When we say we can help you boost your confidence in time for date night at SCCSA, that can mean any night that you spend practicing self-love—or those you spend with your significant other. Dr. Elias knows that confidence can change the way you take on a room and for our female clients, we can help with that. Cosmetic surgery isn’t just about what you can do to modify your outer physical appearance, but how you will use that to support a better way of life. Living a healthy and beautiful lifestyle can only happen with a full heart, strong mind and openness. Breast enhancements can get you there and so many women are curious about what goes into breast augmentation; you probably want to know what your options are and how to make the right choice. Remember, it’s not about the size of your breasts; it’s about you and what you want to see.
Breast Enhancement to Match Your Beauty Goals
Your list of beauty goals is probably a long one that you’ve carefully notated for years, but haven’t found the time to address. Playing with the idea of breast augmentation can lead you through a long road of research, but it’s necessary to make sure you know what you want. Breast tissue is fragile and since it’s not a muscular area, this tissue starts to sag when ligaments holding the breast in a lifted position are weighed down. If you’ve been pregnant, you know exactly what we mean since your breasts fill with milk and you gain a few pounds. Pregnancy hormones and weight cause the tissues to expand and become heavy; so this weight on your chest is a lot to bear.
As soon as you’ve had the child and lost some of the weight, you’ll notice the breasts are not as upright on your chest as they used to be. Breast enhancement can get you out of that post-baby slump or help you contour the body if you’ve lost a lot of weight recently. While pregnancy and weight gain will accelerate sagging and lost volume, lax skin just happens the older you become, and your self-confidence takes a hit. Feeling better about your appearance can help you match your beauty goals and feel empowered to get through the rest of the things on your list.
Aug vs. Lift?
Seeing some loose skin and a slight drop in the breasts is normal and you should know that; but how much sagging is too much for you? If you feel hyper aware of this loose skin and find that you have to constantly adjust your breasts within your bra cup throughout the day, then you probably need a breast lift. Dr. Elias explains the difference in a variety of ways, based on your breasts, that are unique to you. You have to know what you’re comfortable with and find that happy place when you can say you feel good each day. Your breast lift procedure will remove all that extra skin, reshape the nipples and pull them breasts up.
Women with smaller breasts throughout their lifetime may not see too much of this sagging issue, so you probably just want to focus on increasing that size. Breast augmentation can do that for you without a lift, so if you don’t need it then stick with an augmentation. This procedure is great because there’s limited scarring with small incisions. You get more volume and contour depending on the type of implant and texture or shape you choose.
Implant Types at SCCSA and Options for Placement
There are two implant types we use here at SCCSA, which are the saline-filled and silicone-filled implants. One type may feel more natural than the other for you when you come in for your consultation, as you try them on and find out what size is the better option. Implants are a safe and fun choice for women because, if it’s done right then they’ll look completely natural and perfectly matched to your body. Silicone are a gelled implant that matches breast tissue fairly accurately, and saline is a bit more fluid since they’re composed of a liquid base. Silicone has a few more options with shape and texture since they are molded and can stay in one position while saline needs to move a bit and are a little more firm.
As we discussed above, the incisions for placement are underneath the armpit, through the underside of the breast fold or around the nipple. Saline implants require a smaller incision since Dr. Elias will fill the capsule inside the breast tissue. Silicone may require a slightly larger incision based on their full size before placement. Again, while the incisions and scar expected for breast augmentation with implants are small, you’ll need to make sure that this is the procedure that will suit you.
We’ve talked about breast lift and augmentation separately, but what about combining the procedures? Having both breast augmentation and a breast lift at the same time can address both concerns about the shape of your breast tissue and position of your breasts. Dr. Elias only encourages patients to have procedures that will enhance their lives. So if you have already decided on one procedure or the other, he will explain the benefit of adding augmentation or lift to that list if necessary.
At the end of this journey, how you feel is important which is why these options exist. Your breasts are your own so if you feel more confident about date night after your procedure that’s great and we support that desire. However, a lift may have a larger scar than augmentation, so we will talk about that as we plan. The next thing that you’ll want to focus on is the recovery time needed for both procedures. If you make that commitment and that’s reasonable for your lifestyle, then let’s book the appointment.
How long is my recovery?
Combining breast augmentation and lift means you’ll have one combined recovery period, which is a plus for some women. If you choose to have these procedures separately, then that’s fine too–you’re unique. Breast augmentation recovery involves a waiting period to see a reduction of swelling and slight bruising in the tissue, so you’re looking at three to six weeks for that. Once the swelling and bruising go down, then it’s time to allow the implants to settle if you have them. This healing period may take months, but you can go back to work in a couple of weeks. We say three to six months to see the final shape and sensitivity go down.
In consultation with Dr. Elias, all of these questions are answered and more by calling Southern California Center for Surgical Arts at 818-616-6685.