Sagging breasts are among the top appearance concerns that contribute to a woman’s self-esteem. Having droopy breasts is not only a sign that you are aging, it is also unsightly. Naperville female plastic surgeon Dr. Tripti Burt understands your concerns and can help. As an experienced breast and body contouring surgeon, Dr. Burt has successfully performed a number of breast lift procedures with excellent results.
Breast lift surgery repositions the breasts higher on the chest, thereby restoring their youthful and perky appearance. In many cases, breast lift is combined with breast augmentation, especially if you have lost a lot of breast volume, which happens over time.
Are You a Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery is appropriate for patients who are very self-conscious about the position of their breasts. In many cases, these patients are new mothers who have lost volume and perkiness after breastfeeding, or aging women who are experiencing the natural aging process. Dr. Burt determines each patient’s candidacy on a case by case basis; she will work closely with her entire team to ensure that this is the right procedure for you. If additional procedures are needed, Dr. Burt will make those recommendations after listening to your aesthetic desires.
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep. Dr. Burt will perform one of several different types of breast lift, which differ by the incision type. She uses a variety of techniques including: periareolar, lollipop, and anchor type lifts. She will determine the right technique for your treatment prior to surgery, so you will be completely aware of the incisions that will be created and the subsequent scarring. After the appropriate incisions are made, Dr. Burt will reshape the breast tissue and reposition it. The areola and nipple are also lifted, but remain attached to the breast to prevent sensation loss.
What to Expect During Recovery
After breast lift, you will be discharged the same day. You may feel drowsy from the anesthesia and sore from surgery. Dr. Burt will give you oral pain medicine, and your chest will be bandaged up to facilitate initial healing and keep the swelling down. You will need to rest at home for about seven days, after which time you may return to work and resume other light physical activities. Exercise and other strenuous physical activities should be avoided for several weeks, even when you are not feeling any discomfort. Dr. Burt will also advise you to wear a support bra for some time in order to allow the breasts to settle into their new position. After the healing process, you will have a perkier, more youthful-looking bust line. This is an outpatient procedure that can be performed at our onsite surgery center in Plainfield.
The decision to pursue breast lift is up to you. If your breasts sag or look “deflated,” and your nipples have descended and now sit below your inframammary fold (the crease below your breast), breast lift will be beneficial. Namely, it will create a better breast shape and restore a more pleasing breast position.
The best way to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for breast lift is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Burt. She will perform a physical examination of your breasts, take down a detailed medical history and inquire about your ideal surgical outcome. Based on this information, she will decide whether breast lift is a good option for your needs.
Surgery is not painful. You will receive anesthesia medications and sleep comfortably throughout the entire procedure. You may have some post-operative discomfort, but any pain can be quelled with oral medication as prescribed by the doctor.
Although recovery varies by patient, most breast lift patients return to work a week to 10 days after surgery. The most important guideline to remember is to listen to your body and not force yourself to return to work and other activities until you feel ready.
Yes, there is typically scarring after breast lift surgery. The extent of scarring depends on the technique (incision pattern) used. Dr. Burt will take special measures when placing the incisions to minimize scarring.
Types of Breast Lift
There are several different types of breast lift; the surgeon will select the most suitable approach based on the degree of breast sagging.
The crescent lift is performed through an incision along the upper portion of the areola. Excess skin is excised from above the areola and the nipple-areola complex is elevated on the breast mound. The crescent lift is typically prescribed in cases of minimal breast sagging. It leaves the least amount of breast scarring.
The Benelli, or doughnut, breast lift techniques are performed through incisions made circumferentially around the areola. Excess skin is removed from around the circumference of the areola, and the remaining skin is cinched down around the nipple-areolar complex. Large areolas can also be reduced in size through the incisions, and tubular-shaped nipple-areolas can be corrected. The Benelli or doughnut breast lift is used on women that have a moderate degree of breast sagging; it will leave scarring around the areola.
The next type of breast lift is the lollipop lift, which is performed through an incision made around the nipple and vertically down to the inframammary fold underneath the breast. Through the incision, excess skin is removed and the remaining skin underneath the nipple is brought together and stitched into place to “lift” the breast. This method is appropriate for a select group of patients with specific breast measurements. It will leave more scarring than the crescent, doughnut or Benelli lifts.
The most effective type of breast lift involves making an anchor-shaped incision on the breast. It is usually performed on women that have advanced breast sagging (ptosis). The incision extends circumferentially around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the breast crease. This incision pattern enables the surgeon to remove a greater amount of excess skin and reshape the breast mound higher on the chest wall. One drawback is that scarring is more extensive and healing can take longer.