Breast implants are designed to produce an ideally shaped and sized breast mound. Implants address breast size, symmetry, projection, and profile to create a more womanly appearance. They do not address breast ptosis (sagging).
Breast ptosis may simply be the result of gravity. It may also be related to age, weight fluctuations, pregnancy and nursing, and lifestyle choices.
Breast ptosis is corrected with breast lift surgery. This procedure is used to gently lift and reposition tissue, firming and contouring the breast mound to produce a perkier and more youthful look. Nipple placement can also be addressed during breast lift surgery to help ensure a natural-looking end result.
Combining Breast Lift with Augmentation
The factors that combine to cause ptosis can also result in a loss of breast volume. In these cases, it is often best to combine breast lift surgery with implant placement.
Breast lift surgery can reduce cup size slightly. This is not an issue for all women, but it can be fairly profound to others. If a noticeable reduction in size is likely with your procedure or if you are simply interested in increasing the size of your bust, Dr. Chatson will happily discuss the option of adding implants to your lift procedure during your initial consultation.
Breast Lift Candidates
The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women who are:
- In generally good health
- Able to take time off to recover
- Aware of the benefits and limitations of the procedure
- Willing to follow pre and postoperative directions
To be a good candidate for breast lift surgery, you need to be a nonsmoker or be willing to quit at least six weeks prior to your procedure. Nicotine will delay the healing process (even when vaped) and encourage the development of thick and visible scars. Smoking also causes body-wide skin sagging and will quickly work to undo your breast lift results.
All necessary preparations will be discussed in detail during your initial consultation to make sure you are ready for your breast lift procedure.