Breast lifts are performed to raise and reshape breasts that sag due to pregnancy, nursing, or gravity. As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness, causing them to droop below their original location. The areola (the dark region around the nipple) can also be reduced in size.
REASONS TO CONSIDER
• You have had a pregnancy that has left your breasts stretched.
• Your breasts have begun to sag over time.
Breast lifts generally take 1.5 - 3.5 hours, and are performed in an outpatient surgical center. An anchor-like incision is made along the natural contour of the breast. Excess skin is removed, and the nipple and areola are moved to a higher location. The skin surrounding the areola is brought down and put together, in order to reshape the breast. Stitches are placed around the areola in a vertical line extending downwards.
RECOVERING FROM THIS SURGERY
Healing from a breast lift is a gradual process. Most individuals are up and about in a day or two, but some take a little longer to recover. An elastic bandage or surgical bra will be put on immediately following the surgery, and will be worn for several days. Your breasts will be swollen and bruised for several days, and you will feel a little discomfort. The scars from a breast lift are extensive and permanent, but patients are usually able to wear low-cut tops without making them visible.