Category Archives: Breast Surgery

The Miracle of the Mommy Makeover

woman-holding-child-standing-in-oceanPregnancy and breastfeeding can dramatically change your body in ways that exercise and diet can’t reverse. This can be particularly discouraging in a place like Southern California where beach and bikini life never stops. The term “mommy makeover” refers to a custom combination of procedures intended to revive and refresh your body after pregnancy, so you can feel like you again. Continue reading

What to Expect from a Breast Lift

Woman smiling while holding breasts after a breast lift

A breast lift is a popular procedure that lifts sagging breasts back into a more youthful, perkier position. A breast lift on its own will not enlarge the breasts, but it can be combined with breast augmentation in order to improve both shape and size.

If you are interested in a breast lift, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced breast surgeons at UCI Plastic Surgery by calling 714-456-3077 to schedule your consultation.

What Can a Breast Lift Accomplish?

A breast lift is generally the best option if you have breasts that sag significantly, with nipples that point downward rather than straight forward. Sagging of the breasts can happen for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Age
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Massive weight loss

If your breasts only have minor sagging, then you may not need a full breast lift. Small breast implants can sometimes work to lift the breasts when sagging is not that pronounced.

In addition, if you want to enlarge your breasts as well as lift them, it is possible to combine a breast lift and a breast augmentation. Let your surgeon know what your goals are during your consultation so that he or she can help you decide on the best treatment plan.

What Is Recovery Like After a Breast Lift?

Immediately after your breast lift surgery, you will need someone to help you out around the house. You should rest and recover for the first few days while someone else takes care of household chores and child care. You’ll be prescribed painkillers, which you should take as needed.

Most patients are able to return to work within one to two weeks, depending on the extent of your surgery and how long it takes for you to feel ready. Each person is different, and you should listen to your body to determine when to return to work.

You’ll need to refrain from strenuous activity for a month or two, although light exercise such as walking is encouraged. Try not to lift weights or perform any exercise that puts strain on your pectoral muscles until you are cleared by your surgeon.

Scarring After a Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery does result in more scarring than breast augmentation alone. However, your scars should fade significantly over the course of a year, and most of our patients find that the end result of having perkier breasts is well worth the trade-off of scars.

Your surgeon will give you instructions for how to take care of any scarring in order to achieve the best results. There is always a chance that your scars will not heal well, but if that happens, there are ways to help correct the appearance of the scars.

If you are concerned about scarring from a breast lift, please bring it up during your consultation. Your surgeon will be more than happy to discuss potential outcomes with you.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you are interested in a breast lift, contact UCI Plastic Surgery today at 714-456-3077 to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in Orange, Costa Mesa, Tustin, and other nearby areas of southern California.

When Do You Need a Breast Implant Revision?

Woman wearing a black bra after breast revision surgeryBreast augmentation with implants is the most popular cosmetic surgery performed in America. With so many women having implants placed, it’s inevitable that sometimes breast implant revision surgery will be needed. There are a number of reasons a woman might choose to undergo revision surgery, ranging from dissatisfaction to complications.

Our breast revision surgeons at UCI Plastic Surgery have extensive experience helping you correct problems with your initial breast implants. Call us today at 714-456-3077 to schedule your initial consultation.

Reasons for Breast Augmentation Revision

Some of the most common reasons for needing or wanting a breast augmentation revision are:

  • Dissatisfaction with your final results
  • Capsular contracture
  • Ruptured implant
  • Implant that has migrated outside the pocket

If you don’t take the time to try out different sizes or if your communication with your surgeon wasn’t clear enough, it could lead to your final results being different than what you had hoped for. However, it also takes some time to get used to your new body shape, so most surgeons will recommend waiting for at least six months before even considering revision surgery.

Capsular contracture happens when scar tissue around the implant hardens and tightens, causing discomfort and aesthetic concerns. Capsular contracture can be treated without needing a full revision in some cases where it is caught early enough, so be sure to see your surgeon as soon as possible if you feel anything abnormal in your breast.

Ruptured or migrated implants will require revision surgery, as the implant must be taken out and repositioned (in the case of rupture, replaced).

What Does Revision Breast Surgery Cost?

The cost of revision breast surgery will depend on the extent and complexity of the surgical procedures necessary. Some types of surgery are more complex than others, such as capsular contracture removal or fixing an implant that has migrated towards the breastbone.

The cost will also be affected by whether or not you need a new implant. If you are repositioning your existing implants, you won’t need to factor in the cost of new implants. The cost may also be affected if you are switching from less expensive saline implants to more expensive silicone implants.

Our plastic surgeons will give you a quote for your revision surgery during your consultation. If you are concerned about the cost, please ask us about financing options for your procedure.

Recovery from Breast Augmentation Revision

Recovery from revision breast surgery is typically very similar to recovery from initial breast augmentation surgery. You will need to take some time off of work, and you will need to restrict your physical activities for at least 3 weeks.

We will prescribe pain medications to help with any discomfort for the first few days, and we will be available to answer any questions you may have during your recovery. We will give you comprehensive recovery instructions to help make sure you heal as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Schedule Your Breast Revision Consultation

If you need a breast revision for any reason, call UCI Plastic Surgery at 714-456-3077 to schedule your initial consultation. We serve patients in Orange, Costa Mesa, Tustin, and nearby areas of southern California.

Woman smiling on the beach in a white swimsuit after breast augmentation

Recovery After a Breast Augmentation

Woman smiling on the beach in a white swimsuit after breast augmentationIf you’re thinking about having a breast augmentation done, you’ve probably wondered about the recovery time. Will you need to take time off of work? How long before you can resume exercise and daily activities?

Luckily, breast augmentation recovery tends to be fairly easy for most patients. You shouldn’t have to miss more than a day or two of work (if you can have your surgery done over a long weekend, you may not need to miss any). Regular activities and light exercise can be resumed pretty quickly as well, although it’s important to take it easy and not over-exert yourself.

If you are interested in breast augmentation, call UCI Plastic Surgery today at 714-456-3077 to schedule your initial consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Timeline for Breast Augmentation Recovery

Each patient is different, and will have a slightly different healing experience. That being said, on average, the timeline for breast augmentation recovery looks something like this:

  • First 48 hours: Rest and relax at home. Take prescribed pain medication as needed. It’s best to have some help around the house so you don’t have to do any heavy lifting.
  • First week: Return to work if you have an office job that doesn’t require strenuous activity. Your breasts will be swollen and there may still be bruising; this is normal.
  • Second week: Resume light exercise, avoiding anything that may aggravate your breasts such as running or squatting with a bar. Avoid swimming or baths until your doctor gives you the okay. Immersing your breasts in still water may cause infection.

Swelling from a breast augmentation can last for a long time, and may cause your breasts to look uneven. This is normal and nothing to be worried about. It can take up to 3 months before you see your final results, so don’t be alarmed if your breasts don’t appear to be dropping as fast as you’d like.

Tips for a Fast and Easy Breast Augmentation Recovery

There are some things you can do to help your recovery go well. These include:

  • Follow your doctor’s post-op instructions to the letter
  • If you notice anything that seems wrong or if you have any questions, call your surgeon as soon as you can
  • Don’t push yourself too hard
  • Eat a healthy diet and make sure to drink lots of water

One of the biggest mistakes people make after breast augmentation surgery is pushing themselves too hard too fast. It’s important to get enough rest so that your body can heal properly. Even if you feel fine, don’t jump straight back into an intense exercise regimen or go run a 5k. Light walking and exercise is good, but listen to your body and don’t push yourself past your limits.

Each surgeon will have their own particular set of instructions for your post-op recovery, so make sure to listen to them. Their recommendations are based on years of knowledge and experience, and are the most important part of a good recovery.

Schedule Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

Breast augmentation is one of the most rewarding plastic surgery procedures we offer. If you are interested in enhancing the size and shape of your breasts, please call UCI Plastic Surgery at 714-456-3077 to schedule your consultation today.

We serve patients in Orange, Costa Mesa, and Tustin, CA.