Perky, full breasts play an important role in creating a youthful, feminine appearance. If your breast tissue has become weak, your breasts may begin to lose their firmness. Breast ptosis (sagging) can be caused by a number of factors, including aging, weight loss, and pregnancy. Breasts that have begun to sag may affect your body’s silhouette and detract from your attractive curvature. In some cases, women retain their breast volume but the tissues are weak and lack support. A breast lift is designed to support the breasts and correct sagging to achieve more attractive and youthful breasts.
What Can a Breast Lift Correct?
Breast Sagging After Weight Loss
Women who gain weight often notice an increase in their breast size, and when they lose the weight, they lose breast volume. Breast tissue is easily prone to laxity, and many women experience breast sagging following their weight loss. A breast lift will help restore a perky and attractive appearance to the breasts following weight loss.
Deflated Breasts Post-Pregnancy
The breasts undergo major transformations during and following pregnancy. When your breasts are no longer filled with milk, it is common for them to shrink in size. This process often leaves the breasts looking empty and deflated, and many women struggle to accept this dramatic change in their breasts. A breast lift supports and defines the breasts following pregnancy to achieve a more perky bustline.
For some women, time and gravity wreak the most havoc on the appearance of their breasts. Over time, the weight of the breasts can weaken the breasts tissue and cause drooping. Breast lift surgery lifts and secures the breast tissue to provide a more youthful and feminine breast profile.
Breast Shape and Volume
If you would like to correct mild to severe breast sagging and increase the volume of your breasts, you would benefit from combining a breast augmentation with your breast lift. Women who initially undergo breast augmentation without a breast lift to correct sagging are more likely to develop issues related to tissue laxity in the future, such as double-bubble deformity and bottomed-out implants. A breast lift can prolong the life and improve the quality of a breast augmentation.
How Is a Breast Lift Performed?
A periareolar incision is created around the outer border of the areola (the colored tissue surrounding the nipple). This technique best suits women with mild breast sagging. Through the incisions, breast tissue is lifted and shaped. Sutures are used to provide extra support to the breast tissue.
A lollipop incision runs around the areola and down the front of the lower breast, stopping at the breast crease. This technique best suits women with moderate breast sagging. The breast tissue is repositioned or trimmed away as necessary. Sutures are used to provide long-term support to the breast tissue.
An anchor incision is located around the areola, down the front of the lower breast tissue, and along the lower breast crease. This technique provides the best correction for women with severe breast sagging. The breast tissue is lifted and shaped for better definition, and excess tissue is removed. Internal sutures help support the breast tissue for long-lasting results.
Areola and Nipple Repositioning
Women who experience breast sagging often have low or poorly positioned areolas and nipples. During a breast lift, the nipple-areola complex is moved so it can sit higher up on the breast. Repositioning the nipple-areola complex helps create a more natural and youthful breast appearance.
Addressing Your Concerns
You will experience bruising and swelling following your surgery. Drains may be used to minimize swelling. You will be fitted for a bandeau-like garment to support your breasts for the first week following surgery. After the first week, a support bra is to be worn for two to three weeks.
Most patients can return to work within two weeks but will need to limit strenuous physical activities. Regular activities (including exercise) can be resumed after four to six weeks. Most major swelling should subside within six weeks.
Dr McManamny uses fine incisions and precise suturing techniques to minimize scar development. However, scar development depends on the patient’s individual healing process. The extent of your incision can also affect scar development. Typically, periareolar incisions result in the least amount of visible scarring and anchor incisions in the most. However, any scarring that does develop is likely to fade over time.
The cost of breast lift surgery is highly variable and will differ between patients. Hospital fees, anaesthetic fees, and the extent of correction will all affect the ultimate cost of your procedure. The exact cost of your procedure will be determined after a detailed consultation.
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, which means that patients feel zero pain during the procedure. The first few days may be accompanied by some discomfort. All associated pain can be controlled using prescribed oral medication.
Before & Afters
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Lift
What if I previously underwent breast augmentation and have begun to experience sagging?
It is common for women who underwent breast augmentation at a young age to develop sagging over time. While a breast lift is more complicated with implants, it is possible. Having a breast lift after your augmentation can help extend the life of your results.
How long will my breast lift results last?
Many women maintain their breast lift results for many years. Weight fluctuations and pregnancy can affect the quality of your results.
What procedures can be combined with breast lift surgery?
Breast augmentation is commonly combined with breast lift surgery. Alternatively, breast reduction may be used in conjunction with a breast lift for women who wish to decrease the size of their breasts. The breast lift is also a common procedure for women following pregnancy along with a tummy tuck or liposuction.
How long after my pregnancy should I wait before undergoing breast lift surgery?
Women considering a breast lift following pregnancy should wait until they have finished breastfeeding. You should also only consider a breast lift after you have finished having children, as additional pregnancies can affect the quality of your results. Most women wait six months to a year after they have finished breastfeeding to ensure that their breasts will not naturally undergo additional changes.