Breast Lift in San Diego, CA

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About Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure that raises and reshapes the breasts by removing loose skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to create a more youthful and healthier look. This body contouring surgery is performed for women who have lost breast shape and volume and who are experiencing breast sag due to breastfeeding, weight loss, aging, or gravity. Dr. Steve Laverson, a board-certified plastic surgeon in San Diego, CA, performs this surgery at San Diego Cosmetic Clinic. By integrating his own specially designed techniques with surgical methods he's learned throughout his duration in the aesthetic medical industry, Dr. Laverson can choose the correct incision pattern to accurately address your degree of sag present and achieve your desired outcome.

What are the benefits of a breast lift?

Sagging breasts can be embarrassing and make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. A breast lift provides the youthful, perky breasts you once had. Patients who undergo this surgery often benefit in the following ways:

  • Improved self-image: Most patients feel much better about their appearance and themselves after surgery.
  • Clothes fit better: Bras and tops fit better and provide more support due to the lifted position of your breasts.
  • More proportionate figure: A breast lift can create a more balanced figure that is more proportionate to the rest of your body.

Ideal Candidates

You may come to San Diego Cosmetic Clinic believing you are a candidate for fuller breasts with breast implants but discover after a thorough evaluation that breast lift surgery is a better choice. This is dependent on the level of sag that is present. Breasts that point downward in most cases will require a lift to reduce skin looseness and raise the breasts to a higher position on the chest wall. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts appear stretched, a cosmetic lift can dramatically help their appearance. If you are contemplating a breast lift, you need to be in good health and at a healthy weight.

Surgical Technique

A breast lift takes approximately two or more hours and is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The duration of this procedure is dependent on the complexity of breast ptosis. The surgical technique used for cosmetic breast lift surgery typically falls under two categories, and the method used is determined by the size and location needed for the incision. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the straight line vertical incisions are the most commonly used methods. After making the incision, any wrinkly and loose skin is removed along with fat and tissue that is not needed. The remaining skin is then tightened and the breasts are lifted so they appear healthy. In most situations, the areola is reduced in size and repositioned to be symmetrical with the new breast.

What To Expect

The recovery for breast lift surgery is more extensive than a breast augmentation. After the procedure, you will wear a medical compression bra to minimize swelling. A small tube is also inserted near the incision site to help with excess draining that can often occur after a surgery of this nature. After surgery, the swelling will diminish within 3 – 5 days. Dr. Laverson or a member of his team will provide detailed, home treatment care instructions to help your healing process. Aesthetic results after a surgical breast lift are most noticeable after a few weeks as the breasts take their higher placement on your chest wall. Your breasts will look and feel natural, and you will feel younger, more beautiful, and feel great enjoyment with your feminine frame.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should have a breast lift, an augmentation with implants, or both will depend on your unique concerns and goals. Oftentimes, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts with no need for implants. Dr. Laverson will evaluate your physical condition and listen to your goals during your consultation. From there, he will be able to make a decision regarding whether you'd benefit from implants, a lift, or an augmentation and a lift.

Will my nipples be moved?
In most cases, the nipple-areola complex will be moved upward during the breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, Dr. Laverson can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This will be discussed during your appointment so he can choose the ideal incision pattern to use for your surgery.

How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results can last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally, which means you may start to see loose and sagging skin in time. Factors, such as significant weight loss or gain, can change your results, therefore, it's best to remain at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also alter your results, which is why Dr. Laverson advises patients to wait until they are done having kids to receive this surgery.

Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Laverson will evaluate the physical condition and appearance of your breasts during your consultation and discuss how a breast lift may be able to help. During your surgery, he will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for better symmetry.

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