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.
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. If you’re looking to increase/decrease the size of your breasts as well, a breast lift procedure can be done in conjunction with a breast augmentation or reduction.
A breast lift procedure entails Dr. Stiller lifting and reshaping the breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples. The first type of breast lift is an anchor breast lift which includes an incision around the areola, a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and a horizontal incision across the breast crease. This pattern is usually necessary for women who need a significant breast lift. The next is a lollipop, or circumvertical breast lift, that includes an incision around the areola and a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. There is no horizontal incision under the crease. This is possible only for women who need a moderate breast lift. The last is called a benelli, or peri-areaolar, breast lift which requires an incision around the areola only. This technique is only possible for women who have very mild sagging.
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 help you to achieve your goals.
For your Cosmetic Surgery, cash pay procedures, your surgery will be performed at our own on-site AAAASF accredited surgery center at our Stiller Aesthetics office. Our operating room is fully equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
A breast lift is an outpatient procedure, so after a short period of recovery time, you will go home the same day. Recovery after a breast lift can vary between patients however, most patients recover very well. When you wake up from surgery, you will be in a compression bra which we advise to wear the first 2 weeks all the time followed by 2 more weeks during times of activity. You can expect bruising, swelling and a feeling of tightness for about 2-3 weeks. Majority of swelling will improve by 3 months.
You will be provided with detailed post-operative instructions upon completion of your procedure. If at any time you should have any questions or concerns after surgery, please contact our practice immediately.
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. A breast lift is a 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 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.