At Hanemann Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge, we offer various breast enhancement procedures. Breast augmentation surgery involves the use of silicone or saline implants to increase breast volume, whereas breast lift reshapes the sagging breasts by remodeling the tissue. Occasionally, these two surgeries are performed simultaneously to achieve the most desired results.
Contrary to popular belief, breast augmentation surgery is not just about “augmentation” per se. After all, a good number of patients not just complain about the lack of volume, but also some type of asymmetry or deformity.
Breast Augmentation as a Stand-Alone Procedure
In standard breast augmentation, implants are placed centrally behind the nipple-areolar complex to give additional volume. In patients who specifically want natural-looking results, the ideal implant size will depend on their chest width, height, weight, and waist-to-hip ratio.
In a nutshell, natural-looking results are achieved when the patient’s underlying anatomies are respected during implant selection process.
Breast augmentation can also address pseudo ptosis or sagging in which the nipple area has not settled beyond the breast crease. Nonetheless, there is an “illusion” of sagging appearance due to the empty or deflated-looking upper breast pole.
If you are specifically asking for additional fullness to the upper breast pole, you may consider high-profile implants that offer additional forward projection. With their design, on profile view, your breasts will appear more prominent.
Breast Lift As a Stand-Alone Procedure
A breast lift is reserved for patients with real ptosis or sagging, which is manifested by nipple falling beyond the inframammary crease. Take note that implants alone cannot improve the shape of a drooping breast.
The ideal breast lift incision pattern will depend on the extent of droop and the breast size. Nonetheless, the scars are positioned in discreet areas such as the border of the areola and the breast crease so they blend into the background.
Dr. Michael Hanemann, a renowned plastic surgeon in Baton Rouge, says the key to great results from breast lift is to use deep tissue work. This means that instead of tightening the skin alone, the actual breast tissue is also elevated and reshaped with internal sutures.
By elevating the breast tissue, Dr. Hanemann is able to replicate the natural breast contour that can persist long term. This technique also promotes better scarring and healing since the tension on the skin is eliminated since the tissue carries most of the “tautness.”
Combo Breast Procedure
Combining breast augmentation and breast lift has become a well-established practice that accomplishes several favorable effects in one surgery: additional fullness to the upper breast pole, improved overall breast contour, more youthful placement of the nipple area, and more feminine figure.
This combo surgery is ideal for patients who have sagging breasts and specifically desire for additional breast volume and/or more pronounced fullness to the upper breast pole.
Contrary to popular belief, this combo procedure does not result in longer recovery. Furthermore, this approach can lower the surgical cost since the patient only has to pay for one anesthesia fee and surgical facility fee.
To know more about the different types of breast enhancement surgery, please seek medical expertise from Hanemann Plastic Surgery in Baton Rouge in which all plastic surgeons are board certified and have extensive experience.