A breast lift is a surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon to change the shape of your breasts. During a breast lift, excess skin is removed and breast tissue is reshaped to raise the breasts. A breast lift won't significantly change the size of your breasts. However, a breast lift can be done in combination with breast augmentation or breast reduction.
As you get older, your breasts change — losing elasticity and firmness. There are many causes for these kinds of breast changes, including pregnancy, weight fluctuations and gravity.
When you need a treatment of breast lift;
- Your breasts sag as they've lost shape and volume, or they've gotten flatter and longer.
- when your breasts are unsupported.
- Your nipples and areolae point downward.
- Your areolae have stretched out of proportion to your breasts.
- One of your breasts falls lower than the other.
While a breast lift can be done on breasts of any size, women with smaller sagging breasts will likely have longer lasting results. Larger breasts are heavier, which makes them more likely to sag again.
How you prepare
- Review your medical history. Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions. Tell the doctor if you have a family history of breast cancer. Share the results of any mammograms or breast biopsies.
- Talk about any medications you're taking or have taken recently, as well as any surgeries you've had.
- Do a physical exam. To determine your treatment options, the doctor will examine your breasts including the position of your nipples and areolae.
- He or she will also consider the quality of your skin tone. Breast skin that has good tone will hold the breasts in a better position after a breast lift. The doctor might also take pictures of your breasts for your medical record.
- Discuss your expectations. Explain why you want a breast lift and what you're hoping for in terms of appearance after the procedure. Make sure you understand the risks and benefits, including scarring and changes in nipple or breast sensation.
Techniques used to remove breast skin and reshape breast tissue vary. The specific technique your plastic surgeon chooses will determine the location of the incisions and the resulting scars.Your doctor might place stitches deep within your breasts to reshape your breast tissue and, if necessary, reduce the size of your areolae. He or she will remove excess breast skin and shift the nipples to higher positions. Then your doctor will bring together the breast skin and close the incisions with stitches, surgical tape or skin adhesives. The procedure typically takes two to three hours, and you can go home on the same day
Continue to wear the surgical support bra round-the-clock for three or four days. Then you'll wear a soft support bra for three or four weeks. Your doctor might suggest using silicone tape or gel on your incisions to promote healing. While you're healing, keep your breasts out of the sun. Afterward, protect your incisions during sun exposure.