A Breast Lift is a type of surgery that it intended to to correct the size, contour and elevation of sagging breasts. You may also hear the term, Mastopexy, which is another name for a breast lift. Year after year, the elasticity of your skin weakens. As a woman, one of the first and worst places you’ll notice this occurring is in the breast area. Breasts will lose their perkiness, droop and possibly lose volume, resulting in a wholly undesirable appearance. Unfortunately, it’s an undeniable sign of aging.
A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure and confidence by restoring the natural looking shape that you once had!
What Breast Lift Can Do For You:
A breast lift will correct the breast’s form and shape, raise the nipple-areola complex up to a higher position, reduce the size of the areolas, as well as resize the breasts. Results of a good breast lift include:
- nipples and areolas pointing up
- breasts sit evenly with each other
- creating a breast shape that is more circular than cylindrical
- making sure the size of the breasts are more even with each other
- the nipples sit and the level of the inframammary fold (breast crease)
Most importantly a breast lift will help you to love your breasts again!
How do I know if I am a good candidate for the surgery?
The degree of droop (ptosis) will vary between women however; here are some factors to look for in your breasts to determine if you will need a breast lift. Having some or all of these characteristics will help you make a decision:
- nipples and/or areolas point down
- loss of volume in the breasts
- breast skin has been stretched; loss of skin elasticity (such as after weight loss or breastfeeding)
- areolas are stretched
- one breast is lower than the other
- the breasts lie flat against the chest wall
- pendulum shaped breasts
- Breast Lift with an Implant
For women that need volume and a lift in the breasts, an Augmentopexy (Augmentation Mastopexy), which is also referred to as a Breast Lift with Implants can help achieve just that. Depending on the placement of the breast implant, a lift can occur as a result for women with a low degree of droop, without the need to make any incisions. For women who have a moderate to severe breast droop, breast lift incisions along with breast implant insertion will be needed, for a more dramatic result.
Breast Lift Scars
Scarring is one of the tradeoffs that you will have after proceeding with a breast lift. The plastic surgeons at Selfie Plastic Surgery make incisions in the most easily concealed locations. You need to remember that the scars will fade over time, but in some cases will be permanently visible. Some plastic surgeons may advertise scarless options, but what you need to understand is that less scars means less lift and less results. We have various breast lift scar reduction methods to help you properly fade them.
Breast Lift Q & A
Can I get a breast lift without implants
Yes! If you have enough tissue or are happy with the current size of your breasts, a breast lift can benefit you and give you back that perky, full look.
Do non-surgical breast lift procedures work?
Many patients have asked if creams and ointments recently being advertised work to lift breasts. The short answer is “No”. Unfortunately, there is no way to lift your actual breasts without having surgery, and a breast lit surgery would be most effective.
How long with a breast lift last?
A breast lift should last you the rest of your life, or a very long time if you maintain a consistent weight. There are newer techniques now used to add support during the procedure, and not simply pull the skin up as with past techniques.
Can losing weight affect my breast lift?
Any drastic changes to the body can affect your breast lift. However, with this type of procedure, the tissue is moved and placed higher on your chest wall and then secured. It is recommended that you be at your ideal, healthy, maintainable weight before you go for surgery.
Does a breast lift make my cup size smaller?
It will lift and reshape the tissue into a firmer, more flattering shape. If you would like to reduce your breast size, some tissue can be removed in conjunction with this procedure. This would make it a breast reduction and breast lift combination procedure.
Should I get a breast lift after pregnancy?
Many women find a breast lift after pregnancy / when they are finished breast-feeding beneficial to restoring their body to its original shape. You should also ask yourself if you are finished having children before you decide to have this procedure.
Is it possible to get full looking breasts with a breast lift?
Many women have good cup sizes, but the fact that their breasts sag makes the distribution surface larger. By lifting and placing the natural tissue higher on the chest wall, your new lift will confine and keep your breast tissue in place. You can always opt to get breast implants with the lift.
What kind of procedures can I combine my breast lift with?
You can combine this procedure with several others such as breast augmentation, breast reduction, and a Mommy Makeover (Almost any other surgical procedure can be done at the same time as a breast lift).
Can I get a breast augmentation after a breast lift?
Of course you can, though we suggest that you do both together if you are already quite sure you want to have the augmentation done.
Can a breast lift remove stretch marks?
This depends. Since skin is removed during the breast lift procedure, your surgeon may eliminate skin that is affected by stretch marks. However, if stretch marks are in areas where the removal of skin is not beneficial for the procedure, then they will not be removed.
Most patients find that some of the stretch marks that appear near the areola or on the lower part of the breast are generally eliminated because of the techniques involved during surgery.
If you are concerned with stretch marks, there are other ways to eliminate their appearance. You may want to consider Laser Fractional Resurfacing.
Are the results from a breast lift permanent?
Yes. However, factors such as age, pregnancy, and massive fluctuations in weight may influence results from a breast lift.
How long is Recovery?
The recovery will depend on your health, but in most cases patients return to work within a few days to a week. The full results can take up to several weeks to several months for all of the swelling to subside, however once the final results are apparent you will be ever so fond of how youthful and perky your breasts have become!