Implant Removal With Auto-Augmentation Breast Lift and/or Fat Grafting
About Implant Removal With Auto Augmentation Technique
Removing implants may lead you to think of deflated breasts with excess skin. That’s not the case with our auto-augmentation technique which can lift and restore shape to your breasts after the removal of your breast implants.
Dr. Bajaj has successfully performed numerous breast implant removals with mastopexy using an auto-augmentation technique to meet her patient’s needs. Breast implant removal with mastopexy using an auto-augmentation technique provides patients with a lift and a slight increase in breast size by using the patient’s own tissue. This can be achieved without the need for implants. Other women may also choose to undergo fat grafting at the same time to further enhance the size and shape of their breasts.
Minimal Loss of Fullness
Many women are concerned that a lift alone will not restore fullness to their breasts. Dr. Bajaj’s approach to breast augmentation and revision surgeries is that if a woman is happy with the overall size of her breasts and is only concerned with shape, then you don’t need implants. This is contrary to what many other plastic surgeons say, encouraging women to get implants to achieve upper pole fullness. Dr. Bajaj, on the other hand, uses excess tissue in other parts of the breasts to achieve a fuller result. Many women – particularly those who have lost a lot of weight – have excess tissue on the sides of the chest (the lateral extensions.) This tissue can be rotated towards the breast, helping women achieve a fuller breast.
Benefits To An Auto Augmentation Breast Lift
This procedure is particularly effective for women who desire improved contour and shape to their breasts, but do not want implants. Auto-augmentation without implants is beneficial because it doesn’t have the added risks associated with breast implants such as implant rupture, capsular contracture, implant-related infections, or the costs of requiring breast implant replacement in the future. Assuming you maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine, the results should be long-lasting.
Candidates For A Implant Removal
This procedure is frequently performed on women interested in removing their implants, but concerned about the shape and contour post-removal. It may also be a good procedure for patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, leaving their breasts less deflated. For this procedure to be successful, you should be at a healthy and stable weight prior to undergoing surgery. For weight loss patients, it is particularly important that they are committed to maintaining a healthy diet high in protein and an exercise routine following the surgery for long-lasting results. You should also be in good general health, not suffer from chronic conditions that could impair your ability to heal, and be a non-smoker, as smoking can negatively impact healing. You should be psychologically ready for cosmetic surgery and have realistic goals and expectations which you will be able to discuss with Dr. Bajaj.
Auto Augmentation vs Fat Transfer
Auto-augmentation is not the same as a fat transfer procedure. While neither requires the use of implants, there are differences between the two procedures. With auto-augmentation, your own tissue is rotated and repositioned to achieve breast fullness. This means that the tissue retains its original blood supply, making the results more predictable and long-lasting. Fat transfer procedures use liposuction to harvest fat cells from elsewhere on the body. The fat cells are then cleaned and injected into the breasts. They have no original blood supply and therefore must “take” to the new area. About 50-70% of the injected fat cells will ‘take.’ Not all the cells will be able to secure a blood supply and many will be naturally processed out of the body. For this reason, patients often require multiple fat transfer procedures to achieve their desired results. This can be time-consuming and costly. An alternative is to combine auto-augmentation with the fat transfer which may be a better option for some women. To learn more, call our office to schedule a consultation.
Preparation for Breast Removal and Lift
In anticipation of the surgery, you should:
- Fill any medications prescribed by Dr. Bajaj.
- Make arrangements for a responsible adult to pick you up from surgery and spend the first 24 hours with you to assist with anything you may require.
- Quit smoking (if applicable) and do not consume alcohol in the days leading up to the surgery.
- Dr. Bajaj will provide you with more detailed information on how to prepare for the surgery at the time of the consultation.
The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. On average, the procedure lasts about two to three hours. After surgery you will be placed a in a post-surgical bra and taken to the recovery area.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Breast Lift Surgery?
Recovery from the surgery is comparable to recovery from a standard breast lift. Most women are able to return to work within one week; however, you will want to wait 2-3 weeks before resuming strenuous activity like working out. Following surgery, you will also receive detailed instructions regarding care during your recovery.
If you are interested in breast implant removal with auto-augmentation breast lift technique, you should request a personal consultation with Dr. Bajaj at her Oklahoma City office. The consultation will set the groundwork for the rest of your surgical experience. Dr. Bajaj will ask you questions about why you are interested in this specific procedure, any cosmetic work you’ve had done in the past, and post-surgical goals. Please inform the doctor of your complete medical history, including any chronic illnesses, medications, past surgeries, and alcohol or drug use. While this information will likely not preclude you from having surgery, it is important knowledge for your safety and an accurate surgical plan. Dr. Bajaj will go over all the specifics of the procedure and surgical process. She encourages her patients to do their research beforehand and come in with a list of questions to get the most out of the consultation. Communication is key for a successful outcome.