Self-confidence is often a result of how we view our bodies. Staying healthy, working out, and eating right can do a lot to improve your body’s appearance. But what about those aspects of your body that cannot be improved through these methods alone? Sagging breasts can often contribute to feelings of insecurity. At Dr. Young Forever in San Antonio, TX, we understand how important confidence is. Keep reading to learn about breast lift procedures.
Can You Fix Sagging Breasts? 3 Key Advantages of a Breast Lift
1. Enhanced Breast Shape
The shape of the breasts can change over time. In some instances, these changes in shape can be a result of childbirth and breastfeeding. In other instances, weight loss or weight gain can have an effect on the breast shape. Other women simply notice the breasts changing shape as a result of the natural aging process. Regardless of the reasons, these changes can have a huge effect on self-confidence. A breast lift can help.
The breast lift procedure will enhance the shape of the breasts. For some women, this means restoring the breasts to the shape they enjoyed in years gone by. For other women, the breast lift procedure means creating a totally new enhanced shape never before achieved. In both instances, this can be an exciting, confidence-building process. Your goals for your breast lift can be discussed at your initial evaluation. Your confidence is Dr. Young’s number one priority.
2. Improved Nipple Projection
One of the most frustrating things about sagging breasts is the effect it has on nipple projection. As the breast changes shape, the nipple will also begin to sag and project downward. This gives the entire breast an elongated and aging appearance. The lift procedure will correct this annoying problem. The procedure creates a perkier bust which improves not only your confidence but also the fit of clothing.
In some cases, the nipple/areola area can even be repositioned in order to make sure the entire breast has the best appearance possible. You can discuss these concerns at your appointment. It is our hope that each individual woman obtains the exact result she wants.
3. Reduced Irritation Under Breasts
Yet another frustration with sagging breasts is under-breast irritation. As the breasts begin to sag, the skin of the breast will begin to rub against the skin of the chest and the under breast area. This rubbing can cause blistering, burning, itching, and other symptoms. The lift procedure cures this problem. When the breasts are lifted to a more ideal place, there will be no more rubbing or discomfort.
Under-breast irritation can be especially frustrating for women who are very active. Exercising and other highly physical activities can really contribute to the under-breast irritation. Having this problem resolved can result in a more enjoyable, active lifestyle.
FAQ About Breast Lifts
1. Who Should Get a Lift?
A breast lift procedure is a good choice for anyone who suffers from sagging breasts. This can include women who have seen breast changes as a result of childbirth and breastfeeding. Women who have experienced weight loss or weight gain can also benefit. In addition to this, women who have always struggled with the shape of their breasts should consider a lift procedure. It is important to note that a lift is not the only type of breast procedure available.
If you are not sure if a lift is the procedure for you, you can schedule an appointment with Dr. Young to discuss your options. Upon evaluation, Dr. Young can advise you on which type of procedure would be best for your particular individual case. Dr. Young has been practicing breast surgery and augmentation in the San Antonio area for over 20 years and brings his years of experience and expertise to every patient.
2. Is a Lift Part of a Mommy Makeover?
The Mommy Makeover is a popular idea which many women have embraced over the last few decades. The Mommy Makeover can include any type of cosmetic procedure that can help mothers regain their pre-childbearing bodies. The Mommy Makeover is important because there are many changes that take place during childbirth and breastfeeding. Not all of these changes can be corrected through diet and exercise alone. When diet and exercise are not enough, the Mommy Makeover can help you achieve your goals.
A lift is a great addition to any Mommy Makeover. Often times the Mommy Makeover will focus primarily on the stomach and the changes which take place to the abdominal wall. The breast lift, however, will address the changes which have taken place in the breasts. Adding the breast lift to your Mommy Makeover is the perfect way to achieve your pre-childbirth body.
3. Who Is a Good Candidate for a Lift?
A lift procedure is considered surgery. For this reason, it is very important that any candidate considering this procedure be in relatively good health. Upon your initial consultation, Dr. Young can review your medical history as well as your overall health. This will help him to determine if you are healthy enough for this procedure. If there are health concerns, the doctor can discuss with you how to improve these areas prior to having the procedure.
4. Will a Lift Change the Size of My Breasts?
It is important to realize that a lift is not the same as breast implants. Breast implants are an entirely different type of procedure altogether. A lift can be combined with breast implants for patients who wish to augment the size of their breasts as well as their position. It will be crucial to discuss this with the doctor during your consultation.
A lift does not change the size of the breasts, but many women tend to notice that changing the lift of the breasts has a dramatic effect on how they fill out their bras and bathing suits and how they appear in clothing. The new lift and shape you will experience is often just as satisfying as what other women experience following breast implants that change the size of the breasts.
5. What Is Recovery Time Like?
The lift is considered a surgical procedure. For this reason, it is important that you follow recovery instructions very carefully. You will be in recovery for about 2 weeks. It will be important that you have support people around you to help with daily chores, as you will not be able to pick up heavy objects.
Drainage tubes may be placed near the surgery area. This will help with any fluid drainage during recovery. It is very important to take any medications which your doctor may prescribe during this time. You will need to give yourself time off from work and other responsibilities so that you can fully recover from the lift.
6. What Activities Should I Avoid During Recovery?
During the recovery period, it will be very important that you avoid lifting heavy objects. The lift will have an effect on the muscles of the chest. The tissue and muscles will need time to sufficiently heal. Putting added pressure on these muscles by lifting heavy objects can have a negative effect on the results of the lift. In order to get the best results, it will be necessary that you give the body plenty of time to heal.
Any activities which require twisting or bending should also be avoided. Activities that require twisting or bending can complicate the healing process following a lift. Before your procedure, your doctor will talk with you concerning any and all activities which should be avoided. Follow your doctor’s orders precisely so that you can achieve the best possible results.
7. Can I Have Sex After My Procedure?
It is recommended to abstain from sexual activity for at least two weeks following your procedure. The reason for this is because the tissues and muscles affected by the lift will need time to heal. Any type of strenuous physical activity can jeopardize the results of this procedure. Sexual activity falls into this category.
It is also important that you get plenty of rest directly following your procedure. Adequate rest will allow your body to process the fluid and swelling which may result directly following your procedure. Be sure to allow your body this important time and rest.
8. What Can I Expect During My Consultation?
During your initial consultation, the doctor will evaluate you. A physical exam will be conducted. This is to establish if you are healthy enough for the procedure. This examination will also help determine the quality of your breast skin. These evaluations will help determine how your body will react to the procedure.
9. Should I Bring Photos to My Consultation?
During this consultation, you will have an opportunity to discuss with the doctor your hopes and expectations for this procedure. It is a good idea to bring in photos of what you hope your breasts to look like following the lift. It is okay to either bring in photos of yourself or photos of other people. Your expectations should be realistic for your body type and age.
During this time the doctor may review before and after photos with you of past patients with similar goals and body type to you. This can help you determine what you can expect from this procedure. Your expectations concerning your outcome are very important. Be sure to discuss this in-depth with the doctor during your consultation.
10. How Long Will My Results Last?
The longevity of your results will be dependent on many factors. Your particular skin quality will be the main factor as well as the amount of support you give your breasts following the lift. Gravity is always pulling on your breasts, so it will be important to use a supportive bra as much as possible. This will increase the longevity of your results. Many patients report happiness with their results for 15 years and more. Taking good care of the muscles of the breasts and avoiding excessive weight gain, will also help increase the longevity of your procedure.
Achieve the Confidence You Want
Achieving confidence in your body is something everyone hopes for. Sometimes aging and life changes can have such a huge effect on our bodies that we cannot make lasting changes on our own. When this is the case, our confidence can really take a hit.
If your sagging breasts are causing you to lack confidence in your body as a woman, Dr. Young Forever, serving San Antonio TX can help. He has been called San Antonio’s “Breast Doctor” for good reason. Call Dr. Young Forever in San Antonio, TX today to schedule a consultation and start your path to your most confident self.