Is A Breast Lift The Right Option For You? Questions Answered

What A Breast Lift Can Do

While breast enlargement is one of the most commonly performed types of cosmetic surgery, it isn't the only option when it comes to breast enhancement and improving the overall appearance of your breasts. A breast lift can correct a sagging appearance and even give the appearance of having a larger size breast. A breast lift can help with sagging that is caused by everything from normal aging, pregnancy or breast feeding. Our skin looses elasticity in the normal process of again, and this contributes to a less youthful, sagging appearance of the breasts. There are a few different types of breast lifts available, so you will need to explore your options with your surgeon and see which one is best for you.

Find A Qualified Cosmetic Surgeon

The first step is finding a surgeon that is qualified and with whom you feel comfortable and can ask questions. A good cosmetic surgeon will be willing to spend the time to answer your questions, help you understand the options available and work with you to decide what procedure is most likely to give the best results for your particular body type and build. Many surgeons even have before and after photographs of previous types of surgeries that can give you a better visual idea of what the different types of breast lifts can accomplish.

Which Lift Is Right For You?

Your surgeon will take your medical history and help you determine which breast lift technique will work for you. The type of lift depends upon the size of your breasts and the amount of sagging involved. If you have larger sized breasts, then a standard breast lift with a larger incision and more excess skin removal may be required. For women with smaller sagging breasts, a smaller incision with less skin removal should prove successful.

The Procedure

What To Expect

In general, any kind of breast lift involves making incisions, removing excess skin and lifting the remaining skin to raise the breast. With any type of breast lift you can expect to experience minimal scarring, some minor pain and swelling and some bruising after the surgery. General anesthesia is used. After the breast lift you'll need to wear a support bra until the skin is healed and not lift or engage in a lot of physical activity for a short period.

Types Of Breast Lifts

Standard Lift

A standard breast lift involves what is called a keyhole or anchor incision. This cut will be made underneath the breast at the base and goes up towards the areola and around it. Excess skin will be removed and the breast then lifted and sutured in place higher up. This type of incision is the one most often used on women with larger breasts or the most severe sagging. The scars resulting from this procedure are larger than with many of the other lifts.

Benelli Lift

A Benelli lift or doughnut mastopexy uses a smaller incision that is only in a circle around the areola. A strip of skin is then cut away from around the areola and then the remaining skin pulled up and sutured in place, thus lifting the whole breast. This lift produces very minimal scars and the recovery time is quicker than with a standard lift.

Laser Bra Lift

One of the newer types of breast lift is a laser bra lift. As the name implies, a laser bra lift involves using a laser on the excess unwanted skin that is removed from sagging breasts, reattaching it internally to the chest wall to help support the breast tissue and then suturing the incisions closed. A laser bra lift will often hold in place longer than other types of breast lifts.

Expected Results

Typically a woman can expect the positive results of her breast lift to last around ten to fifteen years. Wearing a good support bra will increase the life of your breast lift and in contrast, if you don't wear a quality bra your breast lift won't last as long as expected. There will be scarring and they will fade eventually but never completely go away.

A breast lift can provide immediate results in appearance, but there is a recovery time and the procedure most likely will have to be repeated. Discuss the options with your surgeon and then you can decide which type will work best for you and provide the desired results.