If you are considering a breast lift, it is normal to have a lot of questions before surgery. I take the time to make sure that my patients are fully educated about their options so they feel confident in their decision to choose breast enhancement. Below, I have answered some of the questions I hear most often from women who are interested in improving their figure with a breast lift.
Once you feel ready, please contact us online or call 949-759-0980 today to schedule your breast lift consultation at my Newport Beach office in Orange County. My staff and I are completely committed to helping you enjoy a positive experience from consultation through recovery as we help you reach your cosmetic goals.
Is This Procedure Right for Me?
The best candidates for a breast lift are in good general health physically and mentally and have realistic expectations about what a breast lift can achieve for them. A breast lift is best for women with ptotic (sagging) breasts, usually with an elongated breast shape, nipples that point downward or fall below the inframammary fold (the bottom of the breast), or breasts that look deflated following weight loss, pregnancy or nursing.
Will a Breast Lift Increase My Cup Size?
It is important to understand the benefits and limitations of a breast lift. While a breast lift is ideal for bringing out the best in your natural assets, this procedure will not significantly change the size of your breasts. After a breast lift, my patients enjoy a profile that is more youthful and uplifted and notice that their breasts have a firmer texture. For many women, these enhancements help them feel better about their breast shape even without an increase in volume.
Can I Combine a Breast Lift with Implants?
Many of my patients choose to include breast implants with their breast lift to combine the benefits of both procedures. In addition to reshaping and uplifting the natural breast, incorporating breast implants means an increase in cup size as well. It is not at all uncommon to perform these surgeries as a combination procedure, often as part of a mommy makeover.
What’s the Difference between a Breast Lift and Breast Reduction?
A breast lift and breast reduction both recontour your existing breast tissue for a more flattering look. However, during a breast reduction, I remove excess tissue and reshape the breast to create a more petite, proportionate look. Some skin and tissue may be removed during a breast lift as well, but the amount is much less substantial, as the focus is on lifting rather than reducing the breasts.
Will I Have Scars?
The incisions I make during a breast lift typically run around the areola and then vertically down the underside of the breast to the inframammary fold. In some candidates, a more limited lift may be possible using only the incision around the areola, but this technique will not allow for significant correction of the breast tissue. In other candidates, I may need to extend the incisions along the breast crease slightly, creating an anchor shape. Over time and with the help of my recommended scar-minimizing regimen, breast lift incisions heal up to become inconspicuous, even though they are located on the surface of the breast. Most of my patients feel happy enough with their new look that scars are not a concern after recovery.
What Should I Expect During My Consultation?
During our first consultation, we will talk about your hopes for breast lift surgery and go over your options in more detail. This is a good time to discuss whether to combine breast implants with your breast lift, as well as any other questions or concerns you may have. I will also conduct a physical evaluation so I have a better idea of which surgical approach will give you the best results. Finally, we will talk more about the benefits and risks of breast lift surgery, and I will explain what you can expect during surgery and recovery in more detail.
When Will I See Results?
Your breasts may look swollen and feel tight immediately after your surgery, and I will have you wear a special supportive garment for a few weeks to keep your newly contoured breasts properly positioned. I will also give you specific instructions to follow during your recovery, along with starting you on a scar-minimizing program. As swelling decreases over the following weeks, your results will become more visible. Although gravity and the aging process will continue to affect your breast appearance in the future, you can expect your new look to be long-lasting.