What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a common breast enhancement procedure in which Dr. Sweat is able to improve the position of the breast, by removing any excess skin that may have stretched out due to stress such as weight gain, pregnancy, or even the natural aging process. A breast lift can be done alone or in combination with a breast augmentation or breast reduction.
Who is a Candidate?
Women who are experiencing sagging or drooping breasts due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, gravity, fluctuations in weight, or heredity can often benefit from a breast lift. This procedure can improve the shape of the breasts as well as raise them to a perkier position. Droopiness of the breast is determined mostly by the position of the nipple on the breast mound, with a grading system that determines how droopy the breasts might be. In general, once the nipple reaches the level of the fold under the breast, a breast lift may be necessary to improve the shape and appearance of the breasts. A consultation with Dr. Sweat can determine if this procedure is right for you.
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia, and an implant can be inserted at the time of the surgery if desired. There are three common incision patterns used for the breast lift procedure. These include:
The Peri-Areolar (Donut) Incision: This incision is created just around the areola, and is ideal for those with a mild amount of breast sag. While the lift associated with this procedure is minimal, so is the associated scarring. However, this technique tends to flatten the projection of the breast and can stretch the nipple significantly.
The Vertical (Lollipop) Incision: This incision is created around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease, and is ideal for those with a mild to moderate amount of breast ptosis. When performed in combination with a breast implant, this is the most common type of lift pattern that Dr. Sweat performs. While many women are understandably concerned about the associated scarring with a lift, the improvement in breast shape often outweighs this concern and the vertical incision tends to heal and fade extremely well with time.
The Inverted-T (Anchor) Incision: This incision is created around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and then horizontally along the breast crease. It is best for those with a significant amount of breast sag. While more commonly used for breast reduction in selected circumstances, this extensive scar pattern is rarely necessary in breast lift procedures performed at J Sweat Plastic Surgery in Sacramento.
Regardless of the incision pattern used, the underlying breast tissue will be lifted and reshaped to improve the breast contour. The nipple and areola will be repositioned to a more youthful height, and excess breast skin will also be removed.
Following a breast lift, patients will need to wear a supportive soft cotton sports bra to diminish swelling and support the breasts as they heal. Patients should avoid straining, bending, and lifting, as well as strenuous activity which causes the breasts to joggle for upwards of 6 weeks. Many patients are able to return to work within a week or two, depending on their job. Incisions will be red or pink and fade over the many months following surgery. Remember to follow Dr. Sweat’s aftercare instructions to ensure optimal results.