Breast surgery is a big decision. It can be combined with an implant, fat, even a lift. Now with the latest techniques, scarring can be minimized and virtually unnoticeable. The Wall Center in Shreveport, Louisiana encourages patients to consider all their options prior to deciding on a procedure.
By Simeon Wall Jr., MD and Holly Casey Wall, MD
and Beverly Brooks
The Plastic Surgery Channel
“Many times women will come into our practice and take a strong stand against having a ‘lift’,” says Simeon Wall, Jr. MD. “You may be concerned about a long recovery, however a breast lift doesn’t add much if any downtime; you can be active in a day or two.”
Breast Lift Combined with Implant
New statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) show a 70% increase in breast lifts since 2000. The procedure outpaces implants by two to one. While a breast lift can help defy the signs of gravity, it won’t add volume. A breast lift combined with a breast augmentation can create the most significant changes in appearance.
“We really want long lasting results,” says Simeon Wall, Jr. MD. “We want to make our patients happy – sometimes not operating is the best solution, other times it’s doing the right procedure at the right time for the longest lasting results. At our practice, combining a lift with an augmentation often reduces the need for revision surgery later on.”
A woman’s breasts change over time due to a variety of reasons:
- Weight fluctuations
How Noticeable are the Scars?
“Scarring has decreased so much in the past few years,” says Simeon Wall, Jr. MD. “Scars are barely visible nine months post surgery.”
At the Wall Center, a ‘short scar’ breast lift technique (also called the vertical or lollipop lift) is used. That’s where the incision is made around the areola and then straight down to the breast crease. This technique, with an exceptionally skilled surgeon, eliminates the scar that runs along the breast crease, and provides a more enhanced breast shape.
When Can I Go Back To Work?
Recovery is on a case by case basis. Many patients at the Wall Center return to office jobs within a few days of breast surgery. Those who need to do heavy lifting may require a bit more time. It’s always best to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for an accurate assessment, specific to your surgery.