Breast Lift (Mastopexy) near Chattanooga
Also Serving Dalton, Calhoun, Cartersville and surrounding
North Georgia Communities
Many women are bothered when their belly button and breasts seem to be getting closer to each other. It's almost inevitable that at some point in a woman's life, her breasts will sag. Many women notice their breasts starting to droop after they've nursed their children or simply because of genetics. Breast lift does not address the volume of the breasts; rather, it improves their position by elevating them higher on the chest. Board-certified Chattanooga / Dalton plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Williams can surgically lift the breasts into a more youthful-looking position, forcing the belly button and breasts to go their separate ways and restoring the figure you will once again recognize.
Learn more about breast lift surgery in Dalton and contact Dr. Williams either by calling (706) 278-2700 or emailing the practice.
Breast Lift Candidates
Appropriate breast lift candidates have sagging or drooping breasts. They should be in strong physical and mental health with no serious health conditions that could jeopardize the surgery. Candidates should be non-smokers, or able to refrain from smoking for a period of time before and after surgery. Dr. Williams determines each patient's candidacy on a case-by-case basis during the initial consultation.
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery is performed at Dr. Williams' accredited surgical facility. Dr. Williams makes a modified keyhole-shaped incision extending around the areola and vertically down the crease of the breast. Through the incision, he can resize the areola if needed, and remove excess skin from the lower portion of the breast. He reshapes the breast tissue to create a breast mound higher on the chest. The nipple and areola are moved to a higher position while remaining attached to the underlying breast tissue. The skin flaps from above and on either side of the nipple are lowered and secured below the nipple to reshape the breast. Dr. Williams closes the incisions with sutures, taking the extra time to place all sutures below the skin's surface where they support the healing scar and leave behind no unsightly stitch marks. The patient is then taken to the recovery center.
A woman who has decided to increase the volume of her breasts in addition to lifting them may opt to have a combination breast lift/breast augmentation surgery.
Recovering from Breast Lift Surgery
When the anesthesia wears off from the surgery, the patient will be resting comfortably in our recovery center. We ask that patients make arrangements prior to their procedure to have a companion drive them home and get them situated with the necessary medications, plenty of liquids and other supplies. During the first few days after breast lift surgery, the patient will be sore, but pain is generally minimal with many patients choosing primarily non-narcotic pain medication only. The breasts will be sore, bruised and swollen, but these symptoms are temporary. It's very important that breast lift patients prevent trauma from lifting heavy objects (including children) for a designated period of time. The surgical incisions will be sealed and generally require little care. Dr. Williams will provide more specific aftercare instructions during the preoperative consultation. He will also have the breast lift patient return to his office several days after surgery for thorough follow-up care.
Breast Lift Benefits and Risks
Breast lift rearranges the breasts into a more youthful and perky position. It can also reduce the size of the areola. A Chattanooga / Dalton breast lift patient may feel much better and more confident with her lifted breasts. As with any cosmetic procedure, there are benefits and drawbacks.
Breast lift risks should be carefully considered and weighed against the benefits during the decision-making process. Potential complications include unfavorable scarring, infection, excessive bleeding, loss of sensation in the nipple or breast, anesthesia-related complications and breast asymmetry.
If you are interested in speaking with Chattanooga plastic surgeon Dr. Joel Williams about breast lift surgery, please contact Williams Plastic Surgery today.