restore your breasts’ shape and position
Multiple pregnancies, loss of skin elasticity due to aging, loss of breast volume and gravity are all factors that cause breasts to lose their shape and firmness. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a procedure performed to elevate and reshape sagging breasts and reposition the nipples to a more desirable location. The procedure can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If you’re looking to lift and add volume, breast augmentation can also be performed at the same time. To learn more about the procedure in greater detail and the results you can expect, please schedule a complimentary consultation with a plastic surgery physician.
What is a Breast Lift?
Women come to Charlotte Plastic Surgery with different breast needs and different expectations—and one of the first steps we take is to sit down with each patient to ensure they’re pursuing the correct treatment. For example, for women who want additional breast volume, the right procedure is breast augmentation. A breast lift doesn’t add volume; its intention is to change the shape of the breast. Of course, some women pursue breast augmentation and a breast lift in tandem.
For women who pursue a breast lift, or mastopexy, there are different types to consider. Some women only require a slight lift with a minor incision; for other women, a more involved lift with a significant incision is required. Your plastic surgeon will consult with you on the type of breast lift that’s right for your needs.
What to Expect from a Breast Lift
A breast lift is intended to accomplish three distinct goals:
- First, the breast itself is uplifted, reducing the overhang of the breast—allowing for the underside of the breast to be more visible.
- The nipple is elevated to a more central location on the breast mound, which visually enhances the shape of the breast.
- Finally, a breast lift restores fullness to the breast by moving the tissue upward.
These are all positive effects that can help women achieve the desired outcomes. With that said, many women also have concerns about breast surgery of any kind. One of the chief concerns is visible scarring. This is a natural anxiety for any woman to have as she considers a breast lift, and our surgeons can best relieve that anxiety by showing real patient breast lift before and after photos—demonstrating how minimal scarring tends to be, and what it ultimately looks like over time.
Another common concern pertains to recovery time. How long will it take the average patient to recover fully from a breast lift procedure? The procedure itself tends to take about two hours, and after that time the patient will spend about one hour in the recovery room. Following that, the patient returns home. There is minimal discomfort associated with a breast lift and it’s typically resolved in just a few days. From there, recovery is a simple matter of letting the body heal.
Ultimately, the patients who undergo a breast lift are content to accept the minor scarring and brief recovery time associated with the procedure, because what it accomplishes is something far more significant—rejuvenating the appearance of their breasts, and mitigating the effects of pregnancy, weight loss, or simple aging.
How To Know If You Need A Breast Lift?
Our goals at Charlotte Plastic Surgery are to ensure that each client receives the outcome they desire, and also to maximize patient health and safety at every turn. As such, it’s important to us that we meet with each patient before their breast surgery, ensuring that they are a good candidate for the procedure.
One of the most common questions we get from our patients is whether the breast lift is really the right choice. The short answer: it depends on whether or not you are content with your breast volume and position. If your breasts are the size you want, but perhaps not the desired shape or in the right place, then a breast lift may be the right choice. For patients who are dissatisfied with their volume but their breasts are in the right place, we’d more likely recommend breast augmentation.
As for the desired shape of the breast, most women want the nipple to be at the apex of the breast mound—right where the breast peaks. This places the nipple above the fold of the breast; for women whose nipples are already above the fold, a lift typically isn’t needed.
Getting Your Breasts Back
Many women approach us saying that they’ve had “the life sucked out of their breasts,” often through pregnancy or breastfeeding. Our surgeons can work with you to restore them to the youthful shape you desire.
Charlotte Plastic Surgery has performed tens of thousands of breasts lifts; we have the experience and the group approach to ensure optimal patient outcomes. To speak with us more about whether a breast lift is right for you, contact us to schedule a consultation today.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience! I’m in zero pain, the swelling isn’t bad, and even right after surgery, my breasts look AMAZING! I highly recommend the doctors and team at Charlotte Plastic Surgery – I promise you won’t be disappointed.”
LENGTH: 2-3 hours.
ANESTHESIA: General (asleep).
SIDE EFFECTS: Temporary bruising, swelling, discomfort, numbness and dry breast skin. Permanent scars.
RISKS: With any surgery, risks such as infection and blood clot exist. Our surgeons will always talk with you about potential risks specific to your procedures in your consultation. Other risks may include scarring, unevenly positioned nipples, permanent loss of feeling in nipples or breast.
RECOVERY: Back to work: one week or more. Strenuous activities: one month. Fading of scars: several months to a year.
DURATION OF RESULTS: Variable. Gravity, pregnancy, aging and weight changes may cause new sagging. In some patients, breast implants or other types of breast surgery may be placed in conjunction with a breast lift to enhance results.