Will I Need A Breast Lift If I Get Implants?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am seeking information for breast augmentation and possible breast lifts. Here are my questions. I am a 45 year-old female who is 5’ 7” and weighs 125 lbs.

1) In order to achieve my desired look, will augmentation suffice OR would a lift also be necessary?

2. Would silicone be preferred over saline breast implants for the most realistic feel? (Prefer the round look over teardrop)

3. For inframammary incisions, what is the likelihood of decreased sensitivity in the breast? Is an armpit incision ever the best choice?

4. Is a caregiver necessary? I am from out of town, I would prefer to travel alone.

5. How soon after surgery can I return to work? How many days would I need to remain in the area?

6. How far out is surgery currently being booked?

Much thanks.

A: Thank you for sending your pictures. In answer to your breast lifts/breast augmentation questions:

1) You would need a vertical breast lift, the raising of the arms in the pictures proves that need.

2) Silicone implants do have more of a natural feel to them.

3) Very low risk of any nipple feeling loss with the inframammary approach. Since you need a breast lift, that would exclude the benefit of an armpit incision.

4) No caregiver needed.

5) Returning to work would depend on what type of work you do. Five to seven days for a sit down job, ten to fourteen days for a very physical labor job.

6) Surgery is booked based on your schedule. You are the one making the big effort so we accommodate your schedule.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana