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BREAST ENLARGEMENT & LIFT OVERVIEW
Breast Enlargement -Lift (Augmentation -Mastopexy) is an excellent way to accentuate your curves and restore balance to the body. Often women who have had children find that their breasts are both lower and smaller than before having children. Although a lift can restore fullness to the breast, often there is still a lack of upper breast fullness that requires augmentation with an implant at the same time. A breast enlargement-lift can restore the breast shape. When combined with a tummy tuck, this dual procedure is commonly called a “Mommy Makeover.”
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UNDERSTANDING THE PROCEDURE
Over time, a woman’s breasts can begin to lose firmness and fullness due to pregnancy, aging, or both. A breast lift can restore youthful firmness, symmetry, and volume to drooping breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour.
A breast lift can also be enhanced through the simultaneous placement of breast implants, by performing a Breast Augmentation/Lift, which creates even more fullness of the upper breast. Also known as augmentation mastopexy, a breast enlargement-lift uses breast implants to create fuller breasts (breast enlargement) and a lift to restore the breast to its normal position.
There are four decisions to consider when preparing for this procedure:
1. Incision: Incisions are made to place the implant and to remove excess skin. We will discuss with you which incision options are best for your desired outcome. To see the possible variations in the incisions, see Step 7 in the Procedure Tutorial below.
2. Type of Implant: There are two types of implants, saline and silicone. The outer covering (shell) of both implants is made of silicone.
Saline breast implants are filled with sterile salt water. The implants come empty and are filled during surgery. They can be filled with varying amounts, which can affect the shape, firmness and feel of the breast. Should the implant shell leak, a saline breast implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed naturally by the body. Currently Saline breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women 18 years of age and older.
Silicone breast implants are filled with an elastic gel and our pre-filled by the manufacturer. The gel feels and moves much like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may leak into the breast implant pocket, but will be contained by the scar tissue capsule, which forms around every implant.
A leaking implant filled with silicone gel does not collapse. If you choose these implants, you may need to visit your plastic surgeon regularly to make sure the implants are intact. An ultrasound or MRI screening can assess the condition of breast implants. Currently Silicone breast implants are FDA-approved for augmentation in women 22 years of age and older. Silicone implants may be recommended at a younger age if used for reconstruction purposes.
Silicone Gummy-bear implants have a cohesive silicone gel inside that is more solid. These implants are currently being studied and will not readily available until approved by the FDA. They are more commonly used in reconstruction cases for breast cancer.
3. Position of Implant: Implants can be placed above the pectoralis muscle or below the muscle. Most often, implants are placed below the muscle to obtain better soft tissue coverage of the implant in the medial upper chest. Implants below the muscle preserve the most blood supply to the nipple-areola, making the procedure the safest.
4. Size: We spend a great deal of time discussing size with patients. It is important to make sure that the surgeon and the patient are speaking the same language in regard to size. By looking at photographs in magazines, before and after pictures, and discussing the patient’s desire for their overall look and proportion, we can come to a clear understanding on what each patient desires regarding size. It is more important to focus on the look then it is a specific implant volume.