Auto-Augmentation Breast Lift
After having children or losing a substantial amount of weight, many women notice that their breasts have a drooping or sagging appearance. The only way to improve this condition, known as ptosis, is to surgically elevate and reshape the breast, in a procedure commonly known as a breast lift.
In some cases, such as when there is substantial breast asymmetry or a woman wants smaller breasts after surgery, a traditional breast lift is the best option. However, because excess skin and tissue are removed as part of a traditional breast lift, the end result is that the breasts will be somewhat smaller after surgery, and many women would prefer an increased breast size instead.
For women who want a lift and augmentation result, there are two options. For substantial augmentation, a breast lift can be combined with breast implants. For a subtler augmentation that retains prior breast volume and size, Dr. Richard Rand performs a specialized “auto-augmentation” breast lift technique.
About Auto-Augmentation Breast Lifts
Dr. Rand invented his unique version of the auto-augmentation breast lift to save the excess skin that is normally removed during a breast lift and tuck it back into the breast, thereby retaining all a patient’s breast volume and size.
Auto-augmentation breast lifts still will result in some scarring on the breasts themselves. In the end, breast lifting is a trade for shape, tone, and youthful looking breasts for the scars it takes to perform the surgery. Women who have an auto-augmentation breast lift but who want even larger breasts after surgery can still have an additional surgery to insert breast implants if they choose. Most women who have enough sculpting material to work with using the auto-augmentation technique are very happy with their results and do not come back for additional implant surgeries.
How an Auto-Augmentation Breast Lift Is Performed
The initial step in Dr. Rand’s version of the auto-augmentation breast lift is for him to tailor tack both breasts into aesthetic shaped, conical breast mounds with visible and measurable symmetry. This allows him to determine where incisions need to be made and what tissue will be removed. The excess skin’s outer layer (epidermis) is removed so that this skin is properly prepared to be tucked inside the breast envelope, where it will help to maintain a patient’s breast size. Incisions are the traditional T or anchor shaped scar, as this gives the best shape in the long term.
This form of breast lift also has the side benefit of carrying a minimal chance of numbness because the surgery does not dive deeply into the breast as compared to other techniques.
After Your Breast Lift: What to Expect
Most of our auto-augmentation breast lift patients are ready to return to work after about 1 week and resume exercise in 3 weeks. Mild bruising and some swelling should be expected. Dr. Rand will prescribe medication to control discomfort. Scars will initially be pink and slightly raised, fading and flattening out in the months after surgery. Scars rarely if ever disappear completely but women who have auto-augmentation breast lifts find that scars are an acceptable trade-off for an improved breast shape and position.
How Long Do Results Last?
Women can expect long-lasting results after auto-augmentation breast lift surgery. Poor skin elasticity and lack of firmness can cause the breasts to sag and droop again over time. Dr. Rand carefully plans each surgery and only rarely needs to perform revision surgery. The nipple will almost always stay youthful and elevated where he has designed it to be.
Dr. Rand is a board certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience performing breast lifts for women in the greater Seattle and Bellevue area. Together with his expert staff at the Northwest Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rand ensures that you feel confident and informed before moving forward with breast surgery.
Contact our office in Bellevue, Washington today to learn more about auto-augmentation breast lift surgery.