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Dr. Timothy Bradley, M.D.

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Breast Lift

What is a Breast Lift?

This procedure raises and reshapes sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning nipples and remaining tissue. Breast augmentation utilizing either saline or silicone gel filled implants is commonly used in conjunction with breast lift surgery (mastopexy).  The implant restores lost volume to the breast filling out the upper portion of the breast.  Generally there is less scarring if an implant is utilized because the implant itself adds  “lift” to the breast.   Patients  generally have several options when considering breast lift surgery  depending on their needs and expectations.  Dr. Bradley specializes in the “short scar” technique which minimizes visible scarring. Dr. Bradley will discuss all of your options during your consultation and explain why one option may be better suited to your needs.

Am I a candidate for this procedure?

The best candidate for this procedure must have realistic expectations.  The procedure works best with women who have moderate-sized, sagging breasts  with good skin quality (without excessive amount o f stretch marks).  For a private consultation, please call Dr. Bradley at 850-533-0865.

How long does the procedure take to perform?

The procedure lasts 2 to 3 hours depending on the the amount of surgery required. There are several techniques which Dr. Bradley can offer patients depending on their unique needs.

How do I prepare for surgery?

Dr. Bradley will give you guidelines on drinking and eating and on avoiding certain medications/vitamins, herbal supplements, and smoking.   Current smokers are NOT candidates for most mastopexy surgical techniques. Patients must stop smoking for a minimum of three weeks before and after surgery to prevent wound healing complications and possible skin loss.  Make sure you have someone to drive you home after the procedure.

What does surgery involve?

Dr. Bradley will make an incision around the nipple.  The excess skin will be removed, and the nipple and areola will be moved up. Depending on the patient’s needs, sometimes the incision must extend down the front of the breast.  Dr. Bradley avoids the inverted “T” scar on most patients by utilizing short scar mastopexy techniques.  If the  breast tissue has to be  sutured to reshape the breast, the suturing is usually performed inside of the breast thereby avoiding the longer scarring associated with  other mastopexy techniques. If breast augmentation is used in conjunction with breast lift surgery, the incision often times is limited to just above the areola and the scarring is limited and generally inconspicuous.

Will I spend the night in your facility or be released after surgery?

No.  The procedure will be done outpatient and you will be released  shortly after the surgery.

When can I return to my normal lifestyle?

You will be up and around, and able to return to work within a few days.  Dr. Bradley will give you specific guidelines for resuming your normal lifestyle.

Will I need a follow-up visit?

With every procedure, Dr. Bradley strives to provide personal follow-up visits to monitor your progress and answer any post-operative questions.