Breast Reduction Recovery

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Breast reduction recovery tips on healing and care after surgery

Although breast reduction surgery is a outpatient procedure, it still requires some very important postoperative care on the patient’s end. The surgery typically lasts around two hours and may end with some time spent in the recovery room before heading home. After going home, it is very important to continue proper care for yourself so that breast incisions heal quickly.

Here are some tips for healing and proper care after breast reduction surgery:

 

Oral Medication

The pain after a breast reduction can be mild to moderate, but it can fortunately be controlled by oral medications. Dr. Walker can prescribe medication for both pain and nausea that may come due to general anesthesia. This may help the pain subside so that you can go about regular daily activities. Make sure you confirm with Dr. Walker that all over-the-counter medications are safe to use before taking them.

Drains

Often times after a breast reduction, small drain tubes are inserted into the breasts to help with drainage during the healing process. If small drains are used in your case, you should expect these to be removed on day 4 or 5 when you will be seen for your first follow up appointment.

Proper Clothing

After surgery, wearing supportive bras like sports bras will help control the swelling and support the breasts while they heal. Sports bras should be worn for two months after the breast reduction. Avoid underwire bras for the first 2 months following breast reduction.

Rest

Taking it easy for a full week after surgery is one of the best ways to ensure a safe and effective healing process. It’s also important to avoid any strenuous activity and heavy lifting because it may prolong recovery.

Your health and recovery are important before, during, and after surgery. Follow-up visits with your surgeon are also necessary to make sure you are on the right path to being completely healed. To learn more about breast reduction surgery and how Dr. Walker can help you, click here.

Schedule a consultation at Allure Plastics today or give us a call at 769-300-2946.  Individual results may vary.

Laser Skin Treatments

Laser Skin Treatments

At Allure Plastics, we offer several different types of laser skin treatments that all serve different purposes. For those who are less familiar with the procedures available in modern laser treatments, we can help by giving you the run-down of what they are and what they can do for you and your skin.

At Allure Plastics, we offer multiple laser skin treatments that can yield optimal results.

Skin Resurfacing is a laser skin treatment for those who have wrinkles on the forehead or around the eyes and mouth. It can also help reduce the look of shallow scars from acne. The lasers vaporize skin cells that are damaged at the surface of the skin. Many patients reach a desired outcome after just one treatment, but the total number of treatments needed will be dependent on your allowable downtime.

Skin tightening is a laser skin treatment that firms the skin for a more youthful end result. The procedure uses an energy source that heats the skin and soft tissue. It is one of the most rapidly growing skin treatments in the cosmetic market today because it is both non-invasive and extremely effective. Most patients notice a difference in the appearance of their skin after only one treatment, but it is necessary to continue a series of treatments (4-6 recommended) for the best outcome.

Forever Young BBL, also known as broad band light, may be a term you are less familiar with. This is a skin treatment that uses light energy to heat the upper layers of the skin to remove photodamage and visible signs of aging. With regular BBL treatments, gene expression can be restored, resulting in your skin behaving like youthful skin again. This skin treatment is beneficial for those who suffer from the damaging effects of sunlight. Optimal results of broad band light are achieved typically with 3-4 treatments per year. No downtime is required with this treatment!

Halo Laser Treatments are a hybrid fractional laser skin treatment that combines deep dermal rejuvenation with epidermal renewal that gives great results with minimum downtime. This type of treatment benefits patients with enlarged pores, scars, skin discoloration, fine lines, deep wrinkles and more.

To learn more about the laser skin treatments available at Allure Plastics, schedule a consultation with Dr. Walker. You can also call us at 769-300-2946 to schedule an appointment. Individual results may vary.

Breast Lift and Future Pregnancy

 

 

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Breast Lift and Future Pregnancy

 

The breast lift procedure, also known as mastopexy, corrects the sagging appearance of breasts, usually after weight loss, age, or pregnancy. It involves the planning and placement of the skin incisions to provide a desirable aesthetic appearance to the breasts.

 

Women who choose to have a breast lift must think not only about what comes before and during a procedure, but also how it may affect them afterwards. Common questions women have for surgeons before undergoing a breast lift or related surgery is in regards to ability to breast feed or if their breast lift results will be affected by pregnancy.

 

If you are considering a breast lift, it may be best to have the procedure done after you are finished having children. This will help ensure optimal and long-term results. If you do become pregnant after receiving a breast lift, the pregnancy may have a negative effect on your results. Since every woman’s body responds differently to pregnancy, it is not possible to predict exactly how a patient’s breast appearance will change.

 

If you are not sure whether or not you would like to have children but are considering a breast lift, there are some important things to consider.  Pregnancy can lead to deflated breasts, stretch marks, and additional sagging of the breasts. If you do get pregnant after a breast lift, a second surgery may be needed in order to get the best results. Breast lift surgery can also alter your ability to breastfeed.  It is important to speak with your plastic surgeon to discuss all of your options.

 

When performed by an experienced and professional cosmetic surgeon, a breast lift is a safe and effective procedure that yields long-term results. To find out more about the breast lift procedure at Allure Plastics, click here.

 

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Walker, call 769-300-2946. Individual results may vary.

Breast Augmentation vs Breast Lift

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The differences between a breast lift and a breast augmentation

 

There are a wide variety of different cosmetic surgeries and procedures that exist today, some more commonly known than others. Among those popular surgeries are the breast augmentation and the breast lift. They are both cosmetic surgeries that enhance the shape of breasts. These surgeries are often mistaken for each other, but they are two completely different procedures that yield different results.

 

Here are the differences between a breast lift and a breast augmentation:

 

A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, raises breasts that droop or sag and relocates the position of the nipples and areolas for a more youthful appearance. It helps to change the shape and contour of the breasts without changing the actual size. A breast lift can be performed on patients of many ages, as long as the breasts are fully developed. Asymmetry of the breasts can often be corrected with a breast lift procedure.

 

A breast augmentation, however, is a procedure that is done specifically to resize the breasts. It involves placing an implant under the breast tissue or under the muscles of the chest wall to increase the size of the breasts and to enhance the shape of the breasts. It is one of the most commonly performed procedures in plastic surgery. Implants can come in the form of saline or silicone. Dr. Walker will discuss different options with patients so that they can come to the best possible decision on what is right for them.

 

Both the breast lift and breast augmentation are very personal choices and can be performed in the same visit, if necessary. They are often performed in conjunction, which ultimately saves patients additional recovery time. Dr. Walker can advise on whether or not performing both operations at the same time is a healthy option.

 

Breast lifts and breast augmentations are both safe and effective surgeries that receive very high rates of patient satisfaction when done by a well-experienced and educated plastic surgeon like Dr. Walker. Before making the choice to undergo plastic surgery, schedule a consultation and discuss all of your options.

 

Call to schedule a consultation today at 769-300-2946. At Allure Plastics, we look forward to seeing you and helping you achieve your desired appearance. Individual results may vary.

Pros and Cons of Breast Reduction

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The Pros and Cons of Breast Reduction

 

Before making the choice of undergoing a breast reduction, patients need to be informed of all aspects of the planning, cost, surgery, recovery, and post-op care. To help you figure out if a breast reduction is right for you, we’ve compiled the pros and cons of breast reduction so you can make an informed choice.

 

Pro: Breast reduction surgery is a safe and effective procedure performed by Dr. Walker, a professional and experienced surgeon at Allure Plastics.

 

Con: There are health risks involved with breast reduction surgery. They can cause health issues such as infection. It is important the procedure is done by a certified professional surgeon to avoid any health complications.

 

Pro: They yield proportionate breasts. Women can enjoy their once-desired breast size in real life after the surgery is complete.

 

Con: Breast reductions result in some scarring. Some incision lines fade and improve over time, but some are known to be visible for years.

 

Pro: Overall body comfort can be achieved after this procedure. Patients will be free from back, neck and shoulder pain and may even find it to be more comfortable to wear tight-fitted clothing.

 

Con: There is pain involved following a breast reduction.

 

Pro: Breast reductions provide great results that leave patients feeling more comfortable and confident with their appearance.

 

Con: A breast reduction can interfere with breastfeeding. Once a breast reduction procedure has been performed, a patient may not be able to breastfeed their infant.

 

If you are considering a breast reduction, you need to weigh out the pros and cons and do what is best for you. Dr. Walker can help you with your decision and offer advice and recommendations on the best way to go about having the surgery. Click here for more information on breast reductions performed at Allure Plastics. If you’d like to schedule a consultation online, you can click here.

 

We want you to be happy, healthy, and well-informed when it comes to making this decision. Let us know how we can help you. Individual results may vary.

 

Guide to Breast Reduction Surgery

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Breast Reduction Surgery

 

Many of us are already familiar with what a breast reduction is and why people get them. Also commonly known as a reduction mammoplasty, they are typically for women who have disproportionately large breasts which lead to back and neck pain. However, what many people may not already understand about breast reduction surgery is the step-by-step process from start to finish (after the initial consultation and incision type are selected). To clear some things up for you, we’ve listed the phases of a breast reduction procedure so that you can have a better understanding.

 

Anesthesia

Breast reductions at Allure Plastics are performed under general anesthesia. This ensures that the patient will be more comfortable during the operation.

 

The Incision

There are different options for how the incision will be made when undergoing breast reduction surgery. Those options include: a circular pattern around the areola, a keyhole pattern with an incision around the areola and vertically down at the bottom, and an inverted T or anchor-shaped pattern. Dr. Walker will have helped you select which incision would be best for you.

 

Removing the Tissue

Once the incision is made, excess breast tissue, fat, and skin will be removed. This phase of the surgery brings the breast size down to the patient’s desired shape and size.

 

Nipple Placement

After the tissue is removed from the breasts, the nipple is usually repositioned higher on the breast. Depending on the original size of the breast, the surgeon may need to remove the nipple from the breast and graft it in the correct place.

 

Closing the Incision

After the nipple is properly placed in its new position on the breast, the incision needs to be closed. The surgeon will close the incision using sutures that are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped, smaller breasts. Incision lines will likely fade and improve over time.

 

Post-Op Care

After the surgery is complete, the patient will be taken to a recovery area to be monitored by surgical staff. Some patients may need to drain fluid from their breasts through small tubes. Patients are typically permitted to go home a few hours after the procedure is complete.

 

Every case is different, so healing times, post-op care, and recovery can vary between patients. To learn more about breast reduction surgery at Allure Plastics, click here. If you have specific questions regarding a breast reduction, call Allure Plastics today to schedule a consultation. Individual results may vary.

Breast Augmentation Recovery

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What is recovery like after breast augmentation?

 

For many, the idea of breast augmentation surgery can be scary and daunting. The thought of the recovery process alone can add in extra fears for those considering this operation, especially for those who aren’t fully informed about the results. To give you a better idea of what to expect during the recovery period after a breast augmentation, we’ve answered some common questions patients have on the topic.

 

What is the average recovery period for breast augmentation surgery?

The average recovery time varies for each patient. The greatest period of discomfort usually lasts no longer than a few days after surgery. It is common for implants to appear to be too full or too high in the upper part of the breasts for the first few months of recovery, and this is more common in smaller fit women. The rate at which they settle varies from person to person and even between left and right sides in the same individual.  Most patients head back to work within just one week of surgery (and some return after a long weekend).

 

How long should a patient wait to start doing physical activities?

Most doctors typically recommend three to four weeks before starting cardio workouts again. Upper extremity workouts should be delayed for approximately six to eight weeks if possible after their surgery. For the most part, your body will let you know when you’re ready to be physically active again.

 

What types of things should a patient avoid after a breast augmentation?

It’s important for patients to avoid wearing underwire bras for at least two months, or until the implants have completely settled. Patients should also avoid swimming for at least one month and any sort of pectoral exercises until they feel comfortable enough to do so.

 

What are some things that can significantly help the recovery process?

If you’re looking to cut down your recovery time, there are a few things that can help during the process. First and foremost, medications (muscle relaxants) can be a major help with decreasing muscle spasm pain associated with placing implants underneath the muscle. There are also implant displacement massage techniques that can help shape the pocket and encourage the implant to settle if needed. It also helps to wear a surgical or sports bra (without underwire) while the breasts are healing.

 

Knowing the facts about recovery can help ease your mind before going in for surgery. If you have any specific questions before making a decision about breast augmentation surgery, you can contact us for a consultation at 769-300-2946 or info@allureplastics.com. Individual results may vary.

 

 

 

 

 

Breast Augmentation Facts

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Understanding the Facts Before You Have a Breast Augmentation

 

Many women who undergo breast augmentation surgery have several questions they need answered before taking the plunge. Some women don’t ask the necessary questions before undergoing surgery and end up wishing they had. It’s important that every patient considering a breast augmentation understands the procedure and feels comfortable knowing that all of their questions have been answered.

 

To keep you from feeling like you aren’t prepared for breast augmentation surgery, here are five common things women said they wish they would have known before undergoing surgery.

 

You have a choice on the material of your implants. Whether you want saline or silicone, the choice is yours on what material your breast implants will be. In 2014, 77% of breast implants were made of silicone. Both materials have positives and negatives, so do your research and figure out which one you’d prefer. Don’t just select something because it’s a popular choice, do what’s right for you.

 

Breast implants can have an effect on your posture. Just like the weight of natural breasts, implants can largely impact your body’s posture. If you choose an implant size that is proportional to your body frame, you will see little effect on your posture. However, if you choose larger implants, you may feel the effects.

 

Your breast size takes time to adjust. After surgery, it may seem like your breasts are larger and higher than you signed up for. Don’t fret, though. Your breasts may be a little swollen but will drop within the first few weeks. They will start to settle and look normal soon enough, so be sure to wait on buying all new bras to fit your new cup size.

 

Not everyone is the right candidate for breast augmentation surgery. Although is has a high satisfaction rate, breast augmentations aren’t for everyone. Those with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, collagen vascular disease, are under 18, or have unrealistic expectations should not receive breast implants.

 

Implants may eventually need replacing. Nobody can predict exactly how long breast implants will last, but we can tell you that they may not necessarily last forever. It’s a common misconception that all breast implants need to be replaced every two to three years, and that often holds some women back from receiving a consultation or moving forward with breast augmentation surgery. What we can tell you is that you should be prepared to have a follow-up after surgery to ensure safety and reduce any complications.

 

Dr. Walker states that understanding the operation and having the information needed when making this personal decision is extremely important. He is dedicated to providing the guidance you need to feel confident in your decisions regarding breast augmentation.

 

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Walker, call 769-300-2946. Individual results may vary.

5 of the Biggest Myths About Breast Augmentation

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5 of the Biggest Myths About Breast Augmentation

As the number one cosmetic procedure in the world, everyone has an opinion when it comes to breast augmentations. With each new development that is made for these sort of procedures, people find themselves conflicted as they hear more and more misconceptions and myths about breast implants. Before you let anything negatively affect your decisions, let us debunk any myths you may have heard about breast augmentation procedures.

Here are 5 of the most common breast augmentation myths:

MYTH: Implants look and feel unnatural
Although breasts with implants most likely will not feel as soft as natural breasts, implants are a great substitute for fuller and firmer breasts. With advancements in technology, it is now easier than ever to achieve very natural-looking breasts while feeling confident and satisfied with the results. Dr. Walker understands the importance of you feeling comfortable in your skin.

MYTH: Implants must be replaced every 5 years
Since results are different for everyone, there is no set time frame for when implants should be replaced. Unless problems occur, replacements are not necessary within a 5-10 year range. Long term results may vary and changes may occur in the breasts due to normal aging, fluctuations in weight, pregnancy and other factors. Although today’s implants are made from state-of-the-art materials, they will not necessarily last a lifetime.

MYTH: You cannot breastfeed with implants
Believe it or not, there actually isn’t any medical evidence that shows breast implants interfere with breastfeeding. Breastfeeding abilities vary with all women, regardless of surgeries or cosmetic procedures. Women who have had breast augmentations do not risk exposing their babies to excessive amounts of silicone either. Breasts that are surgically enlarged with silicone or saline implants may cause nipples to feel more or less sensitive than normal. You won’t technically know your ability to breastfeed until you try.

MYTH: Implants are just for women who want very large breasts
Breast implants can be for women of all shapes and sizes. Although many people assume that women want implants just to show off larger breasts, it isn’t true for everyone. Many women in the U.S. actually prefer subtle, more natural-looking augmentations. It’s all about feeling confident and comfortable, even for women in more conservative environments.

MYTH: Breast implants are dangerous
Most types of cosmetic surgeries come with some sort of risk. However, since many improvements have been made to breast implants over the last 40-50 years, they are now safer than ever before. There may be issues with the implant getting hard, distorted, or rupturing, but studies show they are safer than ever before.
Those who come in to Allure Plastics for breast augmentation can be looking for anything from restoring lost volume due to pregnancy, improving self-confidence, correcting asymmetry, correcting a congenital absence of breast tissue, and more. Breast augmentation is a very personal choice, and each individual who seeks breast augmentation has their own individual goals and desired appearance.

For more information on breast augmentation procedures, click here or contact Allure Plastics at 769-300-2946. Individual results may vary.

Important Questions to Ask Before Having a Breast Augmentation

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Important Questions to Ask Before Having a Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that places implants underneath the breast tissue or muscles in order to increase the size or enhance the shape of breasts. Those considering breast augmentation surgery should feel completely comfortable and have all of their questions answered before the procedure. If you’re not quite sure what types of questions you should be asking your surgeon, we’ve narrowed down the ones that we’ve found are the most important for you to know.

Here are some of the most important questions you should be asking your surgeon before having a breast augmentation:

Were you professionally trained in the field of plastic surgery?
It is absolutely necessary to confirm that your surgeon is properly trained and certified. Fortunately for us at Allure Plastics, Dr. Walker obtained his B.S in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College, graduating cum laude and was selected as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society. From there he went on to attend the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He began his plastic surgery training at St. Louis University in Missouri and returned to Mississippi in 2012 to complete his final two years of Plastic Surgery training at UMMC, where he served as Administrative Chief Resident in the 2013-2014 academic year. UMMC is the only accredited training program for plastic surgeons in the state of Mississippi. Dr. Walker is experienced and passionate about his career.

Am I the right candidate for breast augmentation surgery?
Although breast augmentation surgery is a personal choice for anyone who is thinking about it, it isn’t for everyone. This procedure is not ideal for those with collagen vascular disease, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, severe fibrocystic changes or atypia, and others. Breast augmentation has a high patient satisfaction rate and is appropriate for individuals who are healthy and have realistic expectations.

Which implant type is best for me?
There are two different materials to choose from when selecting breast implants: silicone or saline. The answer depends on your desired outcome following breast augmentation. Silicone gels implants tend to closely resemble that of natural breast tissue, while saline implants provide a firm look and feel that some individuals find desirable.

What should I expect for my results?
Results vary for all individuals, especially depending on the size of the breast implants. Our goal at Allure Plastics is to give your breasts the fullness and shape that you desire while maintaining a natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance of your breasts and balance to your body proportions.

What is the recovery period like?
After a breast augmentation, the pain is considered mild to moderate and can be well-controlled by medication. Any sort of strenuous activity should be avoided after surgery. You will also be asked to wear a supportive bra during this time period, which will both help control swelling and support the breasts as they heal.

You may have additional questions for your surgeon, and we encourage you to ask before having a breast augmentation. For more information regarding this procedure and Dr. Walker’s take on breast augmentation, click here. Otherwise call us at 769-3002946 to schedule a consultation or speak with our staff. Individual results may vary.