Breast Lift FAQs
Leading breast lift surgeon Ary Krau answers the most frequently asked questions about breast lift below.
Breast Lift vs. Breast Augmentation: How Can I Tell What I Need?
Think about what bothers you about your breasts. Do they look too small in proportion to the rest of your body (or simply are smaller than you prefer)? If so, breast augmentation with implants can fix that. Then, look at the position of your breasts. Do they sag? Do your nipples sit lower than the crease of your breasts, or do they point downward? Is there lots of loose skin? Breast lift can help.
Breast augmentation and breast lift are not mutually exclusive. They can be combined for bigger, perkier breasts.
The best way to determine what you need is to meet with Dr. Krau for an evaluation and discussion of your goals. He will help you decide whether breast lift, breast augmentation or both can help you achieve your desired breast appearance.
What Kind of Breast Lift Leaves Minimal Scars?
Dr. Krau prefers to use a breast lift technique known as vertical mammaplasty to produce the desired results with minimal scarring. This approach involves incisions around the areola and vertically down to the crease of the breast. By avoiding an additional incision along the crease of the breast, this approach leaves minimal scars.
When Should You Combine Breast Lift with Implants?
You should explore combination breast lift with implants if you desire larger breasts and you want your breast and nipple to sit above your breast crease.
Do I Need a Breast Lift or Breast Reduction?
Whether you need breast lift or breast reduction depends on several factors. If your breasts are too large for your body frame and cause you physical discomfort, you need a breast reduction. If your breasts are simply too saggy (meaning your nipple sits below your breast crease and you have excess breast skin), you need a breast lift. Breast reduction surgery typically incorporates breast lift techniques to both remove excess breast tissue and resculpt the remaining tissue higher on the chest.
What Are the Types of Breast Lift Procedures?
There are three types of breast lift procedures:
- Periareolar or “doughnut” breast lift: performed through incisions made around the circumference of the areola
- Vertical or “lollipop” breast lift: performed through incisions around the areola and vertically down to the crease of the breast
- Anchor lift: performed through incisions around the areola, vertically down to the crease and horizontally along the crease
The breast lift procedure selected for you depends on variables such as the amount of excess skin present and the degree of correction needed.
How Do I Choose a Surgeon for Breast Lift?
At the very least, you need to choose a surgeon that is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Beyond that, you should look for someone that has extensive experience and has performed numerous breast lift procedures. You can ask to see before-and-after photos of previous breast lift cases to get a feel for the results typical of that surgeon.
When Can I Return to Work or My Exercise Routine?
Most patients resume work one to two weeks after breast lift surgery. Vigorous exercise and heavy lifting require a longer healing period (about four to six weeks). Dr. Krau will advise you specifically when it is safe to return to work and exercise.
Does Insurance Cover Breast Lift Surgery?
Insurance plans typically do not cover breast lift surgery because it is considered cosmetic and elective.
How Can I Finance Breast Lift Surgery?
Financing options are available to help absorb the costs of breast lift. Dr. Krau accepts financing plans through CareCredit and MyMedicalLoan.com. Contact our office for more details about these plans.
Can I Breastfeed after Breast Lift Surgery?
It is possible to breastfeed after breast lift, but not guaranteed. If you wish to leave the option to breastfeed open, inform Dr. Krau during your pre-operative consultation. He can design a surgical plan that takes this into account. For example, he will try to keep the nipple attached to the underlying tissue during the operation to avoid severing the ducts and nerves. Keep in mind that breastfeeding contributes to breast sagging. If you breastfeed after breast lift, you may need an additional procedure in the future.
Contact Dr. Krau with Additional Questions
If you have additional questions about breast lift, or you would like to schedule a breast lift consultation, please contact the Miami plastic surgery practice of Dr. Ary Krau. You can reach us by calling (800) 664-9714 today.