Question: I have one breast that is larger than the other. I would like an implant to increase the size of the smaller breast. How long does this surgery take? Is it done while I am under general anesthesia?
Answer: Placing one implant takes about 45 minutes to one hour. However, very often it is necessary to do some procedure on the other breast for symmetry whether it is a small implant or a lift. All of these procedures usually are done under general anesthesia but they can also be done under what is called twilight anesthesia which is a form of deep sedation where the patient does not feel anything but is breathing on her own. This type of anesthesia provides a much more comfortable recovery and decreased time overall to leave the recovery room and this is a type of anesthesia that is preferred by most patients.
Question: I am finished with breast feeding and plan not to have any more children. My right breast is noticeably bigger than the left and they both droop. I want a breast lift and augmentation. What procedure do you use for the implant, under the muscle and what type of implant do you prefer?
Answer: When examining a patient who has very asymmetrical breasts, meaning one is larger than the other and breasts that droop, many options area available. First, a breast lift alone can sometimes be all that is needed if the patient has sufficient breast tissue that can be lifted and sculpted into a pleasing shape. However, usually on the smaller side, it is necessary to place an implant. So sometimes either one implant is sufficient or two implants can be used, just different size implants, in order to achieve symmetry. The implants would be placed under the muscle since this gives a much more natural look and more natural feel and about 80% of patients in our practice to request and prefer silicone implants because they do feel much more natural.
Posted by Dr. Allison Pontius in Breast Lift on March 25th
I have stretch marks on my breasts. Will they be able to be removed during my breast lift?
During a breast lift a certain amount of skin is removed as part of the procedure. If the stretch marks are contained within this area, then of course they will be removed and the appearance will be significantly improved. However, stretch marks that lie outside the normal area of skin excision will remain but overall their appearance should be significantly improved because once the breast tissue is lifted and sculpted, stretch marks are very much attenuated and sometimes much less noticeable.
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