Q. Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?
A. If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your breasts due to sagging or drooping(ptosis), you may be a good candidate for breast lift surgery. You should be in reasonably good health and maintain a stable weight. The decision to have this procedure is very personal; you should make sure that you are doing it to please yourself first and foremost.
Q. What conditions can a breast lift be used to correct?
A. Breast lifts are most commonly used to improve the appearance of breasts that sag or have lost shape. This may be the result of aging, fluctuations in weight, pregnancy, and/or genetic factors. If your nipples rest below the lower breast fold, your breasts have become flat or pendulous, or your nipples point downward, a breast lift can help improve their appearance.
Q. Which breast lift procedure is right for me?
A. There are a number of breast lift techniques that can be used, depending on the degree of ptosis. Women suffering from only mild ptosis may opt for a crescent lift, so named for the shape of the piece of tissue relocated during the procedure. A Benelli lift can also be used in cases of mild ptosis, especially for women with smaller breasts. It utilizes incisions in two concentric circles around the areola. A lollipop lift (also called a vertical lift) is a related procedure used for treating moderate ptosis. In cases of severe ptosis, a full breast lift using an anchor-shaped incision may be required. Dr. Davidson can advise you on the best breast lift procedure for treating your condition.
Q. Can a breast lift be combined with other procedures?
A. Yes. In fact, breast lifts are commonly combined with breast augmentation procedures to increase the volume of the breasts while repositioning them. For some women, volume lost as a result of weight loss or pregnancy can be replaced. For others, they simply want larger breasts and decide to use the breast lift as the perfect opportunity to combine procedures. When combined with other surgeries, there is generally no increase in recovery time. The procedure is also commonly combined with breast reduction surgery for women who want to decrease the overall size of their breasts while improving their position. A breast lift can be also combined with unrelated procedures such as liposuction or tummy tuck surgery.
Q. How long before I can see the results of my breast lift?
A. The results of your breast lift will not usually be immediately apparent. Once the bandages are removed, usually within the first week, you will be able to view your breasts. However, bruising and swelling will likely obscure their appearance. The breasts' appearance will continue to improve over time. It usually takes about three to six months until your breasts achieve their final look, although scars will continue to fade for up to two years.
Q. How can I get the best possible results from my breast lift?
A. In order to get the best possible results from your breast lift, it is important to follow all of Dr. Davidson's pre- and post-operative instructions. It is important that you take the medications and antibiotics he recommends, while avoiding the ones he doesn't. Quitting smoking well before surgery (at least three months) will also aid in your speedy recovery. Finally, take proper care of yourself during the recovery period and follow all of Dr. Davidson's recommendations to make sure your breasts achieve the look that you desire.