Loss of skin elasticity, gravity and other factors such as weight loss, pregnancy and breast-feeding ultimately affect the shape and firmness of your breasts. Patients who are generally satisfied with the size of their breasts can have a breast lift to raise and firm them, resulting in a more youthful breast contour. Some patients may be unhappy that they have lost a significant amount of breast volume over time. In such cases, implants inserted in conjunction with a breast lift can increase breast size at the same time as the shape and position of the breasts are enhanced.

The breast lift raises and tightens the sagging breast. Candidates for breast lift surgery are those with loose skin or women who have lost volume and tone after children. Usually, the nipple and areola are elevated to a new position through a variety of incisions determined by the individual patient's anatomy. Under some circumstances, breast lift patients may have implants and breast lifts performed simultaneously. Breast lift surgery scars are permanent, but over time fade to some extent.

As women age, the breasts may begin to sag or become ptotic. The breast lift procedure is often accelerated by pregnancy and nursing. Mastopexy, or breast lift, may be performed to enhance the shape of the breast and create a more youthful contour and appearance. Breast lift may be performed under local anesthesia with sedation, or under a general anesthetic. Multiple techniques may be used, depending on the nature and degree of ptosis. Breast implants are sometimes used in conjunction with mastopexy, or even as an alternative to mastopexy for correction of modest ptosis (also termed pseudoptosis). Most breast lift procedures involve placing an incision around the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple), and sometimes under the nipple and within the fold under the breast. Excess skin is removed, and the breast is reshaped to recreate a more youthful appearance. The breast lift surgery usually lasts for one or two hours, and can be performed on an outpatient basis. Pain and discomfort following the breast lift surgery are typically controlled with oral pain medication, and are not severe. Stitches are removed within seven to ten days after surgery, and within one week most patients can return to work. The breast lift surgeon may recommend wearing a support bra for a few weeks after surgery. While most bruising resolves in a week or two, some swelling may persist for four to six weeks or longer, depending on the exact nature of the breast lift surgery and the patient.

In addition to the benefits of breast lift surgery, make sure you understand its limitations.

  • Don't expect perfection.
  • Have realistic expectations. Breast lift can reshape your body, but not your life.
  • Know the breast lift risks.
  • Don't do it on the cheap. Pay what it takes for safe breast lift surgery.
  • Make sure your breast lift surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  • Do your homework. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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As the demand grows for cosmetic breast lift surgery, patients must realize that all cosmetic surgery procedures carry risks. If you are thinking about having breast lift, become an informed patients about the specific procedure and its risks. Select a qualified doctor. Have realistic expectations about the results and know the benefits and limitations of breast lift.

*Disclaimer - Results may vary from person to person.