In menopause, after childbirth or weight loss the breasts can often sag and lie too low on the chest wall. A breast lift is a surgical procedure to restore the correct position of the breast on the chest and change the breast shape. A breast lift can also be combined with a breast augmentation with an implant, or fat grafting.
A breast lift involves the re-fashioning of the breast skin, moving the nipple to a higher position and taking away any excess skin. It also reshapes the breast tissue underneath the skin and places the volume higher up on the chest wall. This procedure is very unique in that there are multiple forces at play and the exact result cannot be anticipated or predicted.
There are multiple techniques and different scar patterns. Depending on your unique anatomy, Dr Wetton will discuss your scars and the most appropriate procedure for you.
Procedure specific risks: A breast lift is a complex procedure, especially if it is combined with a breast augmentation so there is a chance of wound breakdown, infection, asymmetry, poorly healing scars, or general dissatisfaction with the aesthetic result, the breasts may be too big, or too small, nipple loss.
What is better, getting a breast lift without implants, or getting a breast lift with implants?
Having an implant with a breast lift will be determined by the size and shape of breast that you ultimately desire. At times it is better and safer to perform these two operations separately, but in the right circumstances they may be performed together at the one operation.
What scars will I have after a breast lift?
Depending on your own anatomy, and the breast lift that you decide to have, you may only have a scar around your nipple, or you may have what is called a ‘lolipo scar’ which is a scar around the nipple and vertically down to the breast crease, or you may have what is called a ‘Wise pattern scar’, which also involved a scar horizontally across the breast crease.
What do I need to do before getting a breast lift?
It is imperative that you are not a smoker and are not exposed to any nicotine products for at least 3 months before and 3 months after your breast lift. Ideally you should be at your goal weight and be a generally healthy person.
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