A breast lift raises and reshapes sagging breasts by removing excess skin and repositioning remaining tissue and nipples, for women whose breasts have lost substance and shape, are pendulous, or have nipples that are directed down.
Breast lift addresses breast sag resulting from genetics, pregnancy and nursing, substantial weight fluctuations or the natural aging process. The procedure removes loose, excess skin from the breast area and raises the breasts higher up on the chest wall for a more youthful appearance. The breasts are reshaped as necessary to achieve a more beautiful shape. Downward-pointing nipples are also moved higher up onto the breasts for a more youthful appearance.
Saggy breasts, can result from a number of factors including genetics, fluctuations in weight, pregnancy and the natural aging process. But no matter what the cause is, the result is usually the same: sagging, deflated and shapeless breasts.
Breast lift surgery, or mastopexy, is a great option for women who are unhappy with the position and/or shape of their breasts. During a breast lift, loose, excess skin that no longer contracts well over the breasts will be removed and the breasts and nipples will be reshaped and lifted as needed to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing position and appearance.
The board-certified plastic surgeons at Franciscan Health are trained and skilled in performing breast lift surgery. Because no two patients are alike, these surgeons create individualized treatment plans so each patient can achieve natural-looking and attractive results.
Ideal breast lift candidates are women who:
In some cases, breast lift is not enough to restore volume to the breasts. Women who desire a substantial boost in breast size can combine breast lift with implants. It is important for patients to be completely transparent with their plastic surgeon about their aesthetic concerns and goals. This information helps determine various aspects of the procedure including whether implants should be placed as well as which incision pattern produces less scarring and the most aesthetically pleasing results.
Breast lift is an outpatient procedure, performed under general anesthesia. To begin, the plastic surgeon creates the incision on the breast. He or she will remove excess skin and fat from the breast before tightening the remaining skin and supporting tissue structures. The plastic surgeon may also reshape the breast to create a more attractive appearance. The surgeon will then move the breast to a more aesthetically pleasing location on the chest wall. If the patient’s areola is large, the surgeon will remove some of the skin on the outer border of the areola to reduce its size. The nipple will then be moved to a higher and more central position on the breast. The surgeon keeps the nipple attached to the underlying tissues to maintain nipple sensation. For a breast lift with implants combination procedure, the breast surgeon will place the implants into a breast pocket created before closing the incisions with dissolvable sutures. The surgeon will then dress the breasts with bandages and a surgical bra for support as the breasts heal.
Immediately after surgery, patients will be moved into a recovery room to rest while the anesthesia wears off. Once cleared by medical staff, patients will be released into care of an adult so they can recover in the comfort of their own home. Breast lift patients should expect to take one week off from their normal routine, including work. Rest is key in the initial recovery period. Resuming vigorous exercise, bending or lifting heavy objects before getting the doctor’s consent can result in complications.
Initially, the breasts may feel tender, sore or numb. The plastic surgeon can prescribe pain medication to alleviate these effects. Swelling and bruising are also normal and temporary. Follow-up appointments are key in order to monitor the patient’s healing progress and to ensure a safe and quick recovery.