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The term mammoplasty is socially associated with breast augmentation. But the reality is quite different, because a large percentage of these types of surgical interventions are not related to breast augmentation and later we will explain why.

In any case, it is true that it is fashionable to operate the breast for an aesthetic function. Years ago breast implants were quite artificial and you could tell who was wearing them. However, medicine and technology have improved so much that now you can perfectly recreate a natural breast without it being noticed that it is an implant.

Even so, aesthetic purpose is not the only reason why thousands of patients have chest surgery every year. There are more factors that make plastic surgery a very common surgical intervention in the 21st century. If you want to know more about the subject, read on!

What is a mammoplasty?

A mammoplasty is a term in the jargon of plastic surgery to refer to breast operations. Contrary to what is commonly thought, plastic surgery does not have to be breast augmentation only, since there are different types of operation according to the people needs. Next we make a small analysis according to the types of mammoplasty that exist.

What types of mammoplasty are available?

Depending on the needs of each patient, there are different types of mammoplasty. Contrary to what many people think, this surgical intervention does not only consist of breast augmentation, since there are some other physical or psychological problems that can be solved thanks to a plastic surgery. Keep reading to know more about the subject.

Breast augmentation


Breast augmentation or breast augmentation is perfect not only to increase the size of the breasts. It is also indicated to elevate the fallen chest, eliminate the differences in the size of the breasts and to recover the volume lost after breastfeeding. There are some cases in which the augmentation plastic surgery is contraindicated, as in the case of fibrocystic diseases, infections or having suffered breast cancer.

The aesthetic benefits will be visible after a few weeks after surgery. In addition to improving the size of the breasts also improves the touch and appearance.

Breast reduction

mammoplasty Not only is there complex with small breasts, but there is also an important psychological complex when the breast is too big. It is proven that the big breast affects psychologically more than the small breast, and these patients try to hide it as they can. But the psychological component is not the only problem, because too large a chest also affects the spine causing back pain.

For this reason, breast reduction has a preventive curative as well as aesthetic sense, since it prevents and solves spinal problems. The purpose of this intervention is to reduce the size of the breasts and lift it to maintain its normal position. There are two cases in which this case of surgical intervention is recommended: when the breasts are too large due to hormonal factors, due to obesity or breastfeeding problems; and when the breasts are down due to age or the effect of gravity.

Breast reconstruction

Reconstruction mammoplasty makes sense in cases in which the patient has suffered a disease such as breast cancer. In these cases, in which it is necessary to remove the breast and the pectoral muscle, a breast reconstruction increases the patient’s self-esteem.

Reconstruction mammoplasty can be done through anatomical or round breast prostheses and the implantation of bodily muscles and fatty tissues of the patient’s own abdomen.

What is mammoplasty recovery like?

After a plastic surgery there are some recommendations that should be taken into account. Doctors and patients say that recovery is not painful, but may also depend on the patient.

The recommendations after this type of surgical interventions are:

  • Sleep on your back.
  • Use orthopedic braces without underwire for one month.
  • Follow the doctor’s instructions regarding medication.
  • You have to move carefully and avoid lifting weight.
  • Preferably not consume alcohol and tobacco.
  • Do not bathe in the sea or in swimming pools for 15 days after the operation.
  • Protect the scar from the sun during the following months.
  • Be careful when practicing report and preferably only practice leg sports.

Tips after a mammoplasty


As in any operation, there are some tips and recommendations after performing a mammoplasty. The ten tips that doctors give are the following:

  • To facilitate healing, movements with the arms should be smooth, weight should not be loaded and weight should not be supported on the breasts. In addition, rest of the arms will reduce inflammation, but movement is mandatory.
  • The use of medicinal bra without rim or breast band is essential. In this way the implant will remain in place while the tissue heals.
  • It is necessary to have the skin of the mammary area well hydrated, since the use of a bra and extra tightness of the skin can cause it to dry more than usual and stretch marks appear.
  • The scar must be hydrated.
  • In addition to sleeping on your back, it is advisable to slightly raise the head of the bed with cushions or blankets to reduce the inflammation of the thoracic area.
  • Physiotherapeutic treatment can help reduce inflammation and return to normal more quickly.
  • The mammary reviews after the surgery are important, but you also have to have a continuity and make revisions every year.
  • It is important to protect the scars from the sun, as it can make them pigment and be visible.
  • Sports rest after the operation is important. But, once the estimated time of 3 months has elapsed to go back to practicing physical exercise, it must be taken into account that the pectoral exercises can be harmful for the breast implant. Therefore, these types of exercises should be done with extreme care.
  • In any case, your surgeon is the one who can best advise you in any type of doubt that may arise or a problem that arises. At Cirugía Plástica Málaga, our professionals will treat you with a personified treatment.

We have exposed the cases for which it is usual to practice a mammoplasty and the types that exist. We have also explained what the benefits and contradictions are. However, if you still have doubts or want to know more about the subject do not hesitate to get in touch with Cirugía Plástica Málaga. We will be happy to assist you and advise you. Do not hesitate any longer and get in touch with us!

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