As a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr. Roger J. Oldham, board certified plastic surgeon, often hears the concerns and desires of patients, especially women, who desire a change in the appearance of the nose (rhinoplasty), the body’s contours (tummy tuck/liposuction), and the enlargement of the breasts. With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Oldham has considerable expertise in breast surgery procedures, including breast augmentation, breast lift (without implants), and combined breast lift and augmentation. In the second of this three-part blog series, Dr. Oldham will answer your questions about breast lift surgery.
Breast lift surgery is unlike other procedures (like breast augmentation or breast reduction) because the primary purpose is not to gain or lose volume or adjust the overall size of the breast. Rather, breast lift surgery is specifically for those patients who feel that their breasts have changed shape over the years, causing sagging and the loss of a more youthful shape. With breast lift surgery, Dr. Oldham makes an incision under the breast, up the curvature of the breast, and around the areola. This “keyhole” incision allows for the removal of excess skin without removing any of the breast tissue itself. Another advantage of this incision is that it allows Dr. Oldham to move the nipples, which make have been pulled downward with the breast skin over time. Finally, incisions made under the breast and around the areola often leave inconspicuous lines, as is evident in these pictures of patients before and after breast lift surgery.
Dr. Oldham’s plastic surgery practice is in Bethesda, Maryland. He sees patients for cosmetic consultations on a daily basis, and spends significant time with them during the consultation in order to fully understand their desires and provide a complete explanation of breast lift surgery including cost, length of surgery, risks, recovery time, and results.