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 facility. Dr. Alexander Ereso is the premier breast lift surgeon in the San Jose Bay Area.
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. Ereso always uses the latest, scar-minimizing techniques. For over a decade, we have been performing the breast lift with breast implants procedure at our beautiful Mountain View plastic surgery center. Dr. Ereso has the expertise and experience to optimize your results and give you the beautiful, natural-looking breasts you have always dreamed of.
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 below 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 the entire San Jose Bay Area.
Benefits Of A Breast Lift With Implants
Breast lift with implants will completely transform the overall appearance of your breasts. By lifting and tightening your natural breast tissue, Dr. Ereso can create a strong framework to support your new implants. After healing from surgery, your breasts will sit higher on your chest, in a perkier position, and have a more beautiful shape.
Dr. Ereso will tailor your procedure to your goals, so you can attain the bustline you have always desired. With perkier, more youthful-looking breasts, you will have more confidence in everyday life and can wear low-cut clothing without feeling self-conscious.
Furthermore, there are advantages of combining breast lift and breast augmentation into one procedure. You will plan for one surgery instead of two and only have to recover once. You can also save on some of the costs associated with surgery. And, by combining procedures, you can achieve your ultimate results sooner than if you spaced out the two procedures.
A personal consultation is the first step. Dr. Ereso 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:
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
Preparation For Breast Surgery
After scheduling your surgery, you will receive a set of pre-operative instructions and any requests for necessary lab tests or bloodwork. Dr. Ereso may ask you to discontinue or modify some of your medications if they are known to increase the risks during or after surgery. Do not smoke in the weeks leading up to surgery, as tobacco products are linked to increased complications.
Other preparations can ensure your day of surgery and recovery go smoothly. Fill prescriptions ahead of time and stock up on pantry and freezer essentials. Arrange for transportation to and from the surgery center, as you will be unable to drive yourself. It is also a good idea to plan for a family member or friend to stay with you for at least a few days right after surgery to help with preparing meals and getting dressed. If you have young children or pets, arrange for someone to assist with their care.
Breast Lift With Implants Treatment Details
Your anatomy, our surgeon’s preferences and your desired results will determine the specific method chosen for your breast lift with breast implants procedure.
After our plastic surgeon 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 the preservation of sensation and the ability to breast-feed.
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.
Keller Funnel™ For Breast Implants
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. Ereso 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, the plastic surgeon 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. Ereso to make smaller incisions, similar to those used in saline implant procedures.
Women and their surgeons have increasingly selected silicone gel implants for their natural look and feel, and today, according to the annual report provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgery, more silicone gel implants are placed than saline.
According to a recent survey conducted among surgeons with experience using the Funnel:
91 percent reported that use of the Funnel reduces incision lengths
92 percent of physicians using the Funnel believe use of the Funnel reduces force on the implant shell
43 percent feel that incisions heal better with the use of the Funnel, and believe patients appear less swollen and bruised
75 percent reported using the device reduced the risk of infection
Nearly 70 percent believed it lessened patient bruising and may reduce the incidence of capsular contracture, a painful complication associated with breast augmentation procedures
Breast Surgery 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.
Breast Lift Results
Dr. Ereso 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.
Risks/Safety Of Breast Surgery
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. Ereso 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 his advice and instructions – both before and after surgery – you can minimize some of the risks.
You could benefit from additional procedures, depending on your reasons for enhancing your breasts. If you are a mother who wishes to reclaim your pre-baby physique, consider pairing breast lift/breast augmentation with tummy tuck to transform your entire torso in a mommy makeover. Or, if you have recently lost a lot of weight and are left with loose, redundant skin on your chest and the rest of your upper body, consider combining breast lift/breast augmentation with tummy tuck, arm lift or upper body lift.
Dr. Ereso will recommend complementary procedures appropriate for your needs during your initial surgical consultation.
Breast Lift With Implants Costs/Financing
The cost of breast lift with implants varies from patient to patient, depending on factors such as the extent of correction necessary and the pre-selected implants. After you have consulted with Dr. Ereso and determined a plan of treatment, our team can provide a customized price quote and explain what is and is not included.
Plastic surgery financing is available through our practice via CareCredit. Thanks to CareCredit, you can undergo surgery now and pay for it over time. Depending on your credit, you may be eligible for low- or no-interest payments. Inquire with our office for further details.
To find out if you could benefit from the breast lift with breast implants procedure, contact our Mountain View plastic surgery practice today.