How Does An Internal Bra Reduce Breast Sagging?
By Sherri Roberts
Virtual Consultation Director for Dr. Chris Patronella
His meticulous approach to creating exceptional results has made Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Chris Patronella one of the top plastic surgeons in Texas. His incorporation of an internal bra to reinforce soft tissues during breast lift and breast implant revision procedures is but one of many examples which reflect his attention to detail.
“As we get older, the strength and thickness of our skin and connective tissue diminishes, resulting in sagging and wrinkles. Often it’s first noticed in the face, but this process is also occurring throughout the body,” said Dr. Patronella. “This loss of elasticity in the deep fibrous tissue of the breasts is the reason recurrent sagging is common after breast lift and breast implant revision procedures,” he added. Studies show this is partially due to a gradual loss of collagen in our bodies—about one percent each year after age 20.
To counteract this, Dr. Patronella fashions an internal bra with GalaFLEX, a material which is similar to that in the absorbable sutures Dr. Patronella employs. The product is absorbed into the body within one to two years and is “very safe,” Dr. Patronella said.
“GalaFLEX serves as a scaffold to stimulate the body to produce collagen support in the weave of the mesh. So when the mesh is fully absorbed by the body, the collagen is still there,” said Dr. Patronella. “This internal bra supports the weight of large breasts or implants and enhances the longevity of the breasts’ perkiness following breast lift surgery.”
For breast implant revision surgery, Dr. Patronella often employs GalaFLEX combined with other techniques to repair the implant pocket and improve the position of implants. Some of the most common conditions Dr. Patronella corrects include “bottoming out” where implants fall beneath the breast crease and the “lateral displacement” of implants which have shifted sideways.
Your Breast Surgery Consultation with Dr. Patronella
If you are interested in learning more about an internal bra and if it is a good option for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patronella. To determine the best strategy for your needs, he will take into consideration your breast appearance preferences along with your current breast shape, size and laxity. This allows him to determine the best combination of factors including an internal bra, implants vs. no implants, implants profile, and breast fat grafting to achieve the results you desire.