Breast LipoLift® is a breast lifting technique that uses liposuction to precisely reshape, lift, and reduce the breasts. Breast LipoLift® was developed when a young woman with a connective tissues disorder called Ehlers–Danlos wanted to lift and improve the asymmetry and look of her breasts. Ehlers–Danlos Syndrome is generally characterized by hyper-mobile joints and skin that stretch further than normal, and tissue that is more fragile than the average person due to the faulty production of collagen. People with Ehlers–Danlos can have Plastic Surgery, but they are at higher risk for complications.
Due to Dr Schwartz’s immense interest in patient safety and education, he decided to perform a Liposuction Breast Lift. During the procedure he would remove more tissue from one side to correct the size asymmetry, which was accurately measured with a Vectra 3D imaging system. Once the breasts were precisely reduced and symmetrical, Dr Schwartz then completed the lift using a conservative technique without drains. Her post-operative experience and healing was faster than usually and pain was almost non-existent. In fact, it went so well that she decided to write about it on blogs and other social media to let other women know there is a better way to get their results. Once that happened more and more women came in for the procedure and the Breast LipoLIft® was created.
BREAST LIPOLIFT® VS TRADITIONAL
The differences in techniques between traditional breast reductions or lifts vs LipoLIft® are what make all of the difference. During a traditional breast reduction or lift, the breast is opened and the tissue is cut out in order to reduce the size. If there is asymmetry it is cut out and then weighed after the fact to see if the breasts are symmetrical or not. This is done sometimes without precise measurements and by sitting the patient up during surgery to check. Most of these procedures In the United States are done by an inferior pedicle. The pedicle is the tissue left behind that the nipple and areola are attached to for vascular (blood) and nerve supply. The advantage of an inferior pedicle is that it allows for a lot of tissue to be removed and is also technically an easier procedure to perform. The problem with an inferior pedicle is that it removes tissue from the top of the breast which is where most women want to maintain for “cleavage”. The second most common procedure is a superior-medial pedicle. The advantage of this procedure is that the tissue left behind has some of the best blood supply.
The problem with this procedure is that you have to rotate The nipple and areola into a higher position which is often very difficult. Also the best nerve supply for the breast comes from laterally (near the armpit) which is a lot of the tissue removed. The other issue with most breast reduction procedures is that there is always a risk for losing nipple sensation as well as blood supply to the nipple which could lead to the loss of nipple altogether. Peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery that looked at complication rates from breast reduction showed:
- Overall Complication rate: 45%
- Delayed Healing: 21.6%
- Spitting Sutures: 9.2%
- Nipple Necrosis: 3.9%
- Nipple Sensation loss: 11-35%
Overall, the numbers show that although breast reduction is one of the most performed in the US (over 200,000 a year), there is a very large possibility of complications. This is mainly due to the fact that by cutting out tissue there is also blood supply and nerve supply being cut.
Dr. Schwartz had been using liposuction in all other parts of the body as part of his lifting procedures (Arm, Thigh, Abdomen, Back, Lower and Upper Body etc). He had found that by using liposuction to remove the internal tissue and then just remove the excess skin that his patients got better contouring, faster recovery and fewer complications. This is due to the fact that liposuction removes fat while selectively leaving behind nerves, blood vessels and lymphatic vessels. This is especially important in patients with lipedema that need “diseased” fat removed with lymphatic sparing techniques.
When looking at Dr. Schwartz’s Breast LipoLift® Outcomes:
- Overall Complication Rate: 6.4%
- Nipple Necrosis: 0%
- Loss of Nipple Sensation (If Sensation Prior to Surgery): 0%
- GAINED Nipple Sensation (If Insensate or Decreased Prior to Surgery: 35.5%
- Full or Hypersensitivity: 22.5%
- Partial: 13%
Most common complaint after surgery: NIPPLE HYPERSENSITIVITY
Breast LipoLift® attempts to follow well-studied principles of sparing nerves, blood and lymphatics to the breast.
BENEFITS OF THE LIPOLIFT® TECHNIQUE
Preserves Nipple Sensation
- LipoLift® is minimally invasive, which is best for preserving nerve sensation in the nipples.
- Patients typically don’t lose any nipple sensitivity with LipoLift®, and most state that they even have hypersensitivity of the nipples following surgery.
– A group of patients with little to no nipple sensitivity prior to surgery gained new sensation as pressure was relieved from the nerves with LipoLift®.
Better Breast Symmetry
- LipoLift® is ideal for women looking to improve breast symmetry.
- We can make the breasts more symmetrical by balancing breast size, breast placement, and the location of the nipple-areola complex.
- LipoLift® provides far greater precision than other breast techniques, which allows us to make subtle changes that dramatically impact the appearance of your breasts.
- The precise nature of the tissue removal during LipoLift® allows Dr. Schwartz to uniquely contour the breasts.
- All results are tailored to your body shape and proportions, which provides you with the most natural-looking results possible.
- With controlled contouring, we can better enhance the definition and cleavage of your breasts, creating a better overall shape.
- Since LipoLift® uses liposuction to contour the breasts instead of opening up the breasts as much as a traditional breast reduction or breast lift (mastopexy), there is less pressure on the scars, which could lead to better scarring.
- Drains are not needed for the LipoLift®, ensuring your recovery is more comfortable.
- The LipoLift® recovery period is shorter compared to the time needed for other breast reduction or breast lift (mastopexy) procedures.
WHY CHOOSE LIPOLIFT®
- Total Intravenous Anesthesia (TIVA). No anesthetic gases or breathing tube.
- Almost no nausea and vomiting.
- Most women are out to dinner the next evening
- NO DRAINS
- Tylenol and Advil only after surgery
- May be performed awake if wanted
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BREAST LIPOLIFT® SCARRING
Since Dr. Schwartz has published extensively on scarring and wound healing as well as been a principle investigator for an FDA clinical trial on poorly healed breast scars and their prevention, he has developed a protocol to help minimize scarring called Schwartz Scar Secure™.
SCHWARTZ RAPID RECUPERATION™
Since Breast LipoLift® utilizes liposuction and a gentler form of anesthesia, the recovery period is typically shorter than traditional breast reduction or breast lift (mastopexy) procedures. Most women can go out to dinner the next night and are back to work in a few days.
During LipoLift®, Dr. Schwartz will normally change the size of the areolas, making them more symmetrical, smaller, and more in proportion to fit the new breast size