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Breast Surgery Procedure Steps

Breast Surgery Procedure Steps

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Breast cosmetic surgery can modify the shape and size of breasts, or give them a slight lift according to the patient’s aesthetic choices. Some patients may require breast reconstruction surgery after a mastectomy.

The surgeon will explain the various steps involved in breast surgery during the pre-op consultation. When patients understand more about the procedure, they usually feel more confident and reassured.

Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides breast surgery to patients in Dallas, Texas and surrounding communities.



In most cases, the plastic surgeon undertakes the breast surgery with the patient under general anesthesia. The anesthesiologist will make the patient sleep and help them remain unconscious throughout the procedure using either intravenous (IV) or inhaled sedation. The patient will be taken out of anesthesia after the surgery is complete.


Breast Augmentation

The breast augmentation procedure involves the placement of implants over or beneath the pectoralis chest muscle. The surgeon will place an incision in the armpit (axilla), lower breast, or areola. Breast implant surgery may involve the use of endoscopes.

A breast implant is a silicone shell containing saline (a salt water solution) or silicone gel. A woman may determine her ideal size by trying on trial implants.

At present, saline-filled implants and silicone gel implants do not have any usage restrictions, except for the minimum age requirements as specified by the FDA.


Breast Reduction

Breast reduction plastic surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that removes excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue. Scarring can be significant in this type of procedure. But the nipple-areola and normal breast sensation, and milk production are typically unaffected.

Potential side effects include lumpiness and pain from scar tissue and the inability to breastfeed. This breast surgery decreases the breast size and contour but preserves its sensation and function. Women usually report a dramatic improvement in their function following breast reduction.


Breast Lift

Some women may have skin that is not strong enough to support the breast weight causing the breasts to become saggy. In this condition, known as ptosis, there is excessive skin in comparison to breast tissue. The excess skin must be removed to perform a breast lift or mastopexy.


Breast Reconstruction

A breast reconstruction surgery aims to restore the shape, size, and contour of the breast(s). Furthermore, the nipple-areola area is also recreated. The breast loses normal sensation and the ability to breastfeed when the milk glands and ducts, or sensory nerves have been excised or seriously damaged.

In this surgery, the volume and contour of the breast can be restored using the patient’s own tissue or implants. In case an implant is placed, it is sized to match the remaining breast. The woman’s own tissue can also be used to recreate the breast.


Closing the Incisions

The surgeon will cautiously seal the incisions after the breast surgery. Some surgeons use traditional sutures to close the incisions while other use absorbable ones. The surgeon may place temporary drain tubes in the incision areas for a few days to accumulate excess fluid.

Reliable female cosmetic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas and nearby areas for breast surgery.
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