Breast lift/augmentation is a relatively simple surgical procedure performed to create aesthetically pleasing breasts. Silicone or saline breast implants, which feel similar to soft breast tissue, are inserted beneath the glandular tissue of the breast. This operation can be done to increase breast size, to redefine the breasts after childbirth, or to recreate symmetry after a mastectomy.
It is important to note that No guarantee of the results is implied ot projected hereby. Each and every patient has a unique shape and body funtion that could yield different results with different procedures. With some the results are radical and very different - yet with others the changes are quite subtle.
The following questions are often asked about breast lift procedures;
Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?
You may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- breasts that are pendulous, but of satisfactory size
- breasts that lack substance or firmness
- nipples and areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease
Sometimes these conditions may be inherited traits. In certain cases, the breasts may have developed differently so that one breast is firm and well positioned while the other is not. There may be differences in the size of your breasts as well as their shape. Breasts that are large and heavy can be lifted, but the results may not be as long-lasting as when the procedure is done on smaller breasts.
A breast lift can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting until breast development has stopped. Pregnancy and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast lift surgery before having children and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. Since the milk ducts and nipples are left intact, breast lift surgery usually will not affect your ability to breast-feed; however, you should discuss this with your plastic surgeon.
What do I need to discuss with the surgeon?
Your plastic surgeon will need to examine your breasts, take measurements and perhaps photographs for your medical record. The size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin, and the placement of the nipples and areolas will be carefully evaluated.
You need to complete a medical history form to assist the surgeon with the pre-evaluation.
You should tell your plastic surgeon if you plan to lose a significant amount of weight, particularly if you have noticed that your breasts sag or become smaller with weight loss. Your surgeon may recommend that you stabilize your weight before having surgery.
The Breast Lift procedure
Individual factors and personal preferences will determine the specific technique selected to lift your breasts.
Incisions following the breast's natural contour define the area of excision and the new location for the nipple and areola. Skin in the shaded area is removed, and the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position.
Where are the incisions placed?
A common method of lifting the breasts involves three incisions. One incision is made around the areola. Another runs vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast. The third incision is horizontal beneath the breast and follows the natural curve of the breast crease.
After the plastic surgeon has removed excess breast skin, the nipple and areola are shifted to a higher position. The areola, which in a sagging breast may have been stretched, can be reduced in size. Skin that was formerly located above the areola is brought down and together beneath it to reshape the breast.
The nipples and areolas remain attached to underlying mounds of tissue, and this usually allows for the preservation of sensation and the ability to breast-feed.
Skin formerly located above the areola is brought down and together beneath it to reshape the breast.
Fortunately, significant complications from breast lifts are infrequent. Every year, many thousands of women undergo successful breast lift surgery, experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and risks.
You will be given ample oportunity to discuss your own procedure with the surgeon prior to making the final decision.
You can help to lessen certain risks by following the advice and instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after surgery.
General breast care
You should regularly examine your breasts, whether or not they have been augmented. Any suspicious lumps should be examined immediately. Ask your doctor to examine your breasts when you have your routine pap smear.
Breast augmentation is one of the most frequently requested cosmetic operations. It is a simple procedure used to enhance breast size or to correct symmetry. Modern and improved prostheses ensure that associated health risks are minimal.