Young adult women tend to have ‘perky,’ well-positioned breasts. After pregnancy and over time, breast sagging may occur, causing the breasts, nipples, and areolas to hang below the breast crease. A breast lift surgically removes excess breast skin, improves breast projection, and repositions the breasts and areolas so that they look more attractive and youthful.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Boyd will review your medical history and perform a thorough examination and analysis of your breasts to discuss the best options to achieve your goals.
Breast lift surgery is performed for aesthetic reasons, and individuals who are bothered by their degree of breast sagging may wish to consider this procedure. Ideal candidates are in good health and do not smoke. Candidates should also have realistic expectations about the results. Bear in mind that when more tissue is adjusted, there is greater potential for damage to the nerves and ducts that facilitate breastfeeding and erotic sensation of the nipple. Candidates should consider these potential risks before deciding to undergo breast lift surgery.
Women with breast ptosis (breast sagging) may be good candidates for breast lift surgery. While some degree of breast sagging will occur in all women over time, not all will need or want breast lift surgery. Those with more noticeable breast sagging or who are bothered by how it has affected their appearance should consider how this procedure could benefit them.
In nearly all cases, nipple sensation will be retained post-surgery or will return within approximately six months. Those who would normally have been able to breastfeed before breast lift surgery should not be affected by the procedure. However, operating on the breasts may have the potential to damage the nerves and ducts that make breastfeeding possible. Dr. Boyd can discuss this with you in greater detail, but if you are concerned, you may wish to wait to undergo breast lift surgery until you are finished having children.
Typically, breast lift surgery is not covered by health insurance because it is performed for aesthetic reasons.
Scarring will occur where the incisions are made, but these scars can easily be concealed by clothing and will fade with time.
Most women can return to work and normal activities within two weeks of breast lift surgery. All patients should avoid strenuous exercises for six weeks after their surgery.
While the results of breast lift surgery are technically permanent, gravity and aging will continue to pull the breasts downward over time. Still, breast lift surgery can produce long-lasting aesthetic improvements to your body shape and appearance.
A breast lift can be combined with other procedures such as breast augmentation, breast reduction, or tummy tuck surgery (see Mommy Makeover) for full body rejuvenation. Dr. Boyd will help you determine which procedure(s) will be necessary to accomplish your aesthetic goals.