Over time, breasts change and lose their perkiness. This is a medical condition, referred to as ptosis, and it can occur because of weight fluctuation, pregnancy, natural aging, and/or inherited factors. A breast lift elevates and tightens the breasts and also restores a youthful, more aesthetic contour.
What to expect from breast lift surgery
During this procedure, excess skin and fat is removed from the breast. The nipple and areola are moved to a more youthful, natural position, and skin that was located above the nipple is moved down and reshaped to improve contour and firmness of the breast. Excess skin is then removed and, if necessary, the areola is resized. This surgery typically takes 2 hours to complete.
There are three different incision options and these vary based on the amount of lift needed. During your consultation, your surgeon will determine the incision that will provide the best results. The more common incisions include:
- Lollipop: around the nipple that descends vertically down the breast.
- Anchor: around the nipple, descending vertically down the breast, and horizontally lining the crease of the breast. Typically used when more intensive lifting is required.
- Areolar: encircles the nipple and areola alone, and elevates the nipple, avoiding scars outside of this area. Typically used when only a small amount of lifting is needed, or when combined with breast augmentation.
Your surgeon will decide which incision technique will provide optimal results. This reconfiguration of the breast shape can leave some scarring on the breast. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss the various options and approaches with you, based on your individual build and wishes.
Typically, our breast lift patients enjoy their enhanced breast shape and contour for many years afterward. However, your breasts will still continue to change due to the natural aging process, pregnancy, or weight fluctuations.
If you have lost a considerable amount of volume in your breasts, you may want to consider combining breast implants with your breast lift.
You’ll be able to go home shortly after your surgery. Similar to our breast augmentation post-op, we recommend you take it slow for a few days and arrange time off work to allow for healing. Expect to avoid strenuous activities, including exercise, for up to 6 weeks post-surgery.
Pre- & post-surgery
The info you need to plan your breast lift surgery.