In an era defined by social media, body consciousness is more prevalent than ever. Selfies flood our feeds and—perhaps surprisingly—the message being broadcast is increasingly encouraging. Influencers are proclaiming self-love and body positivity, and more and more women are picking up the torch and flaunting what they’ve got. Looking natural has become the trend.
When it comes to our breasts, however, some of us still struggle to love our reflections in the mirror. If this resonates with you, Barrett Plastic Surgery has a multitude of options meant to create a natural physique without surgical implants. We see more women choosing breast lifts, fat transfers and reductions—and even removing their implants—in order to create a feel great about their bodies. If you’re interested in natural-looking breast enhancement, one of the following options may be right for you.
As you age, your once-perky breasts begin to lose elasticity and may start to descend and droop, especially after pregnancy and nursing. A mastopexy—or breast lift—is a surgical procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts. It can also be used to adjust the position of the nipple or areola to create a more pleasing appearance overall for the breast.
Most women find it is optimal to delay a breast lift until they are finished having children since pregnancy and nursing can change your physique. Dr. Barrett offers a breast lift both as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with fat grafting, when necessary, to produce an optimal outcome. No matter which option you choose, you will see dramatic results that will last for many years.
General anesthesia is the most common choice for a breast lift, allowing you to be comfortably asleep during the procedure. Dr. Barrett performs these surgeries on an outpatient basis, so you can head home a few hours afterward to recover in comfort. At the beginning of the process, he injects a long-lasting numbing medication into the surgical site so that you wake up without pain. Dr. Barrett will meticulously close your incisions in five separate layers using a technique that minimizes tension in the area and ensures the incisions heal smoothly.
Although many women feel their breasts are too small, others have breasts that are disproportionately large and heavy. Besides making women feel self-conscious, massive, pendulous breasts can create strain in the neck, back and shoulders, or cause skin irritation under the breasts from excessive friction. In many cases, bra straps can create grooves into the shoulders.
Mammoplasty, or breast reduction, produces smaller, more manageable breasts by removing fat and glandular tissue while simultaneously tightening skin. This achieves a healthier proportion to the rest of the body. The effects of this procedure can be quite dramatic and will last a lifetime in most cases. Patients may receive almost instant relief from pain in the back, neck or shoulders and can often breathe easier without the additional weight on their front. Make sure to opt for the lollipop breast reduction to avoid additional horizontal scarring from the typical anchor technique.
While breast reduction is usually performed under general anesthesia, it is done on an outpatient basis. This means you are comfortably asleep throughout your procedure and able to return home several hours later. Recovery is often more comfortable than patients expect, and most are back to their daily routines within a week or less.
Fat transfer to the breast has recently become a very popular option for women who wish to avoid implants and their associated risks and maintenance. The process involves taking excess, unwanted fat from one region of the body using liposuction and carefully grafting the fat drop by drop to sculpt and enlarge the breasts. More fat is grafted at the time of surgery because there is a modest amount of fat reabsorption that occurs after surgery. Grafting the fat quickly after it is harvested is key to fat survivability.
Dr. Barrett has extensive experience in the latest fat transfer techniques and performs this comprehensive treatment on women who have a variety of contouring goals they would like to achieve. The procedure is safe, long-lasting, well-tolerated and produces natural-looking results. To qualify for this procedure, you will need to be in good health and have sufficient fat in another area that can be used to augment the breasts. A single fat transfer procedure can usually increase breast size by approximately one-half cup. Women that want to go larger may need an additional fat transfer treatment or a combination of implants and fat transfer to produce the desired result.
The liposuction portion of your procedure will be performed under general anesthesia or twilight sedation. The removed fat cells are harvested and prepared for injection, and multiple injections are placed into the breasts to produce a symmetrical, natural shape. You will likely experience some mild swelling and bruising around the incision sites, but pain should be minimal. Most activities can be resumed within about four days, although strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks to give the treatment area sufficient healing time.
Choosing the Right Doctor
Breast enhancements are a standard plastic surgery procedure, and many surgeons perform them throughout Beverly Hills, so it’s critical you find a doctor you trust. Dr. Barrett is board-certified and has extensive experience in this area. He is one of very few plastic surgeons who utilize the lollipop incision pattern for lifts and reductions instead of the traditional anchor pattern, which reduces the amount of noticeable scarring after surgery. His five-layer closure for incisions further minimizes scarring by using non-reactive sutures. Lastly, his liposuction technique is safe and effectively reduces additional fat around the stubborn axilla area and bra line.
Because Dr. Barrett’s primary concern is your safety, he will carefully assess various factors to ensure your procedure will produce the results you seek. He personally attends to his patients during the initial consultation and at follow-up visits to ensure all questions and concerns are addressed.
Every woman deserves to feel great in the skin she’s in, so let Barrett Plastic Surgery give you the opportunity to shine. Contact our office today for a consultation and join the ranks of the women demonstrating just how beautiful confidence can be.