Breast Enlargement and Lift

A breast enlargement surgery uses implants to fulfill a woman’s desire for fuller breasts or to restore breast volume lost after weight reduction or pregnancy. Additionally, breast enlargement can

  • Increase fullness and projection of breasts
  • Improve the balance of figure
  • Enhance self-image and self-confidence

However, a breast enlargement does not correct significantly drooping breasts. In such cases, you may require a breast lift in conjunction with an enlargement procedure. Both of the procedures may be done either at the same time or separately. Dr. Davidson will assist you in making these decisions.

A woman's breasts may change over time, losing their youthful shape and firmness because of pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, gravity and heredity.  A breast lift removes excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. It’s done to raise and firm the breasts.

Both breast enlargement and lift may be a good option if you:

  • Are physically healthy
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Have fully developed breasts
  • Are bothered by the feeling that your breasts are too small
  • Are dissatisfied with your breasts losing shape and volume after pregnancy, weight loss, or with aging
  • Have breasts that vary in size or shape
  • Have one or both breasts failed to develop normally

Before you undergo either of the procedures, Dr. Davidson may ask you to

  • Get a lab test or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Get a baseline mammogram, one before surgery and another after surgery to help detect any future changes in your breast tissue
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding

A breast enlargement is performed using saline or silicone breast implants. Saline breast implants can be filled with varying amounts of saline that may affect the shape, firmness and feel of the breast. In the case of a rupture, a saline breast implant will collapse and the saline will be absorbed and naturally expelled by the body. Silicone breast implants are filled with an elastic gel that feels and moves much like natural breast tissue. If the implant leaks, the gel may remain within the implant shell, or may escape into the breast implant pocket.

During recovery after a breast enlargement or lift, you may experience discomfort for as little as 48 hours and soreness and swelling for a few weeks. Exercise and normal activity should be resumed at the direction of the surgeon only. Over time, the swelling will decrease and the incision lines will fade. For a lift procedure, dressings or bandages are applied to the incisions. You need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support the breasts while they heal. A small, thin tube is sometimes temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect after breast lift surgery.