Breast Lift in Portland, OR
What is a breast lift?
Dr. Bohley helps women in Portland, Oregon who suffer from sagging breasts due to several reasons including gravity, aging, considerable weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding. A breast lift brings the breast tissue together by lifting your breasts to a youthful position, achieving an even proportion between your breasts, removing any excessive skin and repositioning your areola and nipples higher on the breasts.
Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?
Most women that are unhappy with their sagging breasts are already considering a breast lift. Our office gets patients from the broader Portland area, including Vancouver, Washington, who are considering this a breast lift. Depending on your cosmetic goals and decrease in volume, Dr. Bohley may suggest a combination procedure with a breast lift or augmentation.
As long as you are in general good health, have realistic expectations and a positive attitude, you are likely good candidate for breast lift.
How should I prepare for a breast lift?
Before your breast lift surgery, Dr. Bohley will provide you with instructions on how to prepare for your procedure. If you are given any recommendations in lifestyle or weight changes, do your best to achieve them before your surgery.
In advance of your procedure, Dr. Bohley will ask you to do the following in order to ensure a successful outcome. If you are a smoker, you should stop smoking at least six weeks before for a safe healing process. Also, eat a healthy diet. This means reducing alcohol consumption and sticking to high-protein, low-sodium foods. Furthermore, it is important to set up a support system, including arrangements for child and pet care.
Because breast lifts are often outpatient surgery, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery. Also be aware that you will not be able to raise your arms above your head while healing, so any hard-to-reach objects should be moved for easy access.
Breast Lift FAQs
Is a breast lift covered by insurance?
As an elective cosmetic surgery, the cost of breast lift is usually not covered by most insurance plans. However, Dr. Bohley provides financing options through CareCredit and Prosper Healthcare.
Does a breast lift cost more than implants?
Because the procedure is slightly more involved and may require larger incisions, a breast lift is usually more expensive than breast augmentation. However its worth mentioning that the procedures accomplish different tasks and are not interchangeable.
Do I need a breast lift or just implants?
If you have sagging breasts but are generally happy with their volume, you are probably better served by a breast lift. If you would also like to add volume with implants, a combination procedure can help.
Does a breast lift leave scars?
Yes, the incision pattern used in breast lift surgery will leave slight but visible scars. Dr. Bohley works to ensure any scarring is minimized through after-care instructions as well as surgical precision.
Does a breast lift make your nipples less sensitive?
Any changes in nipple sensitivity following a breast lift are usually temporary, although in some cases this change may be permanent.
What should I expect during recovery?
Performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia, the procedure usually takes about three hours. You may have tiny drains in your breasts for the first 24 to 48 hours. The drains and any bandaging will be removed after 48 hours. Dr. Bohley will recommend that you wear a compression garment for support and also prescribe medication for the discomfort.
Your stitches will be removed within two to three weeks and you will see continuous improvement in size and shape of your breasts with time. Most women return to desk jobs within a week of their surgery. Usually within four to six weeks, most routine activities can be resumed.
What will my results be from a breast lift?
Typically, surgeons sculpt your entire breast tissue and reposition your nipples, giving you long-lasting results. In the absence of pregnancy and considerable weight fluctuations, your results should last you a couple of decades. Continue to be in touch with our Portland, Oregon office for follow up. The office a convenient drive for our patients from the Vancouver area as well.