The aging process, pregnancy, weight gain, and genetics all result in the drooping and sagging of the breasts. The skin on the breasts may also change and lose elasticity with time causing your breasts to appear less perky than they once were. If you are unhappy with your breasts’ appearance, you may benefit from a breast lift (mastopexy). A breast lift surgery is the only permanent way to restore the breasts to their original position. Many women choose to add volume and improve their breast shape with a breast lift with implants.
Led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David B. Brothers, Plastic Surgery Center of Atlanta offers breast lift surgery for women in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Decatur, Duluth, and Druid Hills.
What Is Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery raises sagging breasts (also known as ptosis) by removing excess skin and tightening the underlying glandular tissue. Even though the treatment does not add or remove volume, it radically transforms the appearance of the breasts. If the nipples point downwards, that is a sign that you need a breast lift.
Am I a Candidate for Breast Lift Surgery?
If your breasts are droopy or saggy and you are at a steady weight that is easily maintained, then you are probably a good candidate for a breast lift. Some women inherit saggy breasts; others experience it from pregnancy or weight loss.
A good breast lift patient has:
- Sagging breasts with little to no firmness
- Misshapen breasts
- Flatness at the upper portion of the breast
- Downward-facing nipples
- Nipples that sit at or below the breast crease
To be a candidate for a breast lift, you should not smoke, be in good overall health, and have realistic expectations for your results.
The best way to determine if breast lift surgery is right for you is to consult with a knowledgeable plastic surgeon like Dr. Brothers.
What is a Breast Lift Procedure?
A breast lift is a surgical procedure that is performed on women who want to eliminate droopy breasts. The procedure can be performed on women with any degree of sagging, although the techniques vary depending on the elasticity of your breast tissue and your breast size. A breast lift with implants can be done to restore lost volume and create better cleavage.
There are a few different lifts that Dr. Brothers performs based on the level of sagging and the result you desire. The specific lift dictates your breast lift scars.
- Crescent breast lift: The crescent lift is ideal for women with minimal sagging or those who are combining a breast lift with breast augmentation. A small, crescent-shaped incision is made along the top edge of the areola. Once it is fully healed, it blends in with the darker pigment and is inconspicuous.
- Vertical lift or Lollipop lift: The lollipop lift (the scar resembles a lollipop) is ideal for women with moderate sagging. The incision runs around the areola and extends down towards the bottom of the breast.
- Inverted T lift or Anchor lift: Perhaps the most popular type of lift—it gives the most significant improvement—the anchor lift is simply a lollipop lift with an additional horizontal incision that runs the length of the fold. This is the best option for significant or extreme sagging since it results in the most amount of tightening and repositioning.
What Is Recovery Like After Breast Lift Surgery?
Breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure, and you will be sent home to recover shortly after your operation. You will be wearing a post-surgical bra or compression garment to protect your breasts and the incisions. The bra also promotes circulation and reduces swelling. You should expect to experience bruising, swelling, tenderness, and tightness in the breasts that may persist for a few days to a few weeks. Some women also report itching, redness, discomfort, and a temporary loss of breast sensation. Your scars will be most noticeable after surgery, but with time they will begin to fade.
Prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication can alleviate any post-operative discomfort. It is best to fill any prescriptions before your breast lift surgery.
Most women resume work and non-strenuous activities within one week. Vigorous exercise, including heavy lifting, should be limited for a period of at least three to six weeks. It’s also important not to lift your arms over your head until Dr. Brothers has given clearance.Contact Us
How Much Does Breast Lift Surgery Cost In Atlanta??
The cost of breast lift surgery varies by patient. You will be given a detailed cost summary during your consultation that includes the applicable fees for Dr. Brothers and his surgical staff, as well as any necessary medical supplies and your follow-up care.
Financing is available through CareCredit®. We also accept cash, checks, and most major credit cards.
Breast Lift FAQs
How Should I Choose My Breast Lift Surgeon?
Breast lift surgery required extensive knowledge and skin. As with all plastic surgery procedures, your results are dependent on your plastic surgeon. It is essential to seek an experienced breast surgeon with whom you feel comfortable. Dr. Brothers is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing breast surgeries.
We recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Brothers to discuss your case.
What Type of Anesthesia is Used for a Breast Lift?
Breast lift surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia to ensure patient safety and comfort.
What Type of Scars Will I Have After My Breast Lift?
Yes. The type of breast lift scar depends on the technique used. Scarring will develop at the incision site—the more incisions that need to be made, the more scars you will have. Breast lift scars will fade over the following six months to one year and can be minimized with topical creams and silicone strips. Breast lift with implants does not require additional scarring.
When Will I See My Breast Lift Results?
You will begin to see the initial results of your breast lift immediately following surgery. These results will continue to improve as the body heals and swelling subsides. It can take up to six months for the full results to be seen.
Can I Combine My Breast Lift With Other Procedures?
Yes, a breast lift can be done in tandem with other plastic surgeries or performed as a standalone procedure. Some of the popular procedures that a breast lift is combined with include breast augmentation, breast reduction, or as part of a Mommy Makeover.
How Long Will My Breast Lift Results Last?
The results of a breast lift are permanent as long as you maintain your weight. However, the breasts will continue to age, and additional procedures may be necessary for the future.