Memphis-area women come to Dr. Ronald J. Johnson for breast lift when they want to restore the youthful contours to breasts that have begun to sag. Dr. Johnson has more than 30 years of cosmetic breast surgery experience, and has mastered both time-honored and cutting-edge techniques for these procedures.
If you are considering breast lift surgery, request a consultation online to meet with Dr. Johnson at his Germantown location, or call (901) 737-1050 and one of our friendly staff members will help schedule an appointment.
Do You Need a Breast Lift?
There are several reasons that lead women to consult with Dr. Johnson about getting a breast lift. In general, they are unhappy about the elongated shape and sagging position of their breasts and nipples. Pregnancy and breastfeeding and the effects of aging are the most common reasons that breasts lose their youthful shape and contours, and women often combine a breast lift with other procedures in a mommy makeover. There are 3 general conditions that necessitate a breast lift:
Hypertrophy (overdevelopment) — Overly large breasts that causes neck, back, and shoulder pain usually require reduction of the breast tissue, along with a breast lift. Breast reduction surgery to relieve physical problems is often covered by health insurance.
Sagging alone — Aging weakens the Cooper's ligaments, which form the internal support for the breasts and keep them from sagging. As these ligaments become increasingly lax, the breasts begin to droop.
Sagging with inadequate volume — Pregnancy, nursing, or menopause typically lead to a loss of breast volume in addition to sagging, Dr. Johnson often recommends combining the breast lift with breast augmentation using implants. Breast augmentation alone provides only limited lifting of the breasts.
Breast Lift Options
Because all breasts are different (even your own 2), the exact planning of the operation, incision locations, and other factors can be decided only after a personal consultation. However, some general guidelines can be applied.
- Periareolar incision — When sagging is minimal (the nipple sits low on the breast, but doesn't dip below the crease where the breast connects to the chest), a fairly straightforward breast lift is appropriate. An incision made around the areola (the darker area surrounding the nipple) is generally enough to lift and reshape the breast and achieve the desired results. Scars are fairly inconspicuous and often blend in with the nipples.
- Vertical incision — When breast ptosis (sagging) is moderate and the nipple is beneath the breast crease, additional incision or incisions are needed to lift the breast. Dr. Johnson makes a vertical incision down the underside of the breast after making the incision around the areola. This is sometimes called a "lollipop" lift because of the shape of the incision.
- Anchor incision — When sagging is severe, the incision circles the areola, goes vertically down the breast to the crease under the breast, and then extends in both directions horizontally to just outside the breast's edges. It's called an "anchor" incision because of its shape. The length of the incision is determined by the severity of the sagging.
Sagging breasts with inadequate tissue volume is both a positive and negative factor. The use of breast implants enables Dr. Johnson to perform a lift with shorter incisions than when a lift alone is performed, because the implant takes up some of the excess skin. Whenever a breast lift patient wants to augment the size of her breasts, this technique usually simplifies the lift and decreases the length of the incision needed.
Breast lift procedures are typically outpatient surgeries and you can go home the day of the procedure. They usually require general anesthesia, except for some minimal lift operations during which the amount of movement of the nipple required is less than 2 or 3 inches. The time you need to take off of work varies with the extent of the procedure. Breast reduction may require a month off work, while a minor lift may allow return to some work the next day.