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What is a Breast Lift?

This is an in-office, outpatient, breast surgery to lift sagging, deflated breasts
aimed at creating a more youthful look. The procedure includes:

Lifting the droopy skin and sagging breasts, then filling them with implants to achieve an aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Correcting the pointing down of the nipples to a more correct forward position.

Correcting uneven, asymmetrical, droopy breasts after pregnancy and after breast feeding in an effort to achieve a more visually pleasing lifted breast and nipples.

When are breasts considered “sagging”?

A breast is considered saggy if one or both of the following scenarios are present:

  1. Nipple that is pointing downward instead of forward. In more extreme cases, the nipple may appear to be hanging from the bottom of the breast.
  2. Nipple that is located below the inframammary fold. Inframammary fold is a crease that is located between the breast tissue and the front of the ribcage. The “pencil test” is a rough method of estimating the position of the nipple.

If one places a pencil in the direction that is parallel to the floor into their inframammary crease, and the nipple appears to be below the level of the pencil, then the breast is considered saggy, and mastopexy will most likely be required to correct this.

Procedure Process

Is there a non-surgical way to correct sagging breasts?

We offer two non-surgical breast lift options. Botox can actually be used to temporarily improve mildly sagging breasts. Ultherapy, which is a focused external ultrasound treatment, can tighten the skin surrounding the breasts, which in turn can help moderately lift the breasts. However, in most situations where the breasts are sagging and deflated, a breast lift surgery is the only way to permanently and effectively lift the breasts and restore that youthful appearance.

What does a breast lift accomplish?

  • Lifting the breast to a more youthful position
  • Placing the areola in a more desirable position
  • Adding volume and lift with the use of an implant
  • Giving a patient new personal confidence and self esteem

How is a breast lift completed?

Your surgeon will surgically lift the breast and surrounding tissue, including the areola, to restore the youthful appearance of your breasts.

What will happen during a breast lift surgical procedure?

Immediately prior to surgery several markings are placed on the skin of the breasts. These markings act as the surgeon’s guide during the procedure. After the effects of the general anesthesia set in, a local anesthetic is injected into the surgical site in an effort to fully anesthetize the surgical site and keep bleeding to a minimum.

Thin incisions are made to gain access to the structures to be addressed. Then, as previously discussed, changes are made to raise the nipple-areola-complex to a higher and anatomically pleasing position. Breast implants are often inserted to provide the breast with additional fullness as needed and desired. The incisions are meticulously sutured with thin dissolving sutures. Steri-Strips and bandages are temporarily placed over the incisions.

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Recovery Time

How long will breast lift surgery take?

Typically, a breast lift takes about three hours. It can be less or more time, depending on the patient.

How many sessions are needed for optimal results?

Usually most surgical procedures are done only once, but there are some circumstances where follow-up surgery may be necessary in an effort to achieve ideal symmetry and appearance.

Where will the surgery be completed, in a hospital?

No, we have our own in-house surgical suites for your convenience, located in our Chicagoland clinics.

What happens after a breast lift?

Rest, no exertion is recommended. We recommend that you sleep with your head elevated for few days. Any aspirin and smoking are not recommended (this can’t be emphasized enough). Cold compresses should be applied periodically for 48 hours posts surgery, and your supportive bra should be worn for six-to-eight weeks after surgery.

When can I resume normal activities after a breast lift?

Normally between two and three weeks following your breast lift.

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Frequently Asked Questions

After a breast lift will your breasts be smaller?

This is a common question. That may depend on whether a breast implant will be used during your procedure.

We try and hide the scars the best we can in creases, folds and the areola. But you must remember that any scar is permanent. Each patient heals differently. You know your body best. If your scars heal well, then the same will probably hold true with your breast lift surgery. The vast majority of our patients tell us their new breasts are more than worth the scars the surgery leaves behind.

It will depend on the degree of sagging. Normally, one scar will be placed on the rim of the areola, while another scar will extend vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease. In cases of severe sagging, another horizontal incision beneath the breast in the breast crease may be necessary.

Normally, surgical procedures produce a permanent change and should not require additional surgery. Office procedures like Botox and Ultherapy will require periodic maintenance treatments.

Some mild risks are temporary bruising, pain, discomfort, swelling, scarring and potential asymmetry. Any other side effects are rare, and if they should occur, will most likely be temporary.

You will first need a thorough consultation, where one of our breast specialists at the Liposuction and Cosmetic Surgery Institute will examine and measure the breasts. Then a mammogram will be performed to gain a precise knowledge of the anatomy of the and health of the breasts. Any associated medical problems such as diabetes and hypertension must be under control and proper physicians should be seen preoperatively. All blood thinning medication such as aspirin and Motrin should be stopped 10 days prior to the procedure. Also, patients should abstain from alcohol and tobacco before and after the procedure, as these products can affect the final outcome and healing of the scars.

Yes, it is a common misconception that you cannot. You can breastfeed after breast lift surgery since the surgery does not entail compromising the breast glands.

Usually, no, unless there has been an extreme weight gain during pregnancy.

Since your breasts will be shrinking after you stop breastfeeding, it is best to wait at least six months until old swelling and engorgement of the glands in the breast have finally subsided.

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