A breast lift is a surgical procedure that can lift the breasts and rejuvenate a woman’s figure. There are many reasons that cause women to lose volume in their breasts, which include:
- Weight fluctuations
While a breast lift can significantly lift the breasts, it will not increase the size of the breasts. Those who want to lift and increase the size of their breasts should consider a breast lift in conjunction with breast implants.
The best candidates for the procedure will be physically healthy and at a stable weight. Weight fluctuations after a breast lift can cause sagging. If your nipples fall below the crease of the breasts, you may be a good candidate for the surgery. Other factors that can make you a good candidate include:
- Areolas and nipples that point downward
- Breasts that have an elongated and flat shape
- Stretched skin from weight fluctuations or breastfeeding
It is also important that you have a positive outlook and realistic goals about the outcome of the surgery. The procedure is highly individualized, so be sure to discuss your goals and expectations during your consultation.
It is important that you have a ride home after the surgery, and you may also need to plan to have someone stay with you for the first night after your breast lift.
You will be given local anesthesia with sedation to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the procedure. During the procedure the underlying breast tissue will be reshaped and lifted for an improved contour. The nipple and areola may be lifted, and areolas that are enlarged may be reduced. Excess skin will be removed for improved firmness.
After the procedure, you may need to wear a compression bra. It is important that you plan to rest for a few days after the surgery. Most women are able to return to work a week after the surgery. During the first week of recovery, you should refrain from strenuous activities and putting too much pressure on your chest.
The results will be visible immediately, but the final shape of the breasts will take form when any postoperative swelling has resolved. While the results are long-lasting, gravity will eventually cause your breasts to change. Maintaining a stable weight and keeping a healthy lifestyle can help you retain the results of your breast lift.