- What is a breast lift?
- Breast lift considerations
- How to tell if you should get a breast lift
- The different types of breast lifts
- How to choose the best surgeon for your breast lift
- What you need to know about breast lift surgery
- How to maintain your post-op breasts and possible complications
- Some more questions about breast lifts
How to choose the best surgeon for you
The choice of your surgeon should be based on the following:
- Training, education and certification
- Your level of comfort around them
Do some research and ask around to others who may be able to get you in touch with a surgeon. Choosing your surgeon is the most important decision to make and you need to feel confident and comfortable with your choice.
Ensure that they are board-certified and that the surgery will take place in a facility that is accredited. It is important not to choose a surgeon based on price, your safety and results are the crucial factors here, and many surgeons offer some kind of financing options.
What to expect from your first consultation
When you see your surgeon for the first time, ask to see before and after photos of previous patients, ask about how many surgeries they have performed.
When you first walk into the consultation room, the surgeon will ask you some questions about what you want to achieve and what your issue with your breasts is. It is vital that you ask any questions that you may have in order to clear up the confusion you have about the surgery. If you do not feel comfortable with a specific plastic surgeon, you do not have to choose them and you should meet with a few others to find one that makes you feel comfortable, answers all questions to your satisfaction and does not pressure you into the procedure. Your consultation with a surgeon does not mean you have to have them perform the breast lift. However, consultations always come with a fee.
Your surgeon will most likely ask you to go into a room or behind a curtain and take off your top and bra. There will be a gown hanging up or on the bed for you. He/she will then come into the room and assess your breasts.
The surgeon will then consider the following:
- The size of your current breasts.
- The shape and size that you want.
- The amount and quality of your current breast tissue.
- The skin quality of your breasts.
- The nipple and areola placements.
Your surgeon will measure, photograph and examine your breasts while assessing them, he/she may also recommend that you have another surgery such as a breast augmentation in conjunction with the breast lift. The surgeon should also talk about what incision method will be best for you.
To photograph your breasts, you will be asked to remove your bra and stand against a wall in the room. Photographs will be taken from the front and of both sides of the boobs. Many women feel uncomfortable with this, however, this is purely for professional purposes when planning the surgery and for “before and after” results comparison and your surgeon should not make you feel uncomfortable during your consultation. Bear in mind, it is a very intrusive surgery and some kind of personal discomfort is expected.
You will also need to disclose certain medical information about past surgeries, any medical conditions you may have, your mammogram results, treatments you have received and allergies to any medications. You will also need to tell him/her if you are planning to become pregnant or lose a large amount of weight. You may be asked to get to your goal weight before surgery as this will impact the amount of excess skin of the breasts. It is also sometimes advised to wait until after you have had a child to have the surgery as pregnancy can negatively impact the results of the surgery.