At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, we strive to understand your unique concerns and goals to find the right treatment plan for you. When it comes to a surgical procedure like a breast lift, we will be honest about the pros and cons of this treatment option. For many, the significant results of a breast lift can offer more youthful, perkier breasts. We’ve helped hundreds of patients achieve long-lasting results from their breast lift to restore the position of the breasts. As board-certified surgeons, we aim to deliver the best care, from consultation to post-op. To get started on your procedure or to learn more about your options, contact our office and schedule your consultation.
A breast lift is a surgical procedure used to address sagging and restore the breasts to a perkier, more youthful position. The breast lift alone can rejuvenate the breasts, or it can be added to a breast reduction or breast augmentation for optimal results. Most patients choose the breast lift to address changes that occur with age, after pregnancy and breastfeeding, or after weight loss.
The breast lift can be performed to improve the following concerns:
- Overly large breasts that were reduced with a breast reduction and now need a lift
- Nipples that point downward or extend past the breast crease
- Sagging that occurs with age
- Excess skin and tissue from pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight loss
The breast lift can effectively reposition the breasts to a more youthful position, making them appear slightly fuller, but the size of the breasts will not be significantly impacted. If you are unhappy with the size of your breasts, talk with Dr. Nichter, Dr. Horowitz, and Dr. Champion about adding a breast augmentation or reduction to your procedure. The breast lift is almost always used when a reduction is performed in order to remove excess skin and tighten the tissue. It is best to wait to have your breast lift until you are done having children and breastfeeding, as this could affect your results.
The breast lift is performed using general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation to maximize your comfort. There are many different techniques that can be used during breast lifts, including several different incision patterns. Most patients require an incision around the areola and another that extends down towards the breast crease also called a “lollipop” incision. Uncommonly, when a more significant lift is required, another incision may be placed along the breast crease as well (“inverted T or Anchor pattern”). Once the proper incisions have been made, the breast tissue is tightened and excess skin is removed. The nipples are brought to a more youthful forward-facing position as well. Often times restoring volume to the top of your breasts is needed and an implant or your own fat, California Breast Lift® procedure is required for the best results. (see above information).
After the breast lift procedure, you will be given a surgical bra that should be worn as often as possible for the first 3 weeks to help the healing process and minimize swelling. Depending on how strenuous your job is, you may want to plan for a few weeks or more off work to properly recover at home. You can expect swelling, tightness, and general discomfort during this time. You may begin light activity after one week, but do not do anything that causes discomfort.
The results of your breast lift may be hidden by swelling for several weeks. Once your surgical bra can come off, you can start to enjoy the results of your breasts with reduced sagging and a perkier appearance. The swelling will continue to diminish over the next several months, and your scars will continue to fade.
To learn more about your breast lift at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, contact our office and schedule your consultation. Dr. Nichter, Dr. Horowitz, and Dr. Champion are experts in the breast lift procedure and can help you choose the right techniques for your concerns and goals.