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Breast Lift Bluffton

A woman’s breasts often change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness. These changes, including loss of skin elasticity, can result from pregnancy, breast-feeding, weight fluctuations, aging, and gravity. Heredity may also be a factor, and a woman in her teens may experience loose, sagging breast tissue. Breasts that have lost their firm, uplifted contours can affect a woman’s self-image and confidence.

If you desire to restore the firmness and shape of your breasts, then a breast lift may be right for you. In general, a breast lift raises and firms the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. Sometimes the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) has become enlarged over time, and a breast lift will reduce this as well. A breast lift rejuvenates the female figure with a breast profile that is more youthful, uplifted and firm.

What is a Breast Lift?

Breast lift, technically called mastopexy, is surgery to uplift and improve the shape of a female breast that:

  • Sags or is pendulous, but is proportionate with the body frame
  • Has lost firmness and skin elasticity
  • Has a flatter, elongated shape when unsupported, the nipple falls below the breast crease
  • Has a nipple and areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple) that point downward
  • Has stretched skin and an enlarged arcola

A breast lift is appropriate for women who wish to improve breast shape and position. When an increase in breast volume is also desired, breast implants may be inserted in conjunction with a breast lift.

While a breast lift does not generally affect breast function, women who are planning future pregnancies should discuss this with their plastic surgeon. The changes that occur in the breasts during pregnancy can minimize or reverse the improvement a breast lift provides. Likewise, plans for significant weight loss should also be discussed. For these reasons, good candidates for a breast lift are generally women of normal, stable weight whose breasts are fully developed and who have completed their family. Breast lift is appropriate in younger women as well, most commonly in cases of breast asymmetry where the position of one breast is lower than the other.

A breast lift is best performed on:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improving body image

Breast lift is a highly individualized procedure achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The appropriate technique for your case will be determined based on:

  • Breast size and shape
  • The size and position of the areola
  • the degree of breast sagging
  • Skin quality and skin elasticity as well as the amount of extra skin

There are many variations to the procedure, however one of the most common is a pattern with three incisions:

  • Around the areola
  • Vertically down from the areola to the breast crease
  • horizontally along the breast crease

Through these incisions, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped to improve breast contour and firmness. The nipple and areola are repositioned to a natural, more youthful height. If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced by excising skin at the perimeter. Excess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity.

Alternative techniques eliminate either the horizontal incision at the breast crease, the vertical incision from the areola to the breast crease or sometimes both. In any case, incisions are usually placed so that they can he hidden under clothing and swimsuits. Non-removable sutures are layered deep within the breast tissue to create and support the newly shaped breasts. Sutures, skin adhesives and/or surgical tape may be used to close the skin.

Breast Lift Consultant for the Hilton Head Island area – including Hilton Head, Bluffton and Savannah, GA
A consultation with your local plastic surgeon is the first step to learn how a breast lift can improve your breast contours. A consultation is designed to fully educate you about a breast lift in a non-pressured environment, and will include:

  • A discussion of your goals and an evaluation of your individual case
  • The option available in breast lift surgery
  • The likely outcomes of a breast lift and any risks or potential complications
  • The prescribed course of treatment recommended by your plastic surgeon

If you are interested in receiving additional information on Savannah Breast Lift or setting up an initial consultation, please contact Weniger Plastic Surgery’s main office at (843) 757-0123

Breast Lift FAQs

What are the risks and complications involved with having a breast lift?

As with any surgery, there are risks involved. Some possible risks associated with a breast lift are scars, nipple numbness, and delayed wound healing. However, having a qualified plastic surgeon perform your surgery minimizes the chances of complications. Dr. Weniger will fully present any risk possibilities to you during your consultation.

Will I lose sensation in my nipples?

As with breast reduction, feeling can be altered, but usually returns to the way it was before the surgery. It is possible, although rare, to have loss of nipple sensation.

What happens if I get pregnant after having a breast lift?

If you are considering having more children in the near future, Dr. Weniger recommends that you wait until afterwards to have a breast lift. Pregnancy will likely offset the effects of surgery by stretching out the skin again causing sagging.

Will a breast lift impact breast-feeding?

Breast lifts can affect the ability to breast feed, although this varies from patient to patient, and with different techniques. Because Dr. Weniger tailors the type of breast lift performed to each patient’s breast shape and their goals, he can discuss your specific situation with you in more detail.

Will the position of the nipple and areola change? If so, where will it be?

Dr. Weniger will move the nipple and areola higher during the procedure, to a natural, perkier position, approximately even with the crease beneath the breast.

How long will the results last?

Weight fluctuations, age, future pregnancies and gravity will cause breasts to begin to sag again over time. (No operation can turn off gravity or time) Women who have chosen to have implants as well as a breast lift may have longer lasting results.

Will I need a mammogram before the procedure?

Depending on your age, Dr. Weniger can suggest a mammogram prior to the operation.

How long will the scars last?

Scars are always permanent, although they’ll be covered by your bra or swimsuit. As with most scars, they will fade and become much less noticeable over time.

It sounds like a lot of women get breast lift after having children, but how does the recovery affect th ir ability to care for children, especially young ones who need to be picked up and carried?

Having a brest lift is actually an easier recovery for most patients compared to even having a breast augmentation. That is because the breast lift does not involve the muscle, and the glandular tissue really does not have sensation. Recoveries from breast lifts are generally quite easy, and because of this, carrying a baby or taking care of your children is usually possible after a few days. If you have young children, like 1 or 2-year-olds running around, you will probably need help for about a week. If your children are older and can do most things for themselves, you will probably only need help for two or three days.

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