What does a breast lift do?
- Reshapes and lifts the breasts
- Removes excess skin from stretched-out breasts
- Lifts the nipples and areolas to a more youthful position
- Makes the diameter of stretched areolas smaller
In some instances, an implant is inserted at the same time to achieve more projection and volume with the breast lift. Implants can add back volume to the breasts that was lost with pregnancy and/or breastfeeding.
What does a breast lift involve?
Surgery generally takes 3-4 hours under general anesthesia, in the operating room. You can usually go home the same day.
During the procedure, the breast tissue is rearranged to achieve a perkier, more youthful breast shape. The nipple are areola size is often reduced, and is raised to an aesthetically pleasing position.
A good blood supply, nerve supply and ductal supply is maintained to the nipple and areola. Therefore, future breast feeding should still be possible.
What can I expect after a breast lift?
- Mild discomfort requiring oral pain medication for a few days
- General fatigue for a few weeks
- 1-2 weeks of quiet activity / off work
- Avoid lifting more than 5 pounds (or your child) for 2-3 weeks
- You can resume exercise and regular activities in 3-4 weeks
- Temporary numbness to the nipples
What potential risks are associated with a breast lift?
- Scars (GENETICS are the rule)
- Temporary change in nipple or breast sensation
- Low risk of infection or bleeding
- Asymmetry of breast size or shape, nipple position
What about scars?
- Incisions will initially be pink and raised but will fade with time
- Look to other scars you have as an example of how you will heal – scarring is often genetically determined
- Scars are normally pale, soft and flat by one year
- Scars will be easily concealed by clothing (even low-cut necklines and swim suits)
Things to remember about breast lift surgery:
- Scars are permanent but fade with time
- Gravity and the effects of aging will continue to gradually alter the size and shape of every breast
- Wearing a bra is not necessary and will not prolong the results of surgery
- Future breast feeding is likely and should be attempted if you become pregnant again