When it comes to breast lifts the most common questions I get each day concern the probability, risk, and/or how we can avoid scarring. While I would like to be able to offer patients a 'scarless' breast lift, the reality is that breast lifts will always require incisions and to get a great cosmetic result the type or placement of incisions is not dependent upon what I would prefer to do but rather it is dependent upon how much breast sag or ptosis a patient exhibits, the patients balance between skin and breast tissue and where this laxity in skin and tissue exists.
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Liposuction is often combined with other procedures, such as a tummy tuck, as part of a mommy makeover. The fat that’s removed can also be purified and transferred to the face, butt, breasts, or other areas to restore lost volume or create more fullness. You’re a good candidate for liposuction if you have a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or below. If you’re looking for a weight-loss solution or cellulite treatment, liposuction isn’t your best bet.
Unfortunately, there are no completely scarless breast lifts. There are 4 main types of breast lifts performed depending on the amount of sagging, excess skin, surgeon preference, and patient preference. Each one has a slightly different scar pattern. The ones with the least amount of scarring also tend to be the least effective in terms of lifting and coning the breasts into a more perky shape. The moon-shape (crescent) lift involves a scar hidden along the upper half of the areola border. The donut (circumareolar) lift involves a scar hidden around the entire circumference of the areola border. These scars camouflage very well where the darkly pigmented skin of the areola meets the lighter skin of the rest of the breast. These lifts work well when the nipple is only slightly downward pointing. One of the disadvantages of these lifts is that they can only raise the areola up to a maximum of about 2 cm. They also tend to flatten the breast shape and are not ideal when there is saggy breast tissue in the lower pole.
• Vanquish uses radiofrequency energy to melt fat cells, in a painless procedure that lasts about 45 minutes. You’ll have to wait about two weeks to start seeing a difference, with full results apparent in four to eight weeks—and most people need four or more treatments to get the results they want. It has a lower Worth It Rating than either CoolSculpting or WarmSculpting.
Any licensed physician can perform liposuction, but it’s usually performed by plastic surgeons and dermatologists in their offices with local anesthesia, though it may be performed in a hospital under general anesthesia. No special training is required, though some doctors’ professional associations recommend it. When choosing a doctor, you may want to consider whether they have had specific training for liposuction and how many they have performed.
When skin is damaged, the body repairs it by creating new collagen fibers, which gives the healing area a different look and texture: a scar. The “mended” skin will be less flexible than the skin around it, and it may have no hair follicles. The scarred skin might be a different color than surrounding skin and the color will change as healing progresses. This is completely natural.
Unfortunately, scarring is a reality of any breast lift surgery. The amount of scarring and positioning of the incision, however, can be personalized and tailored to the patient’s condition. Generally, a patient who needs a more pronounced lift may need a full anchor scar, while a patient with milder sagging can get away with a single vertical scar. A board certified plastic surgeon will guide you toward the correct type of breast lift for your condition, but it is important to understand that this scarring is the tradeoff that results from having perkier, more youthful breasts.
You may notice an improved body contour immediately (for instance, if you have your saddlebags suctioned), but your results will be disguised initially by swelling. Swelling should improve dramatically after six weeks and continue to go down over the next six months. If you think you’ll need more lipo to get the result you want, wait at least six months for the swelling to subside, then evaluate the situation with your surgeon. Just keep in mind that you’ll continue healing and seeing better results for up to a year.
The most commonly asked combined procedure is that of the tummy tuck (or abdominoplasty) and Brazilian butt lift, which is particularly favored by women that have just become mothers and want to get into a sexier version of themselves after giving birth. On average, a tummy tuck ranges from $7,500 to $9,500 and you may negotiate a discount with your plastic surgeon if you decide to have both procedures performed at the same time.
Right now, surgeons follow guidelines that set a maximum extraction limit of 5,000 milliliters of fat (11 pounds) for all patients, regardless of variations in weight or body fat status. But the new study suggests surgeons could use a patient's body mass index (BMI) to determine how much fat extraction is safe. BMI is a rough estimate of a person's body fat based on height and weight measurements.
For more invasive liposuction procedures, we encourage our patients to stay with a friend or family member afterward. If this is not possible, you may want to consider hiring a home health care worker to help take care of you. The cost of this will depend on the type of worker you hire (registered nurse, registered practical nurse, or personal support worker), and how long they stay.
Liposuction is often combined with other procedures to provide more comprehensive results. At Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery, our experienced surgeons may recommend enhancing liposuction outcomes with other surgical procedures if this will help achieve your cosmetic goals. A mommy makeover, for example, may combine a tummy tuck and breast augmentation with liposuction for women whose bodies have changed after having children.
The surgeries that risk more significant scarring are the much more common vertical or “lollipop” lift and the inverted T or “anchor” lift, which feature two and three incisions respectively. As they are more invasive surgeries than a crescent lift, you can expect more extensive scarring, but as long as you and your surgeon can provide proper care and observation, these can fade and can be easily hidden while you’re waiting for them to fade.
The goal of a breast lift or mastopexy is to reshape the breasts, bring the nipple to the appropriate height and reposition the breast tissue to provide for a more youthful, perky and cosmetically appealing breast shape. If you are interested in having a breast lift, my best recommendation would be to consult with board-certified plastic surgeons who are well-experienced in these procedures. Remember that scarring is necessary and a reality of a breast lift procedure, and while a good plastic surgeon will do their best to minimize the appearance of a scar, your propensity for a 'good' or 'bad' scar is more genetic than anything. I hope you find this helpful and best of luck!
The most common procedure is something that involves an "inverted T" or an "anchor" scar,one that goes around the areola, goes straight down, and then underneath. It's a lot of scar. Advocates - and I am one - feel that it gives the best shape, tightens the breast most completely and thoroughly, and because tension is distributed evenly along the length of the scars, that though long, the quality of the scar is likely to be good. Critics think that the benefits of the shape do not justify the length of the scar, and that this technique is prone to something called "bottoming out", which is when the lower part of the breast stretches.
With this procedure, a surgeon creates an incision on or around the perimeter of the areola and later a second outer incision to remove the “donut” of skin around it. The nipple is sutured back to the breast skin, tightening it in the process. This method provides more lift than the crescent, but again only a relatively small amount of sagging can be repaired.
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