Living and Wellness Breast Surgery Basics: Types of Procedures, Risks, and More By UPMC Susquehanna, February 28, 2017 Thousands of women each year undergo some form of breast surgery. These procedures can improve your self-image, address back and neck pain, or help you feel more comfortable following your breast cancer treatment. 5 Main Categories of Breast Surgery Breast augmentation, in which saline or gel implants increase breast size Breast correction to address breast asymmetry Breast reduction to decrease the overall size of the breasts when they are disproportionate to body structure Breast lifts to restore fullness to the breasts Breast reconstruction to reconstruct the breast after it has been removed or disfigured. Many patients are surprised to learn that breast surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures. Breast augmentation, for example, is generally performed through short, unobtrusive incisions beneath the breast. Learn more about the breast surgery process, your first consultation, as well as risks associated with these procedures in a blog post by Dr. Nathalie Lavallee, MD, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at UPMC Susquehanna.