What is a Breast Lift?
A surgical breast lift is a cosmetic treatment that lifts and reshapes the breasts by reducing loose skin and tightening the remaining tissue to produce a firmer, younger appearance. This cosmetic breast surgery is offered for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape and who are experiencing breast sagging due to weight loss, pregnancy, or aging. Dr. Eric Barker, a cosmetic plastic surgeon in Denver, CO, performs this surgery at Peak Plastic Surgery Center. By using the most advanced methods, Dr. Barker can choose the appropriate technique according to the degree of sag present, keeping in mind the desired aesthetic goal. Learn more about a breast lift by contacting our facility in Denver to schedule your initial consultation.
Who is a candidate for a breast lift?
A breast lift addresses the natural descent of the breast along with loss of volume. Each patient will meet with Dr. Barker to discuss the variety of surgical lift techniques and incision types to achieve their desired outcome. If the patient desires an increase in size and volume, it may be discussed pursuing a possible breast augmentation/lift combination or a possible internal bra technique. In most cases, breasts that have lost elasticity need skin removal and tightening surgery to reduce skin looseness and bring the breasts higher up on the chest wall. If your nipples point downward and your breasts look elongated, a breast lift can dramatically help their appearance. If you are considering a breast lift, you should be physically healthy and at a stable weight.
Breast Lift Reviews
"“I am very excited about my new look, I feel much better about myself, I have new confidence and people tell me I carry myself differently. Dr. Barker was highly recommended to me and more than exceeded my expectations. I had a great experience and have only good things to say about my experience at Peak Plastic Surgery Center”."- E.H / Office Visit / Jan 12, 2021
How Does a Breast Lift Work?
A breast lift takes approximately 2 – 4 hours and is performed using general anesthesia. The duration of this surgery is dependent on the complexity of breast size and sagging. The method used for a breast lift generally falls into two categories, and these are based on the type of the incision. The inverted-T (known as an anchor) and the straight line vertical incisions are the preferred types. Once the incision is made, any excess skin is carefully trimmed away along with breast tissue and fat that is not needed. The remaining skin is then pulled tight, and the breasts are lifted so they appear younger and healthier. In most situations, the size of the areola is reconstructed and reduced to match the new breast. It is during this time an implant or a fat transfer can be placed inside the breast if this was agreed upon before surgery. If a breast lift is the only surgery being performed and if breast size is a concern, augmentation surgery with implants can be implemented at a different date.
Breast Lift Surgical Timeline
- Day 3 to 5: Discomfort improving; able to return to work
- Day 7: First post-operative visit; dressing removal; weaned off pain medications
- 2 weeks: Second post-operative visit
- 3 weeks: Begin scar therapy if indicated
- 4 weeks: Third post-operative visit; begin slow increase of physical activity
- 6 weeks: Return to normal bra usage
What Can I Expect After a Breast Lift?
Following a breast lift, the incision will be closed with dissolvable sutures and covered with a small sterile surgical dressing. The dressing will remain in place until the first post-operative visit (within one week of surgery). Typically, patients will feel slight discomfort in their breasts for the first 3 – 5 days following surgery. The discomfort will continue to improve daily, and most patients are able to return to work within 3 – 5 days after surgery. During the operation, Dr. Barker will inject an anesthetic to help control immediate post-operative pain. After the surgery, typically, patients will only need over-the-counter medications (acetaminophen and ibuprofen) to assist with pain control. Patients will be allowed to shower within 24 hours after surgery, and they will be placed in a no-wire surgical bra, which will be recommended for the first six weeks of recovery. Patients will continue to avoid strenuous activity for the first 4 – 6 weeks following surgery. Patients are usually cleared for full activity without restrictions after 2 – 3 months. Swelling is expected during the first 2 – 3 months after surgery and typically resolves by six months.
Breast lift surgery has altered the lives of so many of our patients. If you feel upset about hanging, sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or prevent you from wearing comfortable clothing, a mastopexy at Peak Plastic Surgery Center can help address these issues. During your private consultation with Dr. Barker, he will complete a comprehensive breast assessment and develop a tailored treatment plan. To learn more, please contact Peak Plastic Surgery Center in Denver, CO, and schedule a consultation.