Breast Lift Fort Worth & Southlake
Breast Lift Information and FAQs as provided by board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Heistein
Breast lifts come in many different types, but all are aimed at reshaping the breast as well as repositioning the nipple. The results of age, weight loss, or breast feeding may cause a breast to droop with the nipple on the lower portion of the breast. It is also very common for a woman’s breast to develop this way without any confounding factors. Breast lift is sometimes combined with the placement of a breast implant to add more volume.
A lift may involve a scar isolated around the areola, around the areola and down to the bottom of the breast (lolly-pop pattern), or a full lift with an anchor type incision. The choice is based on the degree of lift needed. Recovery is about 1 to 2 weeks.
Frequently asked questions about mastopexy (breast lift) performed by Dr. Heistein.
– What happens when breasts start to sag?
If your breasts are starting to sag or already have significant sag (the medical word is breast ptosis), then you may have already noticed three things. First, you have probably started to loose fullness at the top of the breast. Second, the nipple and areola will change. They are likely lower than you would like them to be. They can also be elongated, enlarged, or even point downward. Third, as your breasts lose fullness and they begin to sag, you may find that your cleavage is not as it once was, even in a bra. Breast lift surgery by Dr. Heistein can solve these and other aesthetic breast issues and concerns.
– How do I know if I need breast augmentation with implants or if I need a breast lift or both?
Although many women who choose to have breast lifts are happy with the size of their breasts, some women choose to combine a breast lift surgery with breast augmentation (breast implants). If you are unsure if you would like a breast lift alone or a breast lift combined with breast implants, Dr. Heistein would be happy to discuss this with you at your consultation.
– Will I still be able to breast feed after having breast lift surgery?
A breast lift does not typically affect breast function. However, because there are many physical changes that accompany pregnancy , you should discuss future pregnancy plans with Dr. Heistein during your consultation.
– I have recently lost weight and I am working on losing more weight. Will weight loss affect the results of a breast lift?
Significant fluctuation in weight can affect the long-term results of your breast lift. For this reason, the best candidate for a breast lift is a woman of relatively stable weight.
– Should I get a breast lift if I only have a little bit of breast sag?
For those with only a little breast sag, breast augmentation surgery, and not a breast lift, may be all that is required to remedy excess skin by lifting and tightening breast tissue. However, for many patients, breast implants do not correct all aspects of breast sag. In these cases, breast lift surgery is usually more appropriate. Dr. Heistein’s breast implant technique can provide fullness in the upper part of the breast and fuller cleavage. However, breast enhancement with implants will not change the position of the nipple and areola as breast lift surgery does.
If breast implants are the proper treatment for your breast sag, you likely only have a small amount of excess skin. In this case, breast implants may successfully provide full, perky breasts. This will depend on the size of the breast implants you choose and the amount of extra skin you have. If breast implants are not sufficient to reduce your breast sag, breast lift surgery by Dr. Heistein may be the answer. By removing excess skin and lifting and tightening breast tissue, this procedure can help patients achieve the look they desire.
If you would like to discuss breast lift surgery and what it can do for you, contact our office today for a consultation.
– Can I have a breast lift if someone in my family has had breast cancer?
If someone in your family has had breast cancer, then you may be at a higher risk for getting breast cancer, whether or not you have breast lift surgery. If such is your case, it is very important to discuss your family’s medical history with Dr. Heistein. Usually, after being informed of the risks and benefits, you will be able to undergo breast lift surgery.
– Will I be able to exercise after breast lift surgery?
Definitely! After you heal, you will be able to exercise as much as you like.
– Does Dr. Heistein perform many breast lifts?
Dr. Heistein performs a large number of breast lift surgeries each year, and is experienced and skilled in the latest breast lift techniques. Many other plastic surgeons only perform a few breast lift procedures each year. Because of this, they lack the vital experience an expert surgeon needs to provide optimal results.
– Do you have hospital privileges and, if so, with which hospitals?
This is important because a surgeon who does not have privileges at a hospital (that is, the right to use the hospital’s facilities) may not be adequately trained. A hospital will always thoroughly check the credentials of a surgeon. Sometimes, when a surgeon operates in his or her own facility, there is no guarantee that the surgeon is adequately trained.
If you have considered breast lift surgey, you can rest assured that Dr. Heistein has been credentialed by and has privileges at most of the major hospitals in and around Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas.
– Do you have before and after photos available for viewing?
Photos from before and after breast lift procedures will allow you to assess a surgeon’s work and determine what look you would like to achieve for yourself. However, there are two considerations that are important above all others: you must be comfortable with your surgeon and your surgeon must listen to your needs. Making sure that these occur will help to ensure that you get exactly the results you want!
– I do not live in the Fort Worth or Southlake areas. Can Dr. Heistein still perform my breast lift?
Dr. Heistein has many patients who travel from outside the Fort Worth or Southlake areas to have breast lift surgery as well as other plastic surgery procedures. Because of this we have several options available to meet your individual needs. Feel free to ask about this at your consultation.
– How can I find out more about breast lift?
The best source of information is a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. To schedule an appointment for a consultation, contact our office at 817-820-0000.
Our offices are located in Fort Worth and Southlake, Texas. In addition to breast lifts and augmentations, Dr. Heistein provides liposuction, tummy tucks, facelifts, and more.