Youthful, perky breasts can help a woman feel more confident in her appearance and more comfortable wearing her favorite fashions. As women age, the effects of factors like pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, and gravity can cause their breasts to decrease in firmness and begin to sag as they flatten and lose their youthful shape. As the breasts begin to sit lower on the chest, the nipples may also appear to droop and the areolas can appear enlarged. These changes in breast appearance can happen at any age, and can have a profound impact on a woman’s pride in her body, feelings of youth, and sense of femininity. A breast lift, or mastopexy, can reverse all of these changes and enhance breast symmetry, rejuvenating a woman’s appearance and boosting her self-esteem. At Elle Aesthetic Arts in Loudoun County, Dr. Larry Lickstein has extensive experience with cosmetic breast surgery custom-tailored to help each woman achieve the figure she desires.
Why Choose Dr. Larry Lickstein for Your Breast Lift?
Dr. Lickstein is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has developed a uniquely personal approach to cosmetic surgery that allows him to tailor results to meet each patient’s specific goals. When it comes to breast lift surgery, Dr. Lickstein spends considerable time consulting with patients before the procedure so that he has a clear sense of their ideal breast appearance. Patients feel comfortable enough with Dr. Lickstein to candidly and fully express their desires, and confident that his artistry and extensive surgical skill will help them achieve exceptional results.
What to Expect During Your Breast Lift
Preparing for Surgery
The first step in achieving youthful, lifted breasts is to have a consultation with Dr. Lickstein. During this meeting, Dr. Lickstein will listen carefully as you express your frustrations and desires for your appearance, then he will work closely with you to create a customized treatment plan to help you meet your goals. Dr. Lickstein and his team will give you a thorough overview of the procedure and will also provide you with detailed postoperative instructions to make your recovery as comfortable as possible.
How Breast Lift Surgery Works
On the day of your breast lift surgery, Dr. Lickstein will meet with you to go over your treatment plan. He will consult with you while marking your skin before you are placed under general anesthesia, so you and he will both feel confident that your concerns have been addressed.
Once you are asleep, Dr. Lickstein will create incisions around your nipples. Depending on your treatment plan, he may also make a vertical incision from the bottom of each nipple to below the breast (“lollipop incision”) and possibly another in the fold below the breast (“anchor incision”). Next, he will artistically reshape your breast tissue for a more lifted and symmetrical appearance, holding it in place with internal sutures. He will also reposition your nipples to a higher position on the breasts, reduce the size of enlarged areolas, and remove any excess skin so that your breasts appear firm, youthful, and lifted.1
Breast Lift Recovery
After breast lift surgery, you’ll be asked to wear a special bra to help keep your breasts supported as you heal. You can expect to experience mild to moderate pain and swelling for the first few days. Dr. Lickstein will prescribe pain medication to help you stay comfortable, and you will also find that cold compresses help you feel better. For the first few days, you should rest as much as possible, trying to lay with the upper half of your body slightly elevated. Within a week, you should feel comfortable engaging in some of your normal activities, but should avoid heavy lifting or exercise for up to three weeks to give your body time to heal.
Breast Lift Results
Following breast lift surgery, your breasts will immediately sit higher on your chest and your nipples will be in a more centralized, youthful-looking position. You can expect the results of your breast lift to become even more noticeable in the coming weeks, and your incision lines will begin to fade as you heal. In order to maintain your new look, it is important that you engage in a healthy diet and lifestyle and keep your weight relatively stable.2
Contact Elle Aesthetic Arts
Dr. Lickstein and the entire team at Elle Aesthetic Arts believe that every woman deserves to feel confident in her body. If you are interested in learning more about breast lift surgery, please contact us today to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Lickstein.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Lift Surgery
Will a breast lift make my breasts fuller?
A breast lift can make your breasts look more youthful, but does not significantly change the size of your breasts. If you wish to increase your breast size or get more pronounced cleavage in addition to raising the profile of your breasts, you might consider combining your breast lift with breast augmentation. If you feel your breasts are too full in addition to looking a bit droopy, breast reduction combined with a breast lift can give you the look you desire.
Will I have scars after my breast lift?
A breast lift procedure does leave some scars, though most incisions are made so that scars are naturally hidden by the contours of the breast or areola. Your scars will gradually fade in the months after your surgery. Dr. Lickstein recognizes scar management for optimal appearance as an integral part of post operative care.
Who is a candidate for breast lift surgery?
If you are concerned that your breasts have begun to droop or appear saggy, you might be a good candidate for breast lift surgery. The ideal breast lift candidate is in good overall health, a non smoker, has a stable weight, and is finished giving birth to children and breastfeeding.3
1 Diaz JF. Review of 494 Consecutive Breast Augmentation Patients: System to Improve Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017;5(10):e1526. Published 2017 Oct 20. doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000001526. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5682175/. Accessed November 23, 2020.
2 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Who is a good candidate for breast augmentation. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/breast-augmentation/candidates. Accessed November 23, 2020.
3 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Is it safe for a mother to breastfeed her infant if she has silicone breast implants? Available: https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-special-circumstances/maternal-or-infant-illnesses/breast-surgery.html. Accessed November 23, 2020.