Breast Lift With Implants
A number of things, from pregnancy to the aging process, can affect the youthful and naturally beautiful shape of a woman’s breasts. Whatever the cause, the shape and position of a woman’s breasts can be restored by a breast lift with breast implants, a popular procedure at our Mountain View-based plastic surgery center. Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Silicon Valley, and Peninsula area women should contact Dr. Samuel Pearl, the premier breast lift surgeon in the Bay Area, for more information.
Sagging breasts can be corrected to a more youthful appearance by removing redundant skin and soft tissue. Using breast implants, placed beneath the breast tissue or
pectoral muscle and breast tissue, at the time of mastopexy can help restore beautifully shaped breasts.
Newer techniques have resulted in smaller external scars, improved breast shape and a high degree of patient satisfaction. Dr. Pearl always uses the latest,
scar-minimizing techniques. For over a decade, Dr. Pearl has been performing the breast lift with breast implants procedure at our Mountain View plastic surgery surgical
facility for Palo Alto, and Bay Area women. He has the expertise and experience to optimize your results and give you the beautiful, naturally looking breasts you have
always dreamed of.
Ideal Breast Lift Candidates
A breast lift can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting until breast development has stopped. Pregnancy and breast-feeding may
affect the size and shape of your breasts, so you may wish to postpone surgery until after having children.
You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you have any of the following conditions:
- Breasts are pendulous
- Breasts lack substance and firmness
- Breasts look 'deflated' after pregnancy or weight loss
- Nipples and areolas point downward, especially if they are positioned be low the breast crease
If you are a well-qualified candidate for the breast lift with breast implants surgery, contact our Mountain View plastic
surgery practice, serving Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Los Altos and the entire Bay Area for nearly two decades.
Your Personal Breast Lift Consultation
A personal consultation is the first step. Dr. Pearl will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific cosmetic goals for surgery.
You should arrive at the consultation prepared to provide complete information about:
- Previous surgeries
- Past and present medical conditions
- Treatments you have received
- Medications that you are taking, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
- Past experience with weight loss and pregnancies and the effect it had on your breast size
- The results of mammograms you have had
- Any history of breast cancer in your family
If you would like to set up a consultation for the breast lift with breast implants procedure at our Mountain View plastic surgery facility, Palo Alto and Bay Area
residents should contact our practice today.
The Breast Lift with Breast Implants Procedure
Your anatomy, Dr. Pearl's preferences and your desired results will determine the specific method chosen for your breast lift with breast implants procedure.
The most common method of breast lift surgery involves an incision made completely around the outer edge of the nipple (areola). Removing breast skin around the
areola and frequently reducing the size of the nipple areola complex together with placing an implant beneath the breast tissue and pectoral muscle results in a
breast with better size and shape with a small scar. When there is more skin laxity, a teardrop shape of skin and deep tissue is removed resulting in a lollipop incision.
Occasionally a horizontal incision beneath the breast that follows the natural curve of the breast is added to achieve the best breast shape.
After Dr. Pearl has removed the excess breast skin and shaped the remaining breast tissue, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which
is usually stretched out in sagging breasts, can also be reduced in size. Skin that was formerly located above the areola is brought down and together to reshape the breast.
In some cases, liposuction may be used to improve the contour, especially on the sides of the breasts.
The nipples and areolas remain attached to the underlying mounds of tissue and this usually allows for preservation of sensation and the ability to breast-feed.
If you would like to discuss the potential benefits of a breast lift with breast implants with Dr. Pearl, contact him in Mountain View, California.
The Keller Funnel™
Silicone gel implants are a lot like really tough water balloons. Up until now, surgeons needed to poke the pre-filled breast implants by hand through small incision sites, potentially bruising surrounding tissue and weakening the implant shell. The Keller Funnel™ is a soft, cone-shaped, sterile device made of nylon. The Funnel allows Dr. Pearl to use a no-touch delivery technique, which is believed to reduce capsular contracture, a painful complication associated with breast augmentation procedures. The Funnel has a special interior coating that creates a super slick surface. Once the Funnel tip is placed through the incision, Dr. Pearl quickly propels the implant gently into place with minimal force, bypassing the implant's contact with the skin.
Benefits of using the Keller Funnel™ include:
- Shorter incision lengths
- Improved comfort and faster healing
- No touch technique
- More choices for incision placement
- Reduced force on the implant and incision
- Reduced risk of contamination and infection
The Keller Funnel™ allows Dr. Pearl to make smaller incisions, similar to those used in saline implant procedures.
Women and their surgeons have increasingly selected silicone gels for their natural look and feel, and today, according to the annual report provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgery, more silicone gels procedures are performed than saline.
According to a recent survey conducted among surgeons with experience using the Funnel:
- 91% reported that use of the Funnel reduces incision lengths
- 92% of physicians using the Funnel believe use of the Funnel reduces force on the implant shell
- 43% feel that incisions heal better with the use of the Funnel, and believe patients appear less swollen and bruised
- 75% reported using the device reduced the risk of infection
- Nearly 70% believed it lessened patient bruising and may reduce the incidence of capsular contracture, a painful complication associated with breast augmentation procedures
Other benefits attractive to both Dr. Pearl and patients like you include a reduced force of the implant shell which may prevent a rupture of the implant and the ability for Dr. Pearl to use a no-touch technique during the procedure which can lessen the chance of contamination.
Safety of Breast Lift with Breast Implants
Each year, thousands of people have breast lifts and experience no major complications. However, it is important for you to be informed of the risks as well as the benefits.
Dr. Pearl will inform you of the possible complications of breast lift surgery. In addition to listening carefully to what he tells you, be sure to raise any questions
you may have about the safety of the procedure.
By carefully following our advice and instructions - both before and after surgery - you can minimize some of the risks.
Breast Lift Recovery
Within the first week
- You will begin to move about more comfortably and perhaps even return to (non strenuous) work
- Sutures will be removed and dressings will be changed
After several weeks
- Bruising, swelling and normal periodic discomfort will diminish
- You can discontinue wearing a surgical support bra
- Sensation within the nipple and areola area will gradually improve
- You may return to most of your normal activities, including mild exercise
After a few months
- Your breasts will start settling into a more natural shape
- Incision lines, which initially are red or pink, will begin to fade
Avoid straining, bending and lifting during the early postoperative period. You may resume most of your normal activities after 2-3 weeks.
For more information on the breast lift with breast implants surgery contact our Bay Area plastic surgeon, serving Palo Alto and Mountain View.
Breast Lift with Breasts Implants Results
Dr. Pearl will make every effort to make your breast lift scars as inconspicuous as possible. Still, it's important to remember that mastopexy scars are permanent.
They gradually become less obvious, sometimes eventually fading to thin white lines. Fortunately, the scars can usually be placed so that you can wear even low-cut tops.
Keep in mind that a breast lift won't keep you firm forever; the effects of gravity, pregnancy, aging, and weight fluctuations will eventually take their toll again.
Your satisfaction with a breast lift is likely to be greater if you understand the procedure thoroughly and if your expectations are realistic.
To find out if you could benefit from the breast lift with breast implants procedure, contact our Mountain View-based plastic surgery practice today.