Pregnancy, nursing, gravity, aging, and weight fluctuations are not kind to a woman’s breasts. Changes happen gradually, but at some point many women notice their breasts appear less shapely and are moving south on the chest. This often presents a real blow to a woman’s body image and sense of feminine beauty, making it difficult to wear figure-accentuating tops, dresses, and swimsuits with confidence.
For this reason, Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Patronella finds an innovative combination breast augmentation and breast lift technique he developed to be a particularly satisfying procedure to perform. By combining techniques to restore volume and lift to sagging breasts, he is often able to transform the breasts in a single procedure to give them a more shapely, youthful contour—a change which often dramatically improves self-confidence as well.
As a reflection of the difficulty associated with this procedure combination, many surgeons separate breast lifting and breast augmentation into two separate operations. Because of his reputation as one of the nation’s foremost breast enhancement experts, Dr. Patronella has been given the opportunity to be an innovator and leader in addressing the most demanding breast lift / breast augmentation cases. He devised a safer, more predictable technique known as the Delay Implant Fill Technique that greatly improved the success rate of combining the two procedures in a single surgery.
In this procedure, Dr. Patronella restores lift and firmness to breasts and places saline implants, which are left unfilled, in pockets that are made behind the chest muscle. Two weeks later, the implants are filled with sterile saline water to the desired size in a quick office visit that requires the use of local anesthesia only.
Dr. Patronella said, “The delayed filling of the implants allows the breast tissue to adjust to the surgical manipulation that is necessary to achieve both lift and volume and also enhances circulation of the breast tissue before the implant is filled, allowing dramatically improved healing.
The groundbreaking technique brought national recognition to Dr. Patronella, who was invited to present it at the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons’ annual meeting and for the Special Breast Surgery Panel at the prestigious American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s annual meeting.