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The Different Types of Breast Surgery

Blog Post November 13, 2020 post.reading-time

There are many different kinds of breast surgery, but to make things a little less overwhelming and a little more clear, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the types and what they mean. Now, before we go any deeper, let’s just clarify that undergoing breast surgery doesn’t necessarily mean that the reasons are merely superficial or vain, so let’s go ahead and toss that stereotype right out the window.

Great, now we can keep going.

Like we mentioned, breast surgery includes different types, the specific ones we’ll be diving into are: breast augmentation, mastopexy and breast reconstruction.

Breast Augmentation (Augmentation Mammoplasty)

Like its name indicates, this category is focused on enlarging the size of the breasts. This can usually be done with fat transfer, breast implants, or even both. Within this category, there are several types of surgeries

  • Primary Augmentation: This refers to first-time breast augmentation surgeries with breast implants (shout-out to all the Motiva® newbies!)

  • Secondary Augmentation (Revision Surgery): This means the patient already has breast implants and is looking to replace them (many women choose revision surgery to change size, shape, brand, to correct a complication, or simply as a precautionary measure).

  • Motiva® Designed Surgeries: To heighten the augmentation experience, and turn it into a customized one, we have partnered with expert plastic surgeons to create exclusive modern procedures for the women looking for beautiful, personalized breast results.

    • Motiva MinimalScar®:  This procedure is completely unique to Motiva®, accomplished with the three key elements- our LED retractor, an insertion sleeve, and Ergonomix® implants- to insert the implants through incisions half the size of traditional augmentation, leaving beautiful, barely noticeable scars.

    • MotivaHybrid®: Remember when we said “fat transfer, breast implants, or even both”? This is the “both” we meant. With MotivaHybrid®, fat from other parts of your body is removed, filtered, and then used to fill and sculpt your breasts, paired with smaller Motiva Implants® for a harmonious, natural-looking result.

It’s important to note that some of these surgeries can be combined, depending on the situation and the overall goal. Mention them to your surgeon to see what’s applicable to you.

Mastopexy & Mastopexy Augmentation

Commonly known as a breast lift, this surgery consists in bringing the nipple higher up and removing excess skin, usually performed to counteract sagging. On its own, this procedure doesn’t form part of the augmentation category. However, it’s common for women to combine it with breast implants to complete the youthful, perky look they were aiming for, which is called Mastopexy Augmentation.

Breast Reconstruction

This category applies to the surgeries that focus on reshaping the breasts after tissue loss or damage due to cancer, prophylactic mastectomy or a severe breast anomaly not allowing the breast to develop properly. Similar to breast augmentation, breast reconstruction also divides into primary and secondary (revision) surgeries that refer to if the patient has already had surgery previously or not. Besides these, there are a couple of types of reconstruction:

  • Implant-based Reconstruction: Pretty straight-forward, this surgery uses a breast implant to reform the breasts. Sometimes this procedure is separated into phases, using a tissue expander to get the chest ready gradually for the space the new implant will be inserted into.

  • Autologous (flap) Reconstruction: This means tissue from another part of the body is transferred to the chest to help shape the breast(s). Sometimes this procedure is done together with breast implants.

If you’re curious whether you’re a good candidate, you should start communicating with a plastic surgeon to set up a consultation and get a better look into your personal situation. Get in touch with one today through our Motiva® Center Locator.

*The content provided herein is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice or as substitute for a consultation with a physician. Motiva Implants® are not yet commercially available in US and are undergoing clinical investigation pursuant to US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for investigational medical devices.


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