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Breast Lift Kansas City

breast lift Kansas CityUndesirable breast sagging can be corrected with breast lift surgery. Pregnancy, weight changes and natural aging can all contribute to undesirable breast sagging. A breast lift raises the position of the breasts to create a firmer and more youthful-looking appearance, without altering overall cup size.

Who can benefit from a breast lift?

A breast lift is ideal for healthy women of a stable weight, who do not intend to have additional children. A breast lift can be used to treat:

  • Downward pointing areolas or nipples
  • Nipples hanging below the breast crease
  • Breasts with decreased firmness
  • Sagging, pendulous breasts

A breast lift should give your breasts better contour and a more youthful appearance. The breasts will be firmer, higher and more rounded. A breast lift will not affect the size or volume of your breasts, but will return them to their natural position.

Despite its advantages, breast lift surgery is not right for all women. The best way to determine if you are an ideal candidate is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.

What to expect during your breast lift surgery

A breast lift is performed under general or local anesthesia combined with intravenous sedation. Incisions are made around the areola (extending above it and creating a new position for the nipple), along the breast crease, and in a vertical line connecting the other two incisions.

Excess skin is removed from the bottom of the breast and the nipple and areola are moved to a higher location on the breast. The nipple and areola remained attached to the underlying breast tissue, reducing the risk of sensation loss.

For some patients, other incision patterns may be appropriate. Your surgeon will help you determine which technique is best for you based on your degree of breast sagging.


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After your breast lift surgery

After surgery, the incisions are bandaged. Temporary surgical drains may also be placed to collect fluid buildup. You will need to wear a compression garment and support bra for the first several weeks of recovery to promote healing and minimize swelling. Initial swelling will contribute to some feeling of discomfort or tightness in the chest. This can be treated with medication. Bandages will be removed in a few days, and stitches within one week.

Recovery times vary. Normal activities are usually resumed in about a week, and more strenuous activity in 3-6 weeks. After that, your breasts will still need to be protected from impact and sun exposure for several months. Incision lines will fade and flatten over the course of 12-18 months.

Understanding the risks of breast lift surgery

As with all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with breast lift surgery. Potential risks may include discomfort, infection, changes in sensitivity and asymmetry. These risks, along with steps you can take to minimize them, will be discussed during your consultation.

If you’re ready to take the next step

Contact our office to schedule a consultation if you’re interested in learning more about breast lift surgery in Kansas City. Questions, concerns and other important details will be discussed during your consultation. You will also have the opportunity to view patient photos.