After breast feeding and significant weight loss, many women become unhappy with the appearance of their breasts. The breasts may develop stretch marks and seem to sag. Many women who are unhappy with the sagging appearance of their breasts avoid having breast lift surgery because they fear the scars associated with traditional techniques of lifting the breasts. The Natural Breast Lift hides the scars in anatomic positions to give the breasts a natural lifted appearance. This procedure may be combined with an implant to give the breasts more fullness as well.
Reasons for Considering The Natural Breast Lift:
Elevate the breasts to correct sagging caused by aging and volume loss after pregnancy and breast feeding.
Re-position the nipples and areola if they point downward or look too low.
Bring back natural fullness and remove excess skin after weight loss.
Many techniques are available for breast lift surgery. The procedure typically begins with an incision around the areola. Traditionally, the incision continues down, along the inferior part of the breast and along the chest, known as the inframammary fold. The surgeon then removes excess skin and occasionally, a small amount of fat and breast tissue. The nipple and areola are repositioned above the inframammary fold, to a higher position, and the skin is held in place by stitches. This results in either a lollipop or an anchor shaped scar. When possible, Dr. Stiles prefers a procedure called The Natural Breast Lift that minimizes visible scarring. The incisions are placed around the areola, a point where the skin naturally changes color, and under the breast, along the inframammary fold. Ideally, the scars are not noticeable when looking in the mirror. The best procedure can be determined during the initial consultation visit.
Generally, post-operative instructions call for rest for the first few days and limited activity of the arms for several weeks. Bandages are applied at the time of surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts. A special surgical bra will be worn for several weeks. Post-operative pain is minimized by the use of pain pump catheters that deliver local anesthesia directly to the breast. This decreases the number of pain pills that patients require in the initial post-operative period. While complications may occur, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the directions given by the physician after surgery.