Breast Lift: Frequently Asked Questions
Are you interested in knowing more concerning breast surgical procedures, but do not know how to ask? Don’t worry; here is a list of the commonly asked questions concerning breast procedures.
1. Breast lift or breast augmentation?
The difference lies in the meaning: to lift is simply pulling up, while to augment is to increase in size. So a breast augmentation is meant to increase the size of your breasts. A lift is done on a breast that has excess skin, causing it to sag or droop. Most of the time, none of these procedures is done exclusively as many patients request both to be done at the same time. To determine which procedure should be a priority, during consultation you will be asked whether you want your breasts to look bigger, or you want them to look tighter and sit higher.
2. My breasts are asymmetrical; will a breast procedure correct that?
It’s important to note that there is no part on our bodies that is a mirror image of the other; so in reality, our bodies are asymmetrical. There are various factors that may contribute to asymmetry such as one breast being larger than the other, one being positioned higher than the other and asymmetry in the chest wall. The good news is a breast procedure can rectify that and give you symmetry to some extent.
3. Which kinds of breast procedures leave minimal scars?
A lot of people are usually concerned with the amount of scarring they will have after the procedure. It is normal for there to be some lingering scar tissue up to two years following the procedure. That being said, there are three types of procedures that are carried out to lift the breast: donut, lollipop and anchor lift. Of the three, the donut lift produces the least amount of scar tissue, with the anchor lift producing the most.
4. Can I have breast augmentation and lift done in the same day?
Yes, it is possible to have both procedures done on the same day. More often than not, a breast that is being increased in size will also need a lift. The combined procedures should only be done by seasoned and certified plastic surgeons in order to get the best results.
5. Can I breastfeed after a breast procedure?
Yes, for the most part, it is okay to breastfeed as long as the nipple was not detached from the breast tissue underneath. In some rare occasions, the whole nipple has to be lifted and grafted into a different position. If this happens, it may interfere with the mother’s ability to breastfeed. However, doctors agree that there are too many unaccounted variables that come into play to determine whether breastfeeding is entirely safe after a procedure.
6. What kind of questions do I need to ask my doctor before the procedure?
Explain to your doctor how you want your breasts to look like once done. Ask whether he/ she has the right certifications and inquire as to the number of successful operations the surgeon has done.