgery, and breast reduction procedure. In order to find out if you are eligible to undergo the breast procedure you are interested in, contact your plastic surgeon for a consultation. Don’t try to decide at home or by asking friends what is the right procedure for you; it is only after a proper examination and through specific measurements that the plastic surgeon will be able to recommend a procedure that will deliver the breasts you have been dreaming of. Therefore, make sure to consult an experienced and Board-certified surgeon in order to get sound advice.