Once the breasts have begun to fall, often after having children or fluctuations in body weight, only surgery can restore them to a perky position. Breast lift surgery elevates the nipple and areola while reshaping and tightening the breast.
Often, a breast lift is combined with breast augmentation because implants alone do not lift sagging breasts. This is a nice option for women who want increased breast size and a more youthful breast contour as well. For a subtler augmentation that retains prior breast volume and size, Dr. Richard Rand also performs a specialized “auto-augmentation” breast lift technique.
Which Breast Lift Procedure Is Right For You?
There are fundamentally 2 types of traditional breast lifts: full lifts and peri-areolar lifts. The choice between them depends on how much lift your starting point requires and Dr. Rand will help you understand the pros and cons of all choices.
Augmentation mastopexy, a procedure that combines a breast lift and augmentation, can be an option for some women. Auto-augmentation breast lifts also can be a good choice for women with a good amount of existing breast tissue who want to retain as much of that tissue as possible. In some cases, a full lift and an augmentation are more safely performed as separate procedures. Periareolar lifts and implants can be done in one operation, as can the auto-augmentation breast lift technique.
If your nipple and areola have descended toward or below the lowest point of the crease below your breast, or are pointing downward, a breast lift may be right for you. If fullness in your breasts has decreased as well, then Dr. Rand may also recommend breast implants.
How Breast Lift Surgery Is Performed
There are several methods in breast lift surgery; the one chosen depends on how much lift is needed. Surgical incisions are always required around the nipple and may additionally be made vertically from the nipple to the crease and possibly in the crease itself. Excess skin is then lifted or tightened to elevate the breasts. Internal sutures may be used in selected cases for more support.
The breast lift is a complex sculpting operation and no two surgeons will give you identical results. Because all lifts will involve scars on the breasts, the tradeoff of cosmetic improvements must be substantial and beautiful in order to accept the necessary scars. This is what separates one surgeon from another.
After Your Breast Lift: What to Expect
Most patients return to work after about 1 week and resume exercise in 3 weeks. Mild bruising and some swelling should be expected and medications will be prescribed by Dr. Rand to control discomfort. You’ll wear a soft surgical bra 24/7 for 3 months to hold implants in perfect position. Scars will initially be pink and slightly raised, but they will fade and flatten out in the months that follow surgery, continuing to improve for up to 1 year and longer.
How Long Do Results of a Breast Lift Last?
Most women can expect long-lasting results after going through breast lift surgery. Several factors affect the longevity of a breast lift. Poor skin elasticity and lack of firmness can shorten the duration of your results, and the need for breast implants to restore volume and firmness will also affect longevity.
Finally, the technique and talent of your plastic surgeon will play a major role. Dr. Rand rarely ever needs to do any revisions and the nipple will most always stay youthful and elevated where he has designed it to be.
Dr. Richard Rand is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast lifts for women in the greater Seattle and Bellevue area. Together with his expert staff at the Northwest Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Rand ensures that you feel confident and informed before moving forward with breast surgery.
Contact our office in Bellevue, Washington today to learn more about breast lift surgery.