Breast Lift Surgery Options Outlined by Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
Dr. James E. Vogel explains a variety of techniques used for breast lift surgery, and helps women to understand what they can expect after the procedure.
Baltimore, MD — Over time, breasts can begin to lose their youthful appearance, due to the effects of gravity, says James E. Vogel, MD. The Baltimore-based board-certified plastic surgeon notes that childbirth and lactation can cause a loss of volume in the breasts, as well. To improve the appearance of the breasts, Dr. Vogel performs breast lift surgery. He says the procedure eliminates excess skin, effectively tightening the skin and lifting the breasts.
Although breast lift procedures typically involve placing a breast implant to improve breast volume, Dr. Vogel says many women seeking to lift their breasts are not interested in augmentation. For these patients, he offers a breast lift without implants. However, Dr. Vogel reminds women that if adequate breast tissue is not available, a modest breast implant may be necessary.
To achieve the most attractive results, Dr. Vogel says he carefully plans the necessary incisions based on the patient’s unique anatomy. He says a breast lift without scars is mostly unavoidable, but that he does everything he can to hide and minimize scarring. During the recovery period, Dr. Vogel provides his patients with important aftercare instructions, including how to use silicone sheeting to help reduce the appearance of scars. The Baltimore plastic surgeon informs patients that after surgery, their breasts may appear boxy and/or unusually high on the chest, but over time they should drop and achieve a more round and natural shape.
Breast lift patients can typically expect to be back to their regular activities after approximately one week – however, Dr. Vogel cautions patients to wait a bit longer before returning to certain physical activities. He notes that most patients will be healed and notice their scars have mostly faded after about 4-6 weeks. If patients notice a dark discoloration or other problems with healing of the nipple and areola, Dr. Vogel advises patients to contact their surgeon immediately. These can often be a sign of poor blood circulation or an issue with wound healing, he says.
Overall, Dr. Vogel says patients are generally very happy with this procedure. He says strategically placing the incisions is key to a successful breast lift, but that most patients accept the scars as a “trade-off,” stating, “They don’t mind having a few minor scars in exchange for a more attractive breast shape.” He also reminds patients, “Although there’s no way to avoid the fact that gravity will inevitably take its toll yet again, they will always look better having had the procedure in spite of this.”
About James E. Vogel, MD, FACS
Dr. Vogel has been voted as a “Top Doc” by Baltimore Magazine for four consecutive years (2011-2014). He is a board-certified plastic surgeon and an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Division of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Vogel is an active member of several distinguished medical organizations, including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Johns Hopkins Medical Society. He has also held several positions in the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, including President. Dr. Vogel is available for interview upon request.
James E. Vogel, M.D., F.A.C.S.
4 Park Center Court, Ste. 100
Owings Mills, MD 21117