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A breast lift at BeautyFix Plastic Surgery is an invasive surgical procedure that changes the shape of a person’s breasts, which can increase their confidence. During the procedure, your surgeon will remove excess skin and manipulate the breast tissue to create a new shape you’ll love!
A breast lift is a common way for women to boost their confidence and improve the appearance of their breasts by altering the shape but not the size. Sometimes a breast lift is also performed with a breast augmentation or a breast reduction if the patient wants to alter the size, not just the shape. During the surgery, the surgeon may place stitches inside the breasts as a way to reshape the tissue. The surgeon can also reduce the size of the areola during a breast lift if desired.
There are many different methods to reshape the breasts during a breast lift. Our surgeons will work with you to create a customized plan for your breast lift that will leave you with results that you are happy with. Your surgeon may make incisions are the areolae, vertically from the areolae down to the crease under the breast, or horizontally along the creases under the breast. Each technique will result in different scars, so it is important to make sure you understand what kind of incisions your surgeon is planning to make.
As a person ages, their skin becomes less elastic and the firmness of their breasts decreases, which can result in a sagging appearance that may make someone feel insecure. A breast lift is intended to rejuvenate the breasts through the removal of excess skin and manipulation of breast tissue. Breast lifts are a common element of a mommy makeover due to the toll pregnancy and breastfeeding can take on the breasts. They are also commonly performed after drastic weight changes that caused the skin to stretch.
A good candidate for a breast lift is someone that is in good health and does not plan on becoming pregnant in the future. Future pregnancies and breastfeeding can cause additional sagging and loss of elasticity in the breasts, so it is recommended that patients considering a breast lift wait until they are done having children and breastfeeding.
Following the surgery, the breasts will be bruised and swollen, which will typically last about two weeks. The nipples, areolae and breast skin may feel numb for up to six weeks. In some cases, drainage tubes are placed near the incisions, which would be removed after the first few days. A surgical support bra will likely need to be worn for the first few days before switching to a softer support bra.
Most breast lifts will leave behind scars, although scarless lifts are possible on women with very minimal sagging. As a general rule, breasts with heavier sagging will require morse incisions and as a result more noticeable scarring. Typically, the scarring from a breast lift can be concealed even in swimsuits. Wearing sunscreen and following your surgeon’s aftercare instructions can ensure that your scars heal as best as possible.
A breast lift does not change the size of a person’s breasts because there are no implants involved in the procedure. A breast lift can, however, be combined with a breast augmentation procedure to lift the breasts and increase their size. A breast lift can also be combined with a breast reduction procedure if the patient wants to reduce the size of their breasts. Sometimes a patient may feel that their breasts look smaller after a breast lift where no reduction is performed. This is due to the firming and tightening of the breast tissue and skin.
As with all surgeries, there are risks that must be considered. Breast asymmetry is a risk that comes with getting a breast lift. In rare instances, a breast lift can result in partial or total loss of the areola or nipples. The best way to reduce risk is to go to a reputable surgeon with experience performing breast lifts.
You will see results from the breast lift immediately following the surgery, but the new shape will fully settle after a few months.
Results may not be permanent as a patient continues to age and their skin reduces elasticity. Patients with heavier breasts may notice future sagging even after a lift. Maintaining a stable weight will extend the length of the results and ensure they last as long as they can. Typically, the results of a breast lift lasts about 10-15 years. In some instances, however, they can last even longer.
A breast lift typically takes two to three hours to complete. The patient is able to go home the same day they receive the surgery.