Over the course of time, factors such as pregnancy, nursing and the force of gravity take their toll on a woman’s breast. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness and begin to sag. A breast lift with implants is a surgical breast procedure that Dr. Bloch can perform to raise and reshape sagging breasts.
About the procedure
A combination of a breast lift with implants is commonly performed to restore their youthful appearance. Women who have had massive weight fluctuations, pregnancies and breastfeeding are likely to need the two procedures combined. Sagging and loss of volume also do occur with age thus necessitating breast lift with implants. Gravity is a major cause of sagging as the skin also loses elasticity with age. Use of implants is basically done for breast augmentation. It is always important to have a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon to determine if a patient needs just a breast lift, breast implant surgery, or both. If you need your procedure done in the Chicago Metro area, Dr. Steven Bloch is a board certified plastic surgeon with an experience that spans over 30 years. He is not only a doctor with proven credentials, but an expert recognized nationally by his peers in his practice.
The surgeon relocates the nipple and areola (the pink skin around the nipple) to a higher position, removes excess skin, repositions the breast tissue to a higher level and then reshapes the remaining breast skin.
If your breasts are small and have lost volume after pregnancy, breast lift with implants is a breast surgery that can increase both firmness and size. The breasts will be somewhat swollen and bruised at first and it may take some time before they assume their more permanent shape. In other words, they have to settle in. You may experience some decreased sensation in your nipples or breast skin, which is usually temporary.
Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
If the appearance of your breasts due to sagging or volume loss is making you feel uncomfortable with your self-image, you are likely to be a good candidate. When you visit Dr. Bloch for your consultation, the surgeon will examine you to know the best way your procedure should be performed. He will take measurements to determine the relative position of your nipple-areola complex to the inframammary fold or breast crease. You will also explain to the doctor your desired change in appearance so that the doctor can let you know the most realistic results you can expect. There will be many decisions to make from the type and size of implants to the desired projection and profile. You should allow the doctor to use his skills and experience to recommend the best options for you. The doctor may also order medical tests because you should not have any medical conditions that can potentially make your surgery risky.
How long is recovery time?
Although the recovery may vary from one individual to another, it may take up to 6 weeks to be able to resume work. Before that time, heavy lifting should be completely avoided. Most patients go home in a support bra. The sutures will be removed in a week or two. Since incisions are made around the nipple and below the breast, scars should not be noticeable, even in low-cut clothing. You may have swelling and see discolorations around the surgical sites, but these clear after a few days. Dr. Bloch will give you the specific instructions to follow for aftercare which should promote faster healing.
Recent advances in pain management have made this a very comfortable procedure and many patients do not even require pain pills.
Dr. Bloch can discuss your surgical options and will give you detailed instructions for resuming your normal activities.
Will the results be long lasting?
This procedure should be long lasting if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid weight fluctuations. However, age and gravity are some of the factors that will still continue to affect your breast appearance. These factors, however, will cause very little change over a long time. So you should enjoy the improved aesthetics or youthful appearance of your breasts over a very long time.
If you live in the Chicago metro area or surrounding areas such as Lincolnshire, Wilmette, Winnetka, Deerfield, Lake Forest, North Shore, Glencoe, or other towns and would like to learn more about getting breast implants with lift, contact Body by Bloch to schedule a consultation.