The breast lift procedure can help to improve the appearance of breasts that sag or look deflated. This condition, known as ptosis, can be caused by gravity and the natural aging process, as well as pregnancy, substantial weight loss, and other conditions.
The breast lift procedure, or mastopexy, may be combined with breast implants to increase the volume of the breasts while correcting their position on the chest.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons perform these procedures often and use safe, cutting-edge techniques to help you achieve the look you desire. They will work to conceal any incisions within the natural contours of your breasts and behind certain clothing like swimsuits or bras.
We strive to achieve your ideal appearance and return your youthful profile!
- 1 About Breast Lifts
- 2 Before and After Photos
- 3 The Benefits
- 4 Is A Breast Lift Right For Me?
- 5 Consult with Ohio Breast Lift Experts
- 6 Preparation
- 7 Procedure Details
- 8 Recovery After A Breast Lift
- 9 Breast Lift Results
- 10 Complementary Procedures
- 11 Cost of Breast Lift
About Breast Lifts
Breast lifts can improve the appearance of breasts that sag, point downward, and lack firmness or shape. Women who describe their breasts as feeling “empty” or as if there is too much skin for the volume of the breasts may benefit from a breast lift. Breast lift procedures reduce the saggy and deflated look, resulting in more youthful-looking breasts. Breast lifts may be performed on adult women of any age, although it is recommended that women wait until they are done with pregnancy, breastfeeding, or planned weight loss. These events are likely to impact the breast shape, which could require revision surgeries. Most women with overall good health are medically able to undergo a mastopexy procedure.
One way that may be used to determine whether you could benefit from this procedure is to place a pencil in the crease underneath the breasts. If the sagging breast tissue holds it in place, the appearance of the breasts could be improved. It may also be helpful to view breast lift before and after photos to gauge the potential benefits of this procedure.
A breast lift will transform the way you appear by rejuvenating your appearance and improving the proportions of your body.
Before and After Photos
A breast lift has both physical and psychological benefits for people receiving them. Some of these advantages may include:
- Perkier chest
- Fuller, shapely breasts
- Improved symmetry
- Smooth skin
- Relocated nipples
- Easier time finding comfortable bras and swimsuit tops
Patients may also experience a boost in confidence and improvement in their daily life. Big changes like a breast lift will have big impacts on the quality of your life. After your customized procedure, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful, youthful frame.
Is A Breast Lift Right For Me?
Many women who are unhappy with their breasts assume a breast augmentation procedure is what they need. However, women who are experiencing the following will be better served with a breast lift:
- Droopy breasts
- Flat chest
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Skin irritation in the breast crease
- Discomfort when wearing bras or swimsuits
Some women who experience the above symptoms are self-conscious of their breasts and may avoid wearing clothes that draw attention to their chest. We want our patients to be proud and comfortable with their bodies. To find out if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure, we encourage you to call our offices today and schedule a consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons.
Consult with Ohio Breast Lift Experts
During your private consultation, you will get the opportunity to meet with one of our office’s plastic surgeons. You will share your concerns and how you think a breast lift will help you achieve your desired appearance. Our doctors will listen and perform a physical examination of your breasts. This inspection will include measurements and photographs to help them develop a plan for improvement.
Our doctors will ask about your current medication routine, past procedures, allergies, and medical history to gather a good understanding of your general health. All of this information will help them determine if a breast lift is a healthy procedure that will achieve your optimal appearance. Our doctors may suggest alternative options that will be better for you and better obtain your ideal results.
After we have gathered information on your current health and has performed the physical, he will explain the breast lift procedure to you. He will walk you through the different types of incisions, explaining the ones that would be most effective to correct your concerns. He will then discuss the potential risks, recovery process and expected outcome of the surgery. We will customize the treatment to your body and health.
If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to discuss them with your doctor during your consultation.
At the end of the consultation, we will give you specific instructions for how to prepare for your procedure and recovery. If you think of questions or sources of anxiety after the consultation, please give our office a call so we can inform you and help you feel confident in your upcoming procedure. We want to create an environment of transparency and trust. Our highly trained staff members are here to help you.
The best way to prepare for your upcoming procedure is to follow the detailed instructions from our doctors. Below, we have listed a few other ways to prepare that will help to improve your experience.
We will prescribe different medications to help improve your healing process and lessen discomfort. Be sure to pick these medications up a few days before your procedure.
General anesthesia and sedation will be used for this procedure. Because of the effects of these products, you will need to to be dropped off and picked up by a friend or family member. You will also be on pain medications during your initial healing process and, in the event, you need to get to certain locations, will need to arrange for someone to drive you around because you cannot drive while taking pain prescriptions.
Make A Recovery Space
This area may be your bedroom or on a comfy couch in the living room.
When you arrive home after your surgery, you will greatly benefit from a prepared recovery space. You will want your recovery space to have lots of blankets and pillows. For the first few days of recovery, you will need to rest and sleep sitting up. Extra pillows will help you stay comfy in your upright position. Your comfy space should be surrounded with sources of entertainment, liquids and your medications all within arms reach.
Arrange For Helpers
We encourage you to arrange for someone to stay the night with you on your first few nights of recovery. This first night may prove uncomfortable and it will help to have a friend around who can help you move around.
The morning of your appointment we encourage you to take a shower and dress in comfortable, loose clothing.
These extra steps should help you get in the mindset of undergoing a breast lift. Some patients benefit from journaling their feelings and experience throughout the procedure as they adjust and get comfortable with their newly shaped chest. Following your doctor’s instructions and the above recommendations should help you have a positive, healthy recovery.
Breast lift procedures typically take two to three hours and are performed with general anesthesia. Before the procedure, your doctor will discuss your expectations with you so that you have realistic expectations about the amount of lifting and improvement possible.
In some cases, breast implants will be added to increase the volume of breast tissue.
During a breast lift, the doctor creates an incision to remove excess skin and lift breast tissue to an elevated position on the chest. There are several methods in which this can be accomplished; incision sites and sizes depend on the method used. Once the breasts have been sculpted to the desired appearance, sutures are used to close the incisions.
Your breasts will be bandaged, drains may be placed in incisions and a compression garment will be applied.
Recovery After A Breast Lift
Your breasts will be swollen, bruised and sensitive when you first return home. Pain medication will help you control any discomfort. Most breast lift patients plan about a week away from work and other obligations. In addition, strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for four to six weeks. A surgical bra should be worn to reduce discomfort and support the breasts in the correct position as they heal.
Our staff will tell you how to care for your breasts in the first days of your recovery. A drain may need to be emptied and ointments applied to incisions. We will schedule a follow-up appointment that often takes place after a few days.
Most importantly, get lots of rest in your initial recovery. Taking brief walks during the first 48 hours will improve your blood circulation and drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated, two very important elements to healthy healing.
Breast Lift Results
You will immediately notice the improvement in the shape and location of your breasts. These results will improve as the swelling and bruising decreases. Your final results will set in after a few weeks and most patients are able to wear regular bras again after about two months.
A breast lift provides long-lasting results and a healthy lifestyle will maintain your results for years to come.
Breast augmentation is commonly performed with a breast lift. These two procedures will improve the position, shape, and volume of your breasts. A breast augmentation can be performed with implants or a fat transfer. If you are interested in both resculpting the size of your breasts and improving their positioning, be sure to discuss your options during your personal consultation.
Cost of Breast Lift
We recognize that each patient has their own set of goals and unique anatomical features. Our goal is to create a treatment plan that addresses your concerns and provides corrections that will enhance your natural contours. This customized approach means that the cost of a breast lift will differ from patient to patient.
If you are interested in a breast lift and learning about the details of your own procedure, please contact us today.