Shapely, uplifted breasts are a hallmark of youth. However, the effects of time can significantly alter the appearance of a woman’s breasts, causing them to sag, droop, and lose fullness. If you’re experiencing these changes, you may feel less attractive or older than your actual age, and you may also have discovered you can no longer wear certain clothes.
When it comes to improving your self-esteem by restoring lost volume in your breasts, you have options. Many women who are good candidates for breast enhancement are unwilling to get implants because they are worried about complications, including the need to eventually undergo a second surgery.
What Are the Risks of Breast Implants?
Though breast implants are meant to be long-lasting, they are not designed to endure for an entire lifetime. Implants also come with risks and complications, as any surgery. The specific concerns implant patients have include:
- Implant leakage or rupture
- Changes in nipple or breast sensitivity
- Scarring or poor healing
- Improperly placed implants leading to an undesirable or asymmetrical appearance
- Tight scar tissue surrounding the implant – a condition known as capsular contracture
- Fluid buildup
- Wrinkled skin over the implant
- Consistent pain
- Possible need for revision surgery
In fact, the FDA estimates up to 20 percent of women who receive breast augmentation surgery with implants have their implants removed or replaced within a decade of their procedure, due to these complications. Dr. Alderman is a highly skilled and experienced implant surgeon who takes every precaution to ensure these risks are minimized for each patient. If you choose implants, we want you to enjoy the best possible results and a safe procedure.
If you are still unsure about implants, consider the alternative.
Breast Lift with Auto-Augmentation
Women’s breasts often change over the years, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes can be the result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, gravity, genetics, or weight fluctuations.
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure that raises your breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. A breast lift can also reduce the size of the areolas, which often become enlarged with age.
The breast lift procedure will elevate your breasts, so they no longer rest along your rib cage. The surgery also results in repositioned nipples that look symmetrical. During the procedure, Dr. Alderman will perform an auto-augmentation where breast tissue from the lower portion of your breasts will be transferred to the to the upper portion of your breasts, to enhance fullness and lessen the likelihood that they will lose their shape after your recovery.
By combining a breast lift with an autologous augmentation, Dr. Alderman can redistribute your existing tissue to create breasts that look and feel natural. If you are already satisfied with the volume in your breasts but are hoping to restore a youthful, uplifted breast contour without using saline or silicone implants, a breast lift and auto augmentation may be right for you.
The Fat Transfer Method of Breast Enhancement
For women who are hoping to improve the look of their breasts, but who don’t necessarily want to commit to implants, there is another technique available. As a skilled cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Amy Alderman can perform a fat transfer in conjunction with a breast lift to reposition and reshape your breasts, using your tissue for the most natural results.
In this approach, Dr. Alderman uses your existing breast tissue to enhance the fullness and contour of your breasts. At the same time, she performs a breast lift, which repositions your breasts, nipples, and areolas to restore a youthful profile.
This procedure is not for everyone. Dr. Alderman will discuss in great detail the pros and cons of this procedure. This procedure can potentially change the way your breasts look on future mammograms. In general, the breast lift and auto-augmentation, compared to fat transfer, provides a more stable outcome and does not impact future mammogram screening.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Surgery?
Women who are ideal candidates share several common characteristics:
- In good physical and mental health and within a healthy body weight
- Have breasts that are sagging or have begun to lose their youthful volume and shape
- Have breasts with a flatter, more elongated appearance
- Unsupported nipples falling below the crease of their breasts
- Nipples and areolas that point downward
- Stretched skin and enlarged areolas
- One breast that sits lower than the other, creating breast asymmetry
- Decreased self-confidence
A breast lift with auto augmentation is ideal for women whose breasts have begun to droop, but who still have enough natural breast tissue to allow Dr. Alderman to redistribute it to provide the optimal shape.
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