Breast Lift

Breast Lift in Everett Washington

This is a common procedure used to raise and reshape the aging or “drooping” breast. This operation places the nipple and areola into a more youthful position. This lift can be combined with augmentation to further improve the appearance of the breast, depending on the patient’s wishes and individual circumstances. There are many techniques used to accomplish these goals. The techniques tend to differ with regard to the skin incisions used as well as the positioning of the breast tissue. Most of the techniques are similar to techniques used in reduction mammoplasty. Underneath the skin, the surgeon must be careful to preserve the blood supply to the nipple. Some of the more common techniques utilize a scar around the areola and vertical scar that continues to the fold underneath the breast. An additional transverse scar underneath the breast is sometimes used and can vary substantially in length depending on the circumstances.

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What to expect: During the office consultation you will discuss all aspects of the procedure with one of our surgeons at Washington Plastic Surgery in order to establish a thorough and well-informed plan. Your procedure will begin after consulting with your doctor and your anesthesiologist or anesthetist. Your surgeon will mark and measure your breasts prior to surgery according to the plan discussed with you. Typical incisions are shaped so that they result in a vertical scar extending from around the edge of your areola down to the fold underneath your breast. From these incisions, your skin and breast tissue are reshaped in order to raise the breast and position of the nipple and areola. Additional techniques such as liposuction might be added to complete the individually tailored plan for you, depending on your wishes and the circumstances.

The recovery: The breast will have some bruising and swelling that improves over several weeks. Your postoperative course is monitored in the clinic by your surgeon and the staff. Local anesthetic and pain medication are often used to manage any discomfort you might have after the operation. We ask that you avoid wearing an underwire bra, but a camisole or other soft bra is safe.

Some of the unlikely complications: Infections, fluid collections, or bleeding can occur following any type of surgery, and may require surgical drainage. Some asymmetry in breasts is expected before and after the operation. Very rarely, the nipple or areola can be damaged by poor blood supply. A more complete discussion of the risks, benefits, and alternatives will always be included at your visit. As always, our efforts are always directed at minimizing the risk of these complications and optimizing your safety.

For a enhancement surgery in Everett Washington contact the plastic surgeons at Washington Plastic Surgery Dr James Edwards, Dr Jeffrey Scott and Dr Samuel Lien. Learn more about other breast surgery procedures like breast augmentation and breast revision.

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