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5 Facts about Breast Lifts You Can’t Ignore

Before you have a breast lift performed, it’s important to have a realistic understanding of how the process works and what you can expect. Let’s face it – if you go through with this procedure, it will be quite a big change in your life. And, it helps to ease your anxiety when you know what to expect. Here are five of the most important facts you should know before having this procedure performed: 1. It’s Much Different than Breast Augmentation Breast augmentation helps your breasts look fuller and rounder, and may also help with minor sagging. Breast lifts reduce the appearance of an enlarged areola, as well as raising and firming severely sagging breasts. Depending on what your aesthetic goals are, it may be best to combine a breast lift with a breast augmentation. This is something you will have to discuss with your plastic surgeon. 2. How do You Know if You are a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift? Not everyone is the perfect candidate for a breast lift surgery. Generally, however, you will make a good candidate if you:

  • Are otherwise physically healthy and keep a stable weight
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations regarding the surgery
  • Are dissatisfied with excess sagging of your breasts
  • Have breasts that are unusually long
  • Have nipples and areolas which point to the ground
  • Notice your nipples fall below your breast crease when unsupported
  • Have one breast lower than the other
  • Notice you have enlarged areolas or breast skin stretched too far

3. Factors Causing Your Breasts to Sag While pregnancy is a commonly known factor that causes your breasts to sag, others such as rapid weight loss, heredity, breastfeeding, and the long-term effects of gravity pulling down can eventually cause noticeable sagging in your breasts. 4. How Much does a Breast Lift Cost? The price of a breast lift depends on what type of procedure you are having done. There are options with implants and without implants. Dr. Whetstone will thoroughly answer all of your questions and talk about these options at your consultation. Then you will meet with our Patient Coordinator, Rhonda Owens, who will give you the fees in writing and answer any questions you have about scheduling and financing. 5. How Long Do Results Last? It will take several months before the final results of your breast lift become apparent. Individual results do vary, but yours can last many years, and will last longer especially if you focus on maintaining your weight and living a generally healthy lifestyle. Consult with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Because your body is unique, breast lift surgery may or may not be appropriate for your aesthetic goals. So after learning everything you can, make sure you discuss what you’ve learned with an experienced plastic surgeon first. Once you have his opinion, think through your decision and do what you feel is best.