At Real Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery in Melbourne, we know that age, weight loss, and other factors can make women feel self-conscious about the appearance of their breasts. Breast augmentation and liposuction may help women boost self-confidence and feel better about the way they look.
Breast augmentation is often sought out by women to add volume to the breasts. This procedure can be used in the pursuit of enhanced breast shape, size, or symmetry. Liposuction is a fat removal procedure designed to permanently remove excess fat cells from a targeted region. Read on to discover everything you need to know about these procedures and what they can do together.
Combining Liposuction and Breast Augmentation
You can absolutely combine liposuction and breast augmentation if you think it would help you achieve your aesthetic goals and you are a good candidate for both procedures.
To be a good candidate for any procedure, it is important that you have realistic expectations regarding the preparation process, the procedure itself, the recovery, and the results.
What to Expect During Breast Augmentation
During breast augmentation, also known as breast enhancement, there are several techniques and incision patterns that may be used depending on your aesthetic goals.
The extent of the procedure will depend on the level of augmentation you are looking for, the incision patterns you asked for, and the type of implant you choose.
There are several techniques available to Mr. Salerno for use during your breast enhancement procedure. Most commonly, incisions are made beneath the fold of your breast, so they are not visible to anyone else. However, if you only need a small amount of volume added to your breasts, incisions made under the arms may be a better fit for you.
Some women only need a small amount of volume added but would prefer the incisions to be hidden in the dark creases of the nipple and areola. If you need a large amount of volume added to your breasts, Mr. Salerno may need to use the “Inverted-T” technique. This technique involves incisions around the areola, down the center of the breast, and beneath the breast.
Duration of the Procedure
Regardless of the incision technique you choose, a stand-alone breast enhancement procedure will take between an hour or two. The duration of your procedure depends most heavily on whether the implant is placed above or beneath the muscle. It will be lengthened if you opt for saline implants that are filled during the procedure rather than in advance.
Silicone vs Saline: Unique Benefits of Each
Silicone implants are a type of implant featuring hard silicone shells filled with a plastic silicone gel. They are ideal for women who are at least 22 years of age looking for augmented breasts that feel like natural breasts.
Saline implants are another popular type of breast implant. They are filled with a sterile saltwater solution. This type of implant may be ideal for women who are 18 at least 18 years of age and looking for safe, low maintenance implants.
If you opt for a saline implant, you will not have to come in periodically for imaging tests to ensure that your implant is still in its appropriate position.
Saline implants are also beloved by women worldwide for their safety. In the event of the breast implant rupturing, harmless, sterile saltwater would be released.
Good Candidates for Breast Enhancement
The only way to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure is to come in for an initial consultation. During this consultation, Mr. Salerno will assess the physical structure of your chest and current health. He will also review your medical history and aesthetic goals to determine if this procedure is a good fit for you.
If this procedure is a good fit for you, he will discuss your preferences regarding the size, shape, and type of your implants. He will also discuss your options regarding anesthesia, sedation, and incision patterns. While he will make professional recommendations based on your articulated goals and years of experience, at the end of the day, it’s up to you.
What to Expect During Liposuction
What you will experience during liposuction will depend on several factors, including how much fat you want to be removed and the technique used to perform the procedure. With tumescent liposuction, you can expect a large volume of fluid to be injected into the targeted area. The volume of this solution can be up to three times the fat volume removed.
This solution includes epinephrine to contract your blood vessels, lidocaine to keep you comfortable and a hydrating IV solution designed to speed along the fat removal process. The super-wet technique is like the tumescent technique. However, the volume of fluid injected is equal to the volume of fat you want to be removed.
Duration of the Liposuction Procedure
The duration of your liposuction procedure depends on several factors, including the technique used, your body fat distribution, how much fat you are looking to have removed, and the size of the region you are having fat removed from. For instance, having fat removed from your neck may only add 20 minutes to your breast enhancement procedure.
Contrastingly, if you are having a large volume of fat removed from a large area, like your back or abdomen, a whole hour may be added to the duration of your breast enhancement procedure.
Areas Targeted for Treatment
One of the most compelling benefits of liposuction is it can be used to remove excess fat cells from just about any region of the body. Women tend to seek this procedure to remove excess fatty tissue from the upper arms, underarms, lower abdomen, upper abdomen, and buttocks. However, it can also be used to remove excess fat from:
- Inner thighs
- Outer thighs
Keep in mind, however, that certain treatments should be met for this procedure to be a good fit for you. For instance, it is important that you have enough excess fatty tissue in the targeted region for removal. On the flip side of the coin, there should not be too much fat in a given trouble region, or else the results may not be satisfactory.
Good Candidates for Liposuction
The best candidate for liposuction is someone who is in good physical and mental health who has realistic expectations regarding every aspect of the procedure and wishes to remove excess fatty tissue from the body permanently.
However, it is crucial that you come in for an initial consultation to determine if you are a good candidate. Your body fat distribution and skin elasticity or laxity play a significant role in the success of this procedure.
How to Prepare for a Cosmetic Procedure
Luckily, preparation for any cosmetic procedure is pretty universal. For both breast enhancement and liposuction, it all starts with an initial consultation. This isn’t just important to determine if you are a good candidate for each procedure.
It also gives us the opportunity to provide you with comprehensive instructions regarding how to prepare for your procedure, how to prepare for your recovery, and what you can realistically expect from the results and recovery. Here’s a brief overview of the preparation required for both of these procedures:
One of the most important steps you must take in advance of your procedures is to stay hydrated. To ensure you are adequately hydrated, please do your best to drink 3.78 liters of water per day. If you can’t drink 3.78 liters of water per day, make sure you are drinking no fewer than 1.89 liters per day. Your urine should be clear or pale yellow.
There are several reasons why it is important to be hydrated before your procedures. First, adequate hydration is essential for skin health. The healthier your skin is, the sooner it will snap and settle into place once the volume has been added to your breasts and fat has been removed from your body. Moreover, your recovery will be smoother if you are hydrated pre-op.
Abstain From Alcohol
Just as there are several reasons to hydrate adequately before your procedure, there are several reasons why you should abstain from alcohol in the six weeks preceding your procedure. Alcohol acts as a diuretic. One of the side effects of diuretics is excessive urination. The first problem with this is that you can’t stay hydrated if you drink alcohol.
The second problem is another side effect of diuretics. When an excessive amount of water is flushed out of your body, your blood pressure elevates. It is crucial that your blood pressure is within a normal range before you are put under general anesthesia or oral sedation. Finally, alcohol flushes crucial nutrients out of your body.
Eat Plenty of Produce
You should make a significant effort to eat fruits and vegetables with every meal in the two weeks leading up to your procedure. If you load up your plates with fruits and vegetables for 42 meals, you should not suffer from any nutritional deficiencies. If you don’t suffer from any nutritional deficiencies, your recovery should be short and sweet.
Prepare a Recovery Room
Part of pre-op preparation is preparing for your post-op recovery. To prepare for your recovery, set up a room in your home where you can comfortably rest and recover for a week or two. Make sure you have a couple of entertainment sources, plenty of pillows and blankets, and at least one bottle of water in this room.
You may also want to stock this room with your prescription antibiotics and analgesics. Alternatively, you are free to keep your medications in your kitchen pantry or the medicine cabinet in your bathroom. Just be sure to keep them cool and dry.
Arrange for a Driver and Caretaker
Another critical pre-op step you must take is arranging for someone to drive you to and from your procedure. You may not drive within 24 hours of being placed under general anesthesia or oral sedation.
As importantly, try to arrange someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure. A caretaker will allow you to focus on your rest, relaxation, and recovery.
Learn More About Breast Augmentation and Liposuction Today
If you are concerned about the size, shape, or symmetry of your breasts, breast augmentation may be able to help you boost your self-esteem. Similarly, liposuction may be right for you if you are concerned about the appearance of excess fat deposits.
To learn more about either one of these procedures, contact Mr. Salerno at Real Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery in Melbourne today to schedule your initial consultation. See you soon!