Common breast procedures in cosmetic surgery include breast implants, breast lift, and breast reduction. In many cases, a new patient may not have a very clear idea about which procedure may be most appropriate for her. Patients may be particularly confused between breast augmentation and breast lift surgeries. Sometimes the patient may need a combination of both breast augmentation and lift.
All such possibilities must be evaluated and discussed during the pre-op consultation process. Dr. Farbod Esmailian ensures that his patients Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA, and nearby communities get a clear idea of the differences between breast augmentation and breast lift. His goal during the initial consultation to help the patient make informed choices.
Assessing the Patient’s Aesthetic Goals
Some patients may show more keenness towards breast lift surgery alone. If the existing breast tissue is significant, it may be possible to achieve aesthetically superior outcomes with breast lift alone. However, substantial fullness in the upper aspect of the breasts may not be achieved with a breast lift. Therefore, the surgeon will ask the patient how important it may be for her to attain greater fullness in the upper portion of the breasts. If the patient is clear about her aesthetic need for greater upper breast fullness, a combination of breast augmentation and breast lift may be necessary.
In some cases, the patient may be looking only to increase the size of the breasts, but the skin laxity in the breast area may be very high. That could make the appearance of breast implants alone quite awkward and unappealing. In such a situation, the patient’s aesthetic needs may again be best served by a combination of breast augmentation and breast lift surgeries. A combined procedure also ensures restoration of the youthful position of the nipple-areola complex to the top of the breast mound.
Need for Breast Implants and Lift
Many women who suffer from loss of breast volume or drooping breasts will have questions about whether their condition can be corrected with implants alone or with a combined implants and lift procedure. Patients should know that implants alone will correct the breast appearance when:
- Skin laxity that is causing the breasts to sag is only mild.
- The nipples are fairly close to the center of the breast and are not pointing downwards.
- The skin beneath the nipple and areola is visible when looking at the breasts straight on.
- The patient is keen or at least agreeable to the notion of having her breasts at least a cup size larger.
Breast lift, whether with or without implants is necessary when:
- Breasts are sagging heavily.
- The nipples are pointing downwards.
- There is no visible skin beneath the nipple or areola when looking straight on at the breasts.
- The patient is not ready for larger sized breasts.
Dr. Esmailian will carefully evaluate the condition of breasts before recommending the appropriate procedure to his patients in Orange County, Newport Beach, Torrance, Los Alamitos, Long Beach, CA, or nearby locations.
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