Breast Augmentation / Lift / Reduction
BREAST AUGMENTATION: BEFORE AND AFTER PERI-AREOLAR BREAST AUGMENTATION SILICONE GEL 375 CC
During your consultation with Doctor Cenedese, options of size, shape and implant type will be reviewed. Our goal is to choose the best approach and implant for your breasts and body. Implants may be inserted around the areola (nipple), underneath the breast, through the axilla (armpit) or umbilicus. Implant placement behind the muscle is preferred by most patients. A more natural, sloping upper and outer breast shape is achieved. The belly button approach is indicated in women who will not accept any scars near the breast. Only saline filled implants can be inserted through this incision.
Obtaining maximum cleavage is an important goal. The amount of cleavage that we can obtain is determined by the original distance between the breasts and pectoral muscle insertions. The larger the implants and the closer together they are placed increase the resulting amount of cleavage.
The procedure lasts under two hours. You can recover and go home two hours later. Most patients experience some pain but can return to their new lifestyle in a few days.
The safety of breast augmentation has become possible after 40 years of refining the technique and extensive product research.
Saline filled implants are placed through smaller incisions surrounding the areola or through the armpit or umbilicus. They are then filled with a special fill tube through a self sealing valve built into the silastic shell of the implant. I prefer smooth implants as opposed to textured implants as they feel softer. There are fewer infectious complications as opposed to textured implants. The saline implant results in a very soft breast. They are ideally suited for the women who begins with adequate breast tissues and desires aone to two cup increase in size. Saline implants can be inserted through the umbilicus resulting in a scar-less breast. This procedure although somewhat more technically demanding results in a very natural appearance. Modifications in implant position are the most frequent reason for revision surgery. The axillary incision and approach requires more cutting of the central pectoral muscles to prevent the implant from being pushed back and out towards the axilla. We have seen several patients with implants which have been placed or forced up or out resulting in too wide a space between or high lying breasts. Implants tend to settle from one half to an inch over the first two years.
Patients requesting a more natural appearance will realize this as time passes. The umbilical or axillary approaches may necessitate an additional incision in another area if repositioning becomes necessary. High profile saline implants appear to ripple less. Unless your breast and chest are broad these are my preferred implant style. If there is inadequate tissue to cover the implant or you desire to increase more than two cup sizes I suggest the use of gel filled implants. When saline implants leak there is no pain but the breast will decrease in size over a few weeks. Replacement of a leaking saline implant if addressed within a month is straight forward and nearly painless. The rate of leaking is higher than that of silicone gel filled implants.
Silicone Gel implants on the other hand feel slightly firmer but more natural. The majority of my patients have been selecting silicone gel implants. This follows the European and South American trends where saline implants are rarely used.
Since it is difficult to properly place a silicone gel implant larger than 350 cc from the axilla I have been using a new technique which makes the peri-areolar incision even less prominent than in the past. The statistics collected by the manufacturers indicate these to leak less often than saline filled implants.
Silicone gel implants have become accepted as patients are becoming more aware of their safety, natural feel and appearance. Gel implants have recently been approved by the FDA as safe for the average patient. Silicone gel implants have been used for 30 years. Advances in design and manufacturing have made the latest implants more resistant to leaking yet maintaining a natural feel. A leaking gel implant can be replaced without complicated surgery if addressed within a few months of leakage. Failure of a silicone implant is usually detected by a change in shape or firmness of the affected breast. Mammography, sonogram and MRI are helpful in confirming a suspected leak. Please refer to http://www.siliconegelimplant.com
for more information.
A new subfascial technique allows placement of implants below the firm layer of tissue overlying the muscle. Especially useful for fitness models and bodybuilders this produces more cleavage as well as a natural appearance with less pain and manipulation of the pectoral muscles. Although the most reliable approach is using a one inch scar around the areola, the belly button, arm pit and infra-mammary incisions are options.
BREAST LIFT: BEFORE AND AFTER BREAST LIFT LOLLIPOP TECHNIQUE
BEFORE AND 6 WEEKS AFTER BREAST LIFT
When breast skin has stretched causing drooping a lift may be of benefit. A breast lift is performed by removing the skin above and below the areola which surrounds the nipple. The nipple/areola are left attached to the breast tissue thus preserving sensation and the ducts necessary for breast-feeding. The breast and nipple become higher, perkier and fuller in appearance. Improvements are long lasting unless you undergo large changes in breast size from weight changes or breast-feeding. Thin scars around the areola extending to the bottom of the breast “lollipop incision” must be accepted. In breasts which are low but the nipples do not point down a peri-areola mastopexy may provide enough breast lift. In addition to lifting this technique can adjust nipple position and size limiting the scar to around the nipple-areola.
Girls now you have gone and done it! We can now accommodate your requests for bigger, more projecting nipples is As our demands become more sophisticated we have techniques to accomplish this. For many years nipple enlargement was part of total breast reconstruction. The very same techniques can be used for cosmetic enhancement. The procedures involve minimal incisions and buried sutures. The risks however include difficulties with milk ejection, diminished sensation and rarely cyst development deep to the nipple areola.
The areola can be decreased in size by excision or increased with medical tattooing. Nipple projection can be increased without major surgery and a low rate of sensory loss. Nipples can also be reducedand de-projected.
Breast Augmentation With Your Own Fat
I am excited about the recent research documenting the safety of breast augmentation with fat injection. I have performed the procedure for many years with success and minimal side effects or complications. Fat suctioned from the waist, thighs or hips is injected into the breast. We can add fat to the upper and inner poles of the breast thus achieving breast reshaping without having to increase the size dramatically. With a recuperative downtime of only one to two days an augmentation of one half breast size is obtainable per session with a total increase of one and a half breast size after two to three sessions. Breasts feel totally natural. Once the fat takes I have not seen it resorb. If you lose weight chances are that your breasts will decrease in size as well. Benign calcifications are distinguishable from malignant appearing ones. I know of no reports of increased prevalence of breast cancer associated with fat injection or implant augmentation.
BEFORE AND 4 MONTHS AFTER TRANSAXILLARY SALINE IMPLANT BREAST AUGMENTATION
BREAST IMPLANT CORRECTION WITH 350CC GEL