Most women tend to experience changes in their youthful breast shape and firmness over time. Certain factors such as weight changes, multiple pregnancies, loss of skin elasticity, loss of breast volume, and gravity can hasten these expected results. If a women's personal choice is to correct these changes to feel more self confident and youthful, Dr. Lucas has several techniques at his disposal to enhance her breast form.
In general, with a breast that has begun to droop off the chest wall, one of two factors has occurred. Either the overall breast tissue fill has decreased this can occur after breast feeding or pregnancy, or the skin envelope surrounding the breast tissue has changed often related to loss of skin elasticity. Therefore, to correct this problem, the skin envelope must be reduced in size and/or volume to the breast tissue must be restored through an implant placement. As part of the skin tailoring operation, the nipple-areolar complex is repositioned to a more idealized position on the breast mound giving a more youthful profile. Dr. Lucas has analyzed these factors considerably and strongly feels that a key factor in maintaining the results and minimizing wide scars is to provide breast shaping whenever possible through internal breast suture-plication technique. Many techniques require the skin to be the final determiner of breast shape. If a women already has a problem with loss of elasticity, asking the skin to hold the shape of the new breast seems counterintuitive. Therefore, mastopexy with or without implantation can be amenable to this technique to maintain shape as long as possible. This concept is overlooked by many surgeons in the field.
During your complimentary consultation with Dr. Lucas, you can discuss your wishes and expectations with regard to breast size and shape. Certainly this may make a women feel more self-confident in wearing a wider array of clothing options.
The best candidates for a breast lift are nonsmoking, physically-healthy patients with realistic expectations about the surgery.