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Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Breast Surgery 

Non-Cosmetic Reasons to Consider Breast Surgery 

Cosmetic breast surgeries are designed to reshape, lift, or address aesthetic concerns related to aging, weight loss, genetics, or self-esteem. However, there may be an underlying medical cause that is best addressed through surgery.

Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gordon Sasaki and his team at Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center in Pasadena, California, have significant expertise in surgical and nonsurgical procedures that address your health and cosmetic concerns.

Read more from the Sasaki team regarding breast surgeries related to underlying health issues.         

Non-cosmetic reasons to consider breast surgery 

Non-cosmetic breast surgeries encompass a variety of procedures primarily aimed at addressing medical issues rather than aesthetic enhancement. These surgeries are most often performed for diagnostic, therapeutic, or preventive concerns.

However, you can rely on your Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center surgeon to provide cosmetically pleasing results regardless of the reason for your procedure.

Here are some of the most common non-cosmetic reasons to consider breast surgery:

Breast cancer treatment

One of the most significant non-cosmetic reasons for breast surgery is the treatment of breast cancer. Surgeries such as mastectomy (removal of one or both breasts) and lumpectomy (removal of the tumor and some surrounding tissue) are critical components of breast cancer treatment.

These surgeries aim to remove cancerous tissue and reduce the risk of cancer spreading or recurring. Some women with a high genetic risk of breast cancer (e.g., BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations) choose to undergo prophylactic mastectomy.

Treatment for noncancerous growths, cysts, and infections

Surgery may be required to remove benign (noncancerous) lumps or cysts that are causing pain or have the potential to become problematic. Infections or severe abscesses that do not respond to antibiotics may also require surgical intervention.

Breast reconstruction

Breast reconstruction surgery rebuilds breast shape following mastectomy, lumpectomy, injury, or other conditions affecting the breasts.

Reduction of chronic pain

Many women suffer from chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain due to overly large breasts. Breast reduction surgery, also known as reduction mammoplasty, can alleviate this pain.

The surgery removes excess breast tissue and skin, making the breasts smaller and lighter, thus reducing the strain on the back and shoulders.

Breast reduction surgery does change the shape and size of your breasts, a cosmetic effect. It can also alleviate chronic pain, improve posture, and enhance your ability to engage in physical activities.

Correction of congenital issues

Some individuals are born with congenital breast irregularities or develop asymmetrical breasts during puberty. Conditions such as Poland syndrome, tuberous breasts, or severe asymmetry can affect your physical and psychological well-being.

Breast surgery can correct these issues, leading to a more balanced appearance and improved self-esteem.

Gender confirmation surgery

For transgender individuals, breast surgery can be an essential part of gender confirmation. For transgender women, breast augmentation helps create a more traditionally feminine chest. For transgender men, chest masculinization surgery, or "top surgery," involves the removal of breast tissue to create a more traditionally masculine chest.

Gynecomastia surgery

This surgical procedure is designed to address enlarged male breasts (gynecomastia). It involves the removal of excess breast tissue and may include liposuction.

Schedule a visit at Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center for world-renowned surgical care you can rely on to address your cosmetic and physical concerns.  

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