Unless you’ve been frequenting outer space, gravity may have been having a subtle drooping effect on your breasts. Consider a breast lift from Dr. Ralston and watch your breasts—and self-esteem—rise.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?

Women who are dissatisfied with the effects that gravity and time have had on their breasts. Shrunken breast tissue, stretching, pregnancy/childbirth, or nursing can also cause similar effects. Breast lift procedures can often be performed alongside breast implants.

THE PROCEDURE

After administering anesthesia and sedation, the surgeon will make one of three common incision patterns: around the areola; around the areola and down vertically to the bottom of the breast; or around the areola, down to the bottom of the breast, and horizontally along the bottom of the breast. The breast tissue is then lifted and shaped and excess breast skin is removed to increase elasticity. The nipple and areola are also moved to a more natural position. If the areola is larger than normal, some of the skin at the perimeter may be removed. As the incisions are sutured, the skin is tightened to refine the breast’s shape. Incision lines will most likely fade noticeably over time.

RECOVERY

After the procedure, pain and swelling are common. Numbness or possible increase of sensitivity of the breast and nipples can also occur, and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least three weeks, including exercise, heavy lifting, or house/yard work. Soaking in hot tubs/pools should be avoided until incision sites are completely healed, and underwire bras shouldn’t be used for at least nine months.

RESULTS & BENEFITS

A breast lift procedure can make breasts firmer and more even, reclaiming their earlier state and appearance.