Over time, most women will experience some degree of breast sagging. This is typical as we grow older, and may be made worse by years of breastfeeding, pregnancy, loss of skin elasticity, significant weight loss, and the effects of gravity. If this describes your situation, a breast lift, or mastopexy, might be the answer for you.
A breast lift is used to restore a more youthful breast shape by lifting and tightening the breasts, as well as repositioning and enhancing the appearance of the nipple and areola (the dark area surrounding the nipple). There are many different types of breast lift surgeries - each one designed to address the particular needs of a different breast shape. A breast lift may also help to correct breast asymmetry, or unevenly proportioned breasts. Breast lifts range from a "crescent lift" to a "circumareolar lift" to a "vertical lift" to an "inverted-T lift". A breast lift restores a more youthful shape, but does not restore lost volume. If you would like to improve the volume of your breasts, ask your plastic surgeon about doing a breast augmentation in conjunction with your breast lift.
Women considering a breast lift are encouraged to wait until breast development has stopped, and until after they are finished having children, as pregnancy and breastfeeding will have an effect on the final result. Good candidates for breast lift surgery include healthy women who are bothered by sagging breasts, lack of breast firmness, or downward pointing nipples.
There are a few different techniques used for breast lifts, depending on the desired result and the extent of sagging. Each technique will result in a different scarring pattern depending on the type and size of the incision.
Regardless of which technique is applied, incision lines will fade over time but will be permanently visible. Your doctor will discuss recovery strategies that will help reduce the visibility of scars.
After breast lift surgery, you will love the youthful appearance of your breasts. You can expect to return to basic work activities in as little as seven to 10 days.
Full recovery after breast lift surgery may take four to six weeks. This is when swelling and bruising fades and the final breast lift results are apparent.
We recommend patients avoid wearing underwire bras for at least one month following the procedure.
Patients should not lift anything heavy, or lift anything over their head for four to six weeks following surgery, as this may cause stretching in the upper chest.
Our board certified plastic surgeons are seasoned experts in breast lift surgery. They will guide you through the process of selecting the procedure that will give you the best possible outcome at the lowest possible cost.
When thinking about a breast lift, consider Intermountain's plastic surgeons for their artistry, sensitivity to your needs, and decades of experience.
Many of our surgeons offer a free consultation visit.
Call today to schedule your breast lift consultation.