Guide to Breast Lift Surgery


    Breast lift surgery restores a perkier, firmer, and aesthetically pleasing shape. This can help improve the appearance and help swimsuits and bras fit more comfortably.

    Reasons to Have Surgery

    There are a number of reasons why women choose this type of surgery. Many want to restore the breast shape following pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some also choose to improve the shape after significant weight loss. Losing weight can mean losing breast volume, but a breast lift can help remove excess skin. A small number of patients who undergo a breast lift have had dropping breasts since teen years. Breast lifts help women get the breast profile they want.

    Choosing the Right Surgeon for Your Breast Lift

    When considering this surgery, it’s important to choose the right surgeon. When you make a visit, be sure to ask how often he or she performs this procedure. View before and after photos and be sure that any questions you have are answered. Choosing a surgeon that is board-certified will ensure that he or she is experienced in cosmetic procedures. Don’t choose a surgeon based on price alone. Results and safety are the most important things to consider. Many surgeons can offer financing options in order to help with costs.

    Types of Brest Lifts

    There are different techniques that can be used for breast lift surgery. The exact technique will depend based on the amount of skin that needs to be removed, the goals, and the breast tissue. The surgeon will generally recommend which type of lift will give the best results with as little scarring as possible. The crescent lift is designed for those with a small amount of sagging to correct. A peri-areolar lift is for those with mild sagging and is usually performed with a breast augmentation. The vertical lift is commonly used and it removes excess skin and reshapes the entire breast with easily hidden scars.

    Combining a Lift with Augmentation

    In some cases, a breast lift isn’t enough to achieve the desired results. If you have lost volume from weight loss, pregnancy, or aging, then when you have a lift your surgeon can also place breast implants during the surgery to help with the shape and fullness of the breast. If you have wanted lifted breasts, an augmentation with a lift can help achieve this with only one procedure and recovery.

    Life after Surgery

    The surgery is usually an outpatient procedure with general anesthesia. The procedure will take about one to two hours to perform and you will be able to go home after to continue recovering. The breasts will be placed in a surgical bra. Many patients will have swelling or soreness after the surgery and surgeons can prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable. You want to sleep on your back for several weeks after surgery and take it easy before resuming normal activities.