It’s normal for your breasts to change over time. There are many factors — such as pregnancy, weight fluctuations, the aging process, and gravity — that can cause unwanted aesthetic changes. Of these changes, breast sagging is probably the most common.
Thankfully, a breast lift can correct drooping breasts and give them a perkier appearance. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Robinson has extensive experience performing breast surgery. He will work with you to develop an individualized plan for reaching your goals.
To find out if a breast lift is right for you, schedule a consultation at 219-513-2100. At Indiana Plastic Surgery, we happily serve Munster, Valparaiso, and nearby areas of Northwest Indiana.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is the most effective way to elevate sagging breasts. By removing excess skin and tightening the nearby tissue, Dr. Robinson can create a more youthful-looking breast contour. As an added benefit, this procedure can correct a few additional cosmetic concerns that you may have with your breasts.
For example, you might have noticed that your nipples now point downward and your areolas are bigger than they once were. These changes are natural, but they can cause you to feel self-conscious about the way that your breasts look. During your consultation with Dr. Robinson, you can discuss improving these concerns as part of your breast lift.
It’s important to note that a breast lift will not add volume to your chest. If you want to increase the size of your breasts, Dr. Robinson will likely suggest that you combine your procedure with breast augmentation. In most cases, these procedures can be performed at the same time.
Breast Lift Candidates
If you are experiencing significant breast sagging that you wish to address, you are likely an excellent candidate for a breast lift. The best way to know for sure is to schedule an in-person consultation.
Generally speaking, ideal breast lift candidates:
- Are physically healthy
- Do not smoke or are willing to quit to support post-surgical recovery
- Have drooping breasts and stretched skin
- Feel that their breasts appear flatter or more elongated than they once were
- Have mild breast asymmetry
- Are bothered by nipples that fall below the breast crease when unsupported
Women who are done having children often experience long-lasting results from their breast lift. Future pregnancies will likely cause additional sagging that may require a second procedure to fix. You should discuss any plans to become pregnant with Dr. Robinson.
Your Breast Lift Procedure
A breast lift is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Dr. Robinson will develop a customized surgical plan for you after discussing your goals and examining your breasts. The incision location and surgical techniques used during your breast lift will vary based on the degree of sagging and other individualized factors.
The three most common incision patterns include:
- Periareolar: Around the entire areola
- Lollipop: Around the areola and in a vertical line down toward the breast crease
- Anchor: The same as a lollipop incision with an additional mark along the breast crease
After making the incisions, Dr. Robinson will skillfully reshape your breasts to give them a more youthful appearance. During this time, he may remove excess skin, lift the breast tissue, reposition the nipple and areola, and reduce the size of the areola. Then, he will close the incisions.
Breast Lift Recovery
Dr. Robinson will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. It’s crucial that you follow these directions to promote healing and ensure optimal results.
Most patients go home on the day of their surgery, but you will need someone to drive you and look after you as the anesthesia wears off. It’s common to experience some swelling and discomfort immediately after your breast lift. Dr. Robinson will prescribe pain medication to make you more comfortable.
The length of your breast lift recovery depends on several factors, including the degree of excess skin that was removed and your natural healing rate. Depending on the extent of your procedure, you may be able to return to work in as little as five days.
Your Breast Lift Results
Your final breast lift results may not be visible for several months. It takes time for your body to heal and for post-surgical bruising and swelling to dissipate.
While it’s impossible to avoid scarring, Dr. Robinson will do everything that he can to camouflage your incisions and minimize their appearance. There are also steps that you can take after your surgery to help improve the look of your scars. Most women find that these subtle marks are worth the raised breast appearance.
Schedule Your Munster Breast Lift Consultation
Call 219-513-2100 today to arrange a breast lift consultation with Dr. Robinson at our Munster or Valparaiso office. We serve patients from across Northwest Indiana at Indiana Plastic Surgery.