The increased number of breast reduction surgery continues to rise in the U.S. and even abroad. Many celebrities appear to be leading the trend for various reasons—some for personal or aesthetic reasons, while others, like Angelina Jolie (who had a double mastectomy), for reasons relating to cancer. Ms. Jolie’s family has a high incidence of breast cancer, the reason for which she chose to avert cancer due to her 87% likelihood diagnosis.

But many other women are choosing to either remove breast implants completely, or reduce implant size. Of course breast augmentation surgery isn’t a one-time and you’re done ordeal. Breast implants need to be changed about every 8-10 years, depending on degree of satisfaction with results; but of course, this should be discussed with an accredited surgeon when it involves a decision of action.

Much like breast enlargement surgery, breast reduction typically involves inserting a new, smaller implant to “replace” the unwanted, larger breast size with the desired size. This is the procedure you’re probably most familiar with, and is what most women opt for when it comes to “down-sizing” their busts.

But there is a procedure that uses one’s own tissue to “create” new breasts; breasts that will not have to be replaced, and will grow and age with the rest of your body over time. This procedure is called the DIEP flap. And if you’re looking for a tummy tuck, the extra tissue can be used, thus giving you a “two-sided” benefit! The DIEP flap is an extremely involved surgery but has been around for 20 years.

The good thing to know is the accredited surgeons are more skilled than ever and technology keeps on improving possibilities and results.