Recovery: 1-2 weeks
What is a Breast Lift?
Normal aging, pregnancy, breast feeding and weight fluctuations can result in breasts that droop. This can be due to loss of volume and stretching of the skin envelope of the breast. Tightening the breast skin and repositioning the glandular tissues will give the breast a more youthful, pleasing shape.
A mastopexy or breast lift is a surgical procedure done to lift and reshape the breasts. It involves tightening the breast skin and reshaping the breast tissue. The result is a lifted, more youthful appearing breast. The breast lift will not change the size of the breasts, but will enhance their position, shifting volume upwards to create a fuller appearance.
What can a breast lift do for me?
- I have excess tissue causing my breasts to sag
- My nipples are low or point downwards
Candidates for a Breast Lift
The ideal candidates for the breast lift are those who are near their ideal body weight and have finished having kids and breastfeeding. It is still possible to have a breast lift if you are not done having children, however, it must be understood that the breasts will go through additional cycles of changes with pregnancy. You may require a second operation when you’re done having kids to regain their ideal appearance. The best candidates for breast lift are happy with the size of their breasts when they’re lifted in a brassiere. If you feel like your breasts are too large a breast reduction is needed. If you feel like your breasts are too small when they lifted in a brassiere then an implant is needed in addition to a lift.
Breast Lift FAQs
What is a mini breast lift?
A mini breast lift refers to a lift that corrects a minimal degree of sagging. The mini breast lift usually involves an incision around the areola and a slight lift of the breast tissue. A full breast lift would be required if there is severe sagging or if the nipple needs to be repositioned. Patients might also choose the mini breast lift as a second procedure after they have begun to develop further sagging with age or pregnancy.
How long does a breast lift last?
A breast lift can give you more youthful-looking breasts for many years. The results of a breast lift are long-lasting, however, your breasts will continue to age along with the rest of your body. You can ensure that your results are long-lasting by avoiding dramatic weight fluctuations and only having your breast lift when you know you are done breastfeeding and having kids.
What can I expect after breast augmentation and lift?
After breast augmentation and lift surgery, you can expect one to two weeks of recovery. This involves resting and recovering at home and following all post-op instructions provided by Dr. Kayastha. Patients should also follow any movement and exercise restrictions carefully to ensure proper healing. During the recovery process, the implants may initially sit higher on the chest and swelling can obscure final results. It can take several months for swelling to completely diminish and the implants to settle into their final position. After healing is completed, patients can expect fuller, more symmetrical breasts that are lifted to a more youthful position.
Can I swim after breast augmentation and lift?
After your breast augmentation and lift you will need to keep your incisions clean and dry while they heal. Because of possible irritants in swimming pools and bacteria in lakes, you will want to avoid swimming until your incisions have completely healed and you have been given the okay to exercise.
When can I return to work after breast augmentation and lift?
Patients typically take 1-2 weeks off work after their breast augmentation and lift procedure. The exact amount of time you need off will depend on how strenuous your job is. An office job that involves sitting for most of the day can be returned to within the first week if you’re feeling well enough. If your job requires more strenuous movement, you may need extra time off.
What bra do I wear after breast augmentation and lift?
After your breast augmentation and lift, you will be given a surgical bra to be worn for several weeks. The surgical bra helps support your implants during the early postoperative healing period. After a week, you can switch to a sports bra. Avoid wearing an underwire bra for at least six weeks after your procedure.