Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support new breast contour. Breast lifts have grown 70% since 2000, as new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show. A breast lift can rejuvenate the figure with a breast profile that is more uplifted and youthful.
Women’s breasts change over time, losing their firmness and shape. Most often, these changes and loss of skin elasticity result from:
This type of surgery does not significantly change the size of your breasts or round out the upper part of the breast. For fuller breasts, consider breast lift and breast augmentation surgery.
You may be a good breast lift candidate if:
Before surgery, you will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications. Breast lift surgery risks include:
All risks will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It is important that you address all your questions directly with your plastic surgeon.
During your consultation you should be prepared to discuss the following:
Also, during the consultation, your surgeon may also evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors. He or she will also examine your breasts and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, and placement of your nipples and areolas. Your surgeon may also:
It is natural to feel some anxiety, whether it is excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress.
Before surgery, your doctor will ask you to:
Your breast lift procedure can be achieved through a variety of incision patterns and techniques. The technique for your surgery will be determined based on:
Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you. Intravenous sedation and general anesthesia are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure.
The surgeon will perform an incision to perform the breast lift. There are 3 common incision patterns:
After the incision is made, the surgeon will:
Some incision lines resulting from breast lift surgery are concealed in the natural breast contours, but some are visible on the breast surface. Incision lines are permanent, but will fade in most cases and improve over time.
During recovery, dressings or bandages will be applied to the incisions after the procedure is completed. In order to minimize swelling and support your breasts as they heal, you will need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra. Also, a small and thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect. You will be given specific instructions that include advice on how to care for your breasts after surgery, when to follow up with your plastic surgeon, specific concerns and medications to aid healing.
Results are immediately visible and over time, post-surgical swelling will resolve and incision lines will fade. The final results of your breast lift will appear over the next few months, as breast shape and position continue to settle. You will be able to retain your new look longer if you maintain your weight and keep a healthy lifestyle.