Top Breast Lift Trends – Best Practices for Breast Uplifting Surgery
Find out more about Breast Lift Surgery Trends and Surgical Best practices in this Video by Dr Craig Rubinstein – chosen as a top Breast and Tummy Plastic Surgeon in Melbourne.
Watch the Top Breast Lift Surgery Trends Video with Dr Craig Rubinstein
Breast Lift Surgery involves the raising and reshaping of the breasts, making them firmer and putting them back where they used to be. A Breast Lift (with or without adding breast implants) is a procedure for women who are battling the forces of nature and sagging breasts. Droopy breasts are the after-effects of pregnancy, ageing, or other genetic or environmental factors.
Dr Craig Rubinstein explains his Seven top Breast Lift Surgery trends which include –
- Using the Minimal Scar technique – Lollipop or Le Jour technique
- Preservation of nipple sensitivity and the ability to breastfeed
- The ‘Internal bra’ surgical technique for added breast support
- Drain-free surgery where possible
- Not using external stitches – using internal dissolvable stitches instead
- More Patient requests for rapid recovery and minimal downtime after surgery
- The provision of all-inclusive personalized post-operative management
Top Breast Lift Surgery Trends
Trend #1 – Using the Minimal scar technique (Lollipop or Le Jour)
When we mention the word “surgery”, incisions and scars come to mind. Most patients need the lift but don’t want the scars. After a significant amount of research and many, plastic surgeons have come up with special techniques that can minimize the size and visibility of the Breast Lift scars. The use of Le Jour technique to create a minimal scar in the shape of a Lollipop is Dr Craig’s preferred option for breast lifting surgery.
Which surgical technique is better for Breast lifting? – The classic Anchor technique or newer Lollipop technique?
The anchor breast lift is a very effective surgical treatment for breast uplifting. The name of the procedure comes from the shape of the incision needed to do the surgery: a nautical anchor.
Three incisions are made on the breast:
- One around the areola in the shape of a circle
- The other is made downwards from the areola to the breast crease
- The last long incision is made along the breast crease found under the breast (The one is avoided with a Lollipop lift)
The lollipop breast lift involves only two surgical incisions: a ring around the areola and one straight incision from the bottom of the areola towards the breast crease. These incisions allow greater flexibility in adjusting the breast size and it is much easier to hide the cuts made on the skin. This technique is much more popular due to the fact that the scars are smaller.
Animated Video of a Breast Lift Surgery with Anchor technique
(This shows the classic Anchor technique – not the Lollipop technique used by Dr Craig)
Trend #2 – Preservation of nipple sensitivity and the ability to breastfeed
The nipple has two parts: the nipples and the areola. The nipple is attached to the milk ducts, allowing mothers to breastfeed their babies. Aside from minimizing scars, women would like to preserve the sensitivity of their nipples and ensure that their breasts are still capable of breastfeeding. There is no guarantee that the nipple will remain as sensitive as it was before the surgery but luckily, due to the development and studies of breast lift surgery, there is a higher chance of sustaining or keeping the sensitivity of the nipple.
How to preserve nipple sensitivity after surgery
One technique in keeping the preservation of nipple sensitivity would be to avoid the nerves below the nipple. The surgery ensures that the nipples are to be made a “normal size”, in symmetry with good sensitivity so the patient would have no feeling of numbness or discomfort.
With the meticulous surgical technique, it is achievable to retain or keep the sensitivity of the nipple—though there is a possibility of numbness for some time during healing.
Once breasts have healed without any complications, the sensitivity can go back to normal.
Trend #3 – The ‘Internal bra’ surgical technique for added breast support
The internal bra technique is a term that patients and doctors have been hearing a lot these past months. It is used in complex breast augmentation cases, breast reduction, and lift procedures. Though it is called an “internal bra”, it does not signify that it will definitely replace the use of a bra but instead create a much better way to support the breast internally.
The technique is also used to correct implant complications such as Symmastia and “double bubble”. Symmastia is when the skin and muscle between the breasts detaches and the two pockets of tissue that hold implants become one. A double bubble is a deformity where the implant drops down behind the natural breast crease. To fix these deformities, the surgeon will tighten or strengthen the pocket so that the implants will be held in a better and correct position.
What happens during the internal bra procedure?
- The main goal of this procedure is to control the position, shape, or implant of the breast so that the breast may be supported internally. A common technique or method would be to use a permanent or semi-permanent suture.
Trend #4 – Drain-free surgery where possible
The fourth top breast lift trend would be reducing the use of drain tubes. Drain tubes are placed at the end of different types of plastic surgeries such as gynecomastia (male breast reduction), tummy tuck surgery, and breast reduction. The main purpose of the tubes is to remove the excess blood and fluid from the site or area where the surgery took place – but drains can be difficult to manage and may be painful when removed..
Most surgery procedures do not need drain tubes but many factors are taken into account and Dr Craig makes this decision on a case by case basis and will use them only if required.
Trend #5 – Not using external stitches (internal dissolvable stitches instead)
External stitches need to be removed and are rarely used in breast lift surgery. Dissolvable stitches are used in favor of external stitching for breast lift procedures. These are absorbed readily into the skin. Used to close incisions, they are considered safe and are designed to disappear over time. There are different variables and each body is considered different as well, so the definite time of recovery will vary with each patient.
These factors include:
- How the surgical procedure went
- The dissolvable stitches used
- The healing ability of the patient’s
- The size of the sutures
It is important to note that you should not touch or ever try to remove any stitches by yourself, and instead contact the doctor or clinic.
Trend #6 – Patient requests for rapid recovery and minimal downtime
Rapid recovery is defined as a method post-surgery that would help shorten the recovery time of the patient. After a successful surgery, a successful recovery is usually what follows next.
Different doctors have mostly similar methods and here are the steps:
- The first step is to take care of the body
- Next is to stay hydrated and eat well to give the body good nutrients
- Stay hygienic and follow surgeon directions for post-op care at home
- Avoid doing anything strenuous, but make sure to stretch every now and then unless contraindicated.
- Do simple stretching after surgery as advised
- Continue regular movement – comfortably
- Take pain medication as prescribed to keep pain levels at a healthy and comfortable level
Repeating these steps can help you recover well. Note that each patient is different so the recovery process will vary. It is important to consult with your doctor about which activities you can and can’t do.
Trend #7 – The provision of all-inclusive personalized post-operative management
After surgery, Dr Craig and his team will follow-up and ensure you are comfortable. This includes checking on any pain levels, healing of your wound, emotional support and organising follow-up appointments. We have advanced specialised lasers, healite LED and other treatments to accelerate your healing and recovery post-surgery.
Other Top Trends in Surgery
- Top Tummy Tuck Trends – Best Practices in Abdominoplasty Surgery with Dr Craig Rubinstein
- Top Breast Reduction Trends – Best practices for Breast Reduction Surgery by Dr Craig Rubinstein
Real Patient Breast Lift Surgery Before and After Photos
To view some of Dr Rubinstein’s previous breast lift patients, please click the image below. This will direct you to the breast lift before and after gallery.
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