What’s a Breast Lift?

Sagging of a woman’s breasts can occur due to any significant weight change, such as after a pregnancy.   True sagging refers to nipple position falling below the crease beneath your breast.  The “pencil  test” is the way to find out if surgery might be indicated.  By placing a pencil beneath your breast and if your nipple hangs below the pencil when you sit or stand, then you may need a breast lift.  Breast lift surgery repositions the nipple and areola (pigmented skin around the nipple) upwards to a more natural position.   This natural position is about one half to three quarters of an inch above the crease.   Positioning them higher than this can result in an odd breast appearance.   The size of the areola can also be reduced if desired.

Scars from a breast lift are the same as breast reduction surgery and are positioned around the nipple and beneath the breast as well.   They are usually easily covered by most swim suits.  Many women can still breastfeed following breast lift surgery, if they choose to do so.

Most of my patients return to work 2 days after surgery.


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