What is Breast Lift Surgery?
Over time, several factors such as aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight loss, and gravity can cause the breasts to lose their firmness and elasticity. Breast lift surgery addresses these concerns by uplifting the breasts and improving their shape. The surgery does not significantly change the size of the breasts, but it can be combined with breast augmentation or reduction if desired.
Why would someone need to have breast lift surgery?
Breast lift surgery is suitable for individuals who are bothered by sagging breasts or breast ptosis. Some common reasons why someone may choose to undergo breast lift surgery include:
Loss of breast shape and volume due to aging
Breast sagging after pregnancy and breastfeeding
Significant weight loss leading to breast drooping
Uneven or downward-pointing nipples
Dissatisfaction with the appearance of one's breasts
What conditions can breast lift surgery have?
Breast lift surgery can address the following conditions:
Requirements & Evaluation: Breast Lift Surgery?
Before undergoing breast lift surgery, you will need to schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon. During this consultation, you will discuss your medical history, current medications, and desired outcome of the procedure. Our surgeon will evaluate your breast anatomy, skin quality, nipple position, and overall health to determine if breast lift surgery is appropriate for you.
Different Types of Breast Lift Surgery
There are different techniques that can be used for breast lift surgery, and the specific technique will depend on the degree of breast sagging. The available techniques include:
Crescent Lift: This technique is suitable for patients with mild breast sagging and involves a crescent-shaped incision along the upper half of the areola.
Periareolar Lift: Also known as a donut lift, this technique involves an incision around the outer edge of the areola. It is appropriate for mild to moderate breast sagging.
Vertical Lift: This technique, also known as a lollipop lift, involves an incision around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. It is suitable for moderate breast sagging.
Anchor Lift: This technique is used for significant breast sagging and involves an incision around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease itself.
Our plastic surgeon will determine the most appropriate technique based on your breast measurements, degree of sagging, and desired outcome.
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically takes two to three hours. Our skilled plastic surgeon will make the necessary incisions based on the chosen technique. Excess skin will be removed, and the breast tissue will be reshaped and lifted to achieve the desired contour. If desired, the nipple and areola can be repositioned to a more aesthetically pleasing location. Finally, the incisions will be closed, and dressings or sutures will be applied.
Before the Procedure
Before your breast lift surgery, you will have a pre-operative consultation with our plastic surgeon. During this appointment, you will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare for the procedure. This may include avoiding certain medications that can increase the risk of bleeding, arranging for transportation to and from the hospital, and fasting for a specific period before the surgery.
After the Procedure
After your breast lift surgery, you will be monitored by our medical team to ensure a smooth recovery. You can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. You will need to wear a special supportive bra to minimize swelling and maintain the shape of the breasts during the initial healing period. Our medical team will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions, including guidelines for showering, medication usage, and follow-up appointments.
What kind of follow-up care will I have during recovery?
Follow-up care is essential during the recovery period to monitor the healing process and ensure optimal results. Our medical team will schedule several post-operative appointments to assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments. They will provide guidance on wound care, bra support, physical activities, and when you can resume normal daily routines.
Risk & Benefits
Breast lift surgery is generally safe, but like any surgical procedure, it carries certain risks. Potential risks or complications may include bleeding, infection, adverse reactions to anesthesia, delayed wound healing, changes in nipple or breast sensation, scarring, and asymmetry. However, these risks can be minimized by choosing an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon.
The benefits of breast lift surgery can include:
Restored breast shape, firmness, and projection
Improved breast symmetry and nipple position
Increased self-confidence and satisfaction with appearance
Ability to wear a wider range of clothing styles
The recovery period for breast lift surgery varies from patient to patient. Most individuals can return to work and light activities within one to two weeks, but strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks. Swelling and bruising will gradually subside over time, and optimal results will be visible as the breasts settle into their new position. It is vital to follow the post-operative care instructions provided by our medical team to ensure a smooth recovery and achieve the best possible outcome.