Over time and due to certain events, such as pregnancy and weight fluctuations, most women’s breasts undergo significant changes. They change size and shape, and they may droop or lose their volume or perkiness.
As these changes occur, you might think about having a breast lift. To learn more about the procedure and whether it’s right for you, one of the first steps you should take is to schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon.
To help you prepare for a breast lift consultation, the team at Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery share the most important questions you should ask below.
What are your qualifications?
First off, you need to make sure the surgeon is up to the task. A qualified plastic surgeon has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and received training specifically in plastic surgery. He or she should also have multiple years of experience performing breast lifts.
Where and how will the procedure be performed?
Most board-certified plastic surgeons have hospital privileges in at least one local hospital. (If your surgeon doesn’t have these privileges, you should ask why.) Not all surgeons who have these privileges choose to perform the procedure at a hospital, however. Some surgeons prefer using their office or a surgical center. So you should find out where your specific procedure will take place. You should also ask about each aspect of the procedure, including the use of anesthesia and how any complications will be handled.
Am I a good candidate?
To make sure you’re a good candidate for a breast lift, during your consultation, you should discuss your health and medical history, including the following:
• Medical conditions
• Current medications, vitamins, or supplements
• Drug and alcohol use
• Previous surgeries
• Any family history of breast cancer
• Previous mammogram or biopsy results
What’s the recovery like and what should I do to prepare?
Breast lift surgery requires a bit of downtime, and you should learn what to expect so you can plan ahead of time.
There are steps you can take to minimize the procedure’s potential risks and complications (for example, quit smoking), and you may want to find a friend or family member to help with your postoperative needs.
What results can I expect?
Results vary from person to person and can depend on a variety of factors, such as age and body type. Whether a patient gets pregnant, breastfeeds, or experiences significant weight fluctuations after having the procedure can also impact a patient’s results, specifically their longevity.
What are the risks?
As with any surgical procedure, a breast lift does involve risks, which may be greater for people with certain health histories. So it’s important to be honest and upfront with your surgeon about anything that may pose a risk.
Book an Appointment
Contact the team at Graper Harper Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Graper or Dr. Garret Harper and get all of your breast lift questions answered.