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Benefits of a Breast Lift with Implants

Bloomfield Hills, MI – As women age, it is natural for their breasts to begin to sag, taking on a drooping appearance. But there is no reason they can’t have the shape they once did, even enhancing their younger shape.

Many women who opt for a breast lift also choose breast implants to provide a beautiful, natural looking appearance.

“Women who opt for a breast lift with implants not only want to lift their breasts, but add increased volume, too,” says Dr. Ali. “As women age, their bodies undergo changes. Pregnancy, breastfeeding and just aging in general can change the size and shape of the breasts, as well as the volume. For some women, lifting the breasts isn’t enough to provide the look they want, so we can combine a lift with implants to meet their goals.”

At your initial consultation with Dr. Ali, he’ll discuss your goals with you to determine the ideal implant size and breast placement for you. He’ll take into account your goals, as well as your anatomy and proportions, working to create the most natural look for you.

If your sagging is only slight, Dr. Ali may be able to correct the issue with a breast implant alone. However, for most cases, a lift and implants will be performed together.

During a mastopexy, or breast lift, Dr. Ali will make an incision around the areola and straight down to the fold of the breast. This is often referred to as a lollipop scar.

The breast implant will be placed, filling up the extra skin and giving the patient the full look they desire.

Breast tissue and the areola will be reshaped as needed to improve the overall appearance of the breast. The nipple will be positioned to a more youthful, centralized location. The result is perky, full and youthful looking breasts.

Breast lifts and implants are performed together often. The procedure will typically take a couple of hours under general anesthesia. Patients can return to work in one to two weeks, but rigorous activity should be avoided for three weeks. Bruising and swelling will begin to subside in two to three weeks following the procedure. It can take a few months for the final result to be realized.

A breast lift with implants is also a common procedure added to other procedures, most often the “mommy makeover.” Patients can gain back their shape and confidence with multiple procedures, such as a tummy tuck, liposuction or lower body lift. Combining procedures can be done efficiently and easily.

Dr. Ali regularly performs breast lifts with breast implants, and has beautiful results. If you’re interested in learning more about how you could benefit from these procedures, schedule a consultation today.

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Plastic Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Have you been considering plastic surgery, but have some questions? Dr. Ali, a Bloomfield Hills plastic surgeon, answers some commonly asked questions.

1. What is the difference between plastic and reconstructive surgery?
Plastic surgery is performed to reshape areas of the body that are normal, but that the patient wishes to improve the appearance of. It is elective and is generally not covered by insurance. Reconstructive surgery, on the other hand, is performed to correct abnormal structures caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, or disease. Reconstructive surgery is typically performed to improve function, but also to improve appearance. It is typically covered in some form by insurance.

2. How long will the effects of my plastic surgery last?
The exact amount of time you’ll enjoy the benefits of your surgery depend on the procedure you had performed. For procedures such as tummy tucks, breast implants, liposuction and other surgical procedures, the effects are typically long lasting as long as the patient maintains a healthy weight and lifestyle.

3. How many people have plastic surgery each year?
In 2014, there were 15.6 million cosmetic procedure performed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This includes minimally invasive procedures, such as Botox, as well as surgical procedures. A total of 5.8 million reconstructive procedures were performed.

4. What are the most common procedures performed?
The top procedures are breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction, eyelid surgery and facelift. The most common minimally invasive procedures were Botox and soft tissue fillers.

5. Am I a good candidate for plastic surgery?
To have plastic surgery, a patient must be in good overall health, and for many procedures should be at or close to their ideal weight. It’s also important that patients have a realistic expectation of results. Patients need to be willing to be open with their medical history, goals from surgery, and concerns so that the plastic surgeon can properly assess the patient’s candidacy for surgery.

6. What is the ideal age to undergo surgery?
There is no ideal age. Each patient will be evaluated on an individual basis. Typically, patients should be over the age of 18, but in some cases, patients may be younger. Each surgeon should take into account the patient’s age, body type and size when evaluating them for surgery.

7. Will my surgery leave scars?
Anytime you have surgery, there will be incisions, which can leave scars. Plastic surgeons are extremely skilled, and have experience in minimizing the size and visibility of scars as much as possible. Incisions will be made in inconspicuous areas to allow for them to be hidden as much as possible.

8. Is plastic surgery dangerous?
When performed by a licensed and certified plastic surgeon, there are no more risks than with any other type of surgery. However, every surgery has some inherent risks, such as the possibility of excessive bleeding, infection, etc. Be sure to discuss any concerns you may have with your surgeon.

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How To Choose the Right Breast Implants for You

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Once you decide to undergo a breast augmentation, there are many other questions to consider. What size breast implant is right for you? Should you choose silicone or saline implants? Should the incision be under the arm, underneath the breast or at the bottom of the areola?

Luckily, Dr. Ali, a plastic surgeon in MI, can walk you through everything you need to know to ensure you have the most beautiful and natural looking result.

“Many people assume that when having their breasts done, bigger is better,” says Dr. Ali. “But that isn’t always the case. Most women don’t just want bigger breasts, they want breasts that look in proportion to the rest of their figure and that look and feel natural. And that’s where the experience of the plastic surgeon comes in.”

Your plastic surgeon should be able to walk you through everything you need to know to make the best decision for you. The first decision many women have to make is whether to choose saline or silicone filled implants. Both have advantages, and disadvantages, that will depend on the look you desire.

Silicone implants are made of a durable, elastic silicone shell and filled with a medical grade silicone gel. The consistency is close to that of a natural breast, and these can come in a variety of sizes, shapes and surface textures.

Silicone implants tend to be ideal on women who are very thin, or those who have little to no fat to hide the implant. Silicone implants are softer and often ripple less.

Silicone implants have been safely used for more than 50 years. From 1992-2006, the FDA restricted the use of silicone implants to only mastectomy patients. However, no reliable studies found any cause for concern with the use of silicone, and the FDA lifted their restrictions in 2006. Extensive clinical studies are continually done to ensure the safety of these implants.

Saline implants are also made from a durable, elastic silicone shell, but the shell is filled with a highly sterile saline solution. During a saline breast implant procedure, the implant is placed under the breast pocket while it is still empty, and then filled to the pre-determined size. That means the patient requires a smaller incision to insert the implant in the chest.

Saline implants are adjustable, meaning your surgeon can adjust their volume during surgery to ensure ideal size and symmetry. Each implant has a recommended fill level as determined by the manufacturer. This is to limit the rippling and wrinkling that can occur from an under-filled implant, and the firmness that would occur from an over-filled implant. Saline implants are more prone to rippling because the saline can shift depending on the position of the women.

One disadvantage of saline implants is that they can rupture or deflate. The solution is harmless if it should leak into the body, however, leaks are not common.

When determining the size of the implant, the patient will discuss their goals with the plastic surgeon. There are several factors that go into a surgeon’s recommendation for implant size.

  1. Current body shape and size
  2. Natural breast shape and size
  3. If the patient desires a natural or fake look
  4. If the breasts currently sag or droop
  5. The amount and health of natural breast tissue that exists
  6. Physical activity and lifestyle of the patient.

You’ll then discuss with the surgeon the profile you’d like to achieve following surgery. Do you want a lower profile implant that, while producing a fuller breast, lays flatter to the body? Or would you prefer a higher profile implant that will create a more prominent looking breast?

Many women go back and forth on what size implant they desire. In fact, this is often the most difficult question the patient faces. Your surgeon will allow you plenty of time to make the right decision for you. This will include trying on sizers so you can see firsthand how the different sized implants look on your body.

Determining where the implant should be placed, either under the subcutaneous breast itself or under the chest muscle, will be informed by your desired look and the current anatomy of your breast to determine which placement will be most successful.

Placement under the muscle offers a more natural look, less visible rippling and allows your natural breast tissue to be more easily read in a mammogram.

Placing above the muscle offers a less painful and quicker recovery time, and a more rounded looking result. However, it increases the chances for capsular contraction, makes the implant more visible and easier to feel, and increases the risk of visible rippling.

The placement of your incision will largely depend on the type and size of implant you’ve chosen, as well as the skill of your surgeon. While an incision will be visible, a skilled surgeon will place the incision in an inconspicuous location and ensure it is barely visible.

Undergoing a breast augmentation is a personal decision, and should be informed by the expertise of a well-trained plastic surgeon. Together, patient and doctor can ensure the most beautiful outcome.

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What Breast Implant Size is The Right Size for Me?

In my practice this is one of the most commonly asked questions by women seeking breast enhancement. Choosing the right implant size will result in a longer lasting, esthetically pleasing result and a happy patient. In my opinion any size could be the right size as long as certain rules and guidelines are followed.

The successful outcome is based on a number of factors. The most important being the chest width. Implants are available in different sizes and shapes. For any given chest size, patients have three options to choose from. For women requiring larger cup size, high profile implants are suitable. For moderate enlargement, medium profile implants are available, whereas low profile implants are well suited for subtle breast enhancement. So the final selection depends upon the patient’s desire, existing breast volume and the skin condition.

Some of the other important factors include height and weight of the patient. In general, women who are taller and heavier can tolerate larger volume breast implants. Another important factor is the hip width. Slightly wider implants are desirable in women with wider hips to achieve a balanced result. Make sure you discuss all these factors with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.