Breast lift, just like any plastic surgery lifting procedure, can restore the youthfulness of the breasts. Women’s bodies go through a lot of changes during puberty, pregnancy, and as they age. One of the parts of their body that is affected by these changes is the breast. Not only do women show signs of aging and can have significant changes in the face, but also with their bodies, particularly the breasts. With the help of bras, this problem can be given a temporary solution, but for those who want a long-lasting solution, then a breast lift should be something to consider.
What is Breast Lift Surgery?
A Breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that lifts the breast through the removal of excess skin and reshaping of breast tissue. It is generally performed by a plastic surgeon who has a wide array of experience in breast improvement. It is important to note that a breast lift will not alter the breast size, only the breast shape, and is often done together with breast augmentation or breast reduction for best results.
Some of the reasons why women undergo breast lift surgery are:
- Pregnancy- the breast ligaments often stretch during pregnancy and result in sagging right after whether you breastfeed or not.
- Weight fluctuations- weight gain may cause the breast to stretch, and once weight loss happens, the breast skin loses elasticity.
- Aging- as time goes by, the breast skin naturally loses its elasticity causing the breasts to sag.
A breast lift procedure is best for individuals who:
- have sagging breasts
- have nipples that are below the breast crease
- have nipples and areola that point downward
- have asymmetrical breast wherein one falls lower than the other
Breast Lift Surgery Procedure
A breast lift procedure should be done by a board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed successful breast lift surgeries. The whole procedure may take 3-5 hours, depending on the extent of correction needed. It could also take longer if you opt to have your breast lift done with other breast correction procedures. Your surgeon will use specific techniques and incision patterns depending on the degree of sagging, the size, the shape of your breast, and the elasticity of your skin. The following are the steps during a breast lift surgery:
- Your doctor will give you anesthesia so that you will be comfortable for the whole duration of the procedure. The options include general anesthesia and local anesthesia with IV sedation. During your consultation, your doctor will inform you as to which anesthesia they will administer.
- Crescent lift- for individuals who need minimal correction with only minimal scarring
- Peri-Areolar or “Donut” Lift -for those who need to correct mild sagging with a single scar
- Vertical or “Lollipop” lift- for the correction of moderate sagging and a more extensive reshaping
- Inverted T or “Anchor” lift- for a more dramatic reshaping and to correct extensive sagging
Reshaping and Lifting
- After your doctor has created the prediscussed incisions for your case, they will then perform the following steps to lift and reshape your breasts:
- They will begin to lift and reshape the breast tissue so that the contour and firmness are enhanced.
- They then reposition the areola at a higher position.
- If the areola is too large and not proportional to the new shape of the breast, they will reduce its size by removing excess skin around the perimeter.
- The skin is then redraped, and the excess is removed.
Closing of Incisions
- Once the breast skin and tissues have been reshaped and lifted, the surgeon will close the incisions using sutures, skin adhesives, or surgical tape. The incisions are hidden in the creases of the breast; however, some will be visible but will improve and fade as time goes by.
Breast Lift Surgery Recovery Time
Visible results can be seen right after a breast lift but may continue to improve once the swelling subsides. With the before and after images shown below, you could see that the breast lift is effective in enhancing both patients’ breasts and restoring its perkiness.
The areola was also repositioned and decreased in size to make it proportional to the uplifted breasts. The scars will still be quite visible in the lower portion of the breast, but as time goes by, they usually fade or lighten. A lot of women want to have as small an incision as possible so that it will not be visible after the surgery. However, the doctor will still be the one to decide which incision is best for a patient’s case, and which will give the best result.
Breast Lift Surgery Before and After.
Visible results can be seen right after a breast lift but may continue to improve once the swelling subsides. With the before and after images shown below, you could see that the breast lift is effective in enhancing both patients’ breasts and restoring its perkiness. The areola was also repositioned and decreased in size to make it proportional to the uplifted breasts. The scars will still be quite visible in the lower portion of the breast, but as time goes by, they usually fade or lighten. A lot of women want to have as small an incision as possible so that it will not be visible after the surgery. However, the doctor will still be the one to decide which incision is best for a patient’s case, and which will give the best result.
To summarize, a breast lift is best for women who have issues with their sagging breasts because this procedure can tighten and reshape the tissue and skin. This procedure is most recommended for women whose sagging breasts were caused by pregnancy or breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, and aging. The method involves four major steps and has four options as to what incision is the best for every individual. When it comes to the recovery, it may take several weeks, depending on the extent of correction done on the breast. With the doctor’s post-surgery care instructions, it should make the healing period easier and quicker.
The importance of having a board-certified plastic surgeon perform a breast lift is undeniably essential to make sure that the manipulation of skin and tissue is done correctly and safely. Now that you know more about a breast lift procedure and you are someone who has been researching how to undergo the surgery, you can contact us through the Seoul Guide Medical website. We will not only connect you with a board-certified plastic surgeon but surgeons who are well experienced and specializing in breast lift surgeries.
How long does a breast lift last?
The result of a breast lift is not permanent, but long-lasting. How long the results will last depends on the size of your breast, the quality of bra you use after having the surgery, the elasticity of your skin, weight loss and gain, pregnancy, age, lifestyle, and the technique used during the procedure. Usually, a follow-up breast lift happens within 10-15 years after undergoing surgery.
Can you go braless after a breast lift?
Your breast will be perky and uplifted even without a bra after you undergo a breast lift. You can always opt not to wear a bra if you are not into it. However, you can only do this once your breasts have finished healing completely. During the recovery period, for about six weeks, you are strictly required to wear a good quality bra to help the augmented tissue stay in the right place. Also, you will need to be cautious and considerate about the material of your bra since you do not want it to aggravate your scars.