Many people have heard of breast augmentation, but for women who are interested in elevating their breasts rather than enlarging them, a lift procedure can correct a sagging appearance.
Breast lifts are surgical procedures designed to lift sagging, deflated breasts to a higher position, and reposition the areolas. Many women have breasts that droop or sit lower than they would like, especially mothers and women over the age of 40.
What Causes Sagging Breasts?
Sagging breasts can result from pregnancy, breastfeeding, hormonal changes, weight loss, age, or genetics. A lift is a great option for women who want to tone and/or restore symmetry to their breasts, as well as look and feel more youthful.
Breast lifts can be combined with other procedures, such as breast augmentation, to create more dramatic, personalized results. Breast lifts are almost always used in Mommy Makeovers.
A surgical breast lift is the only permanent solution to sagging breasts. With a breast lift, underlying tissues, fat, and skin are pulled upwards, and “deflated” breasts become a thing of the past.
The procedure also involves surgically moving the areolas to a higher position. Excess skin and fat may be removed. Often, clients receive breast implants at the same time to enhance their results.
After the lift is complete, the incisions are closed with dissolvable sutures. Special strips and bandages are applied to protect these areas during the healing process.
Breast lifts are an out-patient procedure. They typically take less than 3 hours and are conducted under general anesthesia. Local anesthetic is also used at the surgical site to help reduce bleeding and fully numb the area. Antibiotics and pain medication will be prescribed to prevent infection and help alleviate discomfort after surgery.
What Do Breast Lifts Treat?
Breast lifts can address the following cosmetic concerns:
- Sagging breasts
- Deflated breasts
- Signs of aging
- Nipples that point downward
- Nipples that have stretched to a disproportionate size
Breast lifts may be performed for numerous reasons. Whatever concerns you have regarding your body’s appearance, our team can help you achieve your cosmetic goals with a breast lift that helps you feel rejuvenated and confident.
If you’re interested in a breast lift procedure, contact the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Naperville, IL to set up a consultation.
Breast Lift Recovery
The recovery period for a breast lift procedure varies from person to person. While this procedure usually takes under 3 hours to complete, each individual will have a different recovery experience.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from A Breast Lift?
Typically, it takes around 6 weeks for patients to recover from breast lift surgery. The final results can be seen between 6-12 weeks, but swelling, bruising, numbness, and tenderness should fully subside within 4-6 weeks.
For 48 hours post-surgery, a cold compress should be applied periodically to the area. Patients will need to take 7-10 days off work after the procedure. Strenuous activity and heavy lifting should be avoided for up to 4 weeks. Additionally, a supportive bra must be worn for 6-8 weeks following the procedure.
Is There Scarring?
Scarring from breast lift surgery is permanent but minimal. Our experienced Naperville plastic surgeons will hide the scars within creases and natural folds around the breasts, as well as within the areola. The scars should also fade over time.
Where are Incisions Placed?
Incisions for a breast lift can be placed in a few different locations. Placement will depend on how much lift is desired. Incision placements include:
- At the edge of the areola
- At the bottom of the areola, extending vertically downward to the breast crease
- Extending horizontally inside the breast crease (used in cases of severe sagging, along with additional incisions)
Is More Than One Breast Lift Procedure Necessary?
Usually, only one breast lift procedure is required to reach the patient’s cosmetic goals. However, in some cases, a follow-up procedure may be suggested to achieve optimal results.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift Surgery
Ideal candidates for a breast lift are women whose breasts are fully developed (usually over age 21), women who are done having children, breastfeeding, and near or at their preferred weight.
Are There Non-Surgical Options?
Yes, there are non-surgical breast lift procedures available. However, the results are not permanent. Some options include thread breast lifts, Botox for mild sagging, and Ultherapy, an external ultrasound treatment.
Schedule A Consultation
If you’re interested in a breast lift in Naperville, IL, or other breast enhancement procedures, contact the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute to schedule a consultation with our team today.