Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in Dallas, TX
Over time, you’ll begin to experience certain changes in the appearance of your breasts. Factors such as aging, pregnancy and gravity often lead to sagging issues. If you’ve begun to notice these changes, you’re not alone. Most women eventually find that their breasts start sagging. If you’d like to correct sagging and restore a perkier, more youthful breast appearance, a breast lift may be right for you.
Dr. Zachary Farris is a double board certified plastic surgeon with more than 15 years of experience performing breast surgery. He will customize your breast lift procedure to address your unique needs and goals, ensuring beautiful, natural looking results.
You can learn about your breast lift options and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Farris in person. Please call 214-363-1073 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in the Dallas, Texas area.
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a surgical procedure performed to reposition the breasts into a more youthful appearance. It is the most effective way to address sagging issues. As part of the aging process, the nipple will often move downward and the upper surface of the breast will lose fullness. A breast lift will reshape the breast mound and reposition the nipple to a higher position in order to correct these changes.
This procedure can have a dramatic impact on your appearance, restoring a more balanced overall figure in addition to improving the appearance of your breast region. Many women also find that they look much better in clothing and swimsuits due to the more youthful breast profile achieved with a breast lift.
Am I a Candidate for a Breast Lift?
Ideal breast lift candidates:
- Are in good overall health
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure
- Would like to correct moderate to severe sagging issues commonly caused by aging, pregnancy and weight loss
- Have loose skin and stretch marks on their breasts following pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Have downward-pointing nipples and wish to restore a perkier nipple position
- Do not smoke or are willing to quit smoking prior to surgery and throughout the recovery period (smoking can adversely impact healing and results)
If you are planning on having more children, you may want to wait to undergo a breast lift until you are done with this phase of your life. While a breast lift won’t affect your ability to become pregnant or breastfeed in the future, you may find that future pregnancies will adversely impact your results and require a revision procedure. In general, Dr. Farris recommends that you wait a minimum of six months after you’re done breastfeeding before undergoing a breast lift.
It’s important to understand that the primary purpose of a breast lift is to correct sagging issues and restore a more youthful breast appearance. If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your breasts, you will need to address this through breast augmentation. Often, Dr. Farris will recommend breast augmentation in conjunction with a breast lift in order to address all of your goals at once.
Your Breast Lift Procedure
Dr. Farris will customize your breast lift procedure to address your unique needs and aesthetic goals. Depending on the extent of excess skin and sagging you’re experiencing, Dr. Farris may recommend one of the following techniques:
- Periareolar “donut” incision – The incision is made around the perimeter of the areola. This option is used in cases of mild sagging.
- “Lollipop” incision – An incision is made around the perimeter of the areola, and another vertical incision extends down to the breast crease. This option is ideal for cases of moderate sagging.
- Wise pattern “anchor” incision – An incision is made around the perimeter of the areola and another vertical incision extends down to the breast crease while also extending horizontally along the breast crease. This technique provides the most amount of lifting and is ideal for cases of severe sagging.
Once the incision is made, Dr. Farris will lift and reshape the breast tissue to improve the firmness and contour of the region. Excess skin is removed and remaining skin is tightened. The nipple is then repositioned to a more youthful position.
Recovery after a Breast Lift
Dr. Farris and his staff will provide specific instructions regarding your aftercare. It’s important that you follow these instructions diligently in order to promote proper healing and achieve the best possible results.
You will most likely go home the same day of your surgery. Make sure you arrange for someone to drive you home since you will still be under the lingering effects of anesthesia. You will most likely feel drowsy for the rest of the day, and you should get plenty of rest. It’s also a good idea to have someone in the house who can assist you during this first day of recovery.
Postoperative pain is limited, and Dr. Farris will prescribe medication to further minimize discomfort. A surgical bra will be worn until the first post-op visit, and a snug sports bra may be used after that. Drain care will be required if drains are used. Drains are commonly removed within a few days after surgery. Stitches are placed under the skin during surgery so there is nothing to remove in the office. An underwire bra may be used beginning at 4-6 weeks after surgery.
You should plan on taking about one week off from work after surgery. You can gradually resume light activity as you feel up to it, but you’ll need to avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for four weeks.
During your procedure, Dr. Farris will make every effort to minimize scarring. However, some degree of scarring will be inevitable. You may use vitamin E cream and scar products beginning three weeks after surgery to optimize healing of your scars. Scars change in appearance and improve over time for up to 12 months.
Contact our Dallas Breast Surgeon
Please contact Farris Plastic Surgery using the form on this page or call 214-363-1073 today to schedule a breast lift consultation. We serve patients in the Dallas, Texas area.