Bigger or Higher Breasts?

breast liftLike everything else as we age, a woman’s breast sag. Unfortunately, this sagging is accentuated by pregnancy, breastfeeding, and changes in weight. When this happens a woman wonders what happened to her former, higher breasts. The answer is that they are not gone for good, as a breast lift with Dr. Lavey can return the breasts to a higher, younger profile.

Three ways for younger-looking breasts

There are three ways to return the breasts to their younger-looking profile. If a woman wants only a modest elevation of her breasts and wants larger breasts, breast augmentation may be the answer. The nipples will appear higher, and the upper part of the breasts will be fuller. Plus, in augmentation, scars are virtually invisible.

But when a woman likes the size of her breasts, but wants to eliminate sagging, the excess skin needs to be removed. This creates more extensive scarring. Dr. Lavey uses two incision methods, depending on the amount of lift needed.

In a lollipop method, the incision circles the areola and extends downward to the breast crease. This type of lift will elevate the breasts about 2 inches or less.

If a greater amount of elevation is needed, the incision will follow the lollipop method, plus will extend horizontally along the breast crease in both directions. This allows the largest amount of skin removal.

Combining the two

Sometimes, a woman wants to have a lift, but would also like to replace volume that has been lost due to breastfeeding and aging. In these cases, Dr. Lavey combines a breast lift with augmentation.


Recovery from augmentation and/or a lift, will require 1-2 weeks before the person returns to work or regular activities. With augmentation, where the implants were placed beneath the chest muscle, the patient will feel as if their muscle is straining for about one week. Light exercise such as walking can resume in 1-2 weeks, but strenuous activity and lifting need to wait at least one month.

Interested in removing the sagging from your breasts? Call Dr. Lavey at 925-820-3633 and let’s discuss your lift/augmentation options.

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