A breast lift is a great way to restore a youthful bust. Our board-certified plastic surgeons can elevate your breasts and help provide you with a firmer contour.
But first, it’s important to compile a list of questions to ask during your breast lift consultation. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we hear at Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery in Beachwood, Ohio.
1. Where are Breast Lift Scars?
The incision sites for your breast lift procedure depend on the extent of breast ptosis (drooping). Our plastic surgeons use three surgical approaches for a breast lift. The peri-areolar incision (or donut breast lift) is often used for minimal breast sagging with or without breast augmentation. Circular incisions are made in the outer perimeter of the pigmented skin around the nipples (areolas) to address mild breast drooping and tighten the tissues.
The vertical incision (lollipop breast lift) uses circular areola incisions and a vertical line down to the natural crease under the breasts. This technique is used for moderate sagging. The anchor-shaped incision (anchor lift or “Inverted T” lift) uses both of those incisions plus a third horizontal one just under the breast crease. The anchor breast lift is used for significantly sagging breasts and breast reduction.
The circular incisions are concealed in the darker areolas, and a bra or bikini top easily hides the other marks. However, these scars will fade with time and good skincare.
2. Can Breast LiftAffect Breastfeeding?
A breast lift typically does not impact your ability to breastfeed future children. Make sure you discuss this concern during your consultation with our plastic surgeon, as this may affect the surgical approach of your breast lift. Many women breastfeed successfully after a breast lift, though some prefer to wait to have the procedure until they’ve completed their family and are done with childbearing.
3. Are Breast Lifts Safer Than Implants?
Silicone and saline breast implants are FDA-approved and safe for breast augmentation. However, a breast lift may be considered “safer” as the procedure does not add a foreign object to the body and may mitigate some risks. New implant technology has improved breast implants, and leak rates and surgical complications are lower than ever.
4. Do Breast Lifts Affect Sensation?
You can expect some nipple and breast sensation changes during your recovery, but this is often temporary. A small percentage of women may have decreased or increased nipple sensation. Most of these changes resolve several months after your breast lift when you’ve recovered fully.
5. Who is a Candidate for Breast Lift?
If you are bothered by sagging breasts with the lower portion of the breast sitting below the natural breast crease, you may be a candidate for a breast lift. You may have moderate to severe breast ptosis if your nipples point down or extend past the crease. Asymmetrical breasts and large or stretched areolas may qualify for a breast lift. Generally, candidates should be in good general health and have realistic expectations for results.
Dr. Foglietti and Dr. Fostyk will discuss your breast surgery options during your consultation.
Schedule Your Breast Lift Consultation in Beachwood
If you’re interested in a breast lift, contact our Ohio plastic surgery office. Schedule your consultation at Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery today by filling out our contact form or calling (216) 292-6800.