By Ronald G. Zelt, M.D. Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon

Female Breast Rejuvenation

Montreal Breast ReshapingSeeking improvement in the shape and size of the breasts is common after weight loss due to the loss of volume resulting in a saggy, empty appearance. Common procedures to rejuvenate the female breasts include breast lifting and augmentation with implants.

Breast lifting is tailored to suit the needs of each patient – some need a little, some need a lot. It involves reducing the amount of excess skin and raising the nipple and areola higher on the breast mound. There will be incisions left on your breasts but they heal well and tend to be inconspicuous. This procedure is frequently combined with augmentation to allow breast enlargement and increased projection and fullness following the lift procedure.

When augmentation is combined with breast lift, an implant filled with either silicone or saline is inserted. The implant increases the volume of the breast and improves its form and projection. The volume of the implants used for breast augmentation, the incisions used and the type of implants are determined during the preoperative consultation and are chosen based on the patient's desires and expectations.

A breast lift, with or without augmentation, is usually preformed under a light general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. The procedure lasts from 1 ½ to 2 hours and patients leave the private operating facility with only a light bandage. A swift and uneventful recovery following breast lifting allows most patients to return to work within a few days following surgery and to sporting activity in one month's time.

Breast rejuvenation following weight loss involves safe and reliable procedures. Dr. Zelt will discuss with you the associated risks and complications during your office consultation. Fortunately, most are very uncommon and the vast majority of patients enjoy a smooth and comfortable recovery.

To learn more about breast lifts, please visit the Montreal Breast Lift Guide and for breast augmentation with breast implants, the Montreal Breast Augmentation Guide.