Rejuvenate Your Feminine Side With a Breast Lift

Do you remember the last time you looked in the mirror and thought how great and perky your breasts looked? Maybe it was before you had children. Perhaps it was before you lost weight. Or perhaps, like many women, you have never felt that way about your breasts. Your breasts should help you feel beautiful and feminine, not embarrassed or self-conscious. Many women deal with too little or too much volume, sagging, and other breast issues. With a breast lift performed by a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon, you can have the breasts that help you feel more confident when you look in the mirror.

Plastic Surgery for the Breasts

It’s easy to name the things we don’t love about our bodies. Many of those imperfections can be resolved with simple improvements in our diet and exercise habits. Whether you want to lose weight or you want to tone up your muscles, you have the ability to reach those goals on your own. With breast problems, however, it’s a different story. You can’t use exercise or a healthy diet to fix sagging breasts. Some cosmetic issues require the talents of a well-qualified plastic surgeon. If your breasts droop and are taking your confidence down with them, it might be time to look into mastopexy

Understanding Mastopexy

Mastopexy, more often called a breast lift, is a surgical procedure that corrects sagging and drooping of the breasts. The procedure has seen tremendous growth in popularity, increasing in demand by 114 percent since 2000 (according to the latest statistics provided by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons).  Women seek out the surgery when factors such as aging, gravity, pregnancy, or weight loss have caused their breasts to sag, droop, or appear deflated.

A breast lift is a procedure that involves multiple steps to achieve a more youthful look. The removal of extra skin and breast tissue allows your breasts to sit in a higher position. Stretched areolas are reduced in size to match the new shape of the breasts. The nipple is also moved up to sit higher on the breast to help with forward projection and help your breasts look perkier overall.

Breast Lift Techniques

You can choose from several different types of incisions to rejuvenate your breasts. The method you select will depend on the results you want and the amount of ptosis (or sagging) you have. Do some research and talk to your plastic surgeon about which approach would best fit your needs.

  • Crescent Lift: This method is one of the lesser-used ways to achieve a breast lift, as it addresses the mildest amount of sagging. The crescent-shaped incision follows the top half edge of the areola, resulting in minimal scarring. Plastic surgeons use a crescent lift when the patient has very little sagging or minor drooping of the nipples. It can be used when combining a lift with breast augmentation. 
  • Donut Lift: Patients with fairly mild sagging benefit from the single-scar donut lift (also known as a peri-areolar lift). The incision outlines the outer edge of the areola. Like the crescent lift, it addresses a minor amount of sagging and is often performed in addition to breast enhancement with implants.
  • Lollipop Lift: The most common of all breast lift techniques, the lollipop or vertical lift is meant to resolve moderate sagging. This method involves more than one incision, but it creates more dramatic results than the single-scar lifts. Your plastic surgeon makes cuts around the outside circle of the areola and vertically down the bottom half of the breast in a lollipop-like shape. 
  • Anchor Lift: Women with tubular, pendulous, or severely sagging breasts may need a more substantial amount of skin and tissue removed. Your plastic surgeon achieves this by making incisions around the areola, vertically down the bottom half of the breast, and horizontally under the crease of the breast. Breast reduction patients often benefit from the anchor lift.

Every approach to mastopexy involves scarring. Fortunately, the scars will fade over time if they are properly cared for. And, no one will even be able to see the scars except for you and those who see you without clothes. According to RealSelf, 95 percent of women say the procedure is “worth it.” Most patients find that the improvements in their breasts are more than worth the hidden scars. Talk to your doctor about whether the advantages of mastopexy would be worth it for you.

Breast Lift Candidates

If you are unsure if mastopexy is right for you, a simple test you can do at home can offer more insight. Place a pencil horizontally under the crease of your breast. If the pencil stays put when you let go, you may have enough sagging for a lift. Additionally, if your answer is yes to any of the following questions, you may want to talk to your doctor about the possibility of a lift for your breasts.

  • Do your nipples point down instead of forward?
  • Are you unhappy with how much your breasts sag or droop?
  • Do your nipples sit below the crease of your breasts?
  • Are your breasts different sizes?
  • Are your breasts long, flat, or pendulous?

Watch the video below to learn more about mastopexy.

Pairing a Breast Lift With Other Procedures

Sometimes a lift is all that is needed to fix what bothers women about their breasts. But, if you want to add volume or reduce your bust size, you should consider adding a breast augmentation or a reduction to your lift to achieve those results. A lift alone will rejuvenate your breasts, but it will not change their size by much.

Breast Augmentation 

If your breasts have only mild sagging, the addition of breast implants may be enough to provide the lift you need. Breasts that sag more severely and lack the volume you want can be transformed by combining mastopexy with breast augmentation. After having these two procedures done together, your breasts can be fuller, perkier, and have more forward projection. Women have several options for breast implants, including saline, silicone gel, and IDEAL IMPLANT ® Structured Breast Implants. Talk to your doctor about which type would best help you achieve your cosmetic goals. 

Breast augmentation and mastopexy can be an effective combination for many women, but they do not work together perfectly for every patient. Mastopexy may not be the best choice for women who want very large implants, because the weight of those implants can cause the breasts to sag even further. Your plastic surgeon can advise you on whether the combination of breast augmentation and a breast lift is right for you.   

Breast Reduction

When most people think of cosmetic breast issues, they imagine breasts that are too small or flat. However, there are a great number of women who feel their breasts are too large. An oversized chest is more than just a burden; it can lead to pain and discomfort throughout the body. Women with very large breasts often suffer from problems including:

  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Painful grooves from bra straps digging into shoulders
  • Skin irritation or rash underneath the breasts
  • Embarrassment about breast size
  • Decreased mobility
  • Neurologic symptoms including tingling and numbness in the arms and hands

If your breasts are too big for your liking or cause you pain, reducing their size can bring much-needed relief. A breast reduction is almost always done with a lift because the surgeries complement each other so well. Plastic surgeons perform the procedures in tandem to provide a more proportionate and shapely bust. The reduction removes excess breast tissue and skin, and the lift elevates the areola and nipple to a more normal position. Stretched areolas are re-sized. The end result is a lighter, smaller, perkier bust and a happier, more confident patient. In fact, Dr. Rowley’s breast reduction patients are some of her happiest clients because of the immediate relief they feel after surgery. 

Options For a Mommy Makeover

We love our babies and would do anything for them, but that does not mean we love all the effects childbearing has on our bodies. The breasts begin to sag, deflate, or can even balloon up after breastfeeding. The tummy, after being stretched to the limit, often has a hard time recovering. Loose skin, separated abdominal muscles, and stubborn fat are also common problems for women who have gone through pregnancy and childbirth. A breast lift is a popular procedure for mothers to choose when they are finished having children. Other procedures often included in a mommy makeover are:

  • Liposuction – As excited as you may be when you see your pre-baby weight back on the scale, you may not feel that same enthusiasm when you look in the mirror. This dissatisfaction happens for many women whose bodies still carry areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction targets these specific spots and gets rid of the fat to reveal and enhance the natural beauty of your own curves. Although it is not a weight loss procedure, liposuction can provide exceptional results on the right patient in the right areas of the body. 
  • Tummy tuck – Abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck, has dramatic effects on the abdominal area. After pregnancy or weight loss, the skin around the belly can sag. Sit-ups, planks, and crunches can help strengthen your core, but they can’t get rid of the hanging skin. A tummy tuck removes loose skin and fat, and tightens ab muscles to give you a flat, lean stomach. Although it is not a substitute for healthy eating or exercise, a tummy tuck removes the flabby skin that so many of us seem to gain after pregnancy.

Combining liposuction or a tummy tuck with a procedure like a breast lift can transform your entire look. Patients have found greater satisfaction with their appearance and enhanced confidence in their everyday lives with plastic surgery. If you want to get your pre-baby body back or just want to look better in a swimsuit, talk to your doctor about which procedures could benefit you. 

Breast Issues, Solved

Eating right and getting proper exercise can help with many of the things we want to change about our bodies, but breast complaints are on a different level. It is not easy to feel confident in your appearance when you no longer fill out the bras you wore before you had children. It is not fun to carry around heavy, attention-getting breasts around all the time. Sagging breasts do not often help us feel beautiful or feminine. When you are ready to move past these or other common breast issues, plastic surgery may be able to help. A breast lift can restore a youthful, perky look to your breasts and make your confidence soar. Remember to consider the following when deciding to undergo mastopexy:

  • Decide if you need the procedure. Ask yourself the right questions and even do the pencil test at home to see just how much sagging you have.
  • A lift will not make your cup size go up or down. If you want to add or take away breast volume, talk to your doctor about breast augmentation or reduction in conjunction with mastopexy.
  • You may be correcting problems with your breasts caused by having children. If you have other areas that would benefit from cosmetic surgery, a mommy makeover might be a convenient way to achieve your results.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

For more than 20 years, Dr. Jane Rowley has helped her patients achieve their cosmetic goals with plastic surgery. Her world-class training, extensive experience, and elite skills have made her the top plastic surgeon in Lubbock. Not only does Dr. Rowley achieve phenomenal breast lift results, she and her staff also provide patients with a comfortable, safe, enjoyable plastic surgery experience. If you are tired of having sagging breasts or have other problem areas you would like to address, Dr. Rowley will help you understand your options. For more information about which procedure is best for you, contact Rowley Plastic Surgery today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

Achieving a Naturally Beautiful Look With Breast Implants

If you are serious about breast augmentation surgery, you have probably spent some time imagining what your life will be like with your new breasts. It’s exciting to think of the flattering new clothes you’ll wear and the confidence you will feel wearing them. Shopping for new bras and finally filling out that bikini top are definitely worth looking forward to, but you may still have some questions. There is no doubt you will look great, but many women still want to preserve the natural feel of their real breasts. Your breast augmentation outcome depends on several variables. By clearly communicating your expectations with your plastic surgeon, you can achieve the look and feel you desire.

Will They Look Fake?

Breasts with implants feel different than those without. But “different” does not have to mean the same thing as fake. In the past, some breast implants did look and feel fake because they were too big and perfectly round. An obvious, over-the-top look was the style back then, but subtle breast enhancement is what’s trending today. Progress in technology and surgical techniques have made achieving a more natural, feminine look much more of a reality. You can enlarge your breasts and still look like yourself. An experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Jane Rowley can help you select the right options for your implants that will create a tailored fit for your body.

Achieving a Natural Feel

Women’s preferences vary widely when it comes to the appearance of their breast implants. However, all breast augmentation patients want their results to feel like the real thing. No one wants her breasts to feel artificial. With enough research and planning, you can have augmented breasts that are realistic to the touch. The more existing breast tissue you have, the less conspicuous your implants will be. But, if you don’t have much natural breast tissue, there are still options to help give you beautiful results that don’t feel fake.    

Variables That Matter

Breast augmentation is a highly customizable procedure. At your consultation, you should explore in depth all the factors that contribute to the results of your breast implants. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about your options; understanding your choices is paramount to achieving the results you want. Here’s a look at some of the variables that will impact your surgical outcome.

Your Plastic Surgeon

Choosing an experienced plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) makes all the difference in your breast enlargement results. These top-tier surgeons have been through the proper training and had the education they need to perform your procedure safely. Your doctor should be open with you and be willing to address all of your concerns. Furthermore, it is also a good idea to select a surgeon with plenty of experience in your procedure. A well-qualified plastic surgeon can give you beautiful results and make your surgical journey as safe and enjoyable as possible.  

Implant Type

The type of implant you choose will greatly impact your breast enhancement results. Although it is entirely up to you, it is a decision that is best made with your doctor’s help. Your surgeon can recommend which type of breast implant will help you reach your aesthetic goals. Breast implants are filled with either saline or silicone gel. There is no wrong choice, but each has different advantages and drawbacks.  

  • Silicone gel implants: These implants usually feel softer, like a real breast, because of the viscosity of the silicone gel. Silicone gel implants are a popular choice for women considering breast augmentation because of their realistic look and feel. However, patients who choose these implants must accept the risk of silent rupture. When a silicone gel implant leaks, it can go undetected. The sticky gel can make its way into the body, but cannot be absorbed by it. That is why the FDA recommends patients with silicone gel implants have an MRI every 2-3 years to check for silent rupture.  
  • Saline implants: Implants filled with saline lack the structure and firmness necessary to make them feel natural. In fact, many women say they feel similar to a water balloon. They are also susceptible to wrinkling and rippling, especially in women with little or no breast tissue of their own. On the other hand, saline implants do not put you at risk for silent rupture. Saline is simply a sterile saltwater solution that is easily absorbed by the body in the event of rupture.  
  • IDEAL IMPLANT ® Structured Breast Implants: The IDEAL IMPLANT is one of the latest innovations on the breast implant market. It was designed to fill the aesthetic needs of breast augmentation patients while still giving them peace of mind. The IDEAL IMPLANT is filled with saline, but has a unique internal structure that gives it a natural look and feel. If you like the way silicone gel breast implants look, but don’t want to worry about silent rupture, then the IDEAL IMPLANT may be right for you. As an experienced IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon, Dr. Jane Rowley is proud to offer her patients the latest in breast implant technology. Learn more about the benefits of the IDEAL IMPLANT in the video below.

Implant Placement

Breast implants can be placed over or under the chest muscles. There are advantages and drawbacks to each method of placement. The technique you choose will be based on your goals, body type, and lifestyle. Submuscular placement tends to look more realistic because the overlying tissue creates a more natural slope to the breast. But, there are some important things to consider before you make the decision. Having your implants placed beneath the chest muscles can mean a longer or more uncomfortable recovery. You may also experience implant movement during vigorous exercise.  

If you lack sufficient breast tissue to support implants, they may need to go over the muscle (which isn’t a bad thing). Subglandular (or over the muscle) placement often appears and feels more artificial. Implants placed over the chest muscles can also cause mammography to be slightly less accurate. But, the method does offer a quicker recovery and less movement of the implants during physical exercise.  

Implant Size

Choosing the right size for the unique shape of your body is critical when a natural look is important to you. For example, thinner women with small breasts may want to opt for medium-sized implants if they want to have a natural looking result. Breast implant sizes range from 80 cc all the way up to 800 cc. When describing your ideal breast size, it is best to avoid talking in terms of bra cup sizes. Bras are inconsistent in their sizing; a woman who wears a C cup in one type of bra could wear a DD in a bra made by another manufacturer. So, how do you accurately convey your end goal to your plastic surgeon? First, try a couple of things at home. 

Uncooked rice can help you get a feel for the right implant size. Generally, one cup of rice equals about 236 cc. Cut a pair of pantyhose into a 12-inch section and discard the foot. Tie off the bottom and measure the rice, starting with about 250 ml. Pour the rice into the pantyhose, tie off the top end, and shape the sizer into a circle. Place it in your bra for a few hours and see how you feel with the volume you’re trying out. 

You can also do a similar experiment with water. When measuring out the water, keep in mind that 1 ml equals 1 cc. Instead of pantyhose, fill plastic sandwich bags with water to provide a visual for how your new breasts might look. These at-home tests can give you an idea of what different breast implant sizes would feel like. Trying on some of your favorite outfits and swimwear will give you an even better picture of yourself with implants. If your rice or water bags feel too large or too small, start over with a different amount. Doing these simple things at home can help you clearly communicate your wishes to your doctor. 

What You Can Do After Surgery

Everyone loves a good DIY solution, but before you try anything on your own, make sure to get the OK from your doctor. One thing some surgeons recommend to do at home to make your breast implants feel softer and more natural is to massage them. Gently rubbing the implants will help create a soft capsule of scar tissue around them. This allows the breasts to move more naturally, aids in the healing of the incision, and prevents the formation of a hard capsule around the implant. Two to three times a day, gently massage the breast in a circular motion to soften and stretch the area of the breast implant. Talk to your doctor about the specifics to get a better idea of what to do and how massage helps.

Should You Seek Advice from Others?

With all of the choices you’ll need to make about your breast augmentation, it can be helpful to talk through your decisions with people you trust. Just be careful about how much stock you put into other people’s opinions; yours is the only one that really matters when it comes to your plastic surgery. If you’re concerned about what your partner might think about your breast implants, it is best to have an honest conversation about how your body will change.

The jury is out on whether most men like breast implants; preferences are all across the board. But if we are to take any hint from the way women are portrayed in the media, we can assume a good portion of men do like them. It is not uncommon for men to be pleased with their partner’s new breasts because of the way it boosts her self-image. When a woman is happy with the way she looks, it builds her confidence in almost every aspect of her life. The important thing is not to dwell on what others will think about the choices we make with our bodies. While it is healthy to include your partner in your plastic surgery journey, the ultimate decision is up to you.

Natural Breast Enhancement

Advancements in breast augmentation techniques and technology have made it possible for women to enjoy enhanced breasts that do not feel fake. From selecting a qualified doctor to choosing the right implants, you have the control over your surgical outcome. If you want your breast implants to have that natural look and feel, you should consider these important factors:

  • Your plastic surgeon’s training and experience – make sure they are board-certified.
  • Implant type, location, and size – spend time discussing these options with your doctor.
  • Implant massage – massage could help soften the feel of your implants. Make sure to clear this with your doctor first.
  • Include your partner – talking through decisions together can help, but the final say should be yours. 

If you want a natural look and feel for your augmented breasts, you’ll need to spend some time doing your homework. Breast enhancement is a highly personalized procedure. The more information you have about your breast implant options, the more likely you are to be thrilled with your results. You don’t have to end up with a fake looking bust with an artificial feel. When you want to feel like yourself, only with more volume in your chest, a highly experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Rowley can help you to achieve your goals.

Lubbock’s Most Trusted Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Rowley is the preferred plastic surgeon in Lubbock for women who want natural results from breast enlargement. With more than 20 years of experience, she has the skills and expertise to give you the outcome that fits your body, preferences, and goals. Dr. Rowley takes her time with her patients to ensure their comfort and understanding of everything they should expect from plastic surgery. When you are ready to take the next step and explore your options for breast implants, contact Rowley Plastic Surgery to schedule a no-obligation consultation.