What Is The Difference Between Breast Augmentation and Breast Reconstruction?

The world of plastic surgery can be a confusing place for those that are not board-certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

You may be a man or woman who has identified a “problem area” on your body, but don’t know what options exist for surgical correction. One of the many questions we are asked at Amae Plastic Surgery Center is “What is the difference between breast augmentation and breast reconstruction?”

Breast augmentation is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures; it uses implants to enhance the shape and size of the breasts. Breast augmentation can help women who feel that their breasts are too small in size, and can also help women who wish to restore their breast’s fullness following pregnancy, weight loss, and aging.

Breast implants can be saline or silicone and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Your board-certified plastic surgeon will determine which type of implant and procedure is best to obtain your desired results. The incision will be put in an inconspicuous area such as the armpit or lower half of the areola.

Breast reconstruction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that attempts to restore the breast(s) as best as possible to its original appearance and size. This procedure traditionally follows a mastectomy, the surgical removal of one or both breasts as a way to treat breast cancer. Breast reconstruction surgeries may also follow mastectomies performed for other medical purposes such as the prevention of disease, and can be performed to correct a genetic mutation.

During a breast reconstruction procedure, the nipple and the darker area around the nipple (called the areola) can also be restored or added to the new breast.

Are you interested in a breast augmentation or breast reconstruction procedure? Online research should never serve as a substitute for a professional consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Feel free to call us to schedule an initial consultation, or download our free white papers on breast reconstruction and breast augmentation.

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