RESTORE CONTOURING WITH A BREAST LIFT

WHAT IS A BREAST LIFT?

Breast lift surgery performed to reshape and raise sagging breasts and to reduce the size of the areola. It can also be performed with implants to increase the volume and firmness lost over the years due to pregnancy, weight loss, or aging.

THE PROCEDURE

Breast lift surgery typically takes about an hour and a half to three hours to perform and usually requires general anesthesia. The type of breast lift surgery depends on the amount of skin that needs to be removed to create the desired lift. Minimal lifts consist of an incision that is confined to a circle around the areola. Moderate lifts require both vertical and areola-area incisions. If the breast lift is substantial, an anchor-shaped incision that follows the breast’s natural shape will be made. After the incisions excess tissue is removed, the nipple and areola is repositioned, and the breast is lifted and shaped.

POST-OP AND RECOVERY

Your breasts will be wrapped in bandages after your procedure and remain there for two days. Then you will be required to wear a sports bra with a front zipper 24 hours a day for three to four weeks. Stitches will be removed after about a week or two and the initial swelling will begin to subside, revealing their new shape. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for three or four weeks after surgery and it can take over a week to be able to return to work. The swelling that occurs can cause a loss of sensation to your breasts and nipples, but this will fade within six weeks. Rarely does this numbness last for more than a year, but it can potentially be permanent.

RISKS OF BREAST LIFT SURGERY

Potential complications after breast lift surgery include infection, bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, asymmetry, and loss of sensation in the nipple and surrounding tissue. Scarring will occur with breast lift surgery. These risks very rarely occur and the Greenwich Center for Plastic Surgery has performed several breast lift procedures with exceptional results.