Many women who are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts will consider breast lifts.
Breast lifts are performed to enhance your breasts, whether they’re sagging or just not as perky as you’d like them to be. Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a cosmetic procedure that can help women who are unhappy with the way their breasts look. This procedure can improve the shape, size and feel of your breasts.
Breast lift surgery is performed by plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic procedures. Before you schedule your appointment, talk to your doctor about what to expect from this procedure.
Breast lifts can be performed using different methods and techniques, but all breast lift procedures involve surgically removing excess skin and tissue. The excess skin is then repositioned higher on the breast, producing a more youthful shape with fuller, firmer breasts.
Breast lifts can be done under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia with sedation. Either way, you’ll probably have to stay in the hospital overnight.
The most common type of breast lift is called a mastopexy. During a mastopexy, an incision is made around the areola (the dark skin around your nipple). The nipple can be moved higher on your chest and reshaped at the same time. If you have sagging skin above each breast, this area can also be tightened during the operation.
A newer type of breast lift is called a circumareolar breast lift, which involves making an incision around the entire circumference of each nipple rather than just around the areola. This technique has become popular because it requires fewer scars than traditional mastopexy while still providing good results.
If you’re thinking of getting a breast lift, you may be wondering what the procedure involves. There are many different types of breast lifts, and each one has its own benefits and risks.
Here’s what you need to know about breast lift procedures:
What is a breast lift?
A breast lift is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts. The goal of the procedure is to restore perkiness and shape to breasts that have lost their youthful contour after childbirth or weight loss. The procedure can also be performed on smaller women whose breasts sag due to genetic inheritance or age-related changes in body fat distribution. The amount of skin removed is based on the severity of sagging, but an average breast lift removes approximately 2 inches (5 cm) of skin around each breast, which adds up to about 1 pound (450 grams) each. Some women may require more than one operation over time if additional sagging occurs following pregnancy or weight loss.
You need to be realistic about your expectations
Breast lift is not a magic wand that will make your breasts look like they did when you were younger. It’s a surgical procedure that lifts sagging breasts and improves their shape. This can help restore confidence and self-esteem for many women who have had children or lost weight. But if you’re expecting dramatic results, there’s no guarantee that this is possible. Your surgeon can only work with the anatomy of your breasts as they are now and give them a more youthful shape with surgery. They may not be able to create the same results as someone who never had children or lost weight.
You can probably return to work after a week
Breast lifting is a pretty invasive procedure, but the recovery time is relatively short. Most women are able to return to work within a week of surgery, and they can get back in the gym in about two weeks. But you’ll need to follow your doctor’s instructions on what to do during this time.
It will help reduce pain from breast sagging
Breasts aren’t just for looks: They also play an important role in our overall health and posture. Women who experience sagging are more likely to experience back pain due to poor posture, and they may have difficulty breathing deeply because their lungs don’t fully expand when they take a deep breath. Breast lifts help reduce sagging by tightening the skin around the breast tissue, thus reducing pain and improving breathing ability.
Your scars will take time to fade
One of the most common concerns among women who want to undergo breast lift surgery is how their scars will look after the procedure. Although modern technology has made it possible for surgeons to reduce scarring, the best way to avoid visible scars is by choosing an experienced surgeon who uses advanced techniques during the procedure.
Breast lifts can be done on other parts of your body as well!
You may have heard of procedures such as liposuction or tummy tucks that use similar techniques as breast lifts but are done on other parts of the body instead of just on the breasts. If you’re interested in breast lifts but don’t like how they look on you, consider talking with a surgeon about doing them elsewhere on your body instead!
How long will it take?
Breast lifts usually take between two and three hours. They can be done as an outpatient procedure or as part of a tummy tuck or other surgery where general anesthesia is used. If you’re having a breast lift done by itself without any other procedures, local anesthesia will be used so you can go home afterwards and take pain medication as needed for several days or weeks depending on your recovery.
Breast lift is not for everyone
Breast lift surgery is not for everyone. If your breasts sag because of pregnancy and breastfeeding, but you have no other health problems, then the best treatment option may be to wear a supportive bra and avoid underwire bras that can add pressure to your breasts. But if you have sagging breasts due to muscle deterioration (atrophy), then you may need more than just a supportive bra. You may want breast lift surgery as well as fat grafting or implants.
Breast lift is not just about removing excess skin
A common misconception about breast lift surgery is that it removes excess skin from the breasts — and that’s not exactly true. While excess skin is removed during breast lifts, the procedure does much more than just tighten up loose skin around your breasts; it also reduces the size of your areola (the darker area surrounding each nipple) and lifts your nipple closer to its original position on top of your breast so that it looks perkier and more youthful. This is why many women say their nipples look higher after having this procedure done!
Your weight can affect your results
If you’re overweight or obese, your breasts may sag more than they would otherwise do because the connective tissue in the breasts becomes stretched out and weak. If you lose weight – perhaps by dieting or exercising – then those tissues will become stronger again, which means they can support your breasts better.
The goal of breast lift surgery is to make the breasts perkier, not necessarily bigger.
Breast lift surgery can be a wonderful way to address the natural effects of gravity on one’s breasts. However, this procedure is most successful for women who have already had children and are older than 30 years old. It is also important to note that breast lifts do not increase breast size; they simply make them appear fuller and perkier. The goal of breast lift surgery is to make the breasts perkier, not necessarily bigger. If you want larger breasts, you should consider a breast augmentation instead.
Breast lifts are not recommended for women who plan on having more children.
Breast lifts are not recommended for women who plan on having more children. If you are planning a pregnancy after having had a breast lift, please contact our office for more information about what specific precautions need to be taken during pregnancy and how long it will take for your breasts to return to their pre-pregnancy appearance.
Breast shapes are different from person to person
Breast shapes vary from person to person, even if they are similar in size and weight. Some women have flatter chests while others have more rounded ones. This is why each woman needs a different kind of breast lift procedure that can fit their body perfectly and make them look their best in no time!
Breast Lift Can Help Improve Your Self Confidence
Breast lift can help improve your self confidence as it improves the shape of your breasts. You don’t have to worry about wearing low-cut dresses or tops anymore because your breasts will have an appealing shape and size.
Breast lifts are not always necessary
A breast lift can be done on its own, but other times it may be combined with other procedures such as breast augmentation (adding volume) or reduction (reducing volume). Because breast lifts are performed to improve the appearance of sagging or droopy breasts, they are often used to correct the effects of pregnancy, childbirth and weight loss/gain.
The reasons women get a breast lift vary
Some women may have had significant weight loss or pregnancy, which can cause sagging and stretch marks. Others may have developed a condition called ptosis, which makes the breasts sag as they age. Still others want to improve their appearance after having children or breast augmentation surgery.
You’ll need lots of support during recovery.
Breast lifts can leave scars on your breasts, though they’re usually small and unnoticeable. The incisions will be made around the nipple and areola (the dark area around your nipple) and under the armpits, so these areas may be tender for weeks after surgery. You’ll also have swelling for several days or weeks afterward, which can make it difficult to move around or do daily activities like exercise or washing dishes without hurting yourself.
Breast implants may not be right for you.
A breast lift doesn’t always require implants — but if you want larger breasts, you may need an implant placed below your new breast fold after the procedure. This means that there will be an additional incision site on your chest wall, which increases the risk of complications such as infection or bleeding. And if you have a more modest amount of sagging or unevenness, an implant might make your breasts look unnatural or disproportionate. It’s also possible that the implant could move out of place over time, requiring another operation to fix it.
Your nipple sensation may change.
If you’re considering getting a breast lift, it’s important to know that one side effect of the procedure is that it can reduce nipple sensation on one or both sides after surgery. This means that you might not feel your nipple as much as you did before surgery — or at all — or that it might feel different when touched or when something rubs against it (like clothing). This loss of sensation may last for several weeks or months after surgery but will eventually go away as your breasts heal and regain their normal shape.
You should choose a surgeon with a lot of experience doing breast lifts.
This will ensure that you get the best possible outcome from your surgery. Look for someone who has performed hundreds or thousands of procedures rather than just one or two. If possible, ask for references from other patients who have had similar procedures and see if they’ve had any problems after surgery.
Think carefully about your goals.
A breast lift is intended to restore perkiness to breasts that have sagged after pregnancy or weight loss, but it won’t give you bigger breasts or raise them if they were already fairly high on your chest wall before pregnancy. That’s why it’s important to know what kind of result you want before consulting a surgeon: A lifted look with no change in size; a lifted look with some increase in size; or just an overall improvement in shape and contour (and maybe also a small increase in cup size).
A breast lift does not change the size of your breasts.
Breast lifts are designed to reposition sagging breasts and reshape them into a perkier shape. They can also be used to tighten droopy nipples. However, they do not increase the size of your breasts. If you want bigger breasts, consider getting implants or having fat transferred from other parts of your body into your chest area.
You’ll need to avoid exercise for a while.
If you do get a breast lift, you will probably be advised to avoid strenuous exercise for about six weeks after the procedure. During this time, your breasts will be healing and swollen, so it’s best to give them a break from physical activity until they have fully recovered. You should also wait until at least three months after the surgery to resume full-body workouts in which you use weights above your head or push-ups (which put pressure on the breasts). If possible, try to wait even longer before engaging in these types of workouts.
You may have some numbness in your nipples after surgery.
Numbness is common in nipple sensation after breast lift surgery, particularly if any nerve endings were damaged during surgery or if there was not enough skin available to cover the nipple area after tissue removal. This may last anywhere from several weeks to a few months or longer as the nerves heal and reconnect themselves correctly. In most cases, however, it will eventually go away on its own without any treatment needed from your surgeon or doctor (although sometimes local anesthetic creams can be prescribed by your doctor if needed).
Your nipples will look different, probably in a good way!
Your nipples are attached to the breast tissue by a layer of skin called the areola. During breast lift surgery, the nipple and areola tissue is repositioned higher on your chest wall to give them more volume and projection. This means that they may be smaller than they were before surgery, but they should be better-looking than before (less saggy and more perkier).
Understand the purpose of a breast lift
Breast lifts can improve the look of your breasts by making them firmer, more youthful and/or more symmetrical. A breast lift is often performed at the same time as a breast augmentation (implants). However, if you don’t want implants, your doctor may recommend a mastopexy alone — an operation that reshapes the nipple and areola (darkened area around the nipple) — or a mastopexy with reduction — an operation that removes excess breast skin and tissue along with the nipple and areola.
Communicate your goals with your doctor.
Before undergoing any cosmetic surgery, it’s important to discuss what kind of results you hope to achieve with your doctor. Make sure you have realistic expectations about how much improvement is possible. Your doctor can also help you determine whether surgery is right for you based on factors such as age, health status and other medical conditions.
Know what kind of surgery will work best for you
There are two main types of breast lifts: an anchor lift or a peri-areolar (donut) lift. The anchor lift uses the same incision as an augmentation but moves the anchor point higher on the breast fold so there is more skin above it for lifting. With this approach, there is less scarring in front of the nipple area, but because more skin needs to be removed from behind it, there may be more visible scars after healing takes place than with donut lifts.
Consider a breast reduction, too.
If you have large breasts that cause back pain or interfere with everyday activities, then talk with your doctor about getting a breast reduction surgery as well as a lift. Sometimes these two procedures are combined into one complex operation called mastopexy–augmentation mammoplasty.
Know the difference between a breast lift and breast augmentation
Breast lifts — also known as mastopexy — can be done on women with sagging breasts, or those who have lost weight after pregnancy or a weight loss regimen. The goal is to raise and tighten the skin of your breasts, making them perkier and more youthful looking. Breast augmentations are procedures that add volume to your breasts, usually through implants placed in pockets beneath the surface of your chest wall. If you want larger breasts, then a breast augmentation may be right for you.