When it comes to breast surgery, many people mistakenly believe that it is all about increasing their size. Oftentimes, women are perfectly satisfied with the size of their breasts. Instead, they feel that it is their positioning that is affecting their confidence and self-esteem.
Childbirth, age and weight loss can all have a negative impact on the appearance of a woman’s breasts, causing them to avoid wearing certain clothes and even situations, such as as swimming, where they feel that their breasts are more noticeable than usual.
Breast lift surgery can improve the appearance of breasts, repositioning them higher on the chest, making them appear firmer, perkier and more youthful.
Am I a suitable candidate for a breast lift?
Before we can approve any patient for a cosmetic surgery procedure, you will need to attend a consultation appointment with Dr. Lesavoy.
However, most patients are candidates for breast lift surgery, especially patients with the following conditions:
- Nipples that point downwards
- Breasts that are significantly asymmetrical and sagging
- Areolas or nipples that sit partially or fully underneath the crease of the breast
- A severe dislike of the shape or position of their breasts even while wearing a bra
Types of breast lift treatments
There are different types of breast lift techniques. The kind that is right for you will depend on the extent of the lift that you need, in order to achieve your desired result. Dr. Lesavoy will be able to advise you on the best type of breast lift surgery for your unique circumstance.
The ‘Donut Lift’
Also called a peri-areolar lift, this type of breast lift is designed to correct mild sagging. It most commonly performed at the same time as breast augmentation (enlargement).
One of the key benefits of this type of lift is that it leaves the patient with just one small scar around the areola. This gradually fades in redness and becomes virtually imperceptible over time.
Sometimes, the donut lift is also used to reduce areola size and make the nipples appear smaller and tighter.
The ‘Lollipop Lift’
Also called the vertical lift, is designed to correct moderate sagging.
In the Lollipop Lift, Dr. Lesavoy can reshape the entire breast and remove some excess skin, leaving breasts looking tighter, firmer, and more youthful.
Incisions are made around the areola, and run from the areola to the inframammary fold, creating the lollipop shape, which gives this lift its name.
The ‘Anchor Lift’
Sometimes referred to as an inverted T lift, this is the most dramatic and best style of breast lift. Anchor lifts are recommended for patients who have signifigant pendulous breasts that require extensive lifting and reshaping.
The anchor lift requires the surgeon to make three incisions into the breast tissue. In addition to the lollipop shape, there is a third incision made along with inframammary fold along the crease of the breast.
The three incisions mean that the anchor lift causes the most scarring of all three types, but as with all surgical scars, they will fade over time.
Recovery after a breast lift
A breast lift is a major surgery, and it will take some time to recover. When you first come around after your procedure, you can expect your breasts to be tightly bandaged.
You should also expect to experience some pain and tightness in your chest. Dr. Lesavoy will prescribe you medication to help alleviate your discomfort.
You will normally be advised to take off from work for at least 7-14 days after surgery. Two weeks after your surgery, you will need to return to our offices to have your sutures removed. However, you can expect to need to wear a sports or post-surgery bra for a minimum of 6 weeks after your procedure.
Dr. Lesavoy will give you specific instructions to follow to ensure the best possible recovery and results from your breast lift surgery. He will also schedule regular appointments with you, so that he can check on the progress of your healing, and ensure that your breast list is successful.
Dr. Lesavoy is a highly skilled and experienced board-certified Plastic Surgeon who is delighted to be able to provide an exceptional standard of breast lift surgery and patient care to patients in Beverly Hills and the surrounding area. If you would like to find out more about his cosmetic surgery services or schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to call us today at 310-248-5451.