Breast Procedures

Quick Summary
Breast Procedures
Procedure Length
2-4 hours
General or local sedation
Mostly outpatient
Types of Procedures
Breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, nipple & areola correction, male breast reduction
Recovery Time
Back to work, 3-7 days. Strenuous activities 3-6 weeks. Will vary based on type of treatment.
Risks / Side Effects
Infection, temporary discomfort, swelling, bruising, etc.
Final Results
2-6 months. Will vary based on type of treatment.
Duration of Results
Long lasting depending on skin elasticity
Average Cost
$7,000-$12,000. Will vary based on type of treatment.

Types of breast procedures

The female breasts receive a lot of attention both socially and medically. Most people often think of breast surgery in terms of getting bigger breasts, but they rarely think about it from the other side, such as breasts that are too big or are no longer perky.

There are several types of breast procedures to deal with whatever your concern may be. There’s even procedures for men who are self conscious about their breasts. Learn more about the various types of breast procedures below.

  • Breast Augmentation: Although breast size and shape varies, ideally breasts are firm and, to some extent, full in shape. Breast augmentation is performed to improve breast shape and size whether you’re seeking a subtle enhancement or a very full enhancement. Breast augmentation may also lift the breast eliminating the need for a breast lift depending on the degree of sagging. Learn about the different types of implants, incision options, potential risks and complications, cost, and recovery time.
  • Breast Reduction: Overdeveloped breasts present a medical condition that affects women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Breasts which are disproportionately large for the body may be associated with medical complications such as neck, back, and shoulder pain, rashes underneath the breasts, loss of sensation in the hands, dilated veins on the breasts, and/or enlarged areola. Furthermore, overdeveloped breasts can lead to emotional as well physical distress. Breast reduction is performed to reduce the size of the breast while enhancing the shape to appear more in proportion with her body.
  • Breast Lift: Pregnancy, age, and genetics can contribute to drooping breasts. A breast lift is performed to lift and reshape sagging breasts and reduce the size of the areola. Although breasts of any size can be lifted, results may vary. Heavier breasts are more prone to sagging and may not retain results as long as lighter breasts.
  • Breast Reconstruction: Breast reconstruction is a surgical procedure used to rebuild the breast. Women who have had a breast removed usually after a mastectomy following breast cancer are frequent candidates for this procedure.
  • Nipple & Areola Correction: These procedures address common concerns many women have regarding their areolas (disproportionately large, “puffy”) and nipples (inverted, asymmetric or enlarged).
  • Male Breast Reduction: Gynecomastia, a medical condition in which excess glandular tissue or fat make the male breast appear overdeveloped, can affect men of all ages, shapes, and sizes. This condition is so common, in fact, that it affects an estimated 50 percent of men. Gynecomastia may affect only one breast or both and may be responsible for other medical complications such as neck, back, and shoulder pain, rashes underneath the breasts, loss of sensation in the hands, dilated veins on the breasts, and/or enlarged areola as well as reduced self-esteem. Male breast reduction is performed to remove excess glandular tissue and fat from the breast to shape a flatter contour of the chest. relies on sources such as professional medical organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, and peer-reviewed scientific journals to write it’s articles. Learn more about how we ensure our content is accurate, in-depth, and unbiased by reading our editorial guidelines.

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