The natural course of aging can cause our skin to produce less collagen and elastin. These proteins keep our skin firm and tight, and without them, we can begin to experience loss of firmness and sagging.
Changes in weight can influence the premature sagging of the breasts. Weight gain causes stretching in the skin, and after the weight is lost, the skin may be unable to shrink back. This can leave you with loose tissues, stretched skin, and unflattering breast contours.
Pregnancy causes the breasts to swell and shrink in a very short amount of time. Additionally, the stress of breastfeeding can leave the breasts with stretched skin and loose tissues. Breast lift surgery can help to restore the look of the breasts to their pre-pregnancy appearance.
The crescent lift requires an incision along the top of the areola where a “crescent” of tissue is removed, and the area tightened. This technique is best suited for those with slight sagging and is the least invasive technique. The crescent lift produces the least amount of post-operative scarring.
The Benelli lift requires a circular incision around the areola to remove a doughnut-shaped area of tissue. This technique offers discreet scarring and works well to correct minimal sagging or slight nipple asymmetry.
The lollipop technique uses a lollipop-shaped incision that travels around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease. This technique works well to lift low-hanging breasts, and is ideal for patients with moderate sagging and stretched areolas.
The anchor technique involves an extended lollipop incision that also runs horizontally across the breast crease. This is the most aggressive technique and results in the most post-operative scarring, but it can address severely sagging or pendulous breasts. The nipple-areola complex can be resized and repositioned as necessary.
Your breasts may be wrapped in a compression garment to protect the incisions, reduce swelling, and ensure that your tightened breasts heal in the right place. Your breast lift recovery will take several weeks; however, you should be able to return to regular activities, including work, within a week of surgery.
Anesthesia will be administered before the procedure to ensure your comfort. Following the procedure, you may experience some discomfort that can be controlled with prescribed medications.
Scarring after a breast lift will depend on the incisions used and the amount of correction done. All incisions are placed as discreetly as possible and should fade with time.
Results will be visible immediately following the procedure. The results will continue to develop as the swelling subsides. Breast lift results are long lasting, assuming there are no pregnancies or dramatic weight fluctuations. Your breasts will continue to age naturally.
Dr. Pearce is diligent in making sure that every precaution is taken to ensure your safety before, during, and after the procedure. However, some degree of risk is still possible. These include:
You may be a good candidate for a breast lift if:
The best way to know if you are a good candidate for a breast lift is to undergo a consultation with your surgeon. During your consultation, you will be able to discuss your individual needs and goals to determine if you are a candidate.
Yes. A breast lift is commonly combined with a breast reduction surgery or breast augmentation surgery. A breast lift is also an essential part of the Mommy Makeover. You will be advised during your consultation as to whether your desired procedure combination can be performed at the same time.
The results of a breast lift are long lasting; however, effects may change with time if you experience pregnancy or other drastic weight fluctuations. A breast lift cannot prevent the natural course of aging, which may still affect the breasts with time.
It is often advised that breast surgery should be reserved until after you are done having children. The incisions and removal of skin required for a breast may cause damage to the milk ducts within the breasts, which may damage your ability to breastfeed. Some patients may be able to breastfeed normally; however, others experience reduced milk production or no production at all.