A breast lift is a surgical procedure that lifts sagging breasts. This loss of elasticity is a common result of aging, as gravity affects how our skin and tissue lies. Other factors, such as weight loss, pregnancy and breast-feeding, can also significantly alter your breasts’ positioning.
Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful contour. Those who are unhappy may consider a breast lift with augmentation. In such cases, implants inserted in conjunction with a breast lift can both lift and enhance the breasts.
You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you have breasts that sag, breasts that lack substance or firmness, or areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease.
During the consultation, you will be asked about your desired breast shape and size. Dr. Craig will discuss with you how your nipples and areolas will be re-positioned. You should mention anything else about your breasts that you would like to see improved. This will help Dr. Craig to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.
A common method of lifting the breasts involves three incisions. One incision is made around the areola. Another runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areaola to the crease underneath the breast. The third incision is horizontal beneath the breast and follows the natural curve of the breast crease.
After Dr. Craig has removed excess breast skin, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which in a sagging breast may have been stretched, can be reduced in size. Skin that was formerly located above the areola is brought down and together beneath it to and beneath it to reshape the breast. The nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying mounds of tissue, and this usually allows for the preservation of sensation and the ability to breast-feed.
After breast lift surgery, it is often possible to return to work within a week or so, depending on your job. For the first 2-3 weeks post procedure, you should limit lifting naything greater than 10-15 lbs. In many instances, you can resume most of your normal activities, including some form of mild exercise, after several weeks. You may continue to experience some mild, periodic discomfort during this time, but such feelings are normal and can be alleviated with medication. Severe pain should be reported to Dr. Craig.
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