Breast Lift with Implants
A breast lift with implants by Dr. Brian F. Burns in Victoria, TX, can accomplish more than either procedure alone. While we often use excess tissue from the lateral chest wall to add volume to the breasts during a lift, we also offer various implant options for patients who want a more dramatic change. The addition of implants to a breast lift allows patients to further customize the procedure to achieve their cosmetic goals.
Should You Include Implants with Your Breast Lift?
A breast lift can reduce or eliminate sagging skin and lift the breasts to a more youthful position on the chest. This procedure alone, however, has very little impact on the size of the breasts. Women who have been pregnant and those who have undergone substantial weight loss are often candidates for a breast lift with implants. Both pregnancy and weight loss often result in both sagging skin and a loss of volume in the breasts. Other candidates for a breast lift with implants may include women who have experienced sagging or volume loss related to the natural aging process.
The use of implants allows us to restore volume, improving the contours and proportions of your bust line.
What to Expect during Your Procedure
Prior to your procedure, Dr. Burns will help determine if you would benefit from a breast lift with implants. He can then help you choose the right type of implants to achieve your desired results. We offer both silicone and saline implants in a variety of sizes, shapes, textures, and placement methods.
During surgery, we will administer general anesthesia so you can be completely sedated and comfortable. Dr. Burns then makes incisions in each breast. Excess tissue is removed and the implant is placed in a pocket beneath the chest muscle. Although above-muscle placement is an option, most patients see better results with submuscular placement. Once your implants are in place, Dr. Burns will tighten the skin and suture the incisions.
The procedure may take up to three hours to complete. Most patients need one to two weeks off from work to recover. Soreness and swelling may last up to four to six weeks. Dr. Burns will provide you with detailed postoperative instructions to help minimize your discomfort and expedite your recovery.
Risks and Benefits of a Breast Lift with Implants
As with any surgery, there are risks of infection, unfavorable scarring, and an accumulation of fluid, also known as seroma. A breast lift with implants procedure presents additional risks, such as implant complications. For example, the implants could rupture. Capsular contracture is another risk in which scar tissue hardens around the implant causing severe discomfort and shape distortion. Finally, with any breast surgery, there is risk of pronounced asymmetry. Choosing a skilled surgeon significantly reduces your risk of asymmetry and other risks.
Including implants with your breast lift allows us to restore volume, improving the contours and proportions of your bust line. In doing so, most patients experience dramatic improvements in their overall confidence and self-esteem.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are considering a breast lift with implants, contact South Texas Plastic Surgery today. During a consultation with Dr. Burns, he can help determine if this treatment is right for you.