What is a Breast Lift?
Pregnancy, weight fluctuations, and aging can cause a woman’s breasts to droop and appear deflated. Breast lift surgery (mastopexy) 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 firmer breasts.
Women can achieve their cosmetic goals by seeking breast lift surgery with Dr. Constantino Mendieta, a board-certified plastic surgeon dedicated to upholding the highest level of surgical quality and patient safety.
Ideal Breast Lift Candidates
During your private consultation, Dr. Mendieta will assess your condition and determine the best approach to address your needs.
Ideal candidates for a mastopexy can relate to one or more of the following concerns:
- Sagging or drooping breasts
- Deflated breasts
- A shapeless or uneven bustline
- Stretched areolas
- Downward-facing nipples
Excessive weight gain following a breast lift can reverse many of the benefits. Therefore, prospective candidates should be in good health and at a stable weight they feel comfortable with.
Breast Lift Options
Mastopexy is completely customized to meet the 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, one the following techniques may be used.
Two circumferential incisions are created around the areolas, through which excess skin is removed and the areolas can be reduced.
One incision is created around the areolas, and a second incision is placed vertically down the breasts to the inframammary fold. The breast tissue is repositioned, areolas can be reduced, and excess skin is removed, as necessary.
The lollipop 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.
The anchor technique is the most extensive and is best for patients who suffer from severe breast ptosis (sagging).
What to Expect After a Breast Lift
How Long Does It Take to Recover From a Breast Lift?
Patients can expect some bruising, swelling, and discomfort following their surgery. After a few days, it should be easier to move around comfortably, but strenuous activity must be avoided for at least three weeks. Patients must wear a support bra for the first few weeks of recovery to support the breasts as they heal.
Most patients will experience mild to moderate discomfort following their surgery. These symptoms can be treated with prescription medications as needed.
When Can I Exercise After My Breast Lift?
We usually recommend that patients perform light activities such as walking as soon as they feel comfortable. This can help with blood flow, which speeds healing and reduces the chance of complications during recovery.
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.
When Will I See My Breast Lift Results?
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 and allow you to see your results.
Any scarring that develops is likely to fade over time and blend into the surrounding healthy tissue.
How Long Does a Breast Lift Last?
While a breast lift will permanently alter the shape of your breasts, it will not keep your breasts from continuing to age and stretch over time. However, it can delay this process. Even after many years, most patients find that their breasts look younger than if they had not undergone the procedure.
Patients who gain and lose a significant amount of weight after surgery may find that their results fade faster. Alternatively, patients with a healthy and active lifestyle who maintain a stable weight may find their results last longer.
Breast Lift FAQs
How much is a breast lift?
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 a breast lift, including the extent of correction required, surgical technique used, anesthesia fees, and surgical fees.
Your surgeon will provide an accurate breast lift cost for your unique surgical plan during your consultation.
How can I prepare for my breast lift surgery?
First, you need to undergo a 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 because the tissues are condensed and tightened, but they remain about the same volume.
Patients who want to increase their breast size may want to consider a breast lift with implants to achieve their desired results.
Will a breast lift reduce the size of my breasts?
A breast lift does not remove excess tissue from within the breasts like a breast reduction procedure. However, many patients find that after surgery, they end up wearing smaller bras. This is because a breast lift tightens the tissues and removes excess skin, which causes the breasts to become more compact. This makes the breast perkier but can also reduce the apparent size of the breasts.
Patients with overly large, sagging breasts may benefit from a breast reduction and lift.
Is there an age limit for breast lift surgery?
Technically, there is no age limit on breast lift surgery. However, our surgeons recommend that patients wait to undergo any breast surgery until their breasts are fully developed. This usually occurs between the ages of 16 to 21. Undergoing a lift before the patient’s breasts are fully developed can be harmful and generally does not produce ideal results.
There is also no technical upper limit to the age one can get a breast lift. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if you are a candidate.
Can I combine other procedures with my breast lift?
Breast lift surgery is often performed as a standalone procedure to treat specific concerns. However, it may also be performed in concert with other surgical and non-surgical procedures to address multiple concerns during a single operation.
Procedures commonly combined with breast lift surgery include:
- Breast augmentation surgery
- Breast reduction surgery
- Breast revision surgery (most commonly with implant removal)
- Fat transfer to the breasts