Considering a Breast Lift? Lubbock Women Should Plan Ahead

Women have several plastic surgery options for breast enhancement. Mastopexy, or a breast lift, creates a youthful look by raising sagging breasts. The procedure gets rid of excess skin, lifts the nipple to a more forward position, and reshapes the existing tissue to give an overall more perky appearance. A breast lift can help with asymmetry and make clothing and swimwear fit more comfortably. For women who think they may be interested in a breast lift, Lubbock Dr. Jane Rowley recommends preparing for the procedure and following all pre- and post-operative instructions. She wants all of her patients to have a comfortable and smooth experience on the day of their breast lift, and getting ready beforehand is one way you can make sure that happens.

Preparing for Your Breast Lift

At your preoperative doctor visit, you will discuss your medical history, previous surgeries, and any medications or supplements you take. You will have a physical exam of your breasts so the doctor can determine your skin tone, positioning of your nipples, and other details for your breast lift. Lubbock patients should communicate clearly with their doctor about their surgical expectations and why they want a breast lift. It is always important to consult with your doctor before any procedure so you can understand exactly what the procedure can or cannot do and what the expected recovery will be. You may be asked to have a mammogram done before your surgery to establish a baseline for tracking changes in your breast tissue. To better understand what to expect from your breast lift, watch the video below.

Preparing for Your Surgery

Not only will preparing for your surgery help ease your mind as the day approaches, the right preparations can also have a positive impact on your recovery. You will need to follow any pre-surgical instructions from the doctor carefully. As the patient, you play an active role in your successful recovery; your surgeon will not force you to make the proper preparations. It is up to you to follow the instructions you are given so you have the best chance at a safe, successful surgery. Here are a few things your doctor may advise you to do as you get ready for your procedure. 

Stop Taking Supplements

Many people take vitamins and supplements regularly to improve their health and well being. While this is normally beneficial to your health, it may not be a practice that you should continue during your plastic surgery journey. It is important to let your doctor know about anything you take because some supplements and medications can negatively affect your surgery. Be sure to avoid any anti-inflammatory drugs or herbal supplements as they can increase your risk of bleeding. 

Quit Smoking

If you use nicotine in any form, you will need to stop for several weeks before and after your surgery. Even though you may have been able to continue smoking when you went through a different surgical procedure in the past, the rules are different for plastic surgery patients. Nicotine can affect your healing by decreasing blood flow to the skin.  

What to Bring

You will be told what things you will need to bring and what type of clothes to wear after your breast lift. Lubbock patients may be advised to bring prescribed medications with them to the surgery center. You will also need to bring identification and your hospital payment, if you have not paid in advance. Be sure not to wear any jewelry, makeup, or lotions on your surgery day. 

Your Ride Home

You will not be permitted to leave the surgery center by yourself if you have been under anesthesia, so be sure you have a ride home. You will want to make arrangements for someone to help you after your procedure as well. Ask a family member or trusted friend to stay with you for the first day or two, as you will need to spend that time resting and may need some help caring for yourself.

The First Few Weeks

For the first two to three weeks following their breast lift, Lubbock patients can usually expect to bruise, swell, and have some postoperative pain. Incisions can feel sore and you may experience numbness in your nipples. All of these symptoms are normal, but they will vary from patient to patient as pain tolerance and recovery times differ for each individual. If pain management is difficult or you have any concerns about your recovery, contact your doctor.

During the first few weeks after your surgery, it is critical to give your body the opportunity to heal from surgery for the best results of your breast lift. Lubbock patients should ease gently back into parts of their normal routine as they start to feel better. Some things you can do to help your recovery be successful include:

  • Wearing a compression bra for the recommended amount of time
  • Staying elevated at a 25 to 45-degree angle, even when sleeping
  • Avoid sleeping 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 of your breast lift. Lubbock is full of fun things to do, but be patient with your body and you should be able to resume normal activity 4 to 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 that 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. 

Scar Healing

With a procedure like mastopexy, many patients are concerned with the amount of scarring they will see. Several incisions are necessary during a breast lift to achieve the desired outcome, so the procedure naturally results in more scarring than some other cosmetic surgeries. Patients with less sagging in their breasts may only need one incision around the areola. Others with more sagging will need a vertical incision from the areola to the bottom of the breast, and possibly a third along the breast crease. The good news is, these scars are well hidden under swimwear and usually fade well with time. Here are some things you can try to help minimize your visible scarring after having a breast lift in Lubbock.

  • No tension: Be gentle with your wound sites, especially during the initial healing stages. Pulling or stretching the incision sites can worsen the scar and cause unnecessary pain. Avoid activities that put tension on the scar, such as heavy lifting or strenuous exercise. 
  • Massage: When your doctor gives you the green light, you may be able to begin scar massage. Gently press your fingertips on the scar and move them in a circular motion. Start with light pressure and gradually apply more as you feel comfortable. You may prefer to use a lotion or cream during your scar massage. For this technique to be beneficial, perform scar massage multiple times a day, for five to ten minutes each time. Scar massage minimizes a scar’s visibility by boosting the production of collagen and making the scar more flexible and soft.
  • Sun protection: It is always smart to shield your skin from the sun, but it is even more important after plastic surgery. The sun’s harmful rays can make scars appear darker. It is highly recommended to wear a full-spectrum sunscreen on the incision area to protect it from the sun.
  • Keep it moist: Moisturizing a scar is a good way to keep it from becoming overly hard. Some patients see positive results with the use of vitamin E oil, as it may help with inflammation and skin hydration. Be sure to test the oil on a small area of your skin first, because it can cause skin irritation in some people. If vitamin E does not work for you, try another moisturizing product like Aquaphor or Vaseline.
  • Scar healing products: There are many products on the market that claim to promote scar healing. While there is no magic ointment that will completely erase scars from a breast lift in Lubbock, some of them may work to help scars heal and fade. Silicone sheeting is a popular choice for patients and has been known to reduce scar visibility. You can purchase silicone sheeting at your local drugstore. After wearing the strips consistently for a few months, you may be able to see positive results.
  • Proper nutrition: Adequate water intake, healthy eating, and regular exercise can go a long way toward healing plastic surgery scars. Fueling your body with foods rich in vitamins can help build and repair body tissues and keep the immune system healthy. Aim for 5 to 6 small meals and 64 ounces of water a day. Although sweets may be tempting, try to limit your sugar intake. Instead, curb your sweet tooth by enjoying plenty of seasonal fruits.

Combining Procedures for Dramatic Enhancements

What if your breasts are not the only area that you would like to improve? Tummies and other body parts can cause dissatisfaction in your appearance just like a sagging bust. If you have another area or two you would like to address with plastic surgery, you may want to consider combining procedures. Some patients may wish to have a breast lift with liposuction or tummy tuck for what is commonly called a “mommy makeover”. Here are a few options to think about when planning a mommy makeover.

  • Breast implants: You can choose to get breast implants with a breast lift. Lubbock women who want both procedures should consult with their doctor about their expectations for the final outcome. If you select an implant size that is too large, your lifted breasts may not be able to support its weight and still maintain their perky appearance. However, an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Rowley can help you choose a size that will complement your breast lift beautifully.
  • Breast reduction: If you feel your breasts are too big, or if they cause you physical discomfort, you can have a breast reduction with your lift. Back, neck, and shoulder pain are common among women with large breasts, and plastic surgery is the most effective way to address their symptoms. While a breast lift corrects sagging of the breasts, a reduction reduces their size. Together, the procedures can give you a smaller, perkier, more proportionate breast size to fit your lifestyle. 
  • Tummy tuck: Loose belly skin is a common problem for women who have had children or lost a significant amount of weight. Even when you reach your final goal weight, the excess skin can still cause cosmetic issues. A tummy tuck removes the excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles to create a smoother, flatter midsection.
  • Liposuction: When combining liposuction with a breast lift, Lubbock patients can achieve more dramatic results. For example, if you have areas of stubborn fat that persist despite proper diet and exercise, liposuction can help. The outer thighs, hips, and chin (submental) region all typically respond well to liposuction. 

It is important to remember that patients who combine procedures may require a little longer time for recovery. However, a mommy makeover can be a great way to save time and expenses on your plastic surgery experience. If you are interested in enhancing more than one area of your body, discuss with your doctor which options are best for you. 

Putting Our Patients First

Dr. Jane Rowley is a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 20 years of experience helping her patients achieve their aesthetic goals. She takes the time to discuss your goals thoroughly, to explain the procedure, and give a clear expectation of what is involved with your expected recovery. At Rowley Plastic Surgery, we put our patients’ needs first and make their care and comfort our highest priority. Schedule your no-obligation consultation for your breast lift in Lubbock today.

Small Changes Equal Big Results With Plastic Surgery for Eyelids in Lubbock

When most people think of plastic surgery, they don’t usually picture treatments involving the eye area. Breast and tummy procedures consistently top the charts as the most popular surgeries year after year, but they aren’t the only ones that can drastically improve your confidence. Just like many other cosmetic changes, eyelid surgery can have a dramatic effect on the way you look and feel. Signs of aging can make an early appearance around the eyes, as the skin in that area is thin and more susceptible to wrinkles than other parts of the face. Your eyes should show who you are; not with lines, bags, or wrinkles, but with brightness and clarity. With plastic surgery for the eyelids, Lubbock women can turn the visible signs of aging into a fresher, more youthful look. 

What is Blepharoplasty?

Eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids. You can elect to have the surgery for either functional or cosmetic reasons. The surgery is done on an outpatient basis often using local anesthetics with sedation.

Plastic surgery for eyelids in Lubbock is often referred to as an “eyelid lift,” however, this term is not entirely accurate. A small incision allows for the removal of skin or changing the amount of fat around the eye. This can be combined with a laser resurfacing of the eyelid skin, which reduces existing lines and wrinkles. Even small changes can have dramatic results around the eyelid.

How is it Done?

The small incision is often made to the top of the eyelid where excess skin and fat are removed. The skin is then brought together with small stitches. This helps recreate the crease at the top of the lid. This procedure can also be performed with an incision at the bottom of the eyelid, just below the lash line, or on the inside of the eyelid. The placement of the incision on the inside of the lid, called a transconjunctival approach, allows for an invisible incision after healing. This method makes possible the removal or addition of fat to the eyelid without impacting the fold or look of the eyelid. For a better understanding of which surgical approach would be best for you, visit with Dr. Jane Rowley for a personal consultation with the information and counsel you need to make the best choice for you.

Why Experience Matters

Your plastic surgeon’s level of experience matters no matter which procedure you’re having, but when it comes to blepharoplasty, this knowledge and skill is of the utmost importance. No one wants to have to revise their surgical results, and choosing a well-qualified plastic surgeon can help to minimize that risk.

Upper Eyelids

If you have excess skin in your upper eyelids, blepharoplasty can dramatically improve your appearance with a minimal recovery period. It is important that the plastic surgeon does not take too much skin off the eyelids, because this mistake can cause serious complications. Some less experienced surgeons will err on the side of caution and not remove enough skin to provide a satisfying cosmetic result. An experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Rowley will be able to give you the brighter, younger looking eyes you want without having to worry about these types of complications. For more information on what to expect from an upper eyelid lift, watch the video below.

Lower Eyelids

The lower eye area is even more complicated to treat than the upper eyes. The procedure is approached differently for each patient, because of variables such as skin quality, the shape of the face, cheekbone placement, and the amount of existing loose skin on the eyelid. Dr. Rowley’s extensive training and experience enables her to assess each patient’s needs and plan their procedure accordingly. She offers transconjunctival lower eyelid blepharoplasty with laser resurfacing to achieve the most satisfying cosmetic improvement. View the video below to learn more about Dr. Rowley’s thoughts on lower eyelid cosmetic surgery.

Why Have Eyelid Surgery?

Your eyes are perhaps the most important feature on your face. They convey your emotions, give brightness to your expressions, and allow you to view the world around you. They also are one of the first facial areas to show the signs of aging. When this happens, your aging eyes can make you appear tired, old, or moody. No matter how many internet makeup videos you watch, you can’t get rid of sagging eyelids or puffy under eye bags. Plastic surgery for the eyelids in Lubbock is the most effective way to permanently lift, brighten, and rejuvenate your eye area so you can look and feel your best.  

An excess of skin or fat around the eye can make the eyelid heavy or puffy. This slightly extra visual weight around the eyes can age the look of your face and can even block the upper field of your vision. Removing skin and fat or adding fat can reshape the look of the eye. A tightening of the eyelid skin can correct sagginess. And both this contouring effort and tightening can be paired with the laser skin resurfacing to reduce wrinkles and smooth skin texture.

Other Blepharoplasty Benefits

  • Improved Vision – Apart from cosmetic results, improved eyesight may be reason enough to pursue plastic surgery for eyelids in Lubbock. Significant drooping of the upper eyelid can impair vision. A slight lift of the brow and upper lid can remove the extra skin, which causes the droop. Not only can this improve your line of sight, but some patients find that this correction relieves a strain in the brow muscles from constantly trying to raise the upper lid.
  • Reduced Bags and Lines – By lifting the upper and lower lids, common signs of aging are corrected. Fine lines and bags around the eyes give a fatigued look even when you are well rested. To enhance the results of plastic surgery for eyelids, Lubbock patients can also include skin rejuvenation treatments such as a chemical skin peel or medical facial to provide additional smoothing or to reduce the visibility of dark circles.
  • Headache Relief – Do you suffer from chronic migraines? An eyelid lift may be able to provide some relief. A 2017 study found that, after blepharoplasty, headache symptoms improved in 25 of the 28 research participants. Another study found the procedure to have a high success rate in certain patients when headache-triggering nerves were decompressed during the eyelid surgery. Ninety percent of those participants experienced significant relief after undergoing the procedure.  

Recovering from Plastic Surgery for the Eyelids in Lubbock

Unlike other more involved surgeries, blepharoplasty can have a relatively short recovery time. The day after the surgery you will typically experience some bruising and swelling around the eyes, but these will reduce quickly, particularly if you regularly apply cool compresses to the eyes during the first 48 hours. You should be able to resume normal activity after ten days and experience a full recovery after two weeks with the majority of the bruising and swelling gone by then. 

Combining Blepharoplasty with Other Procedures

Early signs of aging don’t just appear around the eyes. It is likely that if you have wrinkles or bags in the eye area, you may also experience sagging skin elsewhere. The face, neck area, jawline, and even the breasts are common concerns for patients who notice gravity and aging taking their tolls. An eyelid lift can produce stunning results on its own, but when patients combine their enhanced eyes with other procedures, the effects are even more dramatic. Here are some popular plastic surgery options that patients can add to their wish list for a younger looking appearance:

Facelift

Different procedures are used to target specific areas of your appearance. For example, while plastic surgery for the eyelids in Lubbock rejuvenates the upper and lower eyelid area, a facelift corrects issues in the cheeks, mouth area, and jawline. During the facelift procedure, your plastic surgeon will work to elevate and tighten the facial skin through small incisions above the ears in the hairline. Superficial muscles are also tightened to achieve long lasting results. With more than 20 years of facelift experience, Dr. Rowley has the skill and artistry to provide patients with a beautiful, natural outcome.

Liposuction

In certain instances, excess fat on the face and neck can make women appear older or heavier than they really are. A fleshy neck or double chin is almost impossible to get rid of without the help of plastic surgery. Submental liposuction, or liposuction of the chin and neck area, eliminates excess fat on the neck to create a thinner, more elongated appearance. The procedure is relatively simple and can be done on most patients with a local anesthetic in the office examination room. Your plastic surgeon will inject the anesthetic, make a small incision, insert a cannula, and suction out excess fat. The whole procedure can be done during your lunch hour, but it yields dramatic results, especially when combined with plastic surgery for the eyelids in Lubbock. 

Non-surgical Alternatives

Some patients can achieve their desired results with minimally invasive or non-surgical cosmetic options. Treatments such as laser skin resurfacing, non-invasive body contouring, chemical peels, and fillers are popular among women who wish to fight the signs of aging. In 2019 alone, 16.3 million cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures were performed on patients in the U.S. With little to no downtime required and a wide variety of treatments from which to choose, many women are opting for non-surgical methods to rejuvenate and enhance their appearance. Dr. Rowley can help you plan your combination of procedures should you choose to include any minimally invasive options with your Lubbock blepharoplasty.  

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon

Plastic surgery for the eyelids in Lubbock is not something that should be bargain shopped. While saving some money on a cosmetic procedure might sound tempting, it is generally not worth the savings when your health, safety, and appearance are on the line. The first thing you should do when searching for a plastic surgeon is to only consider those who are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Any physician can legally perform cosmetic procedures, so you want to make sure the doctor you choose has been specifically trained in the field of plastic surgery. 

ABPS board-certified plastic surgeons undergo rigorous training and examinations to earn their certification. They are required to complete an additional five years of surgical training upon their completion of medical school. A board-certified plastic surgeon must also complete a plastic surgery residency. In addition, they participate in ongoing education to keep current in their field throughout their careers. All of this training, testing, and experience gives these surgeons the skill and aesthetic talent to give patients the absolute best results possible. ABPS board certification is voluntary, so when a surgeon goes above and beyond to achieve the honor, it shows just how committed they are to providing the highest level of care. For more information on the importance of selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon, watch the video below. 

Take the Next Step Toward Brighter Eyes

You don’t have to look tired, moody, or older than your age because of excess skin or under eye bags. When it comes to plastic surgery for the eyelids, Lubbock patients can enjoy both functional and cosmetic improvements along with an overall refreshed appearance. Blepharoplasty can give your entire face a younger, healthier look. This procedure enhances and brightens the shape and appearance of your eyes, which can have a noticeable impact on your image as a whole. And, when you feel better about the way you look, it has a positive effect on your everyday self-confidence. Dr. Jane Rowley has more than 20 years of experience performing eyelid surgery and she always carefully consults with her patients to create the best surgical plan for them. Schedule your no-obligation consultation visit today and discover your cosmetic possibilities