Breast Lift with Breast Implants in Chicago
There are women who would like to have a breast lift, and also undergo volume enhancement with the use of breast implants. Typically, this is a situation that is encountered in women who have had and nursed children, or in women who have experienced significant weight fluctuations. In this case, an augmentation-mastopexy is a wonderful option that addresses both the excessive droop in a woman’s breasts as well as the woman’s desire to have a larger breast size.
Dr. Galiano’s philosophy regarding cosmetic surgery and an augmentation/mastopexy
I believe that the best result in cosmetic surgery is one that looks natural, is long-lasting and is tailored to your physical traits and your desires. This is achieved through the judicious use of both minimally invasive as well as surgical procedures, depending on your needs and your wishes. My main goal is simple: I want to make you happy.
An augmentation-mastopexy is an operation that demands tremendous skill and planning on the part of the surgeon. I will often suggest it to patients who have a sagging breast and initially are interested in just an augmentation. There is a point at which an implant cannot compensate for a saggy, volume-depleted breast and during your consultation I will determine which procedure or combination of procedures will be needed to meet your desired breast appearance. Although there will be scars on the visible part of your breasts, it is a truism that the enhanced shape and volume achieved through an augmentation-mastopexy are worth the scars that result.
What should I expect from an augmentation/mastopexy?
- You should expect to have the breasts that you may have once had, perhaps with additional volume. This is particularly true in mommy’s (an augmentation/mastopexy is often part of a “mommy makeover”). Your nipples and breast tissue will be lifted to a youthful position, and the volume achieved with the breast implants will enhance your appearance in a natural fashion. There are many techniques that Dr. Galiano will choose from in order to address your particular situation. You may experience a heightened sense of self-esteem and confidence as well.
Am I a candidate for an augmentation/mastopexy?
- In general, if you are over 18 years of age and are in good health you are likely an excellent candidate for an augmentation/mastopexy. The ideal candidates are women who are dissatisfied with both the sagging of their breast tissue and skin, the low location of their nipples, and would also like enhancement of their breast volume. Women who are candidates need to be accepting of the fact that they will have scars around their areolae and on their breast skin. This is a minor tradeoff for most women when weighed against the remarkable enhancement of breast form that can be achieved with this procedure. Women who have lost a significant amount of breast tissue and wish to have more volume in their breasts and who have more than a mild amount of sagging (common after weight loss or pregnancy/nursing) may benefit from an augmentation-mastopexy. If you are obese, in poor health, are still nursing, have breast health issues or absolutely do not want a scar on your breast skin then you are probably not a good candidate for an augmentation/mastopexy.
How does Dr. Galiano perform an augmentation/mastopexy?
- The procedure is done in the operating room under general anesthesia or sedation with local anesthesia. It usually lasts between 2-4 hours, and patients go home the same day.
Women’s breasts come in all shapes and sizes, and they change and age in a multitude of different ways. Because of this, there is not a “one size fits all” type of operation, and the exact type of procedure that will be performed will be discussed with you during your consultation.
The operation is divided into two parts. In the first part, Dr. Galiano will place an implant or temporary sizer in the appropriate position on your breast (this could be underneath your muscle or over the muscle, depending on your anatomy. Usually, Dr. Galiano places implants partially underneath the muscle – please refer to the augmentation section of this web site). Once the implant is placed, the surrounding breast tissue and skin will be redraped and tailored around the implant to achieve a beautiful breast shape. The nipple-areolar complex will then positioned in the appropriate location. In general, the breast lift can result in a scar solely around the areola (crescent or peri-areolar mastopexy), an areolar scar with a vertical scar (“lollipop” or circumvertical mastopexy) or an areolar scar, a vertical scar, and a transverse scar at the base of the breast (an “anchor” type of mastopexy, or Wise pattern type). The main goal Dr. Galiano has is to enhance the shape. Dr. Galiano does try to minimize the scars as much as possible. He does greatly prefer to use the relatively newer circumvertical technique as much as possible, since it combines a wonderful ability to create a long-lasting new shape while minimizing the length of scar created. Dr. Galiano will let you know which procedure you are a candidate for during your consultation.
What can I expect during the recovery period?
- Dr. Galiano uses validated techniques to minimize the pain that is typically associated with breast surgery. Most patients do not need drains after the procedure or special bras – as a matter of fact, no bras are used during the first 2 weeks to minimize any wound healing complications. Most patients benefit from being away from work for at least one week, and ideally two weeks. Pain is very patient-specific, but most patients will not have significant pain when they have the procedure performed by Dr. Galiano. There will be swelling, some variable amount of bruising, and some firmness initially. Depending on the technique used, the breasts will settle out into a reasonable shape between 6 weeks and 6 months after your procedure. Mild changes and improvement of the scar (see Scars) will continue to take place during the first year after your procedure. You should not drive for 2 weeks after your procedure, and although you may do mild exercises as soon as you feel up to it, you will be asked not to perform any exercises that cause your breasts to bounce (i.e., running) for 6 weeks after your procedure.
What are some of the risks of an augmentation/mastopexy?
- Any surgical procedure has risks, and you will be given a full discussion of these during your consultation. Some known risks include the following:
- Temporary or permanent loss of nipple sensation
- Changes in your mammogram
- Implant rupture and malposition
- Capsular contracture
Dr. Galiano will go over these risks, and will discuss ways that he minimizes the chances of them occurring.
How can I schedule a consultation?
- Please call our office at 312-926-8204 or follow this link.