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What is Reduction Augmentation?

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Juli Albright
Juli is our patient advocate and community connection. She balances work, life and family with grace.
Juli is our patient advocate and community connection. She balances work, life and family with grace.

What is Reduction Augmentation?

Are you looking for a breast lift in San Antonio? This procedure is similar to breast augmentation but has a different purpose. It is a surgical method in which patients has a breast reduction in combination with a breast augmentation procedure. In this surgery, your surgeon removes extra tissues from your breast so that they can replace them with the implant. As a result, you will get smaller breasts with a more appealing appearance as well as long-lasting fullness on your breast.

It is true that breast reduction augmentation surgery significantly helps in the correction of macromastia. The new modern methods have helped the health providers to use a one-stage method of breast reduction by combining the breast implant technique, offering you reductive augmentation as a solution.

Who is a Good Candidate for this Surgery?

Reductive Augmentation surgery is an innovative practice that provides you a breast that has fullness on the upper pole and round appearance. Additionally, this unique surgical method is also helpful to solve breast asymmetry.

Patients who have problems like pseudoptosis, which results in dropping of the bottom of your breast because of undergoing breast augmentation, can also resolve this problem. You also need to know that you can get reductive surgery, whether you have undergone mastopexy or not, during breast augmentation.

Choose the Right Implant

When it comes to reductive augmentation, you also need to choose the right implant in order to get the right shape and size of your breast. But choosing the right implant for your surgery can be extremely challenging and daunting, as you want a smaller breast. This is why you need professional and expert help to choose the best implant based on your body size and frame. We recommend choosing a board certified plastic surgeon with great online reviews and testimonials. They should give you ample choices of shapes and sizes that will help you make the decision. You will typically be asked to try them on first and you can feel them as well.

Best Shape

Your surgeon will offer you different types of implants with different shapes, sizes, and compositions. It includes silicone and saline breast implants. Both of these implants come in all shapes, but the procedure of injecting these implants into your body is different. Not to mention, surgeons also make different types of incisions for both implants.

Your plastic surgeon should also discuss the advantages and disadvantages to silicone versus saline implants.

Best Size

The size of every type of implant, either silicone or saline, is calculated by the volume of the implant. Health professionals measure them with cubic centimeters, which is, of course, challenging for you to understand. Apart from the volume, breast implants have different widths that professionals measure through the diameter. This is why you need an expert’s help who can help you understand the right diameter size of the implants for your anatomy.

Most of the patients who opt for breast reduction understand that they don’t have the breast size that matches with their rest of the body. In this case, you need to choose an implant that can correct this problem. Patients who have narrow shoulders, smaller frames, slimmer hips, and thin torsos need to choose a smaller implant. In comparison, women who have larger frame can pick bigger implants that don’t give them an unnatural appearance and looks appropriate with their waist, shoulder, and height.

Reduction Augmentation Consultation

Your surgeon will provide you all the necessary information and details about the surgery in your first consultation. They will also ask you to provide some information so that they can make a better plan for your surgery. You will need to give health history, allergies details, medication information, and tobacco or alcohol consumption details. It is also important to note that if you had undergone breast surgery before, you need to tell your plastic surgeon. Make sure to tell your plastic surgeon about every health problem related to the breast so that your plastic surgeon can be prepared to handle all possible situations.


Before the surgery, your surgeon will give you anesthesia so that you don’t feel pain. However, because of anesthesia, you will also need help to drive back home after the surgery. So, ask your family or friend to help you with house chores and other things for few days after the surgery. If you choose a reputable and experienced health organization, then you will get the anesthesia from a board-certified anesthesiologist. Make sure to follow all the pre-operative guidance of your surgeon. Also, avoid drinking and eating after midnight.

If your surgery is after the morning or late evening, you need to get clear instructions from your surgeon. Don’t forget to tell your doctor of any medications you are taking. Follow all the guidelines of your surgeon regarding the surgery to get the optimal results. You also need to know that you will need to wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothing after the surgery. Furthermore, some excellent surgical centers offer their patients to stay overnight if they are concerned about going back home feeling lightheaded because of anesthesia.

Post-Operative Recovery

You will get a follow-up appointment after the reduction augmentation surgery. Your plastic surgeon will also suggest you ask someone to stay for at least a night with you after the surgery. You will also experience pain and discomfort in the first week following the surgery. This is why we recommend you to take off for at least a week from your office. You also need to prevent doing any strenuous activity that may put a strain on your breast and incisions.

Your plastic surgeon will also give you some medications to ease your pain. Depending on your surgeon’s recommendation, you may also need to apply an elastic bandage. Your doctor will also ask you to wear a special bra to accelerate the healing process. Some patients also have minimal scarring that they can cover with a bathing suit or bra. These scars usually fade with time, but you need to choose a skilled cosmetic surgeon to minimize the scar.

Make sure to do rest as much as possible and follow the guidelines of your surgeon.

Interested in a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon in San Antonio? Choose Alamo Plastic Surgery.

Written by
Juli Albright

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