A shapely and perky bust line can give women a great boost in confidence and help them feel comfortable in clothing and bathing suits. But with pregnancy, the aging process, and other factors, the breasts may decrease in size and the breast skin envelope may begin to sag. To address these issues, Bay Area plastic surgeon John R. Griffin can place breast implants, tighten the skin envelope, and reposition the nipples to restore a beautiful and youthful breast appearance for patients. Read on to find out if you are a good candidate for a breast augmentation with lift.
Vectra 3D Imaging for Breast Enlargement with Lift
Vectra 3D imaging technology helps women visualize their potential individual outcomes. During the breast enlargement with lift consultation, Dr. Griffin will take a 3D image of the patient. Once the image is displayed on his computer screen, Dr. Griffin can adjust the breast implant volume and profile to help patients pinpoint, with greater accuracy, the implant size that they desire. He can then model their result of with or without lifting the breast which helps in deciding if both procedures will result in best outcome.
Good candidates for a breast augmentation with lift include women who:
- Wish to add volume to the breasts
- Have breast deflation due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, or age
- Have experienced a stretching of the skin envelope
- Have nipples that have migrated down the fold of the breast
- Have realistic expectations
Women who undergo this procedure may want to wait until they are finished having children and breastfeeding. An additional pregnancy could result in changes to the breast tissue and skin, resulting in the need for re-treatment.
In order to safely undergo elective surgery, patients should be in good health and not smoke.
We now have breast lift function on Vectra, an imaging system that allows patients to preview potential surgical plans prior to surgery.
The breast implant and lift surgical techniques that are performed are completely tailored to the patient’s needs. The options include:
- Implant incision technique: The breast implants can be placed through and incision made in the inframammary crease, around the areola, or armpit. When the patient undergoes a lift in addition to the placement of implants, the incision is usually made in the inframammary crease or around the areola, depending on the type of lift that is performed.
- Implant placement technique: The implants can be placed above or below the chest muscle.
- Lift technique: For patients with a small degree of sagging, an incision will be made around the areola, and for a moderate degree of sagging, an incision will be made around the areola and down the center of the breast (the lollipop incision approach); in these cases, the implant can be placed through the areolar incision to limit scarring. Patients with higher degrees of breast ptosis will require the anchor approach. This involves the incision around the areola, down the center of the breast, and along the inframammary crease. In this case, the implants can be placed through the inframammary incision.
The breast implant with lift procedure involves the following steps:
- The incision outline is marked with a surgical pen
- Antibacterial solution is applied to the breasts
- The patient is put under general anesthesia
- The incision is made
- A pocket is created for the breast implant
- The implant is inserted and positioned in the pocket
- The skin envelope is smoothed so that it drapes against the underlying tissue and implant; excess skin is removed
- The nipple is repositioned higher on the breast mound
- The process is repeated on the other breast
- The breasts are checked for symmetry
- The incisions are closed
- Bandages are applied
Patients can return home to rest after the procedure is over. Patients should take time off of work and rest for the first week after surgery. About a week to 10 days after surgery, patients will return to Dr. Griffin’s office so stitches can be removed during a follow-up appointment.
The full recovery from surgery takes about six weeks. During this time, patients should avoid strenuous exercise and wear a surgical bra.
The side effects of the breast implant with lift procedure include:
- Itching at the incision site
- Numbness of the incision site
The risks of the procedure include:
- Allergic reaction
- Changes in nipple sensation
- Implant rippling
- Implant leaks or deflation
- Implant displacement
- Capsular contracture
- Bottoming out
The results of the procedure take about six weeks to take full effect. Once the swelling has gone down and the implants have settled into place, patients can enjoy the results of the procedure.
To schedule a breast implant with lift consultation, contact Dr. John Griffin’s practice today.