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Breast Lift Denver

Breast Lift Denver

Over time, the effects of gravity along with the loss of the skin’s natural elasticity begins to have an effect on the appearance of a woman’s breasts. These factors, combined with pregnancy and nursing will often cause the breasts to lose their youthful shape and firmness.

Breast lift is performed to help raise and reshape sagging breasts to a more perky and youthful appearance. A variety of Breast lift procedures are available depending on how much lift needs to be done. Sometimes the desired result can be achieved with an incision only around the areola by simply removing excess skin around the nipple and filling out the breast tissue with a breast implant. In other cases, more of a lift is needed and the breast tissue and the nipple are re-positioned with an incision around the nipple and a vertical incision below the nipple, the so called Vertical or Lolipop Mastopexy. A personal examination by Doctor Squires will help determine which method may be best for your particular goals.

WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT BREAST LIFT SURGERY?

Breast lift surgery has changed the lives of so many women. If you have sagging, drooping breasts that get in the way of everyday activities or prevent you from doing the things you want to do, such as wear certain clothing or exercise, a breast lift may be a good option for you. Frequently women experience an unwelcome sag due to weight loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and gravity. Breast lift surgery, known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reshapes the breasts by eliminating excess skin and tightening the tissue to create a firmer look. While many women focus on breast size, the profile and shape of a woman’s breasts can also have a significant impact on your overall look. Women who have enough fullness in their breasts but are unsatisfied with the perkiness may consider having a breast lift.
Dr. John Squires, MD is a Denver Colorado double board-certified and Harvard trained Plastic Surgeon, is a leading plastic surgeon in the Denver area who incorporates advanced surgical techniques to remedy breast sag to produce a more youthful appearance to your breasts.
During the initial consultation, Dr. Squires will provide a thorough examination and discuss all the aesthetic options available to help transform your appearance.

AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BREAST LIFT?

Frequently women see us believing they need breast implants, but after a physical exam, learn that a breast lift would better suit them. This is because if you have a certain degree of breast sag, or if you have lost a significant amount of elasticity of the breasts, a lift is necessary to bring the breasts back to a healthy position. If your nipples and areolas point downward, if your breasts are elongated and drooping, a breast lift will help improve their appearance. Ideal candidates are healthy, non-smokers and at a stable weight. In some cases, women opt to include breast implants for added volume, but in many cases, a lift is all it takes to add the fullness and shape that you desire.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BREAST LIFTS?

There are four different kinds of breast lifts, each with a different scar pattern. In general, the crescent and Benelli lifts are reserved for patients with very mild sag to the breasts. The lollipop and anchor lifts are used for those with more sag. The lollipop and anchor lifts will allow for the most dramatic re-positioning of the breasts.
The Crescent Lift is the least-invasive breast lift procedure. It only involves removing small crescents of skin above the nipples. This procedure is usually performed to improve the position of the nipples and does not lift the breasts.
The Benelli Lift also known as Peri-Areolar Mastopexy is performed when sagging is mild, or when the symmetry of the nipples needs to be corrected or to correct tubular breasts. In this procedure, the incision is shaped like a donut around the areola, and excess skin is removed in a ring shape.
The Lollipop Lift also known as Vertical Mastopexy is used for women with moderate or pronounced breast sagging. The incision is made around the nipple and extends vertically to the crease under the breast.
An Anchor Lift also known as Inverted-T Mastopexy is performed on breasts that have pronounced sagging. The incision is made along the breast crease, from the crease to the nipple and around the nipple, forming an anchor shape. The anchor lift is the most intensive kind of breast lift. In most cases the Vertical Mastopexy is preferred for shorter scars and a better breast shape.

DO I NEED BREAST IMPLANTS AND A BREAST LIFT?

The primary reason patients need a breast lift (mastopexy) is they have more skin than they have breast tissue. Because of this extra skin, the breasts appear deflated and start to sag. This problem can be corrected by adding extra breast volume, removing extra skin, or by a combination of the two. If you wish to add volume to help fill out the sagging skin, then breast implants are the best choice. The advantage of adding breast volume at the time of your breast lift is that it will decrease the amount of skin that needs to be removed which will in turn shorten the scar length. This will make the breasts fuller and more importantly, improve the breast shape, specifically adding more fullness to the top of the breasts (the upper pole). This will also result in a closer and more attractive cleavage.

If maximizing cleavage and fullness at the top of the breasts is important to you, then it is best to add volume with a breast augmentation. If a reduction in size is preferred, or maintenance of your current volume is desired, then a mastopexy without breast augmentation is the right choice.

I prefer to perform breast augmentation with lift in one procedure. I find that decreasing the number of procedures and recoveries is by far the safest option. In addition, because the lift is being performed at the same time as the breast augmentation, the breast lift and shape can really be tailored specifically to the augmented breast. This produces a much more consistent and accurate result from the procedure.

CAN I REDUCE THE SIZE OF MY BREASTS?

Typically, a breast lift alone will reduce the bra size by about ½ cup. Further reduction of breast size may be done if desired. The surgery will be tailored to your desired result.

HOW LONG WILL A BREAST LIFT LAST?

No one can promise exactly how long the results of a breast lift will last as this is highly dependent upon breast support, weight, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancies, and innate skin quality. That being said, most patients can expect to see a significant improvement in their breasts for 10-15 years after a breast lift. You will always be better than if you had nothing done.
If you become pregnant, breastfeed, or gain or lose a significant amount of weight after having a breast lift, this can affect the way your breasts look. Any of these events can cause the breasts to change in volume enough that some or all the sagging may return.
Since breast sagging is something that happens with age, your breasts will start to change in volume and shape as you get older, even after having a breast lift. However, these changes will happen later in life than they normally would have. 

WILL I LOSE NIPPLE SENSATION AFTER A BREAST LIFT?

It is very rare to lose nipple sensation after a breast lift. Great care is taken to preserve the nerves. Temporary decreased sensation may occur, but it is extremely rare to permanently lose nipple sensation.

WILL I BE ABLE TO BREASTFEED AFTER A BREAST LIFT?

Most women can breastfeed after a breast lift, but often they find that they are not able to produce the same amount of milk as they used to. It should be noted that there is a small percentage of women who will not be able to breastfeed after their lift. This is a rare occurrence, but one that should be noted prior to the surgery.

HOW WILL I BE PREPARED FOR SURGERY?

An in-depth consultation will be performed at your initial visit to confirm your desired results. Measurements will be taken to personalize your procedure to the exact results you desire. You will meet with one of our clinical staff a few weeks before surgery. At that visit, we will go through exactly what to expect before and after surgery. Your medical history will be confirmed, and any necessary labs ordered. You will meet with Dr. Squires a week or so before surgery for any last-minute questions. A nurse from the surgery center will call you the day before surgery to review your history, medications and any concerns you may have.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT ON THE DAY OF SURGERY?

Your procedure will be performed at Midtown Surgery Center, a fully accredited free standing surgical center that is part of the HealthOne network. It is certified by JCAHO, a nationwide organization with the most stringent standards of excellence that ensure accredited facilities provide care of the highest quality.

On the morning of the surgery, you’ll see Dr. Squires before surgery. Marking will be performed. You’ll review the procedure and talk about what you can expect to happen afterward. This is also a good time to go over any last-minute questions or concerns so that you’re as comfortable as possible with what’s going to happen.

The anesthesiologist will see you in the pre-op area to take your history and answer any questions you may have. All our anesthesiologists are board certified and we use only a select few of the best of the best so you can rest assured you are in good hands.

Depending upon complexity and combinations with other procedures, your surgery will last approximately 2.5 hours. Afterwards you will be monitored in the recovery room and then sent home the same day.

As an experienced surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Squires has extensive experience in performing breast lifts, ensuring that risks are minimized wherever possible.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER SURGERY?

The recovery for a breast lift surgery is much quicker and easier than most people anticipate. A breast lift is a day surgery procedure meaning that you will return home the same day as the surgery. Most patients can return to light work and normal daily activity in three to five days. After 3 weeks, patients are cleared to begin cardio work-outs such as jogging, running, elliptical (without the use of the arms), treadmill, Stairmaster, etc. At 6 weeks, patients are cleared to resume heavy lifting, strength training and yoga.

Dr. Squires is a leader in implementing what is known as “multimodal pain management”. The surgical site is thoroughly blocked with local anesthetic while you are asleep so when you wake up, there is very little pain. We have you take Tylenol, Advil, low dose Valium and a medication called gabapentin (to reduce nerve sensitivity) around the clock for the first several days. There is a narcotic available, but most people don’t need it. After surgery, you will be sent home with a support bra to help minimize swelling and discomfort.

It will take time for the incisions to heal and fade, generally 6 to 12 months. We provide specific incision care instructions to assist with this healing process. The results following a breast lift appear over several months as the breasts take on their new shape and position. You will look and feel younger as your breasts take on a more youthful appearance. It’s important to adhere to a healthy lifestyle, which consists of maintaining a good weight and avoiding smoking to maintain the surgical results.

IS FINANCING AVAILABLE?

Yes, we offer two financing options: Prosper™ Healthcare Lending and CareCredit®. With the help of one of these options, you can spread the cost of your procedure over several months or years.

WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS?

See our photo gallery for examples of breast lift surgery. We invite you to call our practice today to learn more.
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