Koger Cosmetic Clinic & Medspa offers breast lifts for women in Palm Beach County, including West Palm Beach, Vero Beach, Wellington, and the surrounding areas of Florida.
Gravity, aging, and pregnancy are not the only inevitable forces that can change the shape and the firmness of breasts. Significant weight loss can also leave behind sagging skin or cause skin to lose its natural elasticity. This can be especially true when dropping from a state of obesity down several clothing sizes. Some who have enjoyed all the other benefits of weight loss have found themselves seeking breast lifts to ensure their breasts easily complement the rest of their new look.
Over time, the breasts may also naturally lose volume simply from a matter of aging. One solution some women have chosen is an enhancement procedure to make their breasts look fuller. Specialists who want to address both the decreased size and sagging issues in breasts may choose to improve both issues with one procedure. In these cases, Dr. Koger inserts the implants while performing the breast lift. Patients emerge from these procedures satisfied with larger more uplifted breasts that have been repositioned for a more youthful look.
The entire breast lift procedure may take anywhere from one to four hours. Dr. Koger’s choice of technique is individually designed to address the specific needs of each patient. The varying types of breast lifts include a crescent lift, where a crescent moon shaped segment of skin is removed from just above the areola which elevates the nipple/areolar complex to a more youthful position. This technique can be used to elevate both nipple areas or just on one breast to balance asymmetry.
Another lift technique is called a “donut,” or a Benelli mastopexy, where a donut-shaped segment of skin is removed from around the areola to reduce the size or diameter of the areloas to a smaller more youthful size. If only a moderate amount of sagginess is present, a vertical lift usually provides the best results. This technique elevates the nipple area as well as reduces the excess skin over the lower half of the breast, yielding a more perky, youthful shape. This type of lift is sometimes referred to as a “lollipop” lift.
In patients with significant sagging Dr. Koger typically uses an anchor-shaped incision to follow the contour of your breast. This incision has a dual purpose: to define the area where Dr. Koger will remove the skin from the breast and determine where the nipple and areola will be repositioned. Dr. Koger will then elevate the nipple area and re-tailors the breast skin to a more uplifted more youthful shape. This type of lift is sometimes called a Wise pattern mastopexy.
With all types of breast lifts, the required incisions are hidden and made as small as possible.
Not everyone is an ideal candidate for a breast lift procedure. Eligibility is a personal assessment that should be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who will discuss all possibilities with you as a patient. Generally, those who are more likely to be ideal candidates have experienced these conditions:
- Breasts that are deflated and sagging downwards
- Nipples and areolas that droop below the crease in the breast
- Breasts that are two different shapes or sizes
Some women experience one breast being larger than the other early in their adolescent development and their breasts never grow to be evenly sized. Sometimes, conditions like these are inherited, and a breast lift may be one of the best viable options for improving the condition.
Although most physicians do not set a specific age range for breast lift procedures, they do recommend that patients be already beyond breast development age. As a result, some may choose not to perform surgery on young women who are still in critical growing stages. Breast lift procedures rarely jeopardize the ability to breastfeed in the future. Those who experience changes in the shape of their breasts while breastfeeding may be candidates for breast lifts after childbearing.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Koger. He will discuss with you exactly what to expect, talk to you about your expectations, and address any concerns or questions you may have about the surgery. This consultation is a unique but crucial part of every patient’s process, since each patient’s starting anatomy and desires are different. Dr. Koger will make recommendations based on what is best for you, not what has worked for other patients. Each patient has different skin conditions, age, and breast shape and size issues that may drive different approaches. Dr. Koger’s expertise will help you receive the best results for your body.
You will have a breast examination during your first visit to discuss your options. Dr. Koger will give you an expected outcome for each option that you discuss. In some cases, the implants that patients desire are not the most advisable approach to resolving breast issues. Dr. Koger will give a straightforward assessment about this to each patient. If implants are recommended and the nipple and areola have to be repositioned, Dr. Koger will show you where they will be after the procedure is completed. Dr. Koger makes every effort to reposition the nipple and areola in a natural, youthful position.
You can expect to wear a camisole after your procedure is completed. If not, an elastic bandage will be placed over the gauze dressings that protect the surgical area. In the days after the surgery, you may experience soreness, swelling, and bruising. This mild discomfort is well managed with mild pain medication.
You may experience some loss of feeling in your breast skin and nipples that is caused by swelling. This may last up to six weeks.
Healing is different for every patient, and it is not a quick process. Patients who respond well to the procedure are usually moving around a couple of days after surgery. This does not mean, however, that they are well enough to return to work or strenuous routine activities. You may need to rest at home for the first week. It is best to resume your normal activities slowly, based on what you can safely and reasonably withstand without added discomfort. Dr. Koger will instruct you on when you can return to all of your normal activities, which is typically around three to four weeks.
Dr. Koger is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers breast lift surgery for residents of West Palm Beach, Vero Beach, Wellington, and the surrounding areas of Palm Beach County. Contact us to schedule a consultation.