Breast Lift with Implants / Augmentation

A breast lift is a cosmetic surgery to raise and firm the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. It helps to lift sagging, loose breasts. The surgery is suitable for women who have stretched skin and decreased breast volume as a result of aging. You should not have a breast lift if you plan to lose weight or are pregnant or still nursing a child. It is important to talk with Dr. Davidson to discuss your expectations regarding breast surgery.

The surgery can be done on an outpatient basis at Dr. Davidson’s fully accredited OR or in a hospital. During the procedure, you will receive anesthesia by a board-certified anesthesiologist.  Medications will  be given to help you relax and local anesthesia will be applied to numb the area around the breasts and to eliminate pain and discomfort.   Dr. Davidson will make 1 - 3 incisions within your breast. These incisions help to remove extra skin and reposition your nipple and areola. Since breast lift surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts, some women will combine a breast augmentation along with a breast lift.

Before you undergo a breast lift, you must stop smoking. Those who smoke after the surgery have a higher risk for delayed wound healing, infection and scarring. Make sure Dr. Davidson is informed about:

  • If you are pregnant or if it even a possibility
  • The drugs you take, even drugs, supplements, or herbs bought without a prescription

Prior to surgery

  • If you are older than 35, you will need a mammogram.
  • You may be asked to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), warfarin (Coumadin), and any other drugs that make it difficult for blood to clot.
  • Ask Dr. Davidson which drugs to take till the day of surgery.
  • You may wish to fill your prescriptions for pain medicines before surgery.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and help around the house for 1 or 2 days.

On the day of your surgery

  • Do not drink or eat anything after midnight the night before surgery.
  • Take any drugs with a small sip of water.
  • Wear or bring loose clothing that buttons or zips in front.
  • Dr. Davidson or his nurse will tell you when to arrive at the office or hospital.

After having your breast lift of lift-augmentation, a bandage will be wrapped around your breasts and chest, or you might be given a surgical bra to wear. Drainage tubes may be attached to the breasts, which may be removed within a short period of time. During a follow-up visit, Dr. Davidson will check your healing, and discuss special exercises or massaging techniques.

The outcome of a breast lift is usually excellent. You may start to feel better about your appearance and self-esteem. Wearing a special supportive bra for a few weeks will assist in decreasing the swelling. The scars formed as a result of incision are permanent and remain more visible for up to a year after surgery.