Breast Lift

Do you have sagging breasts, asymmetrical breasts, or breasts that have started to droop due to aging, pregnancy, or genetics? If so, you may find that your self-esteem has suffered and you avoid wearing certain types of clothing or swimsuits to hide your breasts. Fortunately, there is a procedure that can be done to correct these issues and return your breasts to a younger, perkier shape.

At the inviting plastic surgery offices of Dr. Eric Pugash, patients can choose from various breast enhancement techniques including breast lift. This procedure is appropriate for women who desire to achieve a more youthful, perky breast appearance. By surgically raising the nipple and the profile of the breasts, Dr. Eric Pugash can create a beautiful breast that enhances the overall appearance of the female body. If you would like to learn more about breast lift surgery, please browse the before-and-after photo gallery, and peruse the information below.

Before and after picture of breast lift and augmentation with cohesive gel implants patient
Patient 2: Before and after breast lift and augmentation with cohesive gel implants.

Breast Lift Surgery Procedure with Dr. Pugash

Dr. Pugash performs breast lift surgery with the patient under general anesthesia; local anesthesia may be used according to patient preference. Depending on the extent of breast reshaping needed, this procedure takes about two hours and is performed on an outpatient basis.

The three different types of breast lift result in three different scar patterns: circumferentially around the areola (”donut mastopexy”); around the areola and down vertically to the breast crease (“lollipop mastopexy”); or around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and horizontally along the breast crease (“anchor lift”). The type of incision needed depends on your individual breasts and the degree of droop, or ptosis. Next, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped. Some of the skin is removed at this time. The nipple and areola are then repositioned to a higher, perkier location. Finally, the incisions are closed. The result is a more youthful breast appearance.

Some women choose to combine their breast lift with augmentation. Doing both surgeries at the same time provides better shape and fullness, and eliminates the need for two separate procedures and recovery periods. If you want to enhance the size of your breasts as well as have them lifted, discuss this with Dr. Pugash during your consultation. It makes sense for many women to combine the two surgeries and experience a more pleasing result.

Although breast lift surgery delivers notable aesthetic enhancement, Dr. Eric Pugash cautions prospective Vancouver patients that this treatment will leave permanent scars. Depending on the surgical technique, the resulting scars may lie along the outside of the areola (‘donut’ lift) or take the form of a lollipop or anchor. However, the scars usually fade over time and can be easily hidden under most bras and swimwear. Dr. Pugash takes great care in leaving the least amount of scarring possible after the breast lift procedure.

Good Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery

Want to know if you’re a good candidate for breast lift surgery? Dr. Pugash finds that the best candidates are women who are physically healthy, nonsmokers, and maintain a stable and healthy weight.

Dr. Pugash finds that breast lift, often combined with breast augmentation, is very successful at dealing with the following undesirable features:

  • Breasts that sag or have lost shape or volume.
  • Breasts that lack firmness or substance.
  • Breasts that are pendulous or too heavy.
  • Nipples that are below the breast crease and point downwards.
  • Breasts that have lost elasticity due to weight loss or breastfeeding.
  • Stretched skin or enlarged areolas.
  • One breast that is lower than the other.
  • Breasts that are flat or elongated.

If you have one or more of the above, and if you also would like to increase the size of your breasts, you should talk to Dr. Pugash about also getting implants at the time of your breast lift surgery.

In some circumstances, Dr. Pugash will recommend a prospective patient not undergo breast lift surgery. This may include those who smoke, are in poor health, plan to lose a significant amount of weight, or who plan to have pregnancies.

Recovering from Breast Lift Surgery

Recovery from breast lift surgery does require some preparation. However, most women find that the results are well worth it.

You will spend a couple of hours following surgery in the clinic recovering,  before being discharged home. Expect to feel bruised and swollen for a week or two. The pain is usually not severe and is easily managed with the pain medication that Dr. Pugash prescribes. During the next one to two weeks you should rest frequently and not undertake strenuous activity. Most patients return to work after one to two weeks, but need to avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks. If you have had implants as well as breast lift, Dr. Pugash may advise you to avoid upper body fitness for six weeks.

The stitches will dissolve and do not need to be removed. You may experience dryness in the breast area that can be addressed with moisturizers. You may also experience some numbness and/or swelling in your breasts. These generally ease over the first few months.

Keep in mind that the results of breast lift surgery are not permanent. Aging and gravity will still impose their effects on your breasts. Maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy lifestyle will help you to minimize these changes. Dr. Pugash usually recommends that breast lifts be put off until you are finished having children. However, if you do get pregnant, keep in mind this may have major effects on your breasts and that a touch-up procedure may be needed after you give birth.  Also it is important to consider that you may have problems breastfeeding after a breast lift procedure.

Schedule Your Breast Lift Consultation

The best way to determine if you would benefit from a breast lift surgery, either with or without implants, is to talk with Dr. Pugash. He will be able to answer all your questions and determine if a breast lift will achieve your aesthetic goals. During your breast lift consultation, you and Dr. Pugash will discuss the following topics:

  • Previous surgeries, especially on your breasts.
  • Your goals and the results you can expect.
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
  • Prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
  • Drug allergies.
  • Your tobacco and alcohol use.
  • A family history of breast cancer.
  • Abnormal mammogram or breast biopsy results.
  • The use of anesthesia during your surgery.
  • Your options—especially if you plan on having implants at the same time as your breast lift.
  • Likely outcomes and potential complications of the procedure.
  • Preparing for your surgery and recovering from your surgery.

During your consultation, Dr. Pugash will examine your breasts and take measurements and photographs. Make sure you prepare any questions you have for the doctor before your consultation so he can make sure to answer them all prior to surgery. Here are some suggestions:

  • How many breast lift procedures have you performed?
  • Why am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • Where will you perform this surgery?
  • What incision will be recommended for my procedure?
  • What are the possible complications?
  • Do you have before and after photos or testimonials I can look at?
  • What can I expect during recovery?
  • How can I expect my lifted breasts to age?
  • Based on my goals, do you think I should also consider an implant?
  • Who will be my main point of contact if I need to speak to someone during or after recovery?

If you feel self-conscious due to your breast appearance, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Eric Pugash. He has several decades of experience helping women resolve aesthetic breast concerns. Mothers often seek breast lift to correct breasts that appear droopy after childbearing. Women who have lost a large amount of weight are also good candidates for a breast lift. In addition, the natural process of aging can make the breasts appear disproportionately saggy. All these problems can be successfully addressed during breast lift surgery.

In addition, a breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation in Vancouver in order to achieve a bust line that is both perkier and fuller. To schedule your appointment, please call (604) 522-5199.

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