In my practice, I see a lot of patients who are concerned that their breasts are showing their age. Growing older naturally leads to changes in reproductive hormones that dictate the tissue and structure of breasts. The result is that, over time, your breasts begin to lose their firmness and fullness. While this process is completely natural, many women understandably wish to reverse these signs of age. Here are three tips for maintaining full, youthful-looking breasts.
When it comes to the aging body, it’s important to eliminate as many factors as possible that could do further damage. While the fact that that cigarette smoking is bad for your health may be common knowledge, did you know smoking can also be bad for your breasts? Smoking cigarettes has been directly correlated with premature sagging. This is one habit to cut out that your body will thank you for!
Wear Supportive Bras
Are your bras giving you the support you need? A bra that fits properly may be the simplest and most effective solution for slowing the downward decline of breast tissue. Not only can a well-fitted, supportive bra help you look great, some extra support now can also help prevent further sagging down the road.
Consider a Breast Lift
If your breasts are sagging considerably, consider the benefits of a breast lift. I often perform this procedure on women who are concerned with fallen breasts. With a lift, the breasts are elevated and reshaped to give your figure a more youthful, perky appearance.
Aging breasts are a natural part of life, but with today’s surgical techniques, there’s no reason to let sagging breasts bring down your self-esteem. Consider these suggestions to help you look as young on the outside as you feel on the inside.
Originally developed as a soft tissue replacement for a number of different medical procedures, acellular dermal matrix (ADM) has proven particularly useful in the realm of breast surgery. Here’s a closer look at some of the benefits incorporating ADM has to offer.
1. Adds Strength to Surgical Pocket
Implant displacement is one of the reasons that my patients may request breast implant revision surgery. Although a shift in implant position can occur for any number of reasons, a compromise of the surgical pocket is one of the most common. This is particularly of concern for women suffering from synmastia, sometimes called “breadloafing,” where the central division between the breasts is compromised. During revision surgery, I can use ADM to rebuild and strengthen the implant pocket in order to help prevent future implant migration.
2. Prevents Surface Rippling
Although initially used for structural purposes, some surgeons have incorporated ADM as an added layer over implants (particularly saline implants) in order to help limit the potential for visible rippling after cosmetic breast augmentation. This use of ADM can be particularly helpful for women who are naturally thin and have little existing breast tissue for coverage over the implant.
3. Limits Capsular Contracture after Reconstruction
Capsular contracture is a potential complication following cosmetic breast augmentation, but develops more frequently in cases of implant-based breast reconstruction. Recent studies show that the development of capsular contracture—both initial and recurrent—may be significantly reduced by fully covering the implant with acellular dermal matrix at the time of insertion.
With an increasing number of women turning toward the combination of radiation plus lumpectomy as an alternative to mastectomy, the question of how to improve breast contours after surgery has become even more pressing. How can concerns over permanent indentations or a damaged-looking breast be put to rest? Oncoplastic surgery may hold the solution.
The Aftereffects of a Lumpectomy
The advances in medical technology have opened new doors for women in terms of effective cancer treatment. Many oncologists, in combination with reconstructive breast surgeons, are making a committed effort to preserve as much natural breast tissue as possible. To this end, radiation is becoming more commonly used to shrink the cancerous growth down to a size where a lumpectomy can be performed, bypassing the immediate need for a mastectomy.
The question of whether reconstruction could be necessary after a lumpectomy is one that remains, however. Any removal of tissue from anywhere in the body could potentially leave behind a dent or unfavorable scar, and the breast is no exception. In fact, some doctors may recommend against a lumpectomy out of concern that a deformed breast would be the result, and suggest that reconstructing the entire breast is preferable.
In my practice, I specialize in oncoplastic surgery, which combines lumpectomy with reshaping of the natural breast tissue for smooth, natural-looking contours. I feel that a less invasive alternative to mastectomy is the preference for many of my patients, and taking a more comprehensive and coordinated approach that involves a team of skilled medical professionals across a range of disciplines can give you the opportunity for a beautiful final result without the need for reconstruction.