If breasts are small or have lost volume, a woman may wish to increase breast size with implants combined with the breast lift. When it comes to breast lifts, women have several options – a more moderate lift that removes excess skin around the best and tightens surrounding tissue as well as a more extensive breast lift, which also focuses on excess skin and tissue, but involves additional incisions and a more substantial lift.
Healthy breast skin, with good tone, will hold the breast in a great position. When the breast skin is stretched, mild drooping will likely occur even with surgery. The greater droop to the breast, the more skin will need to be removed. This means longer incisions and scars. Scars on the skin of the breast usually soften and fade within 6 to 12 months. Because scars are permanent and their appearance can be difficult to predict, scarring is an important consideration for many women. Silicone based scar treatments are helpful in diminishing the appearance of scars. Potential candidates will have to decide if they are willing to trade breast droop for some degree of scarring.
Good candidates for a breast lift have completed their family, since pregnancy and breastfeeding can stretch the breasts and cause additional drooping or sagging. A patient should have realistic expectations about the procedure, and are in good overall health. Breast-feeding is usually possible with a breast lift since the nipple is not separated from the milk glands.