Loss of skin elasticity, gravity, and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful breast contour. Sometimes these conditions may be inherited traits. In certain cases, the breasts may have developed differently so that one breast is firm and well-positioned while the other is not. There may be differences in the size of your breasts as well as their shape. Breasts that are large and heavy can be lifted, but the results may not be as long-lasting as when the procedure is done on smaller breasts.
*Some patients may be unhappy that they have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time. In such cases, implants inserted in conjunction with a breast lift can increase breast size at the same time as the shape and position of the breasts are enhanced.
Dr. Ewa Timek strives to deliver some of the best breast lift results in Grand Rapids, while always practicing patient safety. If you’d like to schedule a consultation or have any questions, please contact us today.
What is a breast lift?
A Breast Lift (also called a Mastopexy) is a surgical procedure designed to raise your breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue, reshaping your breasts, and giving them a better contour. If necessary, the areola can be reduced as well. The result is a rejuvenated appearance with an uplifted breast profile. As you age, multiple factors can change your breasts’ appearance, such as:
- Weight fluctuations
There are several different techniques for a breast lift with various incision patterns, which will be determined by the following factors:
- Breast size and shape
- The size and position of your areolas
- The degree of breast sagging
- Skin quality and elasticity as well as the amount of extra skin
What are the Benefits of Breast Lift?
At Advanced Plastic Surgery, we have seen our Grand Rapids Breast Lift patients enjoy the following benefits from their procedure:
- Better mobility for a more active lifestyle
- Firmer breast appearance
- Improved nipple projection
- Increased confidence
- Long-lasting results
- More attractive breast shape
- Youthful breast appearance
- Reduced discomfort
- Reduced irritation under the breasts
Who are the Best Candidates for Breast Lift?
A breast lift can be performed at any age, but plastic surgeons usually recommend waiting until breast development has stopped. Pregnancy and breastfeeding may have significant and unpredictable effects on the size and shape of your breasts. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast lift surgery before having children and feel that they can address any subsequent changes later. Since the milk ducts and nipples are left intact, breast lift surgery usually will not affect your ability to breastfeed; however, you should discuss this with Dr. Timek. During your consultation with Dr. Timek, you will be asked about your desired breast shape and size. Dr. Timek will discuss with you how your nipples and areolas will be repositioned. You should mention anything else about your breasts that you would like to see improved. This will help Dr. Timek to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.
– Ewa Timek, MD
What’s The First Step?
AT ADVANCED PLASTIC SURGERY
If you are interested in getting a Breast Lift in Grand Rapids, the first step is to contact Advanced Plastic Surgery and schedule your consultation with Dr. Timek. When you come in for this appointment, she will answer any questions you may have and ask about your medical history. When discussing your medical history, it is very important to be clear and honest as it helps her make the safest choices and avoid unnecessary risks. Dr. Timek will examine your breasts and discuss what she believes will be best for you. If you agree with her surgical plan for you, our Patient Coordinator will help your schedule the date and time of your procedure. You will also be provided with instructions to follow before your surgery to help you get the most out of your procedure.
What to Expect on the Day of Breast Lift
On the day of your Breast Lift, the first thing that will happen is that you will be administered anesthesia to make your surgical experience more comfortable. Depending on what is discussed during your consultation, this could be through intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
After you are under sedation, Dr. Timek will use one or more incision patterns to achieve your breast lift. The 3 most common patterns involve making the incision around your areola but can include a vertical incision down to the breast crease or downward to the breast crease as well as a horizontal incision. After the incisions are made, Dr. Timek will reshape your breasts. She achieves this by lifting and reshaping the underlying breast tissue to improve your breast contour and firmness and repositioning the nipple and areola into a natural and more youthful height. If necessary, your areola can be reduced in size by excising the skin around the perimeter. Any excess breast skin is removed to compensate for the loss of elasticity.
When she is finished reshaping your breasts, the remaining skin is tightened by closing the incisions. Dr. Timek will use layered sutures deep within your breast tissue to create and support your newly shaped breasts, and use sutures, skin adhesives, and/or surgical tape to close the exterior skin. While some of the incision lines will be concealed in the natural breast contours, there will be some visible lines on the breast surface. These lines are unfortunately permanent but should fade and improve over time.
Breast Lift Recovery
After surgery, you will be able to return home, but you should have a friend or family member available to drive you. Dr. Timek will wrap your breasts with dressings or bandages for added protection, and you should wear either an elastic bandage or support bra to help minimize swelling and give your breasts added support while they heal. Dr. Timek will also probably leave a small, thin tube called a cannula temporarily in an incision to drain any excess fluid or blood that collects.
You will be provided with directions on how to care for your breasts post-surgery, how to responsibly use your prescriptions, and when you should return for a follow-up appointment. You should plan on missing work between 3 and 7 days after surgery as you recover, and never feel like you should rush. It’s very important to use this time to comfortably heal. You will also need to avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks to heal and get optimal results from your surgery.
how much does breast lift cost in grand rapids?
The cost of a Breast Lift in Grand Rapids is determined by multiple factors, including the degree of change and the techniques required to obtain your goals. After Dr. Timek can create your surgical plan based on the information you share during your consultation, our Patient Coordinator will be able to provide you with a price breakdown for the entirety of your treatment.
Advanced Plastic Surgery
Ewa Timek, M.D. has been a practicing, board-certified plastic surgeon for almost two decades. She graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and then went on to Loma Linda University, California to complete her plastic surgery training and earn her Board Certification from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). She is also a member of the American Society of Reconstruction Microsurgery (ASRM) and serves on the editorial boards of the Microsurgery Journal and Annals of Plastic Surgery. She performs all sorts of cosmetic procedures on the face and body but specializes in breast reconstruction.
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BECOME A PATIENT
A Breast Lift in Grand Rapids is a wonderful way to increase your confidence and improve your appearance. If you are interested in this procedure or would like to learn more about it, we encourage you to contact Advanced Plastic Surgery today and schedule your consultation with Dr. Timek. You can contact us at (616) 323-3102 or request an appointment through our website.
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