What is Involved in a Breast Lift?

Sagging breasts: They’re not something many women want to think about or acknowledge, but they’re an undeniable fact of life. Breasts start to sag for a number of reasons, including aging, running without proper support, changes in weight, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. This effect is known as breast ptosis, and though it is unavoidable, you can easily undergo a breast lift to reverse its effects.

How Does a Breast Lift Work?

A breast lift, or mastopexy, should not be confused with a breast augmentation. While an augmentation is done specifically to increase the size of your breasts, a breast lift is done to restore a youthful shape and lift to your breasts. A lift addresses issues like decreased breast volume, drooping nipples, stretched areolas, and general sagging.

The process of mastopexy involves removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue in order to reshape your new breast contour. This means that your breasts will not increase in size as a result of a breast lift. Due to removal of extra skin, you may even find that your breasts become slightly smaller. However, they will be perkier and more attractive!

What Should You Expect During Your Procedure?

A breast lift is an invasive procedure that does require anesthesia, and there are many different techniques that can be used to achieve symmetry and a more youthful appearance. You can expect your surgery to take up to two hours, and you will be able to go home the same day, though you may experience some swelling, soreness, and bruising during the following week.

One of the most common incision methods for a breast lift involves an “anchor”-shaped incision that encircles the areola, runs vertically down the front of the breast, and extends to each side hidden within the breast crease. This type of incision has many benefits because it makes it possible to easily trim and remove skin and breast tissue, position the breasts into a higher position, and hide scars.

Is the Recovery Difficult?

Your recovery after a breast lift surgery will require time, but it won’t be impossible! Dressings and bandages will cover your incisions, and you’ll need to wear an elastic bandage or support bra to minimize swelling and support your newly lifted breasts as they heal. The most noticeable symptoms like soreness, bruising, and swelling will gradually resolve themselves over the first 10 days. In fact, you’ll be able to return to work after just a week!

It’s essential to turn to a Board Certified plastic surgeon for your breast lift procedure. Dr. Marc Polecritti at The Julian Institute of Plastic Surgery is one of the most trusted surgeons in the Tampa Bay area, and you can rely on him to make your breasts look perky and youthful once again. Call (352) 606- 4754 to schedule a consultation today!