Breast Lift

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What Is A Breast Lift?

The breast lift procedure is a great option for patients looking to restore a firmer, perkier shape to breasts that have sagged, either due to aging, pregnancy/breastfeeding, or recent weight loss. A youthful breast shape is achieved by removing excess stretched skin, reshaping the existing breast tissue, and raising the nipple placement. Some patients will also choose to have their areola size reduced during the procedure as well.

Benefits Of A Breast Lift

Is a Breast Lift Right for Me?

As women age, the breast tissue will naturally start to stretch, leading to sagging breasts. Additionally, pregnancy and/or breastfeeding can trigger a change in breast shape and position. Some patients have just always had sagging breasts since puberty. No matter what your case, breast lifts are a fantastic procedure for those looking to enhance the shape and position of their breasts. Some patients experience downward-pointing nipples, due to stretched out skin and sagging breast tissue. Part of the breast lift procedure involves re-positioning the nipples to be more forward-facing, so a breast lift may be a good fit. Breast lifts can also help provide symmetry to your breasts if they are uneven in size or position. Another way to tell if a breast lift may be the right fit for you involves the position of the nipple/areola in relation to the natural breast crease. If the nipple/areola sits beneath the natural breast crease, this could be an indication that there is enough breast sagging to warrant a breast lift. If you’re looking to increase/decrease the size of your breasts as well, a breast lift procedure done in conjunction with a breast augmentation or reduction might be the right option for you.

The Breast Lift Procedure

Breast lifts can be performed a number of different ways, depending on your unique situation and desired results. Dr. Stiller will work with you to determine the best technique for your specific concerns, based on your existing breast tissue, the amount of excess skin that will need to be excised, and your own personal goals.

 

For minimal sagging, a crescent lift may be utilized, which involves a small incision around the top half edge of the areola. For more mild sagging, a peri-areolar or “donut” lift may be the right way to go. This technique utilizes a circular incision that runs around the edge of the areola, resulting in a camouflaged scar. This technique can also be advantageous if you are looking to reduce the areola size.

 

Moderate sagging breasts that need more extensive shaping may benefit from a “lollipop” lift that uses 2 incisions – one around the edge of the areola and one that runs vertically down from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold, thus creating a “lollipop” shape.

 

For more significant sagging and dramatic reshaping, the “anchor” lift is typically used. The anchor lift involves 3 incisions: one around the edge of the areola, one vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and one along the breast crease itself. The 3 incisions allow Dr. Stiller to better reshape and correct extensive sagging. While this technique involves more incisions, the scars typically fade over time with proper scar care and are easily hidden by a bikini top.

 

Some patients choose to have a breast augmentation performed at the same time of their breast lift, allowing them to achieve a more fuller, larger breast shape and reduced sagging all in one procedure. Be sure to discuss in detail both your concerns and desired results with Dr. Stiller during your consultation so he can best choose the right technique for you.

Recovering From Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lifts are an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia, so you will be able to go home after your surgery. Most patients experience soreness and swelling after breast lift surgery, so Dr. Stiller will discuss a pain management regimen to keep you comfortable as you heal. It’s important to avoid strenuous activity the first few days after surgery and limit exercise (other than walking) the first 2-6 weeks after your procedure. Many patients are able to return to work within the first week following their surgery and can resume daily activities after about a week. Dr. Stiller will provide detailed recovery instructions following your surgery so you can achieve optimal healing.

Breast Lift Results

The breast lift is a safe and rewarding procedure that provides long-lasting results, but it is important to know that certain life events, such as pregnancy or significant weight fluctuations, can negatively affect your results. If you plan to become pregnant or are trying to lose weight, it may be best to wait until after your pregnancy or weight loss to have your breast lift.

While you will notice an immediate change in the shape and positioning of your breasts, optimal results will be achieved a few months post-surgery.