Who Can Benefit From Breast Lift Surgery?
Pregnancy and breastfeeding take a dramatic toll on a woman’s breasts. Changes in hormone levels and lactation cause the breasts to enlarge and decompress quickly, which can result in stretched tissue. Breast lift surgery corrects breast ptosis related to pregnancy and breastfeeding, producing a firmer and more attractive bustline.
Post-Weight Loss Breasts
Significant weight loss often causes the breasts to lose volume and perkiness. Patients can improve the appearance of deflated, droopy breasts and complement their new physique by opting for breast lift surgery. Some patients can obtain optimal breast enhancement results by combining their breast lift with breast augmentation.
Over time, the body’s tissues begin to lose elasticity. Most individuals experience sagging in various parts of the body, including the breasts. The natural aging process can cause the breasts to become saggy and tubular. If you choose to undergo breast lift surgery to correct breast ptosis, you can restore your breasts to a more youthful shape and position.
Breast Lift Surgery Techniques
This technique is also known as a “donut” lift. Two concentric incisions are created around the edges of the areolas, through which excess skin is removed. These incisions are typically closed using permanent sutures. The periareolar technique is ideal for patients with mild to moderate breast ptosis.
This incision is placed along the lower breast crease in the natural breast fold where the breast skin meets the chest. A pocket is created, and the implant is inserted. Because the breast implant is placed on the bottom in the natural crease, most scarring blends in and cannot be seen.
Patients with downward-facing nipples or enlarged areolas may be candidates for nipple-areolar adjustment. This technique involves the repositioning and resizing of the nipple-areolar complex to restore them to a smaller and more pleasing appearance.
Breast Lift With Augmentation
Patients who wish to add volume to their breasts and address skin laxity may want to consider combining their breast lift with augmentation. While breast augmentation does provide a small degree of lifting, the most comprehensive approach involves performing augmentation in conjunction with a breast lift.
You will be instructed to wear a sports bra during the initial four to six weeks of recovery. An underwire bra should be avoided during this time. Your dressings and sutures will be removed one week after surgery so that you may begin massaging your breasts to soften the tissues. The majority of the swelling and bruising usually resolves within one month. Most patients can return to work one week after surgery depending on the physical demands of their job. Strenuous activity and exercise should be avoided for six weeks.
The incisions created during breast lift surgery are placed in inconspicuous locations that can be hidden with clothing. Any incision lines will fade over time.
The cost of your breast lift will vary depending on surgical, facility, and anesthesia fees. You will receive a detailed quote from Dr. Andreasen after your consultation. Qualifying patients are eligible for financing options. Dr. Andreasen receives patients from all over Southern California, mainly from the Inland Empire, Riverside, Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga areas.
You can expect some mild discomfort and soreness during the first few days after surgery. Pain can be managed using medication as prescribed by Dr. Andreasen.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do the results of breast lift surgery last?
Breast lift Surgery results are generally considered permanent. However, subsequent pregnancies, breastfeeding, and weight fluctuations can alter the results of your procedure. Patients with larger and heavier breasts are also more prone to recurrence of breast ptosis or sagging.
What are the risks associated with breast lift surgery?
Some of the potential complications that will be discussed with you during your consultation may include:
- Changes in nipple or breast sensation
At what age should I undergo breast lift surgery?
Although breast lift surgery can be performed at any age, it is best to wait until breast development is complete.