April 24

Breast Lift: Frequently Asked Questions

download (10)Are you interested in knowing more concerning breast surgical procedures, but do not know how to ask? Don’t worry; here is a list of the commonly asked questions concerning breast procedures.

1. Breast lift or breast augmentation?

The difference lies in the meaning: to lift is simply pulling up, while to augment is to increase in size. So a breast augmentation is meant to increase the size of your breasts. A lift is done on a breast that has excess skin, causing it to sag or droop. Most of the time, none of these procedures is done exclusively as many patients request both to be done at the same time. To determine which procedure should be a priority, during consultation you will be asked whether you want your breasts to look bigger, or you want them to look tighter and sit higher.

2. My breasts are asymmetrical; will a breast procedure correct that?

It’s important to note that there is no part on our bodies that is a mirror image of the other; so in reality, our bodies are asymmetrical. There are various factors that may contribute to asymmetry such as one breast being larger than the other, one being positioned higher than the other and asymmetry in the chest wall. The good news is a breast procedure can rectify that and give you symmetry to some extent.

3. Which kinds of breast procedures leave minimal scars?

A lot of people are usually concerned with the amount of scarring they will have after the procedure. It is normal for there to be some lingering scar tissue up to two years following the procedure. That being said, there are three types of procedures that are carried out to lift the breast: donut, lollipop and anchor lift. Of the three, the donut lift produces the least amount of scar tissue, with the anchor lift producing the most.

4. Can I have breast augmentation and lift done in the same day?

Yes, it is possible to have both procedures done on the same day. More often than not, a breast that is being increased in size will also need a lift. The combined procedures should only be done by seasoned and certified plastic surgeons in order to get the best results.

5. Can I breastfeed after a breast procedure?

Yes, for the most part, it is okay to breastfeed as long as the nipple was not detached from the breast tissue underneath. In some rare occasions, the whole nipple has to be lifted and grafted into a different position. If this happens, it may interfere with the mother’s ability to breastfeed. However, doctors agree that there are too many unaccounted variables that come into play to determine whether breastfeeding is entirely safe after a procedure.

6. What kind of questions do I need to ask my doctor before the procedure?

Explain to your doctor how you want your breasts to look like once done. Ask whether he/ she has the right certifications and inquire as to the number of successful operations the surgeon has done.

 

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April 19

Bottoming Out After Breast Augmentation

download (9)You are finally able to rock your new implants in a bikini and your confidence goes through the roof, only for you to stand in front of a mirror and realize that one of your breasts seems to be drooping. Your surprise quickly turns into panic – you feel like your breasts should be fine because you had breast surgery a few weeks back. What you may be experiencing is bottoming out.

Bottoming out is a condition that occurs following breast augmentation whereby the implant has dropped below the crease line of your breast. It is characterized by a patient looking like they have a double bubble and a nipple that is pointing upwards. It is a condition that is more common than you think. Luckily, it can easily be taken care of through reconstructive surgery.

What Causes Bottoming Out?

Several factors may cause the unwanted condition:

1. Weak tissue and large implants

The issue with bottoming out is that it can happen during any time, with any type of implant. It is more common with larger implants as they tend to stretch the skin’s tissue too much, making it susceptible to bottoming out. Weak tissue also tends to contribute to bottoming out and can be brought about through conditions such as smoking, weight loss and use of too much steroids. Activities that do not involve wearing a bra such as exotic dancing also pose a risk. Some hobbies such as running or horseback riding, which involve bouncing up and down also increase a patient’s risk of bottoming out.

2. Error on the surgeon’s part

Bottoming out can also be as a result of a mistake on the surgeon’s part. A certified surgeon will know how to handle the crease as it is an important landmark during breast surgery. If the crease is altered in order to have an implant centred on the nipple then it may increase risks of the patient’s breast bottoming out. If the crease is lowered too much during surgery, then the patient may experience bottoming out immediately after surgery.

3. Implants over the chest muscle

Most surgeons that are inexperienced tend to make matters worse by placing implants over the chest muscles. If an implant is placed over the chest muscle, then there are higher chances of the patient bottoming out. A wider implant tends to give an impression that the breast is better centred, but over time it will begin bottoming out.

Can it Be Prevented?

A successful surgery is one whereby the implant stays within its pocket. One of the factors that you should seriously consider when having breast surgery is the surgeon chosen. The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons has a database that includes a list of all certified surgeons that are capable of carrying out such a procedure. Before you agree to go under the knife, you may want to do a background check on your surgeon just to ensure that he/ she has the requisite experience and is certified to operate on you. If your surgery is done well from the start, then you will not experience bottoming out.

 

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April 9

Have You Asked Yourself The Right Questions Before Your Breast Lift Surgery?

download (8)It’s quite normal for someone expecting a breast lift surgery to seek out as much information as possible concerning the procedure. However, while you seek answers from professionals and other sources, you might forget to ask yourself some critical questions concerning your operation.

Sometimes, you might overlook really sensitive self-evaluations concerning your true motivation for seeking surgery. If you don’t critically analyse such personal aspects, you might never be truly satisfied with the results of surgery.

1. Why Do You Really Want the Surgical Operation?

If you are not concisely clear about the exact reason for seeking surgery, you wouldn’t know which particular operation you need.

Perhaps, you might not be too sure whether you just want to improve the perkiness of your boobs or you also need to improve their size. In this regard, you should realize that a breast uplift would only improve perkiness; whereas, an augmentation surgery would be the option to take for a fuller appearance.

Therefore, if you go for a lifting procedure, you should be very comfortable with the size of your boobs. Otherwise, you might find yourself going for follow-up surgery just to get in some implants, when this might have been done altogether in one operation.

Fortunately, expert surgeons can help you visualize the expected results of surgery so that you can actually have a feel of what you will get. This should help clear your mind on your expected goals.

2. What Led You to this Decision?

The underlying reason for seeking surgery would also play a key role in the satisfaction you get from surgery. You definitely need to have legitimate reasons, especially since the operation would have long-lasting effects, which you cannot easily undo if you change your mind afterwards.

You shouldn’t base your reasons on other people, like trying to get the appearance of well-known celebrities. Basing your decision on flimsy fashion trends is also not advisable, since such trends can easily change.

Your decisions should be based on improving your physical appearance or improving your own self-esteem.

Indeed, a study carried out at the Boston’s Children Hospital revealed that corrective breast surgery would be instrumental in combating poor emotional well-being and low self-esteem in teenage girls who had asymmetric breasts. This study uncovered the fact that the effects of having uneven or abnormally large breasts had the potential of significantly affecting the mental health of teenage girls. Hence, the legitimate need for surgery.

3. How Will You Deal With Scars?

The fact that surgery would involve some extent of incision means that you will have a bit or scarring. For sure, such scarring wouldn’t be too visible, since modern surgical techniques greatly minimize the extent of incisions during surgery.

However, it may be that you would be involved in certain activities, whereby you wouldn’t want even that little bit of scarring to be visible. Therefore, you might need to re-schedule your operation to a later date.

You would need to make a similar consideration regarding breastfeeding and pregnancy. Have you finally decided that you won’t have any more children? If you haven’t, it would be better if you delay the operation until later.

 

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April 3

Breast Augmentation: Complications Caused By Breast Implants

download (7)Whether you have a silicone or saline implant, which are the main types of implants used in breast augmentation, you face possible risks and complications that are likely to occur either in the early stages of surgery or during the latter stages. As much as the result of surgery may be quite appealing, it doesn’t mean everything would always go smoothly. On the contrary, augmentation procedures may have various complications.

Here are some of the complications you are likely to encounter:

During the Early Stages

Some issues that may arise during the early stages include:

Infections

Cosmetic surgeons normally use an antibiotic in order to avoid any infection that may occur when an individual decides to have an implant.

Some of the symptoms that show you are infected are itching of the nipple, redness and swelling of the breasts. Without appropriate preventive measures, such infection is one of the complications that is likely to occur.

Hypertrophic scars

This is the kind of scar that normally occurs on the skin as a result of surgery. Such scars are normally puffy, red and always stand out on the skin. The scar is likely to affect an individual who has undergone augmentation of the breasts. Fortunately, the percentage of individuals affected by such a scar is low, but it’s still a complication that is likely to occur.

Implant exposure

The implant can get exposed through an open wound that occurs when wounds separate and in turn expose the implant. This might require corrective surgery to close the wound back to the way it was.

Late Complications

These are the late or latter complications that are likely to occur:

Leakage or breast implant rupture

Breast implant rupture is a common complication that normally occurs with saline breast implants. When it ruptures, you can easily notice the symptoms of such rupturing.

With regard to silicone breast implants, it’s not that easy to detect any symptom that the implant has ruptured, which might pose certain health risks.

Imbalance of breast sizes

The sizes of your breasts may differ, with one breast being a little bigger than the other. This, in turn, forces an individual to go back for another surgery in order to restore balance in breast sizes.

Breast imbalance occurs when implants are not placed in the correct position or they start sagging, so they have to be corrected through surgery.

Loss of breast sensation

Surgery might affect sensitivity of the nipple; hence, you might not be able to experience any kind of sensation around the nipple. Fortunately, not every woman who undergoes this surgical procedure ends up losing breast sensation. A good number of people who have undergone surgery still maintain sensitivity of their breasts.

Despite such risks of complications, you can reduce your chances of developing such adverse effects by enlisting the services of a competent plastic surgeon. Such a surgeon would have extensive experience handling numerous surgical procedures, which would enable him/ her to easily identify and prevent potential complications.

 

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