What is a Breast Lift?

Breast lift surgery reshapes and raises sagging breasts and can also be performed to reduce the size of the areola. If you have small breasts that have lost volume due to pregnancy or other factors, breast implants are inserted during breast lift surgery to increase both size and firmness.

Real Patient Results

  • Breast Lift - Case 1

    46 year old female who is unhappy with the shape of her breasts. Post Op: Patient underwent a vertical mastopexy. The scar around the areola as well as a vertical scar between the areola and the breast fold (inframammary fold). There is no scar within the fold.

  • Breast Lift - Case 2

    29 yo patient presents after 180lb weight loss, is bothered by length and weight of her breasts. Post op: Patient underwent Mastopexy.

  • Breast Lift - Case 3

    53 yo patient desires fuller, perkier breasts after losing 115lbs. Post op: Patient underwent extended Wise pattern Mastopexy.

  • Breast Lift - Case 4

    40 yo woman lost 120lbs after gastric bypass surgery and desires fuller, lifted breasts. Post op: Patient underwent Wise-Pattern Mastopexy.

  • Breast Lift - Case 5

    41 year old female desires lifted breasts without changing size. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral vertical mastopexy.

  • Breast Lift - Case 6

    49 year old female patient desires more even, lifted breast after 100lb weight loss. Post op: Patient underwent Wise-pattern Mastopexy.

  • Breast Lift - Case 7

    41 year old female patient desires lifted breasts. Post op: Patient maintains D cup size with bilateral verticle mastopexy.

  • Breast Lift - Case 8

    38 year old female patient desires lifted breasts. Post op: Shown at 6 years post op from bilateral verticle mastopexy.

  • Breast Lift - Case 9

    38 year old female patient desires lifted breasts. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral vertical mastopexy.

  • Breast Lift - Case 10

    42 year old female patient desires smaller breasts after breast augmentation in \\\'09 with another surgeon. Post op: Patient underwent implant removal with Verticle Mastopexy. Shown at 3 months post op.

  • Breast Lift - Case 11

    32 year old female patient desires lifted breasts after pregnancy. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral verticle mastopexy.

  • Breast Lift - Case 12

    49 year old female patient wears 36DD and desires a C cup, and complains of droopiness. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral mastopexy with small reduction.

  • Breast Lift - Case 13

    34 year old patient desires lifted breasts after pregnancies. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral verticle breast lift (mastopexy).

  • Breast Lift - Case 14

    27 year old female patient desires a reduction in the size of her areola, and possibly a breast lift. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral verticle breast lift (mastopexy).

  • Breast Lift - Case 15

    38 yo female patient desires breasts lifted after 100lb weight loss. Post op: Patient underwent bilateral verticle mastopexy with approximately 100gms of breast tissue removed per breast.

  • Breast Lift - Case 16

    65 year old patient desires implant removal and lifted breasts. Patient underwent implant removal with wise-pattern mastopexy (breast lift).

Breast Lift Surgery

Breast lift surgery usually takes an hour and a half to three hours to perform and is usually done under general anesthesia.The type of incision and residual scar left on the breast will be determined by the amount of skin it is necessary to resect to achieve the desired lift. For breast lift surgery patients who require a minimal amount of tightening, the surgical scar may be confined to a circle around the areola. In a moderate breast lift surgery, this areolar scar may be combined with a vertical scar to maximize reshaping. If you are receiving a breast implant during your breast lift surgery, the implant will be placed under the breast tissue and in some cases under the muscle of the chest wall.

For a woman requiring a substantial amount of tightening of the breast, an anchor-shaped incision is made, following the breast’s natural contour. The incisions made during breast lift surgery will determine the new nipple location and outline the areas from which excess skin and tissue will be removed. After excess skin and tissue are removed, both the areola and nipple are repositioned and the breast is lifted and reshaped. Stitches are often placed around the areola, down from the nipple to the underside of the breast, and along the crease below the breast.

After Breast Lift Surgery

After your breast lift surgery, the surgeon will place an elastic bandage over surgical gauze. Your breasts will be uncomfortable, swollen, and bruised for a day or two. Any discomfort you experience can be relieved with oral medications.

One to two days after your breast lift surgery, bandages will be removed. You will then wear a soft support bra 24 hours a day for three to four weeks. The stitches will be removed after a week or two. Initial swelling will tend to flatten the breasts, but your true shape will become evident as the swelling resolves. Most of the sutures are placed under the skin and will dissolve over time.

Moisturizer can be used if your breasts are dry after breast lift surgery. If you do use moisturizer, do not tug at your skin during application and keep the moisturizer away from stitch or suture areas.

Post-surgical swelling will cause some numbness to your breast skin and nipples, but this loss of sensation will fade during the next six weeks. Some patients report that this loss of sensation persists for a year or more and in rare cases this condition is permanent. If you experience any complications following your visit to our cosmetic surgery practice in Nashville, Tennessee, contact our breast lift surgeon immediately.

Recovery

Following breast lift surgery, you may be up and moving in a couple of days. Most patients do not return to work for a week or more following the surgery. You will need to avoid overhead lifting and strenuous activities for three to four weeks following breast lift surgery. Because your milk ducts and nipples will be left intact, breast lift surgery should not affect your ability to breast-feed. As with all surgery, we recommend no activity that causes increase in heart rate or blood pressure for two to three weeks after surgery.

Potential Risks

As with any other surgery, a breast lift presents some possible complications or reactions to the anesthesia. Bleeding and infection following breast lift surgery are not common and can cause scars to widen. Breast lift surgery does leave noticeable and permanent scars, although the scars will be covered by your bra. Poor healing and wider scars are more common in smokers. It may be necessary for smokers to have separate breast lift and breast implant surgeries rather than performing them at the same time. Breast lift surgery can also leave you with unevenly positioned nipples, or a permanent loss of feeling in your nipples or breasts.

Contact us today to learn more about our cosmetic surgery office or to speak with a breast lift surgeon.