Breast Lift Surgery in Houston TX
Loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breast-feeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful breast contour.
Some patients may be unhappy that they have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time. In such cases, implants inserted in conjunction with a lift can increase breast size at the same time as the shape and position of the breasts are enhanced.
For breast Lift surgery in Houston contact plastic surgeon Dr Smith today.
Am I a good candidate for breast lift?
You may be a good candidate for surgery if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- Breasts that are pendulous, but of satisfactory size
- Breasts that lack substance or firmness
- Nipples and areolas that point downward, especially if they are positioned below the breast crease
In certain cases, the breasts may have developed differently so that one breast is firm and well positioned while the other is not. There may be differences in the size of your breasts as well as their shape. Breasts that are large and heavy can be lifted, but the results may not be as long-lasting as when the procedure is done on smaller breasts.
A breast lift can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting until breast development has stopped. Pregnancy and breast-feeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo surgery before having children and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. Since the milk ducts and nipples are left intact, surgery usually will not affect your ability to breast-feed; however, you should discuss this with your plastic surgeons.
How Pregnancy Affects The Breast
During pregnancy, breast enlargement occurs and stretches the skin envelope of the breast. When pregnancy and nursing are over, the tissue within the breast involutes or shrinks, usually to a size smaller than it was originally. The skin, however, remains slightly stretched, and the smaller fill tissue falls to the bottom of the stretched skin envelope. The result is usually a breast with somewhat loose skin, with the breast tissue in the lower part of the breast, and an empty upper breast.
How will my plastic surgeon evaluate me for surgery?
Your plastic surgeon will examine your breasts, taking measurements and perhaps photographs for your medical record. The size and shape of your breasts, the quality of your skin, and the placement of the nipples and areolas will be carefully evaluated.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries including breast biopsies, and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information. You should tell your plastic surgeon if you plan to lose a significant amount of weight, particularly if you have noticed that your breasts sag or become smaller with weight loss. Your surgeon may recommend that you stabilize your weight before having surgery.
There are also limits to how the breast shape can be changed with surgery. For example, Dr. Smith can narrow the distance between the breasts and produce more fullness or cleavage, however if the breasts are widely separated, they may tend to separate after surgery especially when you lie down.
Understanding Desires And Making Choices
At your consultation, Dr. Smith will discuss your preferences regarding breast size, incision location, and most importantly exactly how you’d like your breast to look. After examining you, he may recommend a range of options for implant type and size, and incision location that will be best for your breast and balance with the rest of your figure. He will always honor your choices of alternatives if he can achieve an esthetic appearance using your choices. For breast Lift surgery in Houston contact plastic surgeon Dr Smith today.