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A New Approach to Treating Gynecomastia

Posted on: August 24th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Gynecomastia is a condition that affects the confidence and health of many men. It occurs when there is an excess amount of breast tissue, fat, and skin in a man’s chest. There are several causes of this excess ranging from genetics to hormones to steroid use, and unfortunately, gynecomastia is a condition that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. Gynecomastia is treated through surgery, where liposuction is performed in the chest area and excess breast tissue is removed. This combination often resulted in sagging and excess skin that needed to be removed surgically to make the chest appear smoother to reveal a tighter contour. Now, however, surgical skin removal may not be necessary, as a new technology, known as Renuvion™, is coming to light.

Shirtless man with an attractive chest

What Is Renuvion?

Renuvion™, formerly known as J-Plasma®, is a minimally invasive procedure that can replace surgical skin removal for many patients. Renuvion™ combines helium plasma and radiofrequency (RF) energy to tighten skin laxity and stimulate collagen production, which allows your skin to maintain its taut, youthful quality longer. The helium plasma and RF energy simultaneously heat and cool the tissue beneath the skin to tighten and smooth the skin. This procedure is safe and effective, and it comes without the risks associated with skin removal and without unintended trauma to the surrounding tissues. Results with Renuvion™ start to show immediately and continue to improve over the course of six months to a year.

How Can Renuvion Treat Gynecomastia?

Renuvion™ can aid men who are dissatisfied with the appearance of gynecomastia and excess skin on their chests. For men suffering from this condition, liposuction is first performed to remove the excess fat. This removal often highlights excess, sagging skin on the chest. Before the Renuvion™ system, surgical excision of the skin was necessary, which was invasive and left behind an unwanted, extensive scar on the breast area. Renuvion™ can replace this need for many patients. Helium plasma is delivered under the skin through the liposuction incisions to promote skin tightening and reduce the chance of needing more invasive surgical procedures.

Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery is proud to offer Renuvion™ as an option for non-surgical skin tightening. This tightening not only benefits men suffering from gynecomastia, but it can also help firm up any area of the body, including the abdomen, arms, and neck.

For more information or to set up a consultation, contact Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery by calling (610) 624-2740.

 


Don’t Have a “Resting Beach Face” This Summer

Posted on: August 14th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

For many patients, having a younger-looking face is a top priority. While over-the-counter options sound appealing, they often do little more than hide facial blemishes while requiring daily maintenance. Your other option is a surgical procedure, but you may be hesitant to choose an invasive procedure. The good news is that there are other options available that will rejuvenate your face. If you’d like to be free from lines, wrinkles, and other blemishes, non-surgical injectables can provide you with a refreshed, youthful appearance with no downtime. Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery offers some of the most popular injectables in the country. Dr. Schlechter is an expert injector with over two decades of experience, and he performs all injections himself. With his expertise and knowledge of the specific function of each injectable, he will help you find the one or a combination most appropriate for addressing your treatment goals.

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RADIESSE®

RADIESSE® targets lost volume in your skin. As you age, the cells that give you volume begin to decline in production. This injectable not only provides for the lost volume, but it has also been shown to stimulate collagen growth and production to help your body maintain your results longer. RADIESSE® corrects moderate to severe wrinkles in the face and can also be used to restore volume to the back of the hands.

Sculptra® Aesthetic

Sculptra® Aesthetic also targets lost volume in the face, filling in deep lines and wrinkles. It’s injected deep into the lower levels of the skin and stimulates collagen production in your face. Multiple treatments are typically required to meet your treatment goals.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

There is a group of fillers made of hyaluronic acid (HA). This substance is a naturally occurring sugar in your body and aids in maintaining hydration and volume in your skin. Since each formulation is different, Dr. Schlechter can best help you determine which is the most appropriate type for your treatment.

Restylane®

Restylane® also corrects facial wrinkles and adds volume back to the face. Dr. Schlechter offers a variety of formulations, including:

  • Restylane®, which targets facial wrinkles around the mouth. It can also correct volume loss and restore volume under the eyes.
  • Restylane® Silk, which also treats lip lines and can be used to enhance the fullness of the lips.
  • Restylane® Lyft™ (formerly Perlane-L®), which is most appropriate for deep facial lines. It also treats volume loss in the cheeks.
  • Restylane® Refyne™, which targets smile lines and the appearance of vertical lines on the chin.
  • Restylane® Defyne™, which is another formulation that targets smile lines and vertical lines on the chin.

JUVÉDERM®

Multiple JUVÉDERM® formulations mean you can target multiple problem sites.

  • JUVÉDERM® XC smooths moderate to severe smile lines (the lines that stretch from the corner of your smile to the base of your nose). Results last up to one year.
  • JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC is also used to smooth moderate to severe wrinkles. With the addition of VYCROSS® technology (a special formulation of hyaluronic acid), your results can last up to 18 months.
  • JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC restores volume to the cheeks that has been lost due to the effects of aging. This formulation also includes VYCROSS® technology.
  • JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC enhances lips by adding volume. You can also use it to correct moderate to severe smile lines. With this formulation, your results can last up to one year.
  • JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC smooths the lip lines and adds volume to the lips. With the added VYCROSS® technology, your results can last up to one year.

Botulinum Toxin A Injectables

Botulinum Toxin A injectables are injectables that minimize the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines and wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Different from the other injectables listed, Botulinum Toxin A injectables work by relaxing the muscles that are causing wrinkles. Each of the options available to you at Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery targets different needs, and Dr. Schlechter can help you determine which is most appropriate for you.

BOTOX® Cosmetic

BOTOX® Cosmetic (onabotulinumtoxinA) is the most popular option. It can be used to target frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet, and it is used more often than any other option in targeting wrinkles on the upper face. BOTOX® Cosmetic is administered in small doses but still provides dramatic results.

Dysport®

Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA) is also used to target frown lines, crow’s feet, and wrinkles on the forehead. This works in the same manner as BOTOX® Cosmetic.

XEOMIN®

XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA) is the newest addition to this family of injectables. It also targets frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles.  This also works in the same manner as BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Recovery and Results

Every injectable treatment occurs in our office in less than one hour. Total treatment time varies depending on the injectable and the number of treatment sites targeted. Afterward, you will be able to resume your daily activities with no downtime. You may experience some mild swelling or bruising at the treatment sites, but this will subside quickly. The onset of results differs slightly depending on the specific injectable treatment you chose, but full results will occur over time as the injectable stimulates your body to continue rejuvenating itself.

To find out more information about the injectables we offer, contact our office to set up your consultation with Dr. Schlechter. You can reach us at (610) 624-2740 or by filling out our online contact form.


What Bikini Body Do You Want? Bigger Boobs or a Bigger Butt?

Posted on: July 19th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Summer is here! This means sunshine, sandy beaches, and bathing suit weather. But are you ready to rock your bikini this year? Are you happy with how your figure fills out your suit? If you have concerns that your body lacks the volume and fullness necessary to look great in a bikini, cosmetic enhancements can provide you with a sleek, contoured figure that is sure to turn heads. Dr. Schlechter can perform breast augmentation and a Brazilian Butt Lift to enhance your figure and help you get the rockin’ bikini body you desire.

Breast Augmentation

If you are self-conscious about the shape or size of your breasts, breast augmentation is an effective way to enhance your figure. Its biggest benefit is that you can completely customize the procedure. That said, one of the most significant decisions you can make when researching this procedure is your implant type.Breast Augmentation Before and After Photos

Implant Types

Saline Implants

Saline implants have a flexible silicone shell filled with a sterile saltwater solution after being inserted. Dr. Schlechter can make minor adjustments once he sees how the implants look after he fills them. Because he inserts the implants before he fills them, the incision is smaller.

Silicone Implants

Silicone breast implants have a flexible silicone shell that contains a silicone gel. These implants come pre-filled, which means that size adjustments are not possible after insertion. Additionally, the incision for silicone implants typically has to be larger than those made for saline implants. However, many women choose silicone implants because they look and feel more natural.

Augmentation with Fat Transfer

A breast augmentation with fat transfer is an excellent solution if you want to enhance the size of your breasts naturally and avoid implants. Your breast size increases with the addition of fat injections that originate from your body. This procedure offers a two-in-one benefit: in addition to increasing your breast size, you can also remove some stubborn fat from other places on your body, which will further enhance your curves. Fat is removed from your body using a liposuction procedure. The fat is collected into a sterile fat transfer system and is strategically injected into your breasts. Depending on the size you wish your new breasts to be, you may need multiple procedures.

Brazilian Butt Lift

To address your flat buttocks, Dr. Schlechter brings his expertise and advanced training to the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) procedure. A BBL procedure will increase the curves of your buttocks, giving your lower half a shapely figure. The procedure is also performed by way of a fat transfer, similar to breast augmentation with fat transfer.

Brazilian Butt Lift Before and After Photos

Procedure

Dr. Schlechter will determine an appropriate liposuction procedure and then extract fat from your thighs, abdomen, hips, or other location on your body that has more fat than you desire. The fat is purified before being injected into your buttocks. This is where Dr. Schlechter’s expertise comes in. He knows how to strategically and precisely inject the fat to make your buttocks look naturally full.

If you’re looking to dramatically change your figure and achieve a bikini-ready body, then undergoing breast augmentation and/or a Brazilian Butt Lift can help give you the shapely curves and contours you’ve always wanted.

If you’d like more information or to see if you would be a good candidate for either breast augmentation or a Brazilian Butt Lift, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schlechter. Call us today at (610) 624-2740, or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you look and feel your best!


Gynecomastia Surgery Options

Posted on: June 22nd, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

For men, a sculpted, muscular chest is a sign of masculinity. Exercise regimens are catered toward developing defined pectorals, and the media often showcases men with muscular upper bodies. In reality, however, many men are unable to achieve this ideal characteristic.

Some men suffer from gynecomastia, or overdeveloped breast tissue, which gives a feminine appearance to the upper body. If you are experiencing enlarged breast tissue, it is likely that finding well-fitting clothes is difficult. This condition and the inability to feel confident in clothing are two significant factors that can lead to diminished self-esteem and embarrassment in your appearance.

Luckily, Dr. Schlechter performs gynecomastia surgery to reduce the size of your breast tissue and restore a more sculpted and masculine upper body.

Dr. Benjamin Schlechter - Gynecomastia Surgery Before and After Photos

Procedure Options

There are multiple ways Dr. Schlechter can perform gynecomastia surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Schlechter will physically examine you to determine if you have gynecomastia and the best treatment for you.

Liposuction Only

If your specific case of gynecomastia is mild, it may be treated solely with liposuction. During this procedure, Dr. Schlechter will make an incision in each breast and insert a cannula to extract excess fat, reducing the appearance of your enlarged breasts.

If the skin is in need of additional tightening, J-Plasma® Renuvion™ skin tightening may be more appropriate in conjunction with traditional liposuction. Smartlipo™ may also be used and utilizes laser technology that aids in the fat extraction process by melting fat cells. The heat of the laser also stimulates collagen production. Essential to your skin’s health, collagen helps to maintain skin elasticity and can help tighten your skin after fat removal.

Liposuction Plus Skin Removal

For moderate to severe cases of gynecomastia, Dr. Schlechter will use liposuction to remove the fat and then trim away any excess skin to restore a more masculine chest. Dr. Schlechter will do his best to place the incision in a location as inconspicuous as possible. Typically, with the new Smartlipo™ and J-Plasma® Renuvion™ technologies, skin excision is not necessary.

Results

Your results will be noticeable immediately but may be hidden by some temporary swelling and bruising that will improve after a few days but will take months to see the final result. Your incision and subsequent scarring will depend on the type of procedure needed and the length and location of the incision. You can be sure that your upper body will look more masculine and defined, so you are ready to show it off!

If you’d like to find out if you are a strong candidate for gynecomastia surgery, please contact our office to set up a consultation with Dr. Schlechter. Our office can be reached at (610) 624-2740.


Labiaplasty Recovery

Posted on: June 4th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Are you insecure about the size or shape of your labia? Do you have large vaginal lips and experience discomfort during your regular, daily activities? Do feel self-conscious about your labia during intimate moments?

If any of those concerns resonate with you, then you should know that labiaplasty is an effective way to reduce the size and shape of the labia minora (the inner lips of the labia). In addition to experiencing changes due to the natural aging process, it is also common for life events like pregnancy and childbirth to cause your vaginal lips to enlarge, often to the point of discomfort. While many women are already aware that labiaplasty is a viable option to help correct these issues, many are concerned about the recovery time of the procedure.

pink-colored towel shaped like female genitaliaWhat to Expect During the Procedure

Labiaplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under IV sedation. It involves removing and tightening the tissue and reshaping the labia, where necessary. Dr. Schlechter uses two labiaplasty techniques during this procedure and will determine which is most appropriate for you during your consultation appointment.

Central Wedge Resection

The central wedge resection is Dr. Schlechter’s preferred labiaplasty method and one most commonly used to reduce the size of the labia minora. After removing a wedge of tissue from the labia, Dr. Schlechter will close the incision with dissolvable sutures.

Trim Method

The trim technique is used to reduce the size and length of the labia. This technique involves removing a strip of tissue along the entire edge of the lips before closing the incision with dissolvable sutures.

Common Recovery Questions

How much pain will I experience?

The procedure itself is performed under general anesthesia, so there will be no pain during the surgery. After the procedure, experiencing some discomfort is typical, but this is easily managed with over-the-counter or prescription medication. Other symptoms you may experience include temporary swelling and/or bruising.

What will help my recovery?

During the first few days following your surgery, you should make sure to get plenty of rest. Swelling can be minimized by icing the area and lying with it elevated. After the first day, light walking is encouraged to help increase blood flow, which will aid healing.

When can I go back to work or resume my normal activities?

Most patients take a week off from work, but this is highly dependent on the type of job you have. A more physically demanding job will require taking off more time. Normal daily activities are okay to resume after that time, but patients should avoid exercising and more strenuous activities for two to three weeks. Dr. Schlechter will give you more guidance during your follow-up visit.

How long until I can have sex?

It is essential to allow yourself enough time to fully heal. Full pelvic rest is recommended for at least four to six weeks following the procedure. You must avoid having sexual intercourse or using tampons during this time.

Dr. Schlechter will provide you with more information regarding the recovery process for labiaplasty during your initial consultation. Call us today at (610) 624-2740 to schedule your appointment.


Chin Implant and Neck Liposuction

Posted on: April 30th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

A strong, defined profile is a sign of both beauty and masculinity by today’s beauty standards. Strong features, balance, and symmetry, are all sought after as part of an ideal appearance. If your features are soft and lack definition, the lines of your face may blend into your neckline, but by combining a chin augmentation and targeted neck liposuction, you can dramatically enhance the features of your lower face.

Chin Implant Before and After Photos

Chin Implant

A chin implant, or mentoplasty, can help you achieve greater definition and facial structure. It gives your jaw a clear transition into your neckline and can even address features that are disproportionate. During your procedure, Dr. Schlechter will insert a small implant into your chin to augment its shape. There are many different sizes of implants, and Dr. Schlechter will help you determine which option will best enhance your facial balance and profile.

Dr. Schlechter performs chin implant surgery as an outpatient procedure. An incision will be made inside your mouth or in the natural crease under your chin to minimize any visible scarring creating a profile that is as flawless as possible.

Neck Liposuction

Having a strong, structured chin will give you a defined jawline. However, sagging skin under the chin can minimize the results of chin augmentation. Adding neck liposuction to your chin augmentation procedure can further define the contours of your lower face and emphasize the lines between your chin and neck.

Through the use of a cannula (a small suction device), Dr. Schlechter will remove excess fat deposits with precision, making the contours of your chin and neckline more pronounced and seamless. He offers multiple liposuction techniques, including:

  • Smartlipo™
  • body-jet® and AquaShape®
  • Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL)
  • Power-assisted liposuction (PAL)

Neck liposuction is only beneficial for those who have minimal fat deposits and skin that still has elasticity. If your skin cannot bounce back into shape after fat removal, neck liposuction alone won’t provide you with the best possible contouring. For patients who have sagging skin, a neck lift may also be necessary to attain the best results.

If you are interested in chin augmentation or liposuction with or without a neck lift and you would like to see if you are a candidate for both procedures, please contact our office at 610-624-2740 to set up a complimentary consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Schlechter.


Mommy Makeover Pros and Cons

Posted on: March 30th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

The addition of children to your life can be a whirlwind. You may not have time to regain your pre-baby figure with the added responsibilities of caring for children, and your ability to exercise may be more limited than before. Pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding can also make weight loss more difficult. Between changes in your skin laxity and additional fat deposits, exercise alone may not be enough. A Mommy Makeover can help where exercise cannot. Comprised of a customizable set of surgical procedures, the Mommy Makeover tightens and tones your body to achieve your personal goals.

Mommy Makeover Before and After Photos

Benefits of a Mommy Makeover

A Mommy Makeover is an entirely customizable procedure, tailored precisely to your individual needs. Realistically, you can include almost any procedure in your Mommy Makeover, but the most common ones are a breast lift, breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tuck.

Breast Lift

Pregnancy and subsequent breastfeeding can leave your breasts sagging. A breast lift will elevate your breasts to a more youthful position. Dr. Schlechter will tighten the tissues to lift your breasts higher on your chest and remove any excess skin. A breast lift will reshape your breasts and restore their natural appearance.

Breast Augmentation

Women often lose breast volume after pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you want to do more than just fix the sagging left behind by your pregnancy, a breast augmentation can give you that something extra. Often performed with a breast lift, a breast augmentation with implants or breast augmentation with fat transfer will provide you with a larger cup size. If you’ve always wanted to enhance your appearance, a breast augmentation is a perfect way to do that.

Liposuction

If there are areas of your body with pockets of fat that are resistant to exercise and healthy eating, Dr. Schlechter will perform liposuction to permanently remove the unwanted fat cells. Using a small cannula allows Dr. Schlechter to be very precise so he can provide you with subtle, natural contours wherever you need them.

Tummy Tuck

The skin of the stomach stretches during pregnancy, and it doesn’t always return back afterward. If you find that you have excess skin that sags around your midsection or loose abdominal muscles, a tummy tuck will help you regain your pre-baby belly. Dr. Schlechter will tighten the underlying muscles and remove any excess sagging skin to help you achieve a more toned and attractive abdomen.

Things to Consider

Recovery Time

A Mommy Makeover requires you to be serious about your recovery. The length of your recovery will depend on the number of procedures you have and the extent of correction needed. Following your procedure, the surgical areas will be wrapped, and you may be required to wear a compression garment. You will experience swelling and bruising temporarily, but these will subside after a few weeks. You should take one to two weeks to recover at home, and you should avoid strenuous activities or exercise until Dr. Schlechter clears you (typically around six weeks).

Childcare

Due to the nature of the surgical procedures, it will be unlikely that you will be able to care for young children for up to two weeks after your procedure. You will need to make sure that you have someone to help you if you have young children that need to be carried or assisted throughout the day. Your results are dependent on how well your body recovers. Ensuring you engage only in light activities during your recovery will increase your chances of beautiful, long-lasting results.

To discuss which procedures will bring you one step closer to your goals, schedule your consultation with Dr. Schlechter today. Contact us today by calling (610) 624-2740. We look forward to hearing from you!

 


Arm Lift After Weight Loss

Posted on: February 11th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

Many people, as they age, find that their skin has lost elasticity and has begun to sag. While most people do experience some degree of this during their lifetime, it is much more common in those who have had significant weight loss. Sagging skin around your arm is especially troublesome since it is not easily concealable. It can also prevent you from enjoying your new, slimmer body or can make you feel less confident about your new appearance. However, an arm lift, or brachioplasty, may be the solution.

Arm Lift Before and After Photos

You could be a candidate for an arm lift if you have a lot of excess skin on your arm, or if you have stubborn fat deposits that remain even after regularly exercising.

The procedure will reduce the overall circumference of your arm while firming and toning the whole area. The ultimate result is a more youthful looking arm.

Traditional Arm Lift

A traditional arm lift is performed as an outpatient procedure under anesthesia. Dr. Schlechter makes an incision on your inner upper arm. The length of the incision can vary depending on your individual need. He then removes any excess fat and uses internal sutures to tighten the underlying tissue, which helps to tone and define your arm. Dr. Schlechter uses fine sutures to close the incision to minimize scarring.

Following your arm lift procedure, you may experience some temporary swelling and mild discomfort. Most patients can return to work within a one to two weeks, but they should avoid strenuous activities for six weeks. It can take up to eight months for the scars to fully mature, but they will continue to fade and become less noticeable over time.

Smartlipo™

An additional option available to assist in transforming your arms is Smartlipo™ liposuction. This technique can effectively remove excess fat and tighten your skin at the same time, improving both the shape and tone of your arms. This procedure is most appropriate for someone who has minor to moderate arm sagging and is in good health. Smartlipo™ is a minimally invasive technique that can be done in a short office visit under anesthesia or a local anesthetic, although time will vary depending on the chosen procedure site. Dr. Schlechter will insert a specialized cannula under the skin in the target area. The cannula will emit laser energy to the tissues, causing the fat cells to melt. A vacuum device will then suction out the melted fat cells, and the body’s natural metabolic process will dispose of any remaining melted fat cells. The heat emitted from the Smartlipo™ laser will stimulate the production of collagen, which will help tighten your skin and improve elasticity.

Following the Smartlipo™ procedure, you can expect some swelling and bruising, but wearing compression garments for a short time afterward will help. Unlike a traditional arm lift, you will be able to resume regular activities after just a few days. Scars from Smartlipo™ are minimal compared to those of a traditional arm lift, and they will continue to fade over time.

Regardless of which arm lift procedure you choose, the results will be immediate and improve over time and will be long-lasting as long as you maintain a stable weight and regular exercise.

To learn more about which arm lift procedure is appropriate, and how it can benefit you, contact Dr. Schlechter for a consultation. Please call us at (610) 624-2740 to schedule your appointment.


Best Age for Breast Lift Surgery

Posted on: January 25th, 2018
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

For women concerned about the drooping and sagging of their breasts, breast lift surgery can be a great solution. Before deciding whether or not you want to undergo breast lift surgery, it’s important to determine the degree of sagging, or ptosis, you are experiencing. There are three grades of breast ptosis:

  • Grage I: mild ptosis
  • Grage II: mild to moderate ptosis
  • Grage III: severe ptsosis

Breast Lift Before and After Photos

If your nipple is directly in front of the inframammary fold (the crease at the bottom of your breast), you may have mild ptosis. Mild to moderate ptosis is characterized by the nipple falling 1 to 3 centimeters below the fold. When the nipple is more than 3 centimeters below the fold, you may have severe breast ptosis.

Causes of breast sagging include aging, pregnancy, significant weight gain or loss, large breasts, or cigarette smoking. These can occur at any age, which means women do not have to wait until a certain age to consider breast lift surgery. Dr. Schlechter will determine the breast lift procedure that is best for you once he verifies the severity of your ptosis.

Breast Lift Procedures

Traditional Breast Lift

This procedure is best for correcting severe sagging. The incision is made around the areola, down the breast, and across the crease. The scarring typically fades over time. This procedure provides the most distinct results in patients who might not respond well to less invasive techniques.

Circumareolar Breast Lift

This procedure works to correct mild ptosis. Scarring is almost invisible as the incision is made around the perimeter of the areola. Dr. Schlechter will reduce the size of the areola and move it higher on the breast. Excess skin will also be removed, and many times, implants are placed at the same time.

Crescent Breast Lift

This is a great option for patients who want very minimal scarring; however, it is only appropriate in patients with very mild ptosis. Dr. Schlechter makes an incision on the top edge of the areola, removing a crescent shaped piece of skin. He then sutures together the remaining skin.

Vertical Breast Lift

This procedure is best for women who have mild to moderate ptosis. It is very similar to a traditional breast lift, but there is no incision made across the base of the breast.

To learn more about which breast lift procedure is right for you, contact Dr. Schlechter for a consultation. Please call us at (610) 624-2740 to schedule your appointment.


How Weight Loss Affects the Breasts

Posted on: December 21st, 2017
By: Spring Ridge Plastic Surgery

One of the concerns many women have when they are attempting to lose weight is how weight loss will affect their breasts. While weight loss can improve their health and lead to countless benefits for women who are overweight or obese, it can also cause breast volume loss, loose skin, and ptosis (sagging). When the breasts are significantly altered by moderate to major weight loss, a breast lift and/or breast augmentation can restore the shape, appearance, and firmness of the breasts.

Breast Augmentation with Lift Before and After Photos

Losing Weight

Because of anatomical differences, all women do not lose weight the same way, at the same rate, or in the same ratios from the same areas. Some may experience a noticeable reduction in breast size before seeing any slimming in the waist, and others may notice that their pants fit better before observing any other changes. Because women can gain and lose weight everywhere on their bodies, weight changes may be more noticeable in certain areas than others.

Losing Breast Tissue

The breasts are composed of fat, glandular tissue, and other types of tissue. When you are dieting or exercising to lose weight, the first tissue the body converts to energy is typically fat. Since women have different percentages of fatty tissue in their breasts, the loss of fat in the breasts can mean a more noticeable reduction in breast size for some women than for others. Weight loss (especially major weight loss) can have a significant impact on the appearance of the breasts. It is not unusual for women to have sagging, shapeless breasts with loose skin and volume loss after they have lost weight.

Restoring the Breasts After Weight Loss

After weight loss, breast surgery can help restore a woman’s breasts. Dr. Schlechter may not recommend breast surgery until a woman’s weight is stable because losing even just 10 pounds can change breast volume and skin quality. The best time for a woman to pursue breast surgery after weight loss is after she has maintained her stable goal weight for at least three to six months. When the timing is right, a woman can get a breast lift to tighten, lift, and reshape her breasts so that they are more flattering, feminine, and youthful. If volume loss is substantial, breast implants can restore some of the lost volume and augment breast size. Dr. Benjamin Schlechter can help you decide whether to undergo a breast lift, breast augmentation, or both to rejuvenate and enhance your breasts after weight loss.


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