Breast Lift & Augmentation
All About Breast Lifts
Are you unhappy with the sag or drooping of your breasts? A breast lift may be right for you – find out here!
Ptosis is a situation classified by the unusual, abnormal sagging or drooping of a body part or organ. This is common in breasts, and there are several factors that can contribute to this condition.
Some of these include:
- Gravity pulling the breasts downward over a period of time
- Pregnancy and the impact breastfeeding has on the integrity of the breast
- Aging (the skin loses its elasticity and ability to support the breasts)
- Fluctuations in weight (if you lose weight, you will likely have excess skin causing the breasts to sag)
What a Breast Lift Can do versus What it Cannot
A breast lift can restore the height and firmness of the breasts. It can also be performed to move the areolae and nipples higher on the breasts – when breasts begin to droop, the nipple and areolae tend to point downward, and a breast lift can correct this.
A breast lift can also help create cleavage that has likely dissolved as the breasts sagged and separated.
What a breast lift won’t do is change the size of your breasts significantly. If you are unhappy with the overall size and shape of your breast, an augmentation or enlargement can be performed in conjunction with a lift.
Types of Breast Lifts
There are three basic types of breast lifts. Each procedure requires the removal of some of the breast skin and the restoration and repositioning of the nipple and areolae. The concentric breast lift is the least popular because it requires a circular incision around the nipple and can cause more obvious periareolar scarring. This type of breast lift corrects mild ptosis.
The vertical breast lift is performed with an incision that runs from the nipple to the breast crease, and it corrects more moderate sagging.
The anchor breast lift achieves the maximum amount of lift, but it also requires more incisions and can often lead to more visible scarring.
How to Prepare for Your Breast Lift
As with any cosmetic operation, the first and most important step is receiving a thorough medical evaluation and consultation from Dr. Robertson. Each procedure will be customized to the individual patient’s need, and it’s important – both for the patient and Dr. Robertson – that all questions and concerns are addressed.
You will be asked to stop smoking and drinking alcohol for some period of time before your operation, and be sure to tell Dr. Robertson about all medications you’re taking. You should also stop taking aspirin or other medications that can cause thinning of the blood. It’s also a good idea to pre-arrange post-op transportation.
How to Promote Healing after Your Breast Lift
Most importantly, follow your recovery plan without fail. You may also be asked to do any number of the following:
- Sleep in an upright position
- Use cold compresses to reduce swelling
- Take pain management medications
- Wear a compression bra
- Refrain from lifting or bending for a period of time
- Return to your surgeon for follow-up visits
Risks involved with breast lifts are rare, and the most common side effect is some scarring. Dr. Robertson is highly experienced with this particular procedure to minimize this and ensure the operation’s ultimate success.
Breast Augmentation: Procedure, Recovery and Helpful Facts
Breast augmentation successfully and safely transforms the size, shape and firmness of the breasts. If you’re considering the procedure, keep reading to learn all about it.
Breast augmentation is an operation that can be used to correct damaged, missing or misshapen breasts – if you’ve suffered the trauma of a mastectomy, for example – but more often than not, breast implants are received for cosmetic reasons. If someone wants larger, more evenly-shaped or firmer breasts, breast augmentation is the safest, most common solution.
What Breast Augmentation Will do versus What it Will Not:
- Breast implants will help balance the size and shape of the breast with the rest of the figure
- They will increase fullness and firmness
- They will increase projection
- Breast augmentation will not lift the breasts
If you’ve gone through childbirth or experienced extreme weight fluctuation leading to drooping, sagging breasts, implants alone will not remedy this. A breast lift will be needed to restore the former, full height of the breasts.
Is Everyone a Good Candidate for Breast Augmentation?
Not necessarily, but most of the criteria for a good breast augmentation candidate can be achieved with some work. Here are two characteristics all candidates for breast implants should possess:
- Overall good health
- Breasts that are fully developed – time frames for this vary, but it is recommended that you wait until you are 18 years old, at the very minimum.
Also, if your breasts did not develop normally; if you are not content with your breasts for some reason; and if you possess realistic expectations about breast augmentation results, you are likely a strong candidate for the procedure.
How is Breast Augmentation Performed?
Dr. Robertson will go into more detail about the specifics of your procedure during your consultation. But as an overview, breast augmentation can usually be performed in an outpatient environment, such as a hospital or ambulatory center, or you may stay overnight.
The procedure itself is pain free because patients are put under anesthesia. The incision sites vary depending on your body type, the implant size and the desired results, but common sites include under the breast or arm, or around the nipple.
The breast implant is inserted either above or below the chest muscle, but its exact placement depends on several factors. The incision is then closed, and healing begins.
Tips to Optimize Healing after Breast Augmentation.
- Although slightly unpleasant, use compresses and ice packs to reduce pain and swelling.
- Avoid sleeping on your sides or stomach during breast implant surgery recovery. For optimal healing, attempt to sleep in a slightly upright position.
- Avoid bending over, reaching up high, extreme stretching or strenuous activity for as long as possible.
- Some doctors recommend massaging the implants – smooth, not textured implants – gently after the first few days of recovery. This helps keep them soft and correctly placed as the tissue around them heals.
- Overuse your compression bra.
- Ask your doctor about other medications or natural remedies that can help reduce swelling, bruising and improve circulation.
Do Results from Breast Augmentation Last Forever?
Unfortunately, they are not manufactured to be lifetime devices, so it’s possible that your implants will never need replacing.
However, your implants will likely last longer if there are no complications, leakage or rupture of the breast implants. If you experience any discomfort, change in shape or size variations over time, you’ll want to schedule a visit with your plastic surgeon.
Extra Facts about Breast Augmentation Surgery
If you plan on breast feeding after a pregnancy and you have implants, be aware that they can lead to reduced lactation.
Also, implants can make receiving a mammogram slightly trickier, but advances in X-ray technology have made it possible to scan the breasts thoroughly for any abnormalities despite the implant. There have been no connections made between breast implants and an increased risk of developing breast cancer.
If you’re unhappy with your breasts and are considering breast augmentation, your first step is to schedule a medical evaluation and consultation with Dr. Robertson. Be open and inquisitive, and make sure your questions are answered prior to your procedure.