Breast lifts elevate breast tissue, reposition the nipple and areola and enhance the shape of the breasts. Over time, a woman’s breasts can lose firmness and begin to droop and sag. A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure by lifting and reshaping your breast tissue, creating a more youthful, uplifted and attractive figure.
If you are considering a breast lift in Huntington Beach, Orange County, Newport Beach or other California community, call Orange County Cosmetic Surgery today at 714-379-9777 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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What Issues Can a Breast Lift Address?
Understanding exactly what a breast lift can accomplish is one of the first steps toward making an educated decision. At Orange County Cosmetic Surgery, patient education is a priority and Dr. Miller will take time to answer your questions, address your concerns and explain all of your treatment options.
Women typically seek breast lift surgery to correct:
- Sagging or uneven breasts
- Drooping nipples
- Stretched areolas
- Asymmetrical breasts
During your free initial consultation, Dr. Miller will help you determine if a breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is right for you. In some cases, your breast lift may yield the best results if performed in conjunction with another procedure, such as breast augmentation. Dr. Miller will take time to understand your unique goals and recommend a customized treatment plan that can best achieve your desired outcome.
Breast Lift Benefits
Breast lift surgery offers several cosmetic and personal benefits to patients who choose to undergo the procedure. In addition to cosmetic benefits, mastopexy also offers functional advantages. The benefits of breast lifts include:
- Elevated breast profile
- Youthful look
- Pain relief in the neck and back
- Reduced chaffing
- Improved confidence
As with other types of cosmetic surgery, breast lifts can provide significant psychological and physical benefits, including a more positive self-image. Mastopexy may also provide expanded wardrobe options for women who feel as if their choices for clothing, bras, and swimsuits are limited by breasts that have started to stretch or sag.
Dr. Miller adapts each breast lift procedure to the unique needs of every patient. Different incisions are used depending on the degree of sagging and excess skin involved. There are three incision options.
- Areolar incision — A donut-shaped incision is made around the areola. This is also known as a small incision mastopexy. This method can be used with women with smaller breasts who have minimal sagging and minimal excess skin.
- Lollipop incision — This starts with the donut-shaped incision, but it then extends downward, ending at the breast crease. In cases of moderate sagging and skin excision, this method should provide adequate access.
- Anchor incision — This follows the lollipop incision, but then extends in both directions along the breast crease. Obviously, this incision provides the most access for removing fatty tissue and trimming excess skin.
Once the incision has been made, Dr. Miller lifts and reshapes the breast tissue to reverse the effects of sagging and stretching. In the lollipop and anchor incisions the nipples and areolae will be relocated to a higher position on the breasts to match the new profile. Dr. Miller often also reduces the size of the areolae. The final step is to trim away excess sagging skin.
If you’ve opted to add augmentation to your breast lift, implants are added at this point. Dr. Miller creates a pocket for the implants and then places them. Because incisions are already made, augmentation with a breast lift doesn’t require any additional incisions.
Will breast and nipple sensitivity be affected by a breast lift?
Breast lifts involve a good deal of repositioning of breast tissue, and this can affect nipple sensation in the short term. The nipples can be either numb or very sensitive. This is because the surgery usually disturbs some of the nerve pathways. But regular sensation returns in all but a very small percentage of patients.
Still, since the areolae are usually repositioned in a breast lift, there is the possibility that some loss of sensation or sensitivity could occur.
Overall breast sensitivity should not be affected. As with the nipples, there may be some temporary loss of sensation, but these issues should resolve as you heal.
How should I sleep after my breast lift?
You will need to sleep on your back or your side for 2 weeks after your procedure, as you need to keep pressure off your breasts.
Should I have a breast lift if I still may have additional children?
The goal of a breast lift is to reverse the deflated breasts, stretched skin, and sagging that occurs due to the changes wrought by pregnancy and breastfeeding. A breast lift will return the breasts to a higher position on the chest, and in most cases the nipples/areolae will be moved.
So, it’s best to wait until you are finished having children to have a breast lift. If you have the procedure and then have another child, it could easily negate your results. If you get pregnant after you’ve had a lift, your ability to breastfeed could also be impaired due to the movement of the nipples.
What is recovery like after a breast lift?
After your surgery with Dr. Miller, your breasts will be covered with gauze, and you’ll be in a surgical support bra. Your breasts will be swollen and bruised for around two weeks. Your incisions will be sore and will remain pink for a few months. There will likely be numbness in your nipples, areolae, and your breast skin that can last for up to six weeks. You’ll need to avoid any straining, bending, or lifting that involves your chest for about one month.
You’ll see Dr. Miller for a post-operative checkup after a few days. You’ll wear your surgical support bra for 24 hours for three to four days. Then you’ll switch to a support bra for up to another month. Wearing a strong bra at times is one of the most important facets of your recovery, as it keeps all pressure off your incisions. This helps them heal in the quickest, most minimally visible way.
Will a breast lift increase the size of my breasts?
No. Breast lifts do not increase breast size; breast lifts simply bring the breasts back to a higher position on the chest, hence the “lift” moniker. Breast lifts bring more of the breast mass back to a higher position on the chest, more akin to where it was before sagging and flattening occurred. Breast lifts can actually make you decrease bra size by one cup. This isn’t because the breasts are smaller; it’s because the breast mass isn’t accumulating at the bottom of the cup.
If you want to increase the size of your breasts, in addition to elevating them, you need to have Dr. Miller place breast implants during your breast lift procedure. This adds volume, especially in the upper breasts. Adding implants during this procedure is actually quite easy, as Dr. Miller can use the incisions he has made for your breast lift to place the implants. Plus, you only have a single recovery period for what, in effect, are two procedures.
How soon after breast lift surgery can I resume my exercise routine?
The key to recovery after a breast lift is to keep any pressure off your incisions, and to minimize any movement of the breasts. This allows your incisions to heal the most cleanly, which will mean rapidly decreasing visibility of your scars moving forward.
So, while you will be able to return to low or no impact activity, such as riding a stationary bike, in just a couple weeks, any strenuous exercise or any heavy lifting will need to wait for at least six weeks following your surgery. You don’t want to stress your incisions because this allows your scar tissue to reach its maximum strength.
What are the risks and possible side effects with breast lift surgery?
Breast lifts are major surgery, so they include the typical risks involved with any surgery: bleeding or the formation of a hematoma, reaction to anesthesia, infection, and poor incision healing.
Risks related to this breast lifts include:
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation (these usually resolve within a few months)
- Irregularities in breast contour or shape
- Breast asymmetry
- Necrosis of fat tissue
- Fluid accumulation
- Possibility of the need for revision surgery
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Can I combine a breast lift with another procedure?
Dr. Miller often combines a breast lift with augmentation, as discussed above. This is a natural combination of procedures, as the lift itself does not return lost volume, it simply brings the breast mass back to a higher position on the chest. Adding implants is an easy extension of the procedure and it adds volume, particular to the upper breast areas.
If you want to address more of the changes in your body caused by pregnancy and breastfeeding, you could opt to have a mommy makeover. A mommy makeover is simply a moniker for a combination of a breast lift (with or without augmentation), a tummy tuck, and liposuction. This combination of surgeries is done in a single surgical session with Dr. Miller.
Am I a Good Candidate for Mastopexy?
There is no single shape for the perfect breast. At Orange County Cosmetic Surgery, we celebrate the individuality of every breast shape and want to help you achieve your ideal figure. Generally speaking, you may be a good candidate for mastopexy if:
- You are in good general health
- You are at a stable, healthy, weight.
- You do not smoke.
- Your breasts sag or droop.
- Your breasts are pendulous or have a flatter, elongated shape.
- Your nipples point downward.
- Your nipples droop below your breast crease when unsupported.
- You have enlarged areolas and stretched breast skin.
- One breast is lower than the other.
The best way to determine if a breast lift or any breast surgery procedure is right for you is to meet personally with cosmetic surgeon Dr. Anthony Miller in a free, confidential consultation. This important one-on-one meeting is your opportunity to ask Dr. Miller questions and discuss your concerns and breast lift candidacy. The consultation is free of charge and risk-free.
Call Dr. Miller For A Breast Lift In Huntington Beach!
To learn more about breast lifts and how we can help you, contact us today online or at 714-379-9777 to schedule your free initial consultation with cosmetic surgeon Dr. Anthony Miller. Our state-of-the-art practice serves Huntington Beach, Orange County, Newport Beach and nearby areas in California.