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What is breast augmentation?
A breast augmentation, also known as augmentation mammoplasty, is a cosmetic surgical procedure intended to increase the size and improve the symmetry of the breasts. This procedure can improve and restore breast volume lost after pregnancy or weight loss. It may also serve as breast reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy or injury. A breast enlargement can enhance not only the appearance of the patient, but it can aid as a self –esteem booster. Women who undergo this surgical procedure feel more confident with improvements in different aspects of their lives. Smart Shape Body has a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon that can address all your concerns.
Are you a candidate for breast augmentation?
Most women seek a breast augmentation when they have asymmetrical breasts or are simply not happy with the size and shape. Any woman who is in good health and wishes to improve and enhance the size of their breasts would be the ideal candidate for this procedure. Women who have undergone a mastectomy would also be great candidates. This procedure would reconstruct the breast to the size they’ve always desired.
Saline breast implants
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. Should the implant shell leak, a saline implant will collapse, and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body.
Silicone breast implants
Silicone breast implants are filled with silicone gel. The gel feels a bit more like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket. A leaking implant filled with silicone gel will not collapse.
Breast Augmentation Recovery
For the first 48 hours post-surgery, patients must remain at bed rest. Although it is important to rest the first couple days, there must be some movement to keep blood circulation. With assistance, patients should walk around for about 10-15 minutes several times a day. During this time the patient may feel fatigued and a bit uncomfortable, this is normal. Pain medication will be provided to help reduce pain levels. For about the first three weeks, there will be some restriction to certain movements and the patient may need help to perform household tasks. Stitches will be removed within those weeks. If the patient does not have a physically strenuous job, they may return after about three to four days. After just a few months, incisions should be healed and swelling should be reduced. Depending on the patient and type of procedure, recovery may be faster or slower. Generally, the transumbilical technique has the quickest recovery time and least risk of complications. Patients must keep in mind that breast may continue to grow as years past or may get smaller with weight loss.
What is a breast lift?
A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to improve the look of sagging breasts as a result of aging, weight loss, nursing, loss of elasticity, firmness, and other factors. When a patient undergoes a breast lift surgery, the surgeon will contour the breasts as the tissues are tightened, reshaped and extra skin is removed. Breast lift surgery has become increasingly popular over the last few years.
Are you a candidate for breast lift?
There are certain characteristics that define the ideal candidate for breast lift surgery. Though breast lift surgery can give you a confidence boost, it’s not the answer to a perfect life. It’s very important to understand the reason behind having this cosmetic procedure. If you are doing this for external factors; such as wanting to please someone else or to mask a different issue, you may want to think things through a bit more. It’s also important to openly and honestly discuss your expectations with your surgeon. The ideal candidate of a breast lift procedure is someone who is physically healthy, realistic about the results she wants, and is doing this for her own benefit.
Breast lift surgery techniques
The crescent lift procedure is the least invasive procedure. The nipple position is improved by removing a crescent of skin from the top of the nipple area. This incision is also known as a Partial Mastopexy.
A Benelli lift, or Circumoral Lift, is a doughnut shaped incision made around the areola. Circular tissue is then removed around the border of the areola and in some instances, excess skin is also removed. This technique allows the surgeon to move the nipple to a higher position.
A Vertical Scar Mastopexy, commonly called the Lollipop Lift, is similar to the Benelli lift but is meant for women with a higher degree of sagging. In this procedure two incisions are made, there’s a circular incision around the areola and an incision that goes from the bottom of the areola vertically to the crease beneath the breast, creating the shape of a lollipop.
The anchor shaped incision, also called the Mastopexy Lift, is one of the most common techniques for a breast lift and is used to lift breasts with with down-facing nipples and excessive sagging. This technique takes the Anchor Incision a step further by adding additional incisions along the breast crease to create an anchor shape. Though this is the most invasive technique, it produces dramatically positive results for women who have significant drops to their breasts.
Just like many other surgeries, there is a recovery period after a breast lift surgery. Prior to the procedure, it’s wise to make arrangements with family, friends, and work, to make sure you have the support you need post-surgery. Allowing yourself plenty of time to heal is an important step. Your surgeon will advise you of the activities you can and can’t participate in for the first few weeks. Usually after the first two months you can return to full impact activities.
What is breast reduction?
Reduction mammoplasty which is also known as a Breast Reduction is a type of cosmetic procedure in which is used to reduce or remove the excess skin, tissue and fat from the breast.
The women who seek to have this cosmetic procedure performed are the women who have experiences the effect of the weight from the over-sized breasts. Having breasts which are over sized can cause a few physical symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include back and neck pain, profound strap marks, and possibly even breaking the skin which causes infection and irritation.
Most women who have received a Breast Reduction have experienced their self confidence be restored and restore the proportion of their body. Although this procedure is generally done for women, men with the conditions of Gynecomastia which is enlarged male breasts, may also get a Breast Reduction.
Are you a candidate for breast reduction?
Overly large breasts can cause health and emotional problems. In addition to self-image issues, you may also experience physical pain and discomfort. The weight of excess breast tissue can impair your ability to lead an active life. The emotional discomfort and self-consciousness often associated with having large pendulous breasts can be as important an issue as the physical discomfort and pain.
You may be a candidate for breast reduction if:
- You are physically healthy
- You have realistic expectations
- You don’t smoke
- You are bothered by feeling that your breasts are too large
- You have breasts that limit your physical activity
- You experience back, neck and shoulder pain caused by the weight of your breasts
- You have shoulder indentations from bra straps
- You have skin irritation beneath the breast crease
Types of breast reduction
There are a various amount of Breast Reduction Surgery techniques. The type of technique that is used depends on the shape and size of the breast that is being reduced. Some of the most common types include:
Vertical Scar Technique
This technique leaves the least amount scars and is minimally invasive. The surgeon will make a circular laceration around the areola and down the breasts. After the laceration has been made, tissue will be removed and the nipple will be lifted a few millimeters. The surgeon then collects the remaining folds and stitches the outer and inner portions of the breast which creates a support structure. However, this is not the best option when reducing very large breast lines.
Horizontal Scar Technique
This technique is generally used on women who suffer from Macromastia. The technique consists of 3 lacerations and is the most invasive of all the techniques. The first laceration is made around the circumference of the areola. The second laceration is made below the areola in a vertical position and extends downward toward the lower part of the breasts, and the last of the incisions is made horizontally below the breasts which connects to the vertical laceration. These lacerations connect to form the shape of an anchor, which is why this technique is known as the inverted T or anchor incision pattern. This technique is generally used for women with larger breasts which allows the surgeon to remove larger amounts of tissue.
Free Nipple Graft Technique
If the woman is looking to lose the volume from her breasts without the scars and the chance of complications, this is the best technique to serve that purpose. This technique is done by liposuctioning the same amount of fat from both breasts leaving them symmetrical. At the time of the procedure the blood vessels are preserved and the recovery time is lessened.
The time on recovery varies from patient to patient due to the fact that there are many factors that can affect this. Full recovery can take anywhere between a few weeks to a month. After the procedure there will be discomfort which will be treated by the doctor in order to have a smooth recovery.
Depending on how quickly the wounds heal will determine the amount of time that is spent on wearing the dressings. If the stitches do not dissolve, the clinic will remove the stitches for you. It is crucial that you attend the follow up appointments.
The surgeons of your choice will advise you when it is possible to resume normal activities and return to work. It is crucial to stay away from any heavy lifting or stretching for up to six weeks.