Breast LiftRestore Beautiful, Youthful Breasts
Breast lift is one the most popular plastic surgery procedures I perform at my Sacramento practice because it addresses an aesthetic problem that many women struggle with at some point or another in their lives: loss of their youthful appearance. Over time, women’s breasts begin to sag or lose their firmness due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, loss of collagen, weight fluctuations, genetics, and gravity. Not only does breast lift raise the breasts to a higher and more youthful position on the chest, it also creates a more flattering breast shape that will allow you to feel more confident and beautiful in your skin.
Can You Benefit from Breast Lift?
You may benefit from breast lift if you feel that you have flat, shapeless or saggy breasts, as well as downward pointing nipples and stretched out areolas. In order to be eligible for breast lift, you must also be in good health. You should ideally not smoke, be free of serious medical conditions and have a healthy, stable weight. Your full medical history will be evaluated and discussed during the consultation phase.
Breast Lift Explained
Breast lift is performed under anesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain during surgery. The first step of the procedure is to create incisions on the breast. The exact incision technique I use will depend on several factors, including your skin quality and your preferences. In most cases, I create an incision that begins around the areola and extends vertically down to the breast crease or fold. For patients who need extensive breast lifting and reshaping, I extend the incision along the breast crease.
Through these incisions, I reshape and reposition the underlying breast tissue with the goal of creating a more attractive and youthful breast contour. Commonly that includes moving some of the tissue on the side of the breast (under the armpit) and repositioning behind the breast to place the volume where it looks best. Then I remove excess skin before carefully re-draping the remaining skin on the re-sculpted breast mound. If you have downward pointing nipples and overly large areolas, we can easily correct those too. Although the nipple-areolar complex is repositioned, it is never actually detached from the nerves or blood supply, so sensation and breastfeeding function are not usually compromised.
Once I am done reshaping the breast and repositioning the nipple, the incisions are closed with sutures. A compression garment is placed on top to support your breasts as they heal. The initial recovery period usually takes one to two weeks. After that point, you will be able to return to work. The results are usually seen a few weeks after breast lift and will continuously improve up to a year after surgery.
Do You Need Implants, Too?
This is a common question that many of my breast lift patients ask. The short answer is, it depends. Breast implants enhance the size and volume of the breasts. Breast lift does not do this. In fact, because the lift procedure removes loose skin and fatty tissue, you may end up with slightly smaller breasts.
Ultimately, whether you need breast implants in addition to your breast lift will depend on your cosmetic needs and goals, including whether you want substantially large, fuller breasts. We will discuss all of your options in detail during the consultation phase.
Take the Next Step toward Perkier, Younger-Looking Breasts
Breast lift is a very rewarding procedure, but it is still major surgery. Therefore, it cannot be overstated how important it is to work with a plastic surgeon whose skill and experience you trust and with whom you feel comfortable. At my practice, I strive to treat each patient the way I would like my family to be treated. It is very important to me that you feel completely at ease so I can get a clear understanding of what your needs are and ensure that your goals are met. I really enjoy spending time with my patients before surgery. I would never want to have an operation if the surgeon hasn’t explained all the details to me first and answered all my questions. Neither should you!
If you would like to learn more about breast lift, please schedule a consultation with my office today. I would be happy to talk with you and answer all your questions.
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