What is a Breast Lift?
Pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and aging can cause a woman’s breasts to droop and appear deflated. Breast lift surgery is a procedure that corrects sagging breasts by reshaping and restoring them to a more youthful position. With this technique, excess skin can also be removed, and the remaining tissues are tightened to create a firmer surface. Women can achieve their cosmetic goals by seeking breast lift surgery with Dr. Constantino Mendieta, a board-certified plastic surgeon who is dedicated to upholding the highest level of surgical quality and patient safety.
During your private consultation, Dr. Mendieta will assess your condition and determine the best approach to address your needs. Ideal candidates for breast lift surgery can relate to any of the following concerns:
- Sagging or drooping breasts
- Deflated breasts
- A shapeless or uneven bustline
- Stretched areolas
Breast Lift Options
Breast lift surgery is completely customized to meet every patient’s individual needs and aesthetic goals. This outpatient procedure is typically performed using general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and safety. Rather than adding fullness to the breasts, breast lift surgery repositions the existing tissue and removes compromised skin to create a perkier and more youthful bust. Depending on the extent of correction required, patients may choose between several breast lift techniques.
Two circumferential incisions are created around the areolas, through which excess skin is removed, and the areolas can be reduced. This technique is ideal for patients with minimal sagging of the breasts.
One incision is created around the areolas, and a second incision is placed vertically down the breast to the inframammary fold. The breast tissue is repositioned, areolas can be reduced, and excess skin is removed, as necessary. This technique is ideal for patients who have moderate sagging of the breasts.
The anchor technique involves creating three incisions on the breasts. The first encircles the areolas, the second runs vertically down the breasts to the inframammary fold, and the last follows horizontally along the breast crease. This is the more extensive of the three breast lift techniques and is best for patients who suffer from severe breast ptosis or sagging.
Patients can expect some bruising, swelling, and discomfort following their breast lift surgery. After a few days, it should be easier to move around comfortably, but strenuous activity must be avoided for at least three weeks. A support bra must be worn for the first few weeks of recovery to support the breasts as they heal.
You should be able to resume your regular exercise routine in 7 to 10 days. It is recommended that you slowly ease your body into more strenuous activities, such as weightlifting.
It may take a few weeks for the breasts to settle into their final shape after breast lift surgery. Residual swelling can linger for several weeks, but it should subside significantly after four weeks. Any scarring that develops is likely to fade over time and blend into the surrounding healthy tissue. The effects of this procedure are considered permanent, but subsequent weight fluctuations, pregnancies, or aging may alter the results.
Breast Lift FAQs
How much does breast lift surgery cost?
Each breast lift procedure is tailored to the patient’s individual needs, so the price varies by case. Several factors contribute to the final cost of the procedure, including the extent of correction required, surgical technique used, anesthesia fees, and surgical fees. An accurate cost for your unique surgical plan will be calculated during your first consultation.
What are the risks associated with breast lift surgery?
Fortunately, complications after breast lift surgery are uncommon. However, because all major surgeries come with risks, some of the potential complications include:
- Bleeding or hematoma
- Changes in nipple sensation
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
How can I prepare for my breast lift surgery?
First, you need to undergo a full medical evaluation from a certified, experienced surgeon and schedule a mammogram. It is also imperative to quit using tobacco products, anti-inflammatory medications, and certain supplements for several weeks before and after your procedure. Be sure to make arrangements to have a friend or relative drive you home after surgery and assist you during the initial stage of recovery.
Will breast lift surgery make my breasts larger?
Breast lift surgery is designed to address sagging tissue and restore the breasts to a perky and lifted position. They may appear smaller after surgery, but they remain about the same size. Patients who want more breast volume may want to consider breast augmentation to achieve their desired results.