Preparing for a Breast Lift
You will undergo a thorough consultation before your breast lift surgery, during which you will discuss your expectations, preferences, and medical history to help Dr. Lickstein develop a customized treatment plan. You should quit smoking six weeks before your surgery and shouldn’t take blood thinning medication for two weeks before your procedure. Stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet leading up to your surgery to provide your body with the essential nutrients needed for healing.
Dr. Lickstein performs breast lift surgery using thin, discreetly placed incisions and suture techniques designed to allow long lasting support and fine quality scars. The extent of your incisions will depend on the type of correction required to achieve the results you desire. Possible incisions include:
- Periareolar - around the areola
- Lollipop - around the areola and vertically down the breast tissue
- Anchor - around the areola, vertically down the breast tissue, and along the inframammary crease
To create the new shape of your breasts, incisions are made along the lower breast tissue. Excess tissue, including skin and fat, is excised. The remaining breast tissue is lifted to have an attractive position on the chest. The projection of the nipples and the size of the areolas can also be improved. Sutures are placed in the breast tissue to provide additional support to the breasts. Mesh support may be used as well. Incisions are closed and bandaged.
Combining With Breast Augmentation
Patients with breast sagging may also experience a loss in volume. To achieve an overall improved breast appearance, many women choose to combine a breast augmentation with their breast lift. A breast augmentation uses implants to increase the size and improve the shape of the breasts. Patients who combine procedures often have increased satisfaction with their results, in addition to saving valuable time and money. You can discuss with Dr. Lickstein whether combining procedures is right for you.