When Do Breast Implants Start to Feel Natural?

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Size and shape of your new breast implants matter for your personal satisfaction, but the feel of your breasts is also very important to your overall happiness with your procedure. When getting anything from a little lift or a total reconstruction, there are multiple factors at play determining the end-result feel of your implants. If a very natural feel is your ultimate goal, there are a few things to consider before your surgery. And if you have already had implants, these variables will also give you direction as to when you can expect to feel natural again and what you might do along the way to help your body get there faster.



  • Type of Material


Silicone implants tend to be softer than saline right from the onset. Those who get silicone implants may be more inclined to say things feel “normal” earlier than those with saline implants. Eventually saline can also feel soft, but because of the viscosity of the silicone, they have the potential to feel softer than saline even over an extended amount of time.



  • Sufficient Breast Tissue: Location and Ratio


Individuals who have inadequate natural breast tissue to support the implants need to have the implants placed under chest muscles to provide that coverage. This chest muscle needs to be stretched and thinned out over time to feel supple and soft like breast tissue. This process is not immediate, so the location of your implant can have a great effect on the overall feel of your new breasts when you first arrive home. The more natural breast tissue you have to start with, the more likely you will be able to mask the implant.



  • Patience


You choose the material, shape, and size of the final look that you want. Having healthy and realistic expectations, along with a sufficient dose of patience will go a long way toward ensuring your satisfaction with your surgery at our Lubbock facility.

Whether you are planning a single breast implant procedure or are combining it with a complete mommy makeover, Dr. Rowley will carefully listen to your cosmetic goals, so you are happy with your results. To discuss your implant choice, schedule a consultation today.

Can Smaller Breast Implants Make You Look and Feel More Natural?



After deciding that breast implants are for you, your next decision is settling on the right size. Unlike people looking into liposuction procedures who often have the belief that smaller is better, those seeking breast implants may or may not think that bigger is better. With the introduction of breast implants this was a common view; however, smaller implants are becoming more and more popular. So, why is bigger not always better?


A More Natural Look and Feel

Larger implants tend to draw more attention and are often identifiable as implants. A smaller implant would mean filling out your clothes comfortably and adding definition to shape without calling excessive attention to your chest.


Your Medium is My Large

Bigger or smaller aren’t always the same in comparison with others because each body type merits an individual approach in determining what looks good and what doesn’t. Dr. Rowley will carefully give you the attention you need at your evaluation appointment to discuss size and all of the facets associated with that conversation,  including shape. Finding a tailored fit for your body is incredibly important because something that looks good and natural on one person can look excessive and unnatural on another.


Too Much of a Good Thing

Getting breast implants does more than impact your appearance, it also impacts your lifestyle and ability to move. When weight is removed through liposuction, people often find that movement and exercise are much easier. Breast implants, however, add weight to your body and change your balance. Aerobic activities can be a bit tricky with larger breasts, and active individuals may find that while their new, larger breasts look great in a dress, they don’t feel great on the treadmill.


There Is No “big” or “small,” There Is Only “Just Right”

Ultimately, you need to get the breasts implants that you want. Most people who have a healthy self-image and realistic expectations of this procedure find that they are incredibly happy with their results. Women who get larger implants at the recommendation of a friend often find themselves eventually unhappy and returning for additional procedures to reduce the size of the implants. So do what makes you happy and love your body, because you’re beautiful!

Dr. Jane Rowley is your board certified Lubbock surgeon that will discuss your personal aesthetic goals with you. Schedule your consultation today.

Is there an Ideal Breast Size?

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Women in Lubbock see the world through individual preferences and tastes. What one person thinks is perfect doesn’t accurately reflect the likes and dislikes of the next person. When you are discussing the ideal breast size, even though people have their opinions, consider a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®  that found most people prefer breasts with 45% of their fullness above the nipple line and 55% below the line. Participants also said they like a more natural, teardrop shape.


What Affects Your Breast Size and Shape?


  • Genetics is the biggest factor in determining your breast size and shape. Genes from both your parents influence your breasts’ hormone levels, tissue density, shape, and skin tone.


  • The aging process happens whether we like it or not. You can’t fight the ticking of the clock or the effect of gravity over time. The Cooper ligaments in your breasts are bands of tissue that hold your breast structure and tissue in place. These aren’t true ligaments that are connected to bone so over time they can become stretched like overworked rubber bands. This stretching will eventually cause breasts to have a saggy or droopy appearance.


  • Weight can affect your breasts. A portion of your breast tissue is fat. You can understand why your breasts will expand when your waistline does. If your breast composition has large amounts of fat, your breasts sag when you lose significant amounts of weight.


Some life choices have a greater influence on our breasts’ appearance than others. Pregnancy and breastfeeding have a much more significant effect on our bust than exercise does. And a healthier lifestyle supports your skin elasticity,  muscle tone, and weight consistency.


How Can You Make Changes if Your Breasts aren’t Your Ideal Size?

You may not feel like you have much control over the natural size or shape of your breasts. Ultimately the perfect breast size is the one you feel the most comfortable and confident with.


In Lubbock, women who want to have greater control over their appearance visit Dr. Jane Rowley. She has over 20 years experience with breast plastic surgery options . Patients can consult with her about the benefits of a breast reduction, lift, or implants. Your breast size is a personal choice. For the most caring and experienced plastic surgery in Lubbock, patients come to Rowley Plastic Surgery. Visit (www.rowleyplasticsurgery.com) to learn more about your aesthetic options.  

Do I Need a Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation?

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You decided you want to make changes to your appearance, but you’re not sure which breast procedure is right for you. In Lubbock, plastic surgery procedures are carefully explained and planned by Dr. Rowley, so you have the best experience and result from the options you choose.  Whether you want a breast lift, augmentation, or combination of breast procedures, the choice you make depends on a variety of personal needs and cosmetic goals.


Breast Lift

A breast lift will reposition your nipples to a more upward placement. Skin is tightened to reshape the contour of your breast. This procedure gives you a more youthful look and shape but doesn’t increase breast volume. A breast lift refreshes the appearance of your breasts but doesn’t change their size or reposition the nipples.


Breast Augmentation

Implants are intended to increase the size of your breasts. You can choose from a variety of implant sizes, shapes, and materials to get the particular desired look that fits your expectations.  Having implants adds volume to sagging breasts but also adds more weight to stretched skin that is already not supporting breast tissue well.

If you only have mild sagging, implants will give a lift to your breasts. But, if you have more severely sagging breasts, you can discuss the option of implants with a breast lift with your doctor.


Combination of Breast Procedures

Some women will choose a combination of breast procedures. If your breasts have lost volume and show significant sagging, a combination of breast lift with implants can better help you improve your appearance. You can enjoy the benefits of a lift with repositioned nipples and excised extra skin while you also add volume to your breast size.


Ask yourself these questions and discuss your goals with your doctor to better decide which procedure or combination is right for you.

  • Do my nipples point down or out?
  • Am I happy with the size of my breasts?
  • Do I like the fullness of the upper part of my breast?
  • How bad is the sagging of my breast?


An individual consultation is important along with clear communication with your doctor. Dr. Jane Rowley feels the more you know about your procedure and the better she understand your goals, the better your experience will be; that’s why Dr. Rowley is the trusted surgeon in Lubbock for plastic surgery.

Schedule your no-obligation consultation today and see what plastic surgery options are best for you.  

How a Breast Lift can Refresh your Appearance

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So many factors affect how our bodies look, including our breasts. Some factors we have more control over than others. But, when your appearance and your breasts just aren’t looking the way they used to here are some of the reasons why:

  • Genetics
  • Age
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Exercise
  • Weight fluctuations
  • Lifestyle


There’s not much we can do about our genes, but they are the biggest factor in the appearance of your breasts. Genes affect breast tissue density, skin tone, and the shape of your breast. The aging process is constant. Hormone levels, skin tone, and muscles change with age and have an effect on our appearance whether we like it or not. A woman’s body is undeniably and permanently changed with pregnancy and breastfeeding. Significant weight gain or weight loss can leave your breasts sagging and stretched looking. Lifestyle choices, like smoking or exercise, can have either a negative or positive effects on your appearance.

What can you do to improve and refresh your appearance? With options offered with plastic surgery, Lubbock women can take some control over their appearance.  


Benefits of a Breast Lift

With over twenty years experience with breast lift procedures, Dr. Jane Rowley has been helping women in Lubbock improve the appearance of their breasts. By tightening loose skin and reshaping breast tissue, a breast lift can refresh the look of sagging breasts. If your areolas are larger and stretched from previous pregnancies, a breast lift will reduce their size and reposition your nipples to a more upward position. Breasts that are asymmetrical can have a more identical look with plastic surgery. Lubbock breast lift patients can also choose to have their procedure done in combination with implants or a breast reduction. A breast lift can refresh your wardrobe choices and allow you to wear sundresses, tank tops, and new outfits without a bra.


As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Rowley carefully discusses your options and clearly explains the expectations of your surgery. Who knows? When you have your new look, you might find your posture improves too, as you stand a little straighter with the added confidence in your new look.
Schedule your consultation today and learn more about the options available to refresh your appearance.


Are There Other Ways to Contour my Body and Improve my Appearance Other than Surgery?

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A group of friends was having lunch when one of those women said she was getting breast implants after years of shopping for bras in the children’s department. Another woman said she was so deathly afraid of needles, doctors, and surgery that breast implants might not be an option for her. That fear didn’t mean she doesn’t want to improve her appearance or wouldn’t mind making some cosmetic changes to her body. So, what are the non-surgical cosmetic options available?


Laser Resurfacing

Laser resurfacing improves the appearance of your skin by carefully removing layers of skin with a pulsating beam of light. Resurfacing procedures treat:

  • Acne scars
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Age spots
  • Crow’s feet
  • Fine lines


Non-surgical Fillers

Dermal fillers are a rejuvenation treatment that restore fullness to eyes, lips, and face. Injectable filler can’t do the same thing as an eyelift or facelift, but they can slow the effects of aging, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and improve the appearance of recessed scars. Restylane is a hyaluronic injection that also adds moisture to your skin for younger looking and feeling skin.


Non-invasive Fat Reduction

Sculpsure is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure that laser heats fat deposits to destroy unwanted fat cells. You can expect to reduce fat by 20-25% in the treated area. It offers a non-surgical option with no post pain or downtime for Lubbock patients who want options for body contouring but are not interested in surgery.
Dr. Jane Rowley carefully listens to her patients until she understands all of their cosmetic goals. At Rowley Plastic Surgery we offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical options for your individual aesthetic goals. We want you to have the best possible experience in gaining greater confidence in your physical appearance. Schedule your consultation today and learn more about your plastic surgery options.

How Long Will Breast Lift Results Last?

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Lifestyle, breast size, age, pregnancy can all have an effect on how a woman’s breasts will naturally change over time. When women in Lubbock don’t like their aging appearance because of natural changes in their breasts, they can come to Dr. Jane Rowley, a board certified plastic surgeon, and discuss aesthetic plastic surgery options to restore a more balanced, youthful look to their breasts.


A popular breast surgery option is a breast lift, or mastopexy, which will lift the breast up, tighten loose skin,  and reposition the nipple in a more upward position. It can be done in combination with a reduction or a breast augmentation. What patients want to know is how long will the results of a breast lift last. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says that the results of a breast lift are long-lasting but not considered permanent. Your unique body type with its skin texture and thickness gives every patient individual results. Dr. Rowley always thoroughly explains the procedure and what can be expected for each patient.  Here are some general suggestions that can help with the longevity of your breast lift results:


Significant Weight Changes

Significant changes in weight add and take away volume in your breasts. Stretched skin and sagging breast is a natural consequence of unstable weight changes. Before having a breast lift, women should have a stable, maintained weight for the procedure to have longer-lasting results.


Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Consider waiting to have a breast lift until after you are finished having children as pregnancy and breastfeeding can make significant changes to your breasts. You can usually still breastfeed after the procedure, but additional pregnancies can diminish your results.



Sadly, we can’t fight against gravity. Wearing a quality, well-fitted bra is an easy way to fight against the forces of nature. Your breast will naturally start to sag if you choose not to wear a bra for long periods of time or when participating in vigorous exercise without wearing one. Having a good bra fitting and giving the ligaments and tissue in your chest support will help hold off some of that aging sagginess.


Patients come to Dr. Rowley seeking greater confidence in their appearance. Whether you are looking for a breast augmentation, lift, or reduction, you can trust the experience and training of Dr. Rowley and her staff. She will listen carefully to your cosmetic goals and give expert advice on your plastic surgery options.

To discover your aesthetic possibilities, schedule your consultation today.

Recovery Time Frame After Breast Lift Surgery



Lubbock women have several plastic surgery options to make changes to their breasts. A mastopexy, or breast lift, raises sagging breast tissue, lifts the nipple to a more outward position, and takes away excess skin. A breast lift can give your breasts a younger appearance and help with asymmetry.  With all surgery, pain tolerance and recovery times will vary from patient to patient. It is always important to consult with your doctor before any procedure is done to understand exactly what the procedure can or cannot do and what the expected recovery will be.


The First Few Weeks

For the first two to three weeks following breast lift surgery, patients can usually expect to bruise, swell, and have postoperative pain. Incisions will feel sore and nipples may be numb. Numbness is normal. If pain management is difficult or you have any concerns about your recovery, contact your doctor.


The first few weeks after surgery is a critical time to give your body opportunity to heal from surgery for the best results of your breast lift. As you start to feel better, you can ease yourself back into some of your usual routine. There are some things you can do to help your recovery be successful:


  • Wear a compression bra for the recommended amount of time
  • Stay elevated at a 25 to 45-degree angle, even when sleeping
  • Don’t sleep on your stomach
  • Avoid any activity that involves lifting, bending, or straining


The First Few Months

It may take a month or two before all swelling is gone and you start to see the final results or you breast lift. Be patient with your body. You should be able to resume normal activity 4-6 weeks after your surgery. It’s important not to overestimate how good you are feeling too soon after your surgery and jump back into your daily routine too quickly. Remember your body needs time to heal properly, so give yourself permission to slow down and take it easy. Numbness in nipples is usually gone in the first couple of months after surgery. Scars will continue to fade over the next 12 months.


Some patients will combine a breast lift with liposuction or tummy tuck for a mommy makeover. You can also have a breast lift with implants. A combination of procedures done at the same time requires a little longer recovery time. Discuss with your doctor what options are best for you. Dr. Jane Rowley is a board certified plastic surgeon with 20 years experience helping Lubbock patients achieve their aesthetic goals. She takes the time to discuss your goals thoroughly, explains the procedure, and give a clear expectation of what is involved with your expected recovery. You know you are in good hands at Rowley Plastic Surgery.

Schedule your no-obligation consultations today.