Breast lifts and breast augmentations are usually thought of as purely cosmetic procedures. And, while it’s true that these surgeries do not typically treat medical concerns like illness or injury, they do correct changes in the body that affect women’s daily life. The breasts are highly susceptible to changes in shape and size over the course of a woman’s life — pregnancy, weight loss and gain, fitness patterns, aging and hormone shifts can all influence breast appearance.
Women’s breasts, though, can also play a vital role in sexual identity, body image and self-esteem. When women’s breasts change over time, it might have a negative impact on their day-to-day happiness and confidence; not to mention the frustration of feeling that your body is changing in ways you can’t control. At Banff Plastic Surgery, we consider these impacts well worth treating — if you are unhappy with your breast shape and size, a combined breast lift (mastopexy) and breast augmentation surgery might be right for you. While these surgeries can also be performed separately, the combined procedure works wonders for two breast conditions: ptosis, or sagging, and breast tissue volume loss.
Drooping, splaying or low-hanging breasts are a cause for concern for many women. As we age, our skin begins to lose some of its natural structure. Proteins like collagen and elastin, which keep skin healthy and firm, start to break down and are reproduced at a slower rate. Sun damage can speed up or worsen this process, as can skin that has been stretched due to fluctuations in breast size. As the skin around and over the breasts weakens, gravity and the weight of the breast tissue begins to pull the breasts further down the chest wall. The result is breast ptosis, or sagging, which can be uncomfortable, frustrating and in many cases impossible to correct even with supportive undergarments.
What Is A Breast Lift?
A mastopexy or breast lift is the ideal surgery for women who want to restore their breasts to their former, perkier position. Although the concept of this surgery is quite simple (tightening the skin envelope), the reality is more complex (rearranging the breast tissue). It is important to make sure that your surgeon has experience with this type of breast surgery. Once the remaining skin is sutured together, your breast tissue is held more securely and in a more lifted shape. To minimize visible scarring, your surgeon can use several different incision techniques when they remove the excess skin. At Banff Plastic Surgery, our surgeons specialize in using the lollipop type of scar. Not only does this approach avoid the (often unsightly) anchor scar, the shaping that is used helps achieve a perkier breast.
The ratio of fat to gland in a woman’s breast varies depending on factors like such as age, genetics, and hormones, and each of them might fluctuate in different circumstances. For example, many women lose upper pole fullness if they start losing weight; others will notice breast tissues shrinking during menopause or when they finish breastfeeding. Regardless of the cause, however, decreasing breast volume is in many cases something that women want to avoid. For better or worse, full, symmetrical and rounded breasts are largely considered the aesthetic gold standard, and seeing youthful breasts lose their shape and size can be disheartening. It can also make breast sagging more obvious, often compounding a woman’s unhappiness with the appearance of her breasts.
What Is Breast Augmentation?
The augmentation portion of a mastopexy/augmentation surgery serves to restore or improve both size and fullness of the upper pole. At Banff Plastic Surgery, we offer augmentations using state-of-the-art implants as well as using a complementary technique called fat grafting. For significant changes in breast size, saline or silicone implants will be the best option. Fat grafting uses fat taken from a donor site elsewhere on the body (such as the abdomen or thighs) and transfers it to the breast area to restore volume. It can be used alone for small changes to breast size or in conjunction with an implant to create a natural texture and shape.
When performed as a single procedure, mastopexy-augmentation can give women struggling with aging breasts the results they want — lifted, firm and shapely breasts that provide greater comfort and boost confidence. Combining these surgeries saves recovery time, surgical risk and costs as well as addressing two of the main concerns that women have regarding changes to their breasts over time. To learn more about these procedures in Banff, Alberta, contact Banff Plastic Surgery today at 403-762-2055. Our staff can help you schedule a consultation with our expert plastic surgeons, Dr. Elizabeth Hall-Findlay and Dr Genevieve Caron, to find out if a combined breast lift and augmentation is right for you.