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Am I a candidate for a breast lift?

by Dr. Matt Bindewald, a San Antonio plastic surgeon

· breast lift

If your breasts are not as perky as they once were, you might be considering getting a breast lift. This surgery is commonly sought after by women whose breasts now sag due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss or simple aging. But how do you know if this procedure is right for you? Here are some signs that you're a good candidate for a breast lift.

You Want to Change the Shape of Your Breasts

A breast lift is often the right procedure for women who do not like the fact that their breasts now sag. They want the perkier breasts they had before they got pregnant, breastfed their baby or lost weight. Such women don't necessarily want larger or smaller breasts; they just want a rounder shape. They may also want breasts that hang symmetrically, as well as nipples that do not point downward. If any of these are included in your goals, you're on the right track.

You Are Done With Pregnancy, Breastfeeding or Weight Loss

It's best to wait until you are at or at least near your goal weight before you get a breast lift because extreme changes in weight can alter the shape of your breasts. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can do the same, so most doctors will recommend that you only get a breast lift once you are done having children. Of course, you will need to be in good general health to be a candidate for this surgery.

You Understand What the Procedure Involves

It's important that you know that a breast lift on its own won't change the size of your breasts dramatically. In addition, you'll need about one to two weeks to recover from your breast lift, with bruising and numbness often lasting a few more weeks. Like many surgeries, a breast lift will leave some scarring, and it may need to be done again as you get older and your breasts naturally sag due to age. As long as you keep all this in mind before surgery, you may be considered a good candidate.

To find out for sure if you're candidate for a breast lift, schedule an appointment with our office today. Dr. Matt Bindewald is a leading plastic surgeon in San Antonio, TX and an expert in breast lift surgery.

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