What do gravity, aging, lifestyle preferences, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy all have in common? Each of these things can work alone, or in combination, to cause ptosis (sagging) of the breasts. Fortunately, an operation known as a breast lift can resolve these common problems.
Dr. Desman, a board-certified plastic surgeon, commonly suggests breast lift surgery to address ptosis and produce a refreshed, firmer bust. This popular chest surgery helps women turn back years of age, giving them a rejuvenated appearance. * Many patients also find that a breast lift in Northern Virginia or Alexandria boosts their self-esteem and offers them more freedom when choosing clothing options. Discover how this operation can revitalize your figure and get back the curves that age has claimed.
How Does a Breast Lift Work?
The primary goal of a breast lift is to address sagging, which can be related to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or simply from age. During the procedure, breast tissue (along with the nipple/areolar complex) is repositioned on the chest wall. After that, the skin is tightened around the newly repositioned breast tissue. These operations are performed by Dr. Desman in our fully accredited, state-of-the-art facility. With advanced equipment and experienced personnel, you can rest assured that your comfort and safety are priorities during surgery.
Breast Lift with Breast Augmentation
Many of the factors that cause sagging – like age, significant weight loss, and pregnancy – can also contribute to a loss of volume, symmetry, and shape. And while a breast lift is an excellent option for treating sagging, it cannot restore volume or improve extreme asymmetry. As a result, many Alexandria and Northern Virginia women opt to have their breast lift paired with a breast augmentation. This combination is typically included in the mommy makeover procedure, but it can also benefit women who have never been pregnant.
If you choose a breast lift with augmentation, you will have the option of different types of implants, depending on your anatomy and cosmetic goals. A breast lift with augmentation can fully restore volume, shape, and symmetry so that your figure is ideally balanced. For a better idea of what kind of transformations are possible with these procedures, take a look at the before and after gallery.
What Incisions Does a Breast Lift Involve?
Dr. Desman offers several options for incisions during your breast lift surgery. For mild levels of ptosis, a periareolar incision is used, which is made around the nipple in the areola. For mild to moderate levels of ptosis, a vertical incision is used, which follows the areola vertically to the base of the breast. For more pronounced levels of ptosis, our team uses an anchor incision. This is similar to the vertical incision, but it includes an extra incision that follows the crease where the chest and breasts come together.
During a consultation, Dr. Desman will help Alexandria and Northern Virginia patients decide which incision type would be safest for a breast lift.
Reach Out to Dr. Desman about a Breast Lift in Northern Virginia
Your consultation is an important first step toward making the decision to get a breast lift. During your meeting, Dr. Desman will address any questions or concerns you may have and assess your frame to determine whether you are a good candidate for a breast lift. Being fully informed about the procedure often makes patients comfortable and more likely to have realistic expectations, which is why our team is happy to educate patients every step of the way. Call us today to get started on your breast lift in Northern Virginia and Alexandria.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Kind of Recovery is Expected for Breast Lift Surgery?
Dr. Desman uses the most advanced surgical and anesthesia techniques during your breast surgery to ensure comfort and an optimal outcome. In fact, most of his breast lift patients go on to resume their regular activities within 72 hours after surgery, as long as they adhere to their post-operative guidelines and procedures. Dr. Desman recommends avoiding strenuous exercise and aerobic activity for around four weeks following a breast lift, but many patients will be able to resume regular daily activities, like driving, shortly after.
How Do I Know If I’m A Candidate for A Breast Lift?
Ideal candidates for breast lifts are women who are over the age of 18, physically healthy with a stable weight, not pregnant, and unhappy with issues related to sagging breasts. Patients seeking this procedure usually have breasts that have become flattened or elongated with age, or they have one breast that droops lower than the other.
Are There Any Risks Associated with This Procedure?
There are risks involved with any surgery, but you can minimize these risks by being in good physical health, maintaining a stable weight, and not smoking. In the rare event complications do occur, they are usually related to infection, blood clot, reactions to anesthesia, or abnormal scarring. Dr. Desman is dedicated to helping you achieve an optimal outcome, which is why he performs his surgeries in a fully accredited surgical center in Alexandria, VA, where your safety will be of absolute importance.
Are Breast Lifts Covered by Insurance?
Most health insurance companies do not cover breast lift procedures. However, if you need assistance paying for your breast lift surgery, there are flexible financing options available.
Will My Breasts Appear Larger or Smaller After the Procedure?
Some women report a decrease in cup size or perceived cup size after breast lift surgery, due to the removal of excess skin that is sagging and elongated. For women concerned about losing cup size, augmentation with your breast lift will enlarge breasts and restore a more youthful appearance to your bust.
What if I have a complication?
While complications for Breast Lift are rare, Dr. Desman will be there to take care of you. In addition, when you have surgery, you will automatically be enrolled in a cosmetic surgery specific insurance plan that covers you for the first 45 days after surgery. Your safety and well being are a top priority for us and this is another way that we ensure you have the best care possible.
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