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Beware of Vampire Breast Lifts! They Are Too Good To Be True

Vampire Breast Lift – What is It? And Are They Too Good to Be True?

A non-invasive breast lift that takes just 15 minutes with little-to-no recovery time sounds like it could the future of breast enhancement – but is it too good to be true? Dr. Adams, an international authority on breast augmentation, notes that there is no science or data behind vampire breast lifts. So should the widespread vampire trend stay in pop culture and out of cosmetic procedures? Let’s take a look.

Watch Dr. Adams pick a part vampire breast lifts in the No Spin News video below.

What is a Vampire Breast Lift

Vampire breast lifts get their name from the iconic blood-sucking characters from folk tales to hit T.V. shows because, like their namesakes, the treatments involve sucking out a patient’s blood.

During a vampire breast lift, a doctor will draw your blood and extract platelet-rich plasma (PRP) through a process known as centrifugation or spinning. This process allows the doctor to separate the blood plasma from the other blood cells.

A vampire breast lift only requires the use of the platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, and not the rest of the blood cells.

These platelets contain a high concentration of proteins, known as growth factors, which can theoretically help heal injuries quicker and rejuvenate the breast tissue to appear plumper and fuller.

Once the platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is separated from the blood, it is combined with dermal fillers and re-injected into the breasts with the intention of stimulating collagen production and blood flow. Allegedly, this leads to fuller, firmer breasts in just a few weeks.

Does a Vampire Breast Lift Work?

Vampire breast lifts claim to improve the overall appearance of the breasts by smoothing wrinkles, fixing inverted nipples, reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scar tissue, and lifting sagging skin. The treatment does not increase cup size.

Like other injectable cosmetic treatments, these types of procedures are temporary, and benefits are primarily superficial (smoothing wrinkles, for example). Vampire breast lifts are non-invasive injections; there is no part of the treatment that involves physically lifting or manipulating the breast tissue, although they may be able to give the appearance of more fullness or smoother skin and cleavage. They cannot, however, lift the breast.

Many plastic surgeons are skeptical at some of the claims made regarding vampire breast lifts. There is little to no scientific data to back up any of these claims made about helping to lift the breasts or make them appear fuller. At least nothing that directly correlates to the injection of PRP.

If you inject any sort of filler or liquid (like saline) into a woman’s breasts, you are going to notice them appearing fuller or slightly larger, however this is just because you are injecting more of a substance into the area, so of course when you add something under the skin it’s going to seem like an enhancement.

PRP treatments are typically used in orthopedic settings to help the healing process in ligaments, damaged joints, tendons, and muscles. PRP treatments in orthopedics has been studied and has been shown to help the healing process for these damaged areas, but with regards to breast lifts, there is no data suggesting that PRP treatments on their own can essentially mimic the effects of a surgical breast lift.

How Long Do the Results Last?

As we said, we don’t believe that there is enough science behind the vampire breast lift procedure to encourage our patients to seek it out, but some doctors claim that the effects can last for months, however we are skeptical of that.

Since it’s just an organic injectable you may notice some fullness and smoother skin in the first few days, but as your body begins to reabsorb those platelets, any effects you experienced will being to wane and you’re body will go back to normal.

The idea behind PRP therapy for breast lifts is that the platelets help to stimulate collagen production and blood flow to the area, which is supposed to help make the breasts appear fuller, however just using injectables is not going to give you anywhere near the effects that a surgical breast lift would give you.

Is a Vampire Breast Lift Safe? Are There Side Effects?

If you choose to try a vampire breast lift, it is very safe. This is a non-surgical procedure that draws your own blood, extracts the platelets from the blood, and reinjects it back into your body. There are no foreign materials or outside elements at play when undergoing PRP treatment.

As long as you’re not allergic to the material used in the syringes, then you should have no major allergic reactions or debilitating side effects.

The only side effects that you may experience are related to injections in general. You may notice some bruising or soreness near the injection sites as the need has to puncture the skin in order to inject the platelets. But since the organic material being injected into your body was produced by your own body, there should be no other side effects.

How Much Does a Vampire Breast Lift Cost?

While we do not perform vampire breast lift procedures in our office here at Dr. Adams Plastic Surgery, you can expect to pay between $1500 and $2000 depending on the office you visit and the location.

If It Sounds Too Good to Be True, It Probably Is

A fifteen-minute breast lift with no recovery time might seem like the best breast augmentation procedure on the market, but be sure to read the fine print. Data is scarce on this relatively new-to-market treatment, and reviews or before-and-after testimonials are rare.

Dr. Adams notes that vampire lifts are – at best – soft tissue fillers. Fillers can’t possibly lift breasts or make them larger. Therefore, they don’t work as a breast lift.

Critics of PRP therapy have argued that adding rich plasma does not equate to more healing power. The human body requires a precise balance of cells and nutrients for optimal function; adding too much platelet-rich plasma could disrupt that balance in useless or even harmful ways. Some skeptical of vampire breast lifts have also raised concerns about introducing additional growth factors into an area of the body that is already prone to developing cancer.

If you really want to get your perky breasts back, traditional breast lifts are the best option. Take a look at our before and after breast lift photos to see just how effective breast lifts are when performed by a renown plastic surgeon who specializes in breast augmentation. Interested in learning more about breast lifts? Contact us today! Dr. Adams can put you on a proven path to perky and more youthful breasts.

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After Breast Augmentation Can I Go Bigger in the Future?

We have had many patients come back to us after having breast augmentation surgery asking if it’s possible to go larger.

The short answer is yes, it is possible to increase the size of your breast implant after you’ve had the surgery, but there are a lot of things to consider before doing so.

When we have a past patient that comes in asking about larger breasts after they’ve already undergone breast augmentation the first thing we do is show them their before photos. Once the patients see their original before photos when compared to how they currently look, it becomes more obvious how much larger their implants currently look.

After a longer period of time you get used to how the new breasts look and oftentimes forget about what you used to look like before the procedure. In some patients this leads to them almost think of their breasts as their own breasts without an implant in they come in wanting to be bigger.  There are a lot of considerations that need to be discussed because the most important thing in what we stress of patients before their first surgery is that they should pick implant that fits her breasts and this will give him the best outcome the best experience and a result that truly gives some beautiful breast shape but doesn’t make them look too big or what a lot of patients call making them look “fat”. In most cases though, once we’ve shown the patient their original before photos they are more likely to see just how much larger and shapelier their breasts actually are and that’s where the conversation ends.

Of course, that’s not always the case though. There are still those patients that have their mind set on going larger no matter what we show them, and that’s totally fine.

We’re here to help you be the best version of yourself you can be, and if that means you’re still unhappy after your initial surgery, we can certainly help with that.

The reality is that sometimes especially people that are really petite they can only fit a certain size implant into the breast so if it’s one or two years later they do have the option to increase the size of their breasts in a reasonable way and sometimes this is desirable to the patient and very doable from the surgical standpoint.

Should You Increase Your Breast Implant Size After Initial Surgery?

As we stated above, the decision is truly yours and yours alone, but we as the surgeons with experience in this field will offer up our professional opinion on whether or not it’s a good idea.

There are some downsides to having your breast size increased after already having implants, the biggest one being that you’ll have to undergo another surgical procedure in an area where you’ve already had surgery.

Repeat Surgery

If you’ve already experienced breast augmentation then you’ll know what to expect, but having a second surgery in the same place can be a little more uncomfortable. The surgeon will have to cut through scar tissue and areas of the muscle that have already re-healed, which can lead to a different recovery.

The anticipation of a second surgery may or may not cause an increase in stress since you already know what to expect. If you had a bad recovery experience, or post-op experience with your first surgery, then you may be more easily worked up going into the second one. Stress can also cause the post-op experience to be more difficult than it was previously.

Finally, the fact that you’re increasing the size of your breasts is going to feel different on your body than the first procedure, so just because you have experienced it before doesn’t mean that it will be similar.

Changing Your Mind After Plastic Surgery

The good news is that with breast augmentation, whether you change your mind and want to go bigger in the future, or you want to have your implants removed, the procedure itself is pretty straight forward.

Since it’s a foreign object being placed in your body, and not necessarily areas of your body being removed, then you can always opt to have the implants replaced or removed at your discretion.

Other cosmetic surgeries such as rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, otoplasty, and more, cannot be reversed as easily. If one of these procedures is performed incorrectly, or you’re not satisfied with the results, there are ways to try to correct them in order to get you closer to the results you were expecting, but you’re not really going to have these sorts of procedures reversed.

During our consultations we always make it a point to properly manage expectations from the procedures we perform. When our patients come in with unrealistic ideas on how their body is going to look after a procedure, it’s up to use to make sure to explain to them why those results are not possible.

Using 3D modeling and examples of past surgeries, we can better show the results on your actual body so you’ll have a better understanding of how you’ll look after the surgery.

If you have any questions about breast augmentation surgery or would like to setup a consultation, please contact us today!

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5 Common Questions Regarding Breast Augmentation Recovery

If you’re thinking about breast augmentation surgery, there’s a good chance you’ve thought about what the recovery process is like.

Since it is a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia, incisions, and sutures, there is going to be some pain and discomfort during the days and weeks following, but don’t let that scare you. In most cases the recovery process isn’t as bad as you’re making it out to be in your head.

Dr. Adams performs his breast augmentation procedures in a way that minimizes recovery time and lets you get back to your everyday routine in the shortest amount of time possible. However, there are still some things you should know about the recovery and how to prepare yourself for it.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Augmentation Recovery

How Should I Prepare for Recovery, What Should I Buy?

A common concern from people leading up to breast augmentation surgery is what they should have accessible in order make the recovery process as smooth as possible.

After the procedure you’re going to want to relax and take it easy for a while, so the most important thing to have is comfortable clothing. Your body isn’t going to feel like going out and looking cute so take advantage of the down time, put on some comfy sweats and relax in bed or on the couch.

In regard to what type of bra to wear after the surgery, your doctor may provide a tight-fitting sports bra-like undergarment for you to wear as you recover. It’s important to wear it and not to switch it out for a traditional bra that you’re used to.

You want to keep your breasts as stationary as possible while everything heals and by wearing a tight-fitting sports bra, you’re able to keep everything snug and as immobile as possible. You should expect to be wearing this bra until about 2-4 weeks post-op and your doctor has given you approval to remove it.

What is the Average Recovery Time for Breast Augmentation?

Every patient is different, but in general the recovery process for breast augmentation surgery can last anywhere from 4-6 weeks. This is from the day after the surgery until fully healed, however Dr. Adams offers his Fast Track 24-Hour Breast Augmentation Recovery which will allow you to be able to return to normal activities within 24 hours.

The pain and discomfort are going to be at their worst for the first week, but by week two or three you should be starting to feel much better. If you’ve had your procedure done by Dr. Adams, this recovery time can be shortened a bit due to the technique he uses to help speed up the recovery process.

The most important thing is to make sure to go to your follow-up appointments with your doctor and let them know if there is any pain or discomfort that you feel might be out of the ordinary. Your doctor has performed many of these procedures and knows what the typical recovery process looks like, so even if you’re slightly concerned about the way you’re feeling, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor.

While Dr. Adams’ fast track 24-hour breast augmentation recovery will allow you to get back to your normal daily activities, you’ll still need to let your body heal before working out.

How Long Should I Wait to Start Working Out Again?

Many people want to jump right back into their exercise routine after undergoing breast augmentation surgery but doing so can have a major negative impact on your body.

You’ll want to wait until you get the official OK from your doctor before returning to your normal workout schedule. This can be anywhere from 2-6 weeks after the surgery, but short walks are ok to start taking immediately after surgery.

After about two weeks you can start walking on the treadmill or inclined walking as long as your body feels up to it. At four weeks you can resume your normal exercise routine, but you’ll have to hold off on the heavy lifting until about six weeks.

After the six weeks mark your body should be fully healed and you should be able to resume all the exercises you were doing before the surgery. If you have any concerns about your workout regimen and your surgery, consult with your doctor.

With the 24-hour fast track recovery, you’ll be able to get back to aerobic exercise within 2 weeks, but will still have to wait for a full recovery before doing heavy lifting.

Can I Drink or Smoke After Breast Augmentation?

We recommend that you refrain from drinking or smoking immediately after your surgery as both of these things can cause complications with the healing process. Smoking or drinking before and after your procedure can lead to things like infection, blood clots, increased pain, slower healing and more.

In most cases your doctor will request that you quick smoking and drinking for a few weeks before the surgery and refrain from starting again until 3-6 weeks after the surgery. This will ensure that there are no external factors that could play a part in complications or issues with the surgery itself or the recovery process.

Is Breast Augmentation Recovery Painful?

While pain is subjective, any surgery where cuts are made into skin and muscle is going to come with some level of pain. Some people handle the pain better than others, but typically there will be some pain associated with breast augmentation surgery.

General anesthesia is used during the procedure, so you will not feel any discomfort or pain while the surgery is actually happening. Once you awake from sedation, you’re going to be drowsy and sore for a while. The incision areas on the skin will be tender and sore as they begin to heal and the muscle and tissue underneath the skin will be sore as well.

Pain medication and relaxing are the best things you can do for the pain. Your doctor will instruct you on what pain medications to take and can prescribe stronger medicine if you’re experiencing high levels of discomfort.

In the end, a few weeks of pain is typically worth it once you see the results of the surgery. It’s extremely important to follow your doctor’s recovery regimen to help prevent more pain, infection, or complications.

Even if you’ve undergone plastic or cosmetic surgery in the past, you should still listen to your doctor as not all procedures are the same.

If you have any questions regarding breast augmentation or the recovery process for breast augmentation surgery, please contact us to setup a consultation.

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Most Commonly Asked Questions about Mastopexy/Breast Lift Surgery

Mastopexy, which is also known as a breast lift, is one of the most common forms of breast augmentation surgery available today. This surgical procedure is designed to help raise and reshape sagging breasts and reinforce skin stretch. If necessary, a mastopexy can also reduce the size of your areolas.

Overall, a mastopexy is designed to help restore sagging breasts back to their original level of perkiness. It does not, however, add volume or size to your breasts. The only way to accomplish that would be to add implants or fat injections to the breasts.

There are many reasons why a woman may opt to have a breast lift, or mastopexy, but it’s always important to talk with your surgeon first. They will be able to advise you on whether a mastopexy will give you the results you’re looking for, or if you’ll have to go a different route.

Remember, not everyone is created equal and just because someone you know had a breast lift and it looks amazing, it may not give you the same results. This is why it’s extremely important to talk with a professional before making any decisions.

But before you talk with a doctor about mastopexy surgery, here are some of the most commonly asked questions about breast lifts.

Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Lift Surgery

How Much Does a Mastopexy Cost?

The cost of surgical procedures like mastopexy are going to vary depending on your location, the doctor you’re going to see, and the overall nature of the surgery. Because of this, it’s hard to outline an exact price, but we can give you a price range that a typical mastopexy procedure should fall under.

The average cost of a mastopexy in the United States is around $5,000. Keep in mind that this price is only for the surgery itself, it does not include things like testing, hospital fees, anesthesia, prescriptions, etc.

Depending on where you’re at in the country, and which doctor you go to, you may find prices as low as $2,000 or as high as $12,000. Another thing to keep in mind is that breast lift surgery is considered cosmetic surgery and most health insurance providers will not cover this procedure.

Can You Breast Feed After a Breast Lift?

When it comes to breast augmentation surgeries, like mastopexy, as long as you have a skilled doctor who knows what they’re doing, you should have no problem breastfeeding after the procedure.

If you had trouble breastfeeding before you had the surgery, this procedure will not help with that, but you can rest assured that the mammary glands are typically not disturbed during a procedure like this, so there should be no change to your ability to breastfeed.

How Long Does it Take For a Breast Lift To Heal?

Everyone’s body is different, so the healing process of any surgery is going to vary. Typically when we perform breast lift procedures we see patients back to everyday activities within 2-weeks. This doesn’t mean that you can run out and start exercising and doing sports again, but you should be able to go about your normal daily routine.

Swelling and bruising will be noticeable for about 3 weeks, but this can be easily managed with pain medication and shouldn’t cause too much discomfort if you’re not overexerting yourself.

For up to six weeks after the surgery you may notice some strange sensations around your nipple area. This can include burning feeling and numbness. Rest assured though these sensations typically go away after about six weeks and are very rarely permanent.

After about eight weeks post-op you should be able to resume more high-impact exercises and get back to your regular exercise schedule.

The last thing to heal is going to be your scars. Scars from breast lift surgery tend to change a lot during the first six months so don’t be surprised if they seem fairly noticeable during this time. The incisions themselves should be hidden when you are wearing clothing, even a bathing suit, and will continue to fade as time goes on.

If you wish to help keep the scars from being noticeable, there are scar fading creams on the market that tend to help, but the best thing you can do is keep the scars out of direct sunlight for a while.

If you’re concerned about scarring after the procedure talk with your doctor and they will be able to give you more tips on how to prevent discoloration of the scars.

A breast lift is a great way to return your breasts to their youthful, perkiness, while also helping to boost self-esteem. A skilled, professional, doctor will be able to answer all your questions regarding mastopexy surgery and the results you can expect from it, but it’s always good to go into the office knowing a little bit about the procedure.

Dr. Adams Plastic Surgery in Dallas, Texas is highly skilled in performing breast lift surgery as well as other breast augmentation procedures. Please contact us today to setup a consultation, or if you have any questions about the procedures we offer.

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Breast Implant Scars – What You Need to Know

One of the biggest concerns we get when it comes to breast related plastic surgery clients is scarring. Many patients are concerned that the scars related to procedures like breast augmentation and breast lifts are going to be highly noticeable and unsightly.

This is a valid concern considering it is a surgical procedure that requires incisions to be made in the skin, so unfortunately scarring is a part of that process. That being said though, there are things that the surgeon can do to help minimize scarring and there are things you can do, post-op, to help reduce the visible scars.

How a Skilled Surgeon Helps to Reduce Scars

If you’re considering a breast lift or breast augmentation, one of the most important things you can do is to trust your doctor. Finding a reputable doctor that is active in the plastic surgery community, understands what they are doing, has good reviews and referrals, is always the first place to start.

A good surgeon will listen to, and understand, your needs when it comes to minimal scarring, and will explain exactly how they go about ensuring that the scars are as invisible as they can be after healing.

In most cases, the doctor will place the incisions in areas that are normally concealed by clothing and bathing suits so that you won’t have to worry about an unsightly scar while at the beach. By placing the scars around the areola or in the creases of the breast, your surgeon will be able to hide the incisions in areas that 99% of people will never see.

Avoiding Sunlight and Using Creams

In regard to post-op care to help minimize the scars, or the color of the scars, there are a number of things you can do.

While it shouldn’t be too hard to do after your surgical procedure, we always must tell patients to remain out of the sun to avoid causing your scars to become darker. If you can’t avoid being in the sun, or just love the sun in general, be sure to put on a high SPF sunscreen to help protect your scars from the UV rays.

There are also creams available to help lighten up scars and reduce their appearance but making sure you keep your healing incision clean and properly cared for is another great way to help minimize scarring.

Using anti-bacterial cream and cleaning the incision on a regular basis will help keep any foreign germs out of the area and will allow for better healing. The smoother the healing process, the less likely for scarring complications.

Once the healing process has finished, you can use things like softening creams or silicone treatments, which both help to keep the scarring area hydrated and flexible. This will help the scar tissue appear more normal, as scar tissue itself is relatively hard compared to normal skin.

Will The Scar Ever Go Away?

Unfortunately, that scar tissue is there to stay, but over time they will be less and less noticeable. If you’re really uncomfortable with the way the incisions have healed, there are medical options to available to help reduce the look of the scars.

Laser treatments and scar revision procedures are designed to help the scar tissue blend in with the skin around it, making it less visible. It won’t completely erase the scar, but it can help to make it less noticeable to the naked eye.

Scarring is a natural part of the human body and when an incision is made in the skin there’s no getting around it. Thankfully Dr. Adams is an extremely skilled surgeon, with years of experience, that can help minimize your scarring after breast augmentation surgery.

If you’re looking for more information about scarring or want to setup a consultation to talk to Dr. Adams about breast augmentation or a breast lift, please contact Dr. William Adams Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX today!