Many of Dr. John Silverton’s patients are concerned not just with the size of their breasts, but also with the position of the breast mounds. Due to natural aging, or as the result of pregnancy, the breasts sometimes begin to droop or sag, a condition known as ptosis. They may also lose significant volume. At our cosmetic surgery practice, Dr. Silverton performs breast lift surgery, often incorporating implants such as those used in breast augmentation, to restore firmness and volume to the breasts while relocating them for a perkier, more youthful appearance. To see the benefits of breast lift in Stockton / Modesto, visit our before-and-after gallery.
Breast Lift with Implants
Patients whose breasts have recently begun to droop may benefit from breast lift with implants. Ideal candidates for this procedure are typically those who have lost some breast volume, often as a result of breastfeeding. Because the skin cannot shrink as the breasts lose volume, the breasts begin to sag and may appear flat.
Patients who have lost volume in their breasts may benefit tremendously from a breast lift with breast implants, which can restore breast volume and projection. During the procedure, Dr. Silverton typically places the implant through an incision around the edge of the areola.
As the breasts continue to droop, a more thorough treatment may be required. Breast implants alone may improve the shape of the breasts, but a lift may be necessary to return them to a more youthful position.
For breasts that have just begun to droop, Dr. Silverton is able to perform breast lift by removing skin from around the areola. The remaining skin is reattached, lifting the breast into place. This type of breast lift, also known as a Benelli lift, is minimally invasive and leaves little visible scarring. Quite often a vertical scar can be added to get a better shape. This is called a lollipop lift.
For Stockton / Modesto breast lift patients with more severe drooping, Dr. Silverton may need to use anchor-shaped incisions that run around the areola, down the underside of the breast, and along the inframammary fold. This incision allows for more dramatic breast uplift, but also results in somewhat more scarring and a longer recovery time. As with the Benelli lift, excess skin is removed along the incisions to lift and firm the breast.
Recovering from Breast Lift Surgery
Recovery time among patients varies according to the type of breast lift and whether breast implants are used. Patients who undergo a Benelli lift can expect the shortest recovery time, while those who undergo a full anchor-style breast lift incorporating breast implants can expect the longest recovery time.
During the first week of recovery, it is normal to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising. These side effects can be managed with medication and typically subside within a month. It is important to avoid sleeping on your stomach and lifting anything over your head during this time, as pressure on the breasts could cause complications. Most of our breast lift patients will need to wear a support bra for several weeks after the surgery. Some patients experience temporary numbness in the nipples and occasionally this numbness proves to be permanent.