PLASTIC SURGERY BREAST LIFT / AUTO AUGMENTATION MASTOPEXY CHICAGO
Pregnancy, weight loss, breast feeding, and the ever-present gravitational forces can make a woman’s breasts sag and appear empty or deflated. Breast lift, with or without breast implants, is a surgical procedure to at least temporarily reshape sagging and often wide breasts.
Many women desire a breast lift or mastopexy, because pregnancy and breast feeding have left them with less volume in their breasts and stretched skin that has lost its elasticity. While there are no special risks that affect future pregnancies such as interference with breast feeding, Dr. Casas recommends postponing breast lift surgery until you have had all your children since pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.
Dr. Casas will examine your breasts she will discuss the variables that may affect the procedure including the size and shape of your breasts, the elasticity of your skin, and whether an implant is advisable. If your nipples point downward due to sagging of your breasts, Dr. Casas will discuss the proper higher repositioning of your nipple and areola during the procedure.
Typically, patients undergo local or general anesthesia for breast lift surgery. Techniques during the breast lift surgery vary, and together you will select the procedure and incisions that will best meet your expectations.
Dr. Casas has taught Plastic Surgeons her innovative technique, which she named Superior Pedicle Auto Augmentation Mastopexy, that uses your own breast tissue to create a new breast shape without using an implant. She published this technique in 2010 and has performed this procedure on over 130 patients. Often times patients prefer this procedure to breast lift and implant surgery because they are satisfied with their breast size and do not want to have larger breasts. Auto augmentation Mastopexy is typically performed under local anesthesia and patients return to normal activities the next day. Dr. Casas asks that you protect your breasts from excessive scarring by limiting your arm activity for six weeks. Dr. Casas and her staff will instruct you on safe ways to use your arms and the best bras to wear during your recovery. Most patients return to lower body exercise in three days.
After Superior Pedicle Auto Augmentation Mastopexy surgery, Dr. Casas will place bandages which will be removed after two to three days. Pain and bruising will be managed with supplements and medications.
Healing is a gradual process. You will be up and about in a day or two and you may return to work as soon as a few days, depending on how you feel. Dr. Casas will ask you to avoid lifting anything over your head for three to four weeks to prevent the scars from spreading.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage, administered by massage, is used after each procedure to reduce swelling. The number of sessions is individualized. It is important that patients follow a healthy lifestyle leading up to and following procedures, including non-smoking, a healthy diet and daily vitamins. Click here to learn more.
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