What a Breast Lift Can Do for You
At Wells Plastic Surgery, we create a more attractive breast shape and raise your breasts with a breast lift procedure. We use techniques based on your individual needs to help you get the breast profile you’ve always wanted.
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Top 3 Reasons for Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation remains one of the most requested cosmetic procedures in the world! Every patient wants beautiful results that last. This procedure is highly customizable to the individual and can help address a number of aesthetic concerns. This infographic shows the top 3 reasons breast augmentation surgery is chosen by women are:
- Boost self-esteem
- Restore breast symmetry
- Improve breast shape change after pregnancy and nursing
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wells, here, and get one step closer to achieving the figure of your dreams.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wells, here, and get one step closer to achieving the figure of your dreams.
AESTHETICS FOR A CAUSE AND DURING A CURE
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We would like to extend a few helpful skincare tips to those who are undergoing or have undergone cancer treatments. Side effects from chemotherapy and radiation may include severely dry, itchy skin that often accompanies significant facial volume loss. There are a number of aesthetic treatments available to help minimize these skin issues. These include calming facials, lasers, fillers, Botox, and topical skincare products. These services are typically safe during and after radiation or chemotherapy for breast cancer and other non-head and neck cancers.
Facials: gentle products used during our aesthetic treatments are customized to your specific skincare needs. Studies have shown there are healing benefits through the power of touch, such as with facial massage, including pain reduction and mood enhancement. A soothing facial treatment will improve skin appearance and leave you feeling relaxed.
Injectables: Botox and dermal fillers, such as Voluma and Sculptra are safe to use after chemo and radiation and can give your face the volume that was lost during drastic weight loss that often accompanies cancer therapies.
Skincare products: a quality skincare regimen can help regain skin health with much needed hydration and moisture that is greatly lost during cancer treatments. Lightweight lotions that can be easily applied are ideal as well as products that are gentle and non-drying that do not contain perfumes, dyes, or chemicals are essential. Lavender is one scent that is often tolerable but avoid sweet smells like vanilla. It is also important to avoid alpha-hydroxy products and others that heavily exfoliate and peel skin that is already compromised from cancer therapy.
The exceptions for non-invasive skin care treatments are those with a depleted immune system as well as those receiving cancer therapy for head and neck cancers.
Cancer treatments will affect patients physically, mentally, and emotionally. We understand how important it is to stay positive and looking well is important to your well-being. Schedule a complimentary skincare consultation with our aesthetic specialists and feel comfortable in knowing that we perform every skincare treatment with knowledge, compassion and understanding.
The Big Trend in Breast Augmentations – Smaller Implants Making a Big Comeback
Over the years I have seen a significant change in the size of breast implants that my patients request for their breast augmentation surgery. In the early ‘90’s it was unusual to use breast implants over 350cc, and then it trended to a larger implant size, from an average of 250-300 cc to 350-400 cc. Because trends are trends, and they tend to swing back and forth, we now see a lot of women requesting B-cup or small C-cup size implants.
Patients frequently have jobs that are physically demanding and more women participate in sports and fitness programs than ever before. Lifestyle is an important factor in a woman’s decision to have cosmetic surgery. Today more women seek breast augmentation to balance their figure, not to dominate their appearance.
They may have lost volume from having children and want to restore their breast shape and size. They may want to get rid of their padded bras without a significant change in their appearance in clothes and in the workplace. Many women feel that large breasts interfere with an active lifestyle and would prefer smaller implants for a more fit, athletic look.
Today’s patients are well informed and understand that a large implant may not address all of their concerns. Shape and nipple position are at least as important to the aesthetic appearance of the breast. Today we see more patients seeking a breast lift as well as augmentation to achieve a more attractive breast. To achieve a better overall appearance we can do a Mommy Makeover, which adds a tummy tuck to address abdominal laxity associated with pregnancy.
There are still women who want their breasts to be a major feature of their appearance. However, a woman who exercises regularly and maintains her fitness and health is not just interested in the size of her breasts. She wants everything to look good and in harmony with the rest of her body, as well as her lifestyle. Our practice goal is to recognize our patient’s lifestyle and needs, to provide choices, and help guide them through life’s changes to help them be their best.
Wells Plastic Surgery and Skin Care offers our breast augmentation patients even more. To enhance your new look and make you feel even more special, every breast patient receives $525 (50 units) of complementary Botox. Gel implant patients get an additional $525 (50 units) of Buddy Botox for a friend.
Breast Lift – Frequently Asked Questions
Learn about the most common breast lift questions answered by our Lexington, KY plastic surgeon, Dr. Henry Wells.
1. Breast lift vs. breast augmentation: How to tell which is needed?
If the nipple is at or below the fold at the bottom of the breast, a lift is usually needed. If the nipple is above the fold an implant will usually be enough.
2. Can breast lift with implants provide symmetrical breasts?
Breast implants with a lift is an excellent choice to improve breast symmetry. Breast implants alone only change the volume of asymmetrical breasts, so to make them look symmetrical they also may need the nipple lifted and the skin reduced.
3. What kind of breast lift leaves minimal scars?
The scars of all types of breast lifts are usually very good. Each type of lift is chosen because it gives the best result for a particular problem. We always try to achieve the best result with the smallest incisions possible. The circumareolar mastopexy can lift the nipple with a circular scar around the areola. This lift is limited and can make the breast appear flat if too much skin is removed. The next step up is a vertical mastopexy and the most skin can be removed with the inverted T mastopexy. The different incisions are not interchangeable and the appropriate procedure is recommended after examining the patient
4. Can breast lift and breast augmentation procedures be performed on the same surgery?
I frequently do these procedures at the same time and they are often combined with a tummy tuck for a “mommy makeover”, for less stress for the patient and only one recovery period.
5. Is it possible to breastfeed after breast lift surgery?
It is possible but a few patients are unable to do so.
6. Should I wait until after pregnancy to get a breast lift?
Most breast lifts are done on women who have had children and nursed them. However, we also do breast lifts for weight loss, tubular breasts, and sagging for other reasons. If you have a breast lift before pregnancy, it is possible that your breasts will sag again after you have and nurse your children.
7. What questions should I ask my doctor before a breast lift?
- Explain your concerns and ask what procedure he recommends and why.
- What is the recovery time and what limitations will you have during that time?
- What are the risks and how often do they need revision?
- Ask how many of these procedures has he done and ask to see pictures of his actual patients.
- Is he a board certified plastic surgeon?
8. What is the recovery time from a breast lift surgery?
After a week, most patients can resume normal activities with restrictions. We limit lifting and strenuous exercise for 3 weeks. Many patients return to work after 1-2 weeks. With more extensive procedures patients may be off work from 2-3 weeks
9. What is the difference between a crescent breast lift and a vertical lift?
A crescent procedure is a lift with the incision along the upper edge of the areola. I don’t do it because the scars are often conspicuous and it doesn’t provide much lift. For minor lifts I do the circular incision. If I need to remove more skin, I remove a vertical wedge making it a vertical mastopexy.
10. Can I combine breast lift and areola reduction in one surgery?
With most lifts we usually reduce the size of the areola.
11. Will a breast lift without implants make breasts look smaller or larger?
They usually look smaller.
Breast Augmentation – Frequently Asked Questions
1. Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation: How to tell which is needed?
For women seeking a breast augmentation, I usually recommend a breast lift when the nipple is at or below the fold at the bottom of the breast. If the nipple is above the fold, but there is significant tissue below the fold, I might recommend a lift to avoid using a very large implant.
2. How to choose the right breast implant size?
There are many formulas based on various parameters, but for me, the most important considerations are the patient’s expectations. Are her goals reasonable and safe? We then choose an implant based on her height, weight, chest size and existing breast size. Most of our patients choose implants that will give them a C-cup or slightly larger. We do have patients whose lifestyle would make a B-cup more appropriate. Others may feel a D-cup would best meet their goals. We try to give our patients options so they can choose what is appropriate for them.
3. Do breast implants lift slightly sagging breasts?
Implants make the breasts fuller and give the illusion of raising the nipple by adding volume below the nipple. Many patients appear to sag after losing volume even though the nipple is well positioned. These patients may look lifted after a having only a breast augmentation.
4. Can I have breast implants under local anesthesia?
Some surgeons will do breast augmentations under local anesthesia, frequently in office operating facilities. For maximum patient safety and comfort, I prefer to have the patient asleep and perform all of my breast augmentations in a hospital based outpatient surgery center.
5. Can I have breast implants if I’m planning on having kids in the future?
Many women have breast implants before having children. However, it is important to be aware that pregnancy and nursing can have a profound effect on the shape and size of the breast. If you are planning to have children in the near future, it would be best to wait until after to have breast augmentation
6. Can I breast feed if I have breast implants?
Most women can breast feed after breast implants. However, there is a possibility that they may not be able to do so.
7. What is the best shape of implants to achieve more natural looking results?
Most plastic surgeons usually use smooth round implants. For most women a moderate profile implant will give the best shape. High profile implants are best for patients who want large implants without making their breasts too wide, and low profile implants may be used for patients who desire only a small increase in volume. Anatomically shaped implants are all textured and do not move. They are very useful for breast reconstruction, but I rarely use them for breast augmentation.
8. Do silicone implants harden over time?
The implants themselves don’t harden, but the tissue around the implant can thicken and contract making them feel hard. This is known as capsular contracture and frequently can be treated without additional surgery.
9. Do breast implants need to be replaced overtime?
Implants can degrade over time and possibly leak. Saline implants simply deflate, and many women simply wait until that happens before replacing them. Silicone implants can leak and remain asymptomatic indefinitely. The FDA recommends periodic MRI exams for women with silicone implants. Unfortunately, the results may not be conclusive. A better option would be to replace them every 10-15 years. New implants will also provide the patient with a new warranty.
10. How long is the downtime for breast augmentation surgery?
Most women can return to work with some restrictions after a week. I ask my patients to avoid lifting over 25 pounds and avoid strenuous activity for 3 weeks.
11. Silicone vs. Saline: Which breast implant is safer?
I think they are both safe. The silicone gel implant is arguably the most widely studied medical device in the history of medicine. Silicone gel implants have a higher rate of patient satisfaction, because they have less rippling and feel more natural than saline implants. They appear to be more durable and need fewer revisions. This means less surgery, and less risk.
12. What are the risks of breast implant?
There are risks that are associated with any surgical procedure, such as bleeding, scarring, wound healing problems, infection, and complications from anesthesia. Risks unique to breast augmentation can be scarring that makes the implants hard, asymmetry, contour irregularity, poor positioning of implants, loss of sensation, inability to nurse, failure to achieve desired result and possible need for future revisions. This is not conclusive and patients may have unique concerns that should be addressed as well. For your safety and satisfaction it is important to find the right surgeon. Someone who will listen to you and help you achieve your goals.