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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Breast Lift

During a breast lift sagging breasts are lifted, giving them a more youthful appearance.  As a woman gets older, her skin can lose some of its elasticity, which can cause her breasts to lose their firmness.  A breast lift may also be completed in conjunction with breast augmentation.

Reasons for Considering a Breast Lift:

  • Elevate sagging breasts
  • Firm the breasts if they have lost substance due to breast-feeding.
  • Align the nipples if they point in different directions.

About the Procedure

The procedure usually will take one and a half to three hours.  The most common procedure requires an incision along the underside of the breast that curves around the area where skin will be removed.  When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple, and areola are moved into a higher position.  The skin surrounding the areola is brought down and together to reshape the breast.

Some patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may be candidates for modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions.  One such procedure is the “doughnut (or concentric) mastopexy” in which circular incisions are made around the areola and a doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed.  Recent innovations in breast lift techniques include minimal incision techniques and nipple sensation reducing procedures.

If the patient is having an implant inserted along with the breast lift, the implant will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue or under the muscle of the chest wall.

Recovery Period

Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and recovery time.  Bandages are applied right after surgery to aid the healing process and to minimize movement of the breasts.   Once the bandages are removed, the patient will need to wear a specialized surgical bra for several weeks.  Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated with oral medication.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize potential problems by carefully following the post-operative directions given by the surgeon.

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