It’s common for women who consult with Dr. Flint about breast surgery to be uncertain about whether a breast augmentation, a breast lift, or a combination is the best surgical option. In fact, women can’t know which procedure will give them what they want until they have a consultation.
Once Dr. Flint hears your goals and examines your breasts, she can provide an opinion. A good rule of thumb is that if your nipple complex is below the fold underneath your breast, a breast augmentation alone will not provide adequate shape correction, so you will benefit from a lift. If you want to add size as well, Dr. Flint can place breast implants at the time of your lift. If you have fuller breasts that droop but don’t want implants, a breast lift alone may give you the results you want. Dr. Flint occasionally uses implants at the time of a lift to preserve the upper shape of your breasts over a longer period of time.
Breast Lift at a Glance
The purpose of a breast lift is to improve the shape of your breasts and downsize your nipple complex while moving it higher on your breast and chest wall.
- View Scottsdale breast lift before and after photos.
- See Scottsdale breast enhancement (augmentation with lift) before and after photos.
What to Expect
A breast lift can be done with or without changing the size of your breasts. If you desire more volume, Dr. Flint will recommend adding breast implants. If your breasts are very heavy and pendulous, Dr. Flint can downsize your breast during the surgery as well. It all depends on your goals.
- Note: This procedure should be performed only after childbearing to avoid stretching your breast skin following the procedure.
There are different types of breast lifts. Most patients prefer to have a procedure that produces the shortest scar, but unfortunately, that’s not always possible. When short-scar lifts are applied to breasts that need to be significantly lifted, unappealing shape trade-offs can occur.
For instance, many patients request a “donut lift,” which refers to a procedure in which the scar is limited to the circumference of your areola. This lift works well in women who have small breasts and minimal droop. In larger or droopier breasts, this technique can result in a flatter breast profile. It also puts a great deal of tension on your areolae, which can stretch over time to an undesirable size. Not ideal.
“Lollipop” lifts produce a scar along the circumference of your areola and vertically between your areola and the crease underneath your breast. Dr. Flint believes this lift produces more bottoming-out than others. In bottoming-out, your implant or breast tissue stretches the lower half of your breast so that even though your nipple stays up above the fold, the glandular tissue hangs below the fold beneath your breast. Also not ideal.
Dr. Flint therefore prefers a breast lift that leaves an anchor-shaped scar. This scar resembles the lollipop scar, but adds a scar from side to side in the crease of your breast. While this scar is longer, this lift produces a better breast shape and maintains its result longer than the other types of lifts in most patients. The scars generally heal well and fade nicely in time.
Preparing for a Breast Lift
Dr. Flint meets with you to discuss your goals regarding your breast surgery. Afterward, she examines you, discusses your options, and makes her recommendations. She answers all of your questions at this time. Then you are given information regarding the fees and an opportunity to select a date for your surgery, if you so desire.
Breast Lift Recovery
The procedure lasts approximately two hours, and you will be able to go home about two hours after your surgery. You are required to wear a surgical wrap for one or two days. Dr. Flint will see you in the office in one to two days and place you in a sports bra at that time. Discomfort is mild and should resolve within seven to ten days. Most women can drive in three to five days, at which point they no longer require pain tablets. Most women take one to two weeks off of work. You are not allowed to do any lifting or exercise for the first three weeks. Then Dr. Flint will re-examine you and allow you to return to full activities.
You will notice improvement to your breast shape immediately after surgery, but it will continue to improve over the first three post-operative months. With proper care, your scars will fade nicely over 12 months.