Say goodbye to tired, sagging breasts. It's natural for breasts to lose elasticity and firmness as we age, but some women experience this more significantly than others. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight changes can all result in flat or sagging breasts and nipple/areola changes.
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy surgery, can give you a fuller, natural-looking breast silhouette while rejuvenating your body confidence and self-esteem. Using the most advanced techniques to minimize visible scarring, our expert surgeons will raise and reshape one or both breasts, removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to support your new breast contour. Sometimes, a breast lift is combined with breast augmentation for ideal results.
Types of Breast Lift
Named for its "crescent moon" incision shape, this technique is recommended for women with small breasts and minimal sagging. A crescent-shaped incision is made around the edge of the dark skin surrounding the nipple (areola), visually "lifting" the nipple and areola higher on the breast mound.
This technique involves a circular incision around the breast areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple). Sometimes called a "donut" lift, it is ideal for patients with mildly low breast positions. The resulting scar goes around the entire edge of the areola, which is minimally visible.
In addition to circular or crescent-shaped incisions listed above, the vertical lift technique (sometimes referred to as "lollipop" lift") adds a vertical cut below the nipple to achieve a more substantial upward lift in the breast mound. The resulting scars, shaped like a lollipop, are minimally visible and easily hidden under a bathing suit or bra.
Also named for its incisions' shape, patients requiring more extensive skin and tissue removal benefit from this time-tested breast lift technique. In addition to a vertical cut below the nipple area, our expert surgeons can access more skin and tissue by cutting vertically across the breast's lower crease, allowing for the most significant lift, tightening, and reshaping of the breast.
The short scar technique reliably produces long-lasting breast lift results with more discreet scars, eliminating the need for a long scar in the crease underneath the breast. Use of the short scar procedure is ideal for women with moderate sagging and enough breast tissue to adequately lift and reshape the breast contour.
Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
Because of the advanced techniques available, women with a wide variety of breast-related concerns may benefit from breast lift surgery. If your breasts are elongated or sagging, with loss of breast shape, height, and firmness, you are likely a good candidate for this procedure. Enlarged areolae and downward-facing nipples are other common issues that can be resolved with breast lift surgery. Ideal candidates for breast lifts are non-smokers in generally good health.
Breast lift consultations are available at all Plastic Surgery Center locations. The best surgical approach for you will depend on various factors, including the amount of skin and breast tissue available and the degree of lift and shaping required to achieve your ideal results. With this in mind, our surgeons will review your medical history and discuss your ideal surgical outcomes to make personalized recommendations. Using computer-assisted photography, we can also provide sample imagery of your expected surgical results.
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What to Expect
Depending on your recommended surgical procedure and desired outcome, our expert staff and physicians will provide detailed information about what you can expect before, during, and after breast lift surgery. Your surgeon will consider your health history, the amount of skin and breast tissue involved, and any previous scarring to determine the best surgical approach.
Once the incisions are made — which may include a single incision around the nipple, a vertical incision below the nipple, incisions at the base of each breast, or a combination of these — the surgeon will carefully reshape the breast tissue and remove any excess skin.
Sometimes, breast implants are used when adequate breast tissue is not present.
Typically, our surgeons will close your incisions with buried, dissolvable stitches, a technique that reduces visible scars and increases patient comfort. Depending on the surgical technique, small drain tubes may be placed on each breast to allow excess fluid that builds up where breast tissue was removed during surgery.
Each person's recovery from breast lift surgery will vary based on the extent of skin and tissue involved and your healing process. A sterile bandage is placed over the incisions following surgery. Your breasts will be wrapped in a supportive bandage or surgical bra. Typically, you can expect to go home within a few hours.
Recovery and discharge instructions depend on the nature of your surgery, but you should plan to have a family member or friend drive you home. Pain and swelling can be managed with medication and ice in the first few days after surgery.
Some patients will go home with small tubes to drain blood and fluid that collect at the surgical site. Care instructions will be included in your discharge paperwork, and drain tubes will be removed in the office during your post-operative visit.
Most patients can resume regular activity within 2-3 weeks. Heavy lifting and strenuous exercise should be avoided for up to 6 weeks. In most cases, the long-term results of breast lift surgery will be seen in three to six months. However, it can take up to a full year or longer to experience complete healing.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons combine the most advanced surgical techniques and decades of experience to ensure safety and satisfaction for each patient. Through rigorous training and exceptional attention to detail, we pride ourselves in providing world-class care and surgical outcomes that will exceed your expectations.
Michael RoseMD, FACS
Matthew KaufmanMD, FACS
Tushar PatelMD, FACS
Russell AshinoffMD, FACS
Eric WimmersMD, FACS
Hamid AbdollahiMD, FACS
Eric I. ChangMD, FACS
Kari L. ColenMD, FACS
Sean HermanMD, FACS
Tzvi SmallMD, FACS
Sidney RabinowitzMD, FACS
Financing & Insurance
Breast lift surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not typically covered by insurance. However, there are some cases in which insurance may cover breast lift surgery -- for example, if a patient has suffered from significant weight loss or has a medical condition, such as tuberous breast deformity. We will work with you and your health insurer to obtain the approvals for your covered surgical procedures. If you are interested in learning more about our cosmetic options, please contact us today at 833-615-2621.
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