While breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures worldwide, many women are less concerned with the size of their breasts and are far more interested in repositioning sagging or deflated breasts. Breasts that have lost their shape or position due to pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight loss, or the simple effects of time and gravity may leave a woman feeling less confident in her body image. Sagging or deflated breasts can also leave a woman feeling less feminine and comfortable in her own skin. A breast lift may be the ideal solution for a woman who wants to look and feel natural without changing the size of her breasts.
How will my breasts look and feel after a breast lift?
After your body has fully recovered from a breast lift, your breasts should feel just as natural as they felt before. The breasts should appear better positioned and have a more youthful, perkier look. Although the overall size of your breasts may not change much, your breasts may appear fuller since excess tissue has been removed and the remaining skin and tissues are pulled tighter. The saggy or deflated appearance should be significantly reduced and replaced with a more pleasing look and feel. The vast majority of women also retain sensations and nerve function in the breasts that are important during breastfeeding or intimate encounters.
My doctor recommends that I get routine mammograms — will a breast lift interfere?
A breast lift won’t interfere with your ability to have a mammogram. However, it is ideal to seek out a radiology facility that specializes in breast imaging or women’s health, as radiologists employed by such clinics will likely have additional training and experience in reading images of altered breasts. Whether you go to a specialty imaging clinic or not, inform your radiology technologist about the fact that you’ve had breast surgery. Depending on your overall health, reasons for the mammogram, and the particular surgical approach used during your breast lift, your technologist may make adjustments during your mammogram to obtain clearer images.
I’ve heard of incisionless breast lifts — is that possible?
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t real. Although surgical approaches and technologies are becoming more and more advanced all the time, at present there is no truly incisionless breast lift procedure. Your surgeon will work with you to make incision decisions that will help achieve your breast lift goals and minimize visibility of your incisions. Factors such as the amount of sagging or excess skin and tissue, your preferences, and your surgeon’s advice will help determine the location and size of your incisions. With proper care during and after recovery, your incisions should fade over time.
I know I need a breast lift, but my breasts are small — can I get implants at the same time?
Although many patients are satisfied with a breast lift alone, some patients prefer to combine a breast lift with breast augmentation. The two procedures are often combined to not only improve the position and shape of the breasts, but also to increase their size. Some patients may also wish to have the size of the nipple areolar complex reduced, as the areola may have become significantly stretched or enlarged after pregnancy or due to other factors.
To learn more about breast lift surgery, call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices or (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City office. Or, fill out this form to request a complimentary consultation.