BREAST LIFT WITH AUTOAUGMENTATION
One of the new advances in plastic surgery is the breast lift with autoaugmentation. A breast lift, or also call mastopexy corrects ptosis (sagging or drooping) of the breast. Most women seeking a breast lift are looking for natural, youthfully shaped, and appropriately sized breasts, which are similar in shape and appearance to what they used to have when they were younger, or before pregnancy. There are different techniques to surgically treat ptosis, or sagginess of the breast; popular forms include the inverted T shape techniques, the conventional vertical scar methods, and circumareolar techniques.
A newer addition to the breast lift is a breast lift with autoaugmentation. Autoaugmentation refers to reshaping the breast tissue, not only by lifting it up, but also reinforcing the support of the breast from the inside (under the skin) by shifting supportive elements of breast tissue. This addition gives significantly improved breast projection and upper breast fullness so that it looks like a naturally occurring breast augmentation using your own tissue. Although the cup size of your breast will not change (unless you request this) your breast shape, and its enhanced projection will make it appear more youthful and enlarged.
There are many surgical techniques that are used to perform a beast lift. They may be divided in to 3 groups:
1. The techniques that rely on the skin envelope of the breast to form the new shape. These techniques are often associated with unpleasing wide scars from tension, or puckering of the tissue, with little projection of the central mound of the breast and a flat widened breast shape. In addition there is a less predicable change in breast shape over time.
2. ”Internal support“ techniques (developed in the 1980’s). Here the breast skin is draped over a sculptured and reinforced mound with much less skin tension, yielding a much finer scar. In addition, the breast shape is improved with shorter scars.
3. The breast lift with autoaugmentation technique builds on the previous breast lift techniques and has significantly enhanced breast projection and superior pole of the breast fullness (signs of a more youthful breast shape). This is accomplished by further rearrangement of the breast tissue without relying in placement of the breast tissue under the chest wall muscle (pectoralis major muscle) in order to achieve this projection. With this approach excellent results are achieved, without causing concerns related to the detection and treatment of breast cancer. As all women are at some risk of breast cancer, tissue placed below a natural barrier to cancer, spread (the pectoralis muscle) is more of a concern, as it may be more difficult to detect growth, and may be more difficult to treat effectively.
It is the goal of Dr Bianca Knoll to give you the most effective and safe operative
approaches to achieve the desired improvements in breast shape, that you seek.
Most of Dr Bianca Knoll’s breast lift with autoaugmentation procedures can be performed safely in an ambulatory setting.
Depending on your general health, and your personal comfort an overnight stay in the hospital might be preferred. Dr Knoll and her team will be happy to provide you with further information about the breast lift with autoaugmentation procedure and answer your questions during your consultation in our office.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR A BREAST LIFT WITH AUTOAUGMENTATION?
Good candidates for a breast lift with autoaugmentation are usually patients that are considering a breast lift, wanting a perkier look, but do not wish to have a breast implant placed. You are a good candidate for a breast lift with autoaugmentation, if you still have some breast tissue remaining. Patients with minimal breast tissue are not good candidates, since the surgical technique requires a sufficient amount of breast tissue that can be shaped and worked with. Patients who are looking for the same round and full appearance on the upper part of your breast, as you generally see with breast implants, also may not be a good candidate. The reason is, that your own tissue just behaves differently than an implant. A breast lift with autoaugmentation will never give you a round upper pole like an implant. A breast lift with autoaugmentation is somewhere in between the result of a conventional breast lift and a breast augmentation. Usually the result is perkier than the conventional breast lift but less than the result of a breast augmentation. During your consultation, Dr Knoll will carefully listen to your concerns and examine you. She will then discuss these findings with you, and explain your available options during your consultation in our Frankfurt office.
WHAT TO EXPECT UNDERGOING A BREAST LIFT WITH AUTOAUGMENTATION
The success of a breast lift with autoaugmentation procedure is clearly dependent on the meticulous planning, realistic expectations, aesthetic sense of your surgeon, and skilled surgical performance of your surgery. Patients are often concerned about visible scarring. The incisions are conducted in a „Lollipop“ – type pattern. Although the incisions will be closed tediously and precise, the incisions still might be noticable depending on the individual healing and scar formation. A breast lift autoaugmentation is commonly performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient and takes about 3 hours. Depending on your general health and your personal comfort, you may prefer an overnight stay in the hospital. After your breast lift with autoaugmentation you will have some swelling and bruising, which gradually subsides within the following weeks.
BREAST LIFT WITH AUTOAUGMENTATION RECOVERY
A breast lift autoaugmentation is not described by our patients as very painful. Most of our patients describe more a burning or pulling sensation. During your post-operative recovery you will wear a support bra for about 6 weeks, and you will see Dr Knoll in her Frankfurt office regularly for dressing changes and check ups. The vast majority of our breast lift patients will undergo their surgery without using any drains. Initially the breasts will be swollen and bruised.The amount of bruising and swelling can vary from patient to patient, but Dr Knoll’s office will provide you with helpful pre and post-operative care information. Dr Bianca Knoll and her staff will have your best interest at heart, and will do everything they can to have your surgery go well, and your recovery proceed smoothly, safely and with the least amount of discomfort possible.
We are happy to provide you with further information about the breast lift with autoaugmentation procedure and answer your questions during your consultation in Dr Bianca Knoll’s office.
BREAST LIFT WITH AUTOAUGMENTATION COSTS
The costs of a breast lift with autoaugmentation may vary depending on the complexity, length of the procedure and the details involved. Usually there are 3 different costs associated with a surgery: the surgeon’s fee, hospital fee, and anesthesia fee.
Dr Bianca Knoll’s office in Frankfurt will provide you with a detailed cost proposal including all these 3 different costs after your consultation. During your office consultation with Dr. Knoll you will be thoroughly examined, allowing us to provide you information pertains to surgery, pre-operative testing requirements and cost associated with your individualized surgery plan. For these reasons a consultation in our Frankfurt office is strongly encouraged. If you wish to have additional information or would like to schedule a consultation please contact the office of Dr Bianca Knoll, we will be happy to assist you.
We understand that it can be impartial for some of our out of town/ international patients to travel to Frankfurt for an initial consultation. For this reason, Dr. Knoll offers online consultations. By submitting a series of photographs, information about your desired outcome, and a little about yourself, we can start to determine if you are a good candidate. Though a virtual consultation starts the conversation, it does have it’s limitations and does not replace the need to be seen in person for a traditional consultation to finalize plans for a procedure.