Regional Plastic Surgery Center

Breast Lift

Many women are content with their breast size, but would like to elevate their breasts and achieve a firmer, perkier appearance. Pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and aging can stretch and deflate the breasts, causing unwanted drooping and noticeable aesthetic changes. Our plastic surgeons at Regional Plastic Surgery Center & Spa are experienced in a variety of breast lift techniques that can address a number of breast concerns. With a breast lift our surgeons can remove excess skin, recontour the breasts, elevate them on the chest wall, and reshape/reposition the nipples if necessary. Each breast lift they perform is customized to address the unique needs and goals of each patient for optimal results.

What Is Breast Lift Surgery?

A breast lift is a surgical procedure designed to address skin laxity and excess skin that causes the breasts to sag or droop. The shape of the breasts can also be improved with a breast lift, though the size of the breasts will not be increased. For women who are happy with the size of their breasts, but unhappy with breast sagging or loss of breast shape, a breast lift can elevate the position of the breasts and nipples to a more youthful position.

Breast Lift with Augmentation

breast3-2If you are dissatisfied with both the shape and size of your breasts, we can enhance the size of your breasts by combining two cosmetic breast surgeries into one. It is common for breast lift to be performed in conjunction with breast enlargement in a procedure called breast augmentation mastopexy (BAM), which means a breast lift with augmentation. This particular procedure is often requested as part of a full mommy makeover treatment plan, which is designed to restore a woman’s pre-baby figure after childbirth through various cosmetic procedures and treatments.

Breast Lift Surgery Consultation

Each breast lift patient at Regional Plastic Surgery Center & Spa starts with a one-on-one consultation with her cosmetic surgeon prior surgery. The breast lift consultation is extremely important. From this conversation, our cosmetic surgeon will be able to determine which breast lift technique should be used and if other cosmetic breast procedures may be necessary to  meet the patient’s goals and expectations.

Evaluation of the Breasts

As part of the breast lift consultation, our plastic surgeon evaluates current breast shape and skin elasticity. Breast lift patients who are planning to lose a significant amount of weight or who are trying to become pregnant should tell their plastic surgeon. Both weight loss and pregnancy significantly affect breast shape.

Your Medical History

During the breast lift consultation, our patients should candidly discuss their medical history, including any previous breast surgeries, mammography results, and any family history of breast cancer. Our patients should fully explain to their cosmetic surgeon how they expect their breasts to look after the breast lift procedure.

Your Breast Lift Surgery Treatment Plan

There are many techniques available for breast lift. Our cosmetic surgeons will use the information provided during the consultation and the results of the breast examination to determine the most appropriate breast lift techniques for each individual patient. Our plastic surgeons may recommend other body contouring procedures, such as liposuction and abdominoplasty to provide patients with results that meet their expectations.

The Breast Lift Surgery Procedure

Breast lift surgery performed at Regional Plastic Surgery Center is an outpatient procedure that involves anesthesia. Although techniques vary, typically our cosmetic surgeon makes incisions along the breast’s natural contour and the new nipple location. Excess skin is removed. The areola and nipple are moved to the new location. If the sagging breast caused the areola to stretch and enlarge, the areola is made smaller. Most patients retain sensation in the nipple area and should be able to breastfeed. The remaining skin is pulled taught and stitched closed.

What to Expect for Breast Lift Recovery

A few hours after surgery, patients are typically released to a friend or family member to return home. You MUST have someone available to drive you home after surgery. It is important that you have another responsible person available to assist you for the first two to three days after surgery. It is extremely important that you take short walks every one to two hours in you home up until bedtime to prevent clots in the legs including THE NIGHT OF SURGERY! Any post-surgical discomfort can be effectively managed with medication and typically fades after several days. Patients generally return for a post-operative appointment a few days after surgery. You can decide not to wear a bra. If you choose to wear a bra, it should be a loose-fitting, non-underwire bra for the first six weeks after surgery.

What Will My Breast Lift Scars Look Like?

Our plastic surgeons are well-trained in breast surgery techniques that can minimize the visibility of postoperative scarring. While it is not possible to achieve a surgical breast lift without scars, the incisions can be placed in inconspicuous areas or concealed altogether. The prominence of breast lift scars should also significantly diminish over time. Each breast lift is customized to meet the needs of the patient, and the size and location of your scars will depend upon your custom-tailored surgical plan:

Crescent Mastopexy

Also known as a half-moon incision, your plastic surgeon will conceal the incision along the upper border of the areola.

Peri-Areolar Mastopexy

Sometimes referred to as a “Doughnut Mastopexy,” your plastic surgeon will make an incision along the entire border of the areola that should be barely noticeable once the healing process is complete.

“Lollipop” Mastopexy

Also known as a Vertical Breast Lift, your plastic surgeon will make an incision around the areola that then extends down toward the crease beneath the breast. The placement of this incision allows the scar to be easily concealed with a bra or bikini top.

Full Mastopexy

A Full Mastopexy has many alternative names, including Anchor Mastopexy, Wise Pattern Mastopexy, and Inverted T-Incision Mastopexy. The incision used is identical to a Lollipop Mastopexy, with the addition of an incision that is concealed along the crease beneath the breast. This incision type allows for the greatest lift and can still be easily covered with a bra or bikini top.

Is a Breast Lift Without Surgery Possible?

Many women ask our plastic surgeons at Regional Plastic Surgery Center if there is a way to elevate the position of the breasts without surgery. While there are a number of exercises that can tone the chest muscles, there are no breast lift exercises that can address issues of skin laxity or excess skin. Some women who exercise in an attempt to elevate the position of the breasts may find that any resulting weight loss can actually cause the breasts to sag or droop to an even greater degree. A breast lift is the most effective way to rejuvenate the appearance of sagging breasts because it can be customized to surgically correct many key signs of aging breasts, and improve overall breast shape and symmetry.

Breast Lift Surgery Results

The results achieved with breast lift surgery are typically long-lasting; however, the breasts will continue to age. Women with larger, heavier breasts may experience the aging process more rapidly than those with smaller breasts. Long after breast lift, some women opt to undergo a follow-up breast lift to correct for the visible effects of gravity and aging.

Our cosmetic surgeons at Regional Plastic Surgery Center will explain the entire breast lift procedure prior to your breast lift surgery. Most breast lift patients are extremely happy with the results of their surgery and enjoy a more fulfilling life.

If you would like to learn more about breast lift, please contact Regional Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation. One of our plastic surgeons will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the most appropriate breast lift approach for your body type and aesthetic concerns. As breast lift and cosmetic breast surgery specialists, our surgeons have many years of experience helping women realize their dreams of beautiful, proportionate bust lines.