Cosmetic breast surgery has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the world today. Breast lifts are one of the most frequent procedures performed by Dr. Robert Dryden to rejuvenate the appearance of their breasts by providing a younger looking, more comfortable lift.

Who would choose to have their breasts lifted?

The average age of patients choosing to have the procedure is only 39. This is just slightly older than those having augmentation and reduction procedures. However, most people think a breast lift is requested more often by older women.

Why choose a breast lift?

As women age and/or have children, their breasts tend to lose fat and the breast tissue begins to thin. In most cases, when the breast tissue shrinks, the skin does not and the areola/nipple droops down below the inframammary crease. Lifting the nipple above the crease will restore a youthful look.

Will a breast lift affect nursing?

While it is possible to nurse after a breast lift, it is generally recommended that you wait. Should you become pregnant your breasts will swell and stretch the skin and you may lose the benefits of the procedure.

Can a breast lift be combined with another procedure?

Yes. Many patients who request a breast lift also want to have the fullness back. These patients usually decide to have implants as well. In certain instances, the augmentation will aid in stretching the skin, enabling your surgeon to do a breast lift with shorter scars. Other patients may require a breast reduction as well as a breast lift to restore the look they desire.

How is a "sscarless" breast lift performed?

Dr. Dryden’s favorite approach for breast lifting in a non-augmented individual is a “scarless” breast lift developed by Dr. Gerald Johnson in Houston and is not done by many due to the technical challenges.  An incision is made in an armpit crease. A pocket is made underlying the breast. The breast tissue is then attached to the chest muscle and overlying sheet of connective tissue. Most individuals also need to have implants in order to have a rounded full breast. If the patient has already had breast implants, a similar type procedure can be done inside the breast with a small incision beneath the breast.

Another approach not used frequently by Dr. Dryden but by most cosmetic surgeons is the most common approach, the "anchor" incision, is actually three incisions. The first incision is made around the areola. The next runs from the bottom of the areola down to the breast crease and the third incision follows the horizontal breast crease. Working through these incisions, excess skin is removed from the lower portion of the breast. Areolas that have been stretched over time can be resized and the tissue is repositioned to reshape the breast. The breast tissue and nipple are lifted into the higher position, and the nipple is repositioned.

Like many surgeries, the trend in breast lifts has been to smaller, shorter incisions resulting in less scarring. These smaller scar techniques include the "lollipop" incision which avoids the horizontal incision beneath the breast, and the "peri-areola" or "donut" incision around the areola which avoids both the vertical incision from the breast crease to the areola and the horizontal incision beneath the breast.

Which breast lift procedure is best for me?

After examining the size, shape, and sagging of your breasts and the size of your areolas, your surgeon will discuss the technique best suited for your procedure.

What about scarring after a breast lift?

The potential of scars that can can be quite unattractive is the reason that Dr. Dryden prefers the "scarless" breast lift. If one likes to have the more traditional breast lift, the size and amount of scarring is different for every patient. However, the use of silicone sheathing, topical liquid silicone or laser treatments can greatly diminish the appearance of scars.

What is breast lift surgery recovery like?

For the first few days following any breast surgery, you may be asked to wear a bra, surgical dressings or a special post-surgical garment. If you have the axillary lift, you will be advised a very supportive bra 24/7 for 6months. Most discomfort associated with breast surgery can be controlled with oral medication prescribed by your surgeon. Antibiotics may also be prescribed. Most women experience some degree of swelling, bruising and tenderness. These symptoms should subside in a short time. All sutures are removed within 1 - 2 weeks. Your surgeon will advise you on a proper schedule for returning to your normal activities. Most patients are back to work within the first week.

After Dr. Dryden performs your breast lift, you will enjoy a new, more pleasing shape, with more comfortable breasts that are in better proportion to your physique.

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