As women age, many experience changes in the shape and firmness of their breasts. Due to changes in skin elasticity, many notice that their breasts begin to sag. After pregnancy and breastfeeding, sagging breasts may also occur. Women who are satisfied with the size of their breasts, but would like to regain a more youthful contour, may be candidates for a breast lift.
On your first office visit, Dr. Kao or Dr. Wallman will evaluate the size and shape of your breasts, the elasticity of your skin and the placement of your nipples and areolas to determine your suitability for a lift. While breasts of any size can be lifted, generally women with smaller breasts experience longer lasting results. Women who are overweight may be encouraged to stabilize their weight before the procedure.
During the procedure, Dr. Wallman or Dr. Kao will make several incisions from around the areola and the underside of the breast. Excess fat, skin and breast tissue are removed and the nipple is repositioned but not detached, using skin pulled from above it's original position to create a new shape and contour for the breast.
Some women choose to have liposuction to further remove excess fat. Others who wish to enlarge the size of their breasts often choose to have an implant added at the time of their lift. Women who anticipate breastfeeding in the future should discuss this with Dr. Kao or Dr. Wallman at the time of their initial consultation.
Breast lifts do result in permanent scarring underneath the breast and around the areola. These scars, however, are generally easily covered by bras. Other potential side effects include bleeding, infection and side effects related to the use of anaesthesia.
Most women return to their usual level of activity, including a return to work, in about two weeks following the procedure. It is recommended that women avoid heavy lifting and high impact exercise for six weeks.