NEW Internal Bra Mesh Helps Breast Lifts Last Longer
Dr. Eberbach is pleased to offer the newest innovation in breast lifting, GalaFlex mesh. While time and gravity can’t be stopped, GalaFlex helps slow them down.
Breast sagging is very common for women who have had children, lost weight or are just more mature. For those patients breast augmentation is not enough, a breast lift (also known as a mastopexy), is needed. As we age, we lose elasticity and volume in our breasts. Over the last 5 years, there’s been a substantial increase of 89% in the number of breast lift procedures according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). While there is no expiration date on a breast lift, the biggest long term problem all surgeons have is longevity of breast lifts. Women who have tissue that is badly stretched or damaged from babies, genetics or weight loss tend to wish they had their “right out of surgery results” years down the road. Gravity can take its tole, a patient can get more bottom fullness to the breast as the years go by. GalaFlex is a way to increase the longevity of breast lift results.
While the idea of adding internal support under the breast for lifts is not new, GalaFlex surpasses the rest. GalaFlex mesh is a new FDA approved mesh that recently came out on the market. In the past, mesh was tremendously expensive and took the form of a permanent synthetic or silk. GalaFlex mesh is made of P4HB (officially known as poly-4-hydroxybutyrate), a polymer that the body breaks down naturally into carbon dioxide and water, much like absorbable stitches surgeons use. It takes about 1 year to dissolve. While the mesh is dissolving, collagen and elastin enter into the scaffold and create a network that is three to four times stronger than native tissue basically creating an internal bra. The purpose of the mesh is to help traditional lifts last longer and maintain that upper fullness result.
GalaFlex mesh goes in conjunction with a traditional breast lift or breast lift with implants. During the procedure, Dr. Eberbach will insert the oval shaped mesh material into the lower part of the breast, and then suspend it to the chest wall (near the breastbone) to provide a natural sling that lifts the breasts. The mesh will naturally dissolve over time, prompting the body’s own ability to grow connective tissue around it to create an additional layer of support. This extra layer helps with aging and gravity so results can be maintained longer.