Over time, even the perkiest of breasts can lose shape, firmness and skin elasticity. From pregnancy to breastfeeding, weight changes to aging, gravity will eventually encourage these two friends to head south.
We’ve talked about breast augmentation with implants to address the issue of breast volume. Now, let’s talk about the breast lift.
What is a breast lift?
A breast lift, called a mastopexy, raises the breast by removing excess skin while tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. A breast lift can also reduce the size of the areola, which may have enlarged over time.
What are the options?
As with most surgeries, there are a few different options to consider. A breast lift may simply require raising the location of the nipple by a few millimetres or it could require the removal of excess or stretched skin to tighten the whole breast skin envelope. If breast volume is also of concern, a lift can be combined with breast implant surgery to give more fullness to the new and lifted shape.
The best for breast lift surgery is when you are finished having children. Pregnancy and breastfeeding may contribute to further changes in your surgical results.
What to expect.
After a breast lift, your breasts will be higher, tighter and fuller, with a more youthful shape and forward pointing nipples (rather than downward). Although the results of breast lift surgery are long lasting, gravity and aging are unavoidable and may eventually alter the size and shape of the breast once again. A repeat breast lift to restore the breast’s youthful shape and contour can be done at any point, years down the road.
Most patients can resume regular, non-strenuous daily activities around ten days after surgery. Your personal recovery time will depend on the extent of your surgery and your general health.
Breast lift surgery can often be combined with other “yummy mummy” surgical procedures (those popular post-pregnancy), such as tummy tucks and liposuction. We’d love to help you get back your pre-baby body. If you’re considering a breast lift, augmentation or another surgical procedure, contact us for a consultation.