While most people automatically think of breast augmentation as a way to improve their breasts, it’s important to know that a breast lift is also a great option. This procedure doesn’t use implants but rather lifts and rejuvenates the natural breasts for a more upright and youthful look. There are plenty of reasons to consider a breast lift over breast augmentation with a board certified plastic surgeon, so here’s what to know about it and how it can help.
What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a type of cosmetic surgery that aims to lift and reshape the breasts in order to recreate their natural volume. It’s often a good option for women who experience drooping, sagging, and loss of volume in their breasts. There are a few common reasons why this happens to the breasts. In some cases, pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause negative changes. Other women might seek a breast lift after losing a lot of weight. For this reason, breast lift procedures involve removing excess skin from the breasts and repositioning the breast tissue and nipples so that the breasts can sit higher up on the chest. This makes for a perkier appearance but no change in the size or volume of the breasts. The results of this procedure are always natural because it only uses your natural breast tissue.
How Do I Know If I Need a Breast Lift?
The best way to determine whether a breast lift can help you achieve your goals is by speaking with a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Leland Deane. Dr. Deane will consider certain factors when determining your candidacy for any type of breast procedure. These include the size and shape of your breasts, positioning, your body type, medical history, goals, and the overall look you’d like to achieve. Finally, Dr. Deane will consider whether or not those goals can be achieved with your chosen procedure.
Generally, if you notice that your breasts are unusually shaped or asymmetrical, your nipples point downwards, or your nipples sit below your breast crease – or you’re just unhappy with the overall look of your breasts – you may benefit from a breast lift.
Breast Lift Surgery and Recovery
Once you’ve decided that breast lift surgery is right for you, you should know what to expect. Although Dr. Deane will give you a detailed timeline for your recovery, here’s what most patients experience after surgery:
• Surgery: On average, breast lift surgery can take around two hours. You should make arrangements to take time off from work for around two weeks. Although you may feel nervous before your surgery, it’s completely normal. However, you can have the peace of mind that you’re in good hands with our team of professionals who will do whatever they can to help you relax. You should also have someone take you home and stay with you at least the first 24 hours after your surgery since you’ll need assistance as you rest and recover.
• Days 1 and 2: On the first two days after your surgery, it’s normal to be sore and have bruising and swelling. You should have prescription pain medication to relieve your discomfort.
• Days 3 and 4: You will be given a support bra to replace your bandages and surgical bra. You should wear it as often as possible for around three to four weeks.
• Week 1 and 2: You can expect to have your stitches removed between weeks one and two of your surgery.
• After week 2: After two weeks have passed, you can start resuming light exercise but should avoid anything strenuous for at least a month.
• Week 6 and onward: Numbness should subside in your breasts and nipples, although this can take longer for some people. Your scars should begin to fade as well. You can get tips from your plastic surgeon on how to further fade them over time.
Schedule a Consultation
The breast lift is an excellent option for restoring your confidence in your breast profile. If you’re located in the Long Island or New York City area and are interested in scheduling a breast lift, contact Dr. Leland Deane, MD, FACS to schedule a consultation.