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If you are considering breast lift surgery after pregnancy and breastfeeding, weight loss, or simply because aging is taking a toll, the amount of information may be a little overwhelming. Many women who consult with Dr. Peter Lennox about breast lift surgery at our Vancouver, BC office have a number of questions about the procedure. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and Dr. Lennox's answers.

To take the next step, request a consultation with Dr. Lennox, an RCPSC-certified plastic surgeon. Or, call our office at (604) 876-6552 to schedule your appointment.

Questions and Answers

Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?

Many women who are in generally good health and would like to alleviate breast sagging are candidates for a breast lift. One easy way to determine whether you'd benefit is to stand in front of a mirror and see whether your nipples either point down or are below the crease where your breasts connect to your chest. You also may be a good candidate if:

  • You are satisfied with the size of your breasts but want to restore a youthful perkiness
  • You have breasts that are asymmetrical
  • Your breasts have a deflated appearance

What will the scars look like?

Unfortunately, scars are an inevitable tradeoff in any plastic surgery. Experienced surgeons are trained to make incisions so that the resulting scars are as inconspicuous as possible. At Dr. Lennox's Vancouver practice, most breast lift procedures involve an incision around the areola and then vertically down the lower part of the breast. This is called a "lollipop" lift because the 2 incisions resemble a lollipop shape. In some cases, a third incision running horizontally just above the inframammary crease is necessary. That method is called an "anchor" or "inverted T" incision. Regardless of which incisions Dr. Lennox uses, he is careful to keep them very fine so that they quickly heal and fade until they are nearly invisible.

What is a "doughnut" breast lift?

The doughnut breast lift, also called a Benelli lift, is a technique in which a circular incision is made around the areola. Excess breast tissue is removed, lifting the breast, and the incision is sutured much like a drawstring. Although patients often ask about it because it limits scarring to the nipple area, the doughnut lift is appropriate only for patients with smaller breasts and minor sagging.

Do I also need breast implants?

It's important to understand the different goals of breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. If you want to increase the volume of your breasts in addition to lifting them, then you should combine a breast lift with implants. Dr. Lennox can evaluate your breasts and recommend a plan that addresses all your goals. More information about getting breast implants is available on our Breast Augmentation FAQs page.

Is breastfeeding possible after a breast lift?

It is possible to breastfeed after a breast lift if your nipples remain attached to the underlying breast tissue. This is possible for many patients, and Dr. Lennox can take your desire to breastfeed into account during surgical planning.

How long do the results last?

When the surgery is performed by a skilled physician such as Dr. Lennox, its results can last for many years. The procedure turns back the clock, but it doesn't stop it from ticking. Aging will continue to have an effect on the appearance of your breasts, but you shouldn't notice significant sagging for more than a decade. Fluctuating weight or pregnancy, however, may affect your results.

How much does a breast lift cost?

The cost of breast lift surgery at our Vancouver practice is different for each patient. Factors such as the amount of correction necessary and whether the procedure is combined with other surgeries affect the total costs. Dr. Lennox and our team can provide you with a detailed quote during a consultation. He aims to keep his prices competitive with those of other Vancouver plastic surgeons, and he offers financing to help patients fit the procedure into their budgets.

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