If you’re dissatisfied with the size, shape, or firmness of your breasts, you may desire a breast lift, augmentation, or reduction. At The Nikolov Center for Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Nikolov offers all of these procedures to enhance your appearance and boost your self-esteem. To find out how breast surgery can help change your physique for the better, call the office in Beverly Hills or book an appointment online.
Breast augmentation increases the size and enhances the shape of a woman’s breast. You might choose breast augmentation to accentuate your figure, correct a reduction in volume following pregnancy and childbirth, balance unevenly sized breasts, or for reconstruction.
Augmentation involves placing an implant behind each breast to increase your size by one or more cup sizes. The best candidates are in good overall health and have reasonable expectations following their consultation with Dr. Nikolov. Together, you can decide if you prefer one of the types of silicone gel implants or implants filled with saline. Each type has specific advantages and disadvantages depending on your goals and condition.
A breast lift helps restore the firmness and height of breasts that have succumbed to the force of gravity or the stress of pregnancy and nursing. As your skin loses its elasticity, your breasts may sag and become lax. A breast lift raises and reshapes sagging breasts and may also reduce the size of the areola.
It’s best to wait until you’re done creating a family before having a breast lift. Future pregnancies can put excess stress on your lifted breasts and counter the effects of your surgery.
If have large, pendulous breasts that are uncomfortable and causing back and neck pain or skin irritation, you may benefit from a breast reduction. Overly large breasts can also interfere with your breathing and lead to skeletal deformities. And you may have indentations in your shoulders from your bra that’s trying to hold up the weight of your chest.
Many women who choose a breast reduction do so because their large breast size makes them feel self-conscious or interferes with activities they love.
If you intend to breastfeed in the future, however, a breast reduction is not recommended.
After breast surgery, you need to lie low and avoid physical activity for up to a week. Exactly how long you need to wait before resuming full function depends on what type of surgery you had and the placement of the incision.
In many cases, Dr. Nikolov may advise you to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for six weeks. He gives you full instructions on what types of activities you can do and how to ease into your normal daily routine.