Breast enhancement surgery is one of the top plastic surgery procedures performed today, whether that includes an augmentation, lift, or reduction. Many women choose to receive breast implants and get a breast lift at the same time to achieve the ultimate look they desire. With more than twenty years of experience, Dr. Jane Rowley can help you determine the best approach to reaching your goals, and if a Lubbock breast lift and augmentation is the right choice for you.
Why Consider a Breast Augmentation and Breast Lift
Women want breast augmentation and breast lift surgery in Lubbock for a variety of reasons. If you are trying to figure out what route to take, knowing why you want plastic surgery, learning about what it can and cannot accomplish, then educating yourself on the overall process is a good place to begin.
Why pursue a breast augmentation? Dr. Rowley suggests breast implants if you have:
- A desire to return to pre-pregnancy breast volume and appearance.
- Concern over breast asymmetry, with one side visibly smaller in appearance.
- Lack of breast tissue–a desire for larger breasts in general.
Why include a Lubbock breast lift? Dr. Rowley recommends this option for women that have:
- Loss of breast volume and ptosis (droopiness), especially after pregnancy or massive weight loss.
- Ptosis or droop of the nipple-areolar complex.
- Loss of volume of the breasts
A Breast Augmentation With Dr. Rowley
Dr. Rowley works hard to ensure her patients know what to expect before and after surgery. She wants women to be educated about the process, so they can feel comfortable with their decision to receive breast implants. She explains:
“This is typically an outpatient surgery under general anesthetic and takes approximately an hour. The surgery is performed in the office operating room or an outpatient surgery center. Most people return to work in 2-3 days, with 4-6 weeks before returning to full physical activity … This procedure is typically done through a small incision about two inches long, usually underneath, in the crease of the breast. Saline and silicone implants are both available. Usually, they are placed in a submuscular position underneath the pectoral muscle. Pain is variable and depends on the muscle laxity. Pain pills and muscle relaxants are given after the procedure. While recovery varies from individual to individual, complications are minimal. However, long-term problems such as leak and capsular contracture may occur.”
A Mastopexy – Breast Lift Surgery in Lubbock
Some women prefer breast lift surgery in Lubbock in addition to their breast augmentation. Dr. Rowley outlines what to expect:
“This procedure generally takes 90 minutes to two hours and is done under general anesthetic in the office operating suite or a surgicenter. Most patients will need 5-10 days off work and 4-6 weeks for full recovery and return to full activity … In a mastopexy, the nipple-areolar complex is always repositioned or lifted and skin is then removed to tighten the breast skin envelope. The amount of scarring depends on the amount of ptosis or droop of the breasts. Scars can be minimized by making a scar only around the areola (called a periareolar mastopexy). However, more extensive scarring may be necessary, including a vertical scar and possibly an inframammary scar to excise (remove) more skin. An implant may be placed at the time of the mastopexy to correct loss of volume. Nicotine restrictions also apply to this procedure.”
Setting Clear Expectations with a Lubbock Breast Lift
For those seeking breast lift surgery in Lubbock, Dr. Rowley makes sure she openly communicates the dynamics of a mastopexy. She explains how prior breast volume highly affects the outcome of a Lubbock breast lift. Dr. Rowley says:
“Unfortunately, many patients who come in seeking a mastopexy expect their breasts will look as if they never had big breasts to start with. In other words, they hope to look like a small-breasted person who has had implants. However, once you have had breast tissue followed by a volume loss, it is very difficult to make breasts look like someone who was never big-breasted to start with. It is very important that patients have a realistic view of this procedure. Tightening the skin and placing an implant are opposing forces, and the laws of physics are not on our side. As we tighten the skin to lift the breasts, the implant will oppose that, and tend to weigh them back down. In addition, these patients may have very thin, inelastic skin to start with, and patients who desire a very large implant may face difficulty with recurrent droop or recurrent ptosis because of the skin quality. It is very important to me to spend a long time talking to my patients about what they are hoping for and set realistic expectations with this procedure so they can have a positive outcome.”
To learn more about receiving a Lubbock breast lift, watch the educational video below.
Working With a Qualified Plastic Surgeon
Are you unhappy with the appearance of your breasts? Contact Dr. Rowley today to see if breast augmentation and breast lift surgery in Lubbock is right for you. As a board-certified plastic surgeon and IDEAL IMPLANT® Premier Surgeon, she offers the latest in breast implant technology and will help you understand your options. Call 806-792-3715 today!