BREAST AUGMENTATION AND REDUCTION
Breast Augmentation / Reduction
A woman’s breasts often define her femininity, and with the vast differences in shape, size, and appearance, breasts further help to define a woman’s individualism. The breasts undergo changes in response to factors such as genetics, aging, pregnancy and breast feeding, weight gain or loss, and hormonal fluctuations. All of these factors can cause the breast size and shape to change. These changes can be dissatisfying and can make women feel as if they are losing some of their femininity and youthful vitality.
For those women who would like to increase the size of their breasts as well as restore a firm, more upright position, a breast augmentation in combination with a breast lift can improve body contours and revitalize their appearance. Breast augmentation alone cannot restore the shape of the breasts.
Before you learn how a breast augmentation with a breast lift can help to correct breast appearance, it is important that you understand the underlying anatomy. The breasts are composed of different types of tissue known as glandular, fatty, and fibrous tissue, which lie over the pectoralis muscle, along the chest wall. The glandular tissues are composed of lobules and milk ducts.
Together, lobules and milk ducts are responsible for producing and transporting milk to the nipple, respectively during lactation. The glands within the breast are surrounded by a layer of fatty tissue that gives the breast its shape and soft form. Suspensory ligaments, which are made of fibrous, or connective tissue, are intertwined amongst the breast glands and milk ducts. These suspensory ligaments attach the breast to the chest wall and allow it to remain suspended, but move freely with the body.
How a Breast Lift with implants works?
One of the primary reasons that breast augmentation procedures are performed in combination with a breast lift is that breast augmentation alone cannot correct sagging or drooping breasts. Simply increasing the volume or size of the breast will only cause the breast to sag more with time. When performed as a standalone procedure, breast augmentation can increase or balance the size of the breast, restore the breast volume, and restore the shape of the breast after partial or total loss. In contrast, during a breast lift procedure, loose, excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is tightened. As a result, the overall shape of the breasts is improved, and they are lifted to a new more upright position. In combination, breast implants and a breast lift result in total rejuvenation not only increasing the size of the breast, but also restoring a firmer, perkier appearance as well.
Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift Techniques
As you may know, there are three general incision techniques used during breast augmentation, known as the areolar, inframammary, and transaxillary incision. In addition, there is a variety of different breast lift incision techniques used to correct varying degrees of breast ptosis. These techniques include the periareolar, cirumareolar, vertical, and anchor technique, and are used to treat increasing breast ptosis severity, respectively. Our physician will help you choose the incision that is best for you based on your preferences, anatomy, the position of your implants, and their preferred surgical technique.
A breast augmentation in combination with a lift may last approximately two to four hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure and surgical technique that is used. Prior to the start of your procedure, the treatment area will be cleansed and anesthesia will be administered. Our physician will administer local anesthesia in which you are not asleep during the procedure. In addition, he will draw guidelines along the incision site.
Recovery for Breast Augmentation and Reduction
Our physician may recommend that you wear a type of compression garment following your procedure. This tight-fitting garment will help to reduce swelling by preventing fluid buildup, as well as provide comfort and support as you heal. You will likely have to wear the compression garment for several weeks. If surgical drains are present, they along with any bandages will likely be removed within a few days, while any non-dissolvable sutures may stay in place for one to two weeks. You may experience some minor pain, bruising and swelling, as well as numbness around the areola—all of which should subside in several weeks. Although you may feel well enough to return to work in approximately one week, you should continue to avoid strenuous activity such as exercise for three or four weeks after your procedure to allow your body sufficient time to heal.
Breast Augmentation Results
You will be able to notice a dramatic difference in the shape and position of your breasts immediately following your procedure. You may continue to notice a change in their appearance as swelling subsides and they settle into their new positions. In fact, it may take up to one year before the final results from your procedure are apparent. You will have permanent scars; however, the scars will slowly fade to thin white lines with time. It is important to realize that if you become pregnant after your procedure, the effects of pregnancy and breast feeding may compromise the results, and it can cause your breasts to sag and change shape. While a breast augmentation with a breast lift cannot stop the aging process, it can help you not only to improve the position of your breasts, but also to restore the fuller, shapelier appearance that you desire for years to come.