Women tend to lose support of the breast tissue due to age, childbirth, changes in weight or other issues. These changes can cause a once perky, healthy appearing breast to become deflated and saggy. A breast lift is performed to correct these changes and retore and enhance the breast back to a youthful appearance. The procedure is designed to lift the breast tissue and reposition the nipple in a more aesthetically pleasing position by removing excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue. There are several different types of breast lifts. A mini-lift or periareolar breast lift may be appropriate for a woman with a small amount of breast sagging. Other women with more significant sagging may require a full lift. During your consultation with one of our Sarasota plastic surgeons, a treatment plan will be tailored to meet your aesthetic goals. In some cases, implants may also be incorporated to add additional volume.
During a breast lift surgery, incisions will be made around the skin-color line of the areola. It may extend vertically, down to the crease of the breast, or extend further to a horizontal incision following the breast crease direction. How extensive the incision will be depends on how much skin must be removed. The excess skin will be trimmed away and the underlying tissues tightened. The remaining skin will be stretched up and closed with sutures. An implant placed underneath the chest muscle may also supplement the lift as it can provide additional support in keeping the improved projection in place.
Women who contemplate undergoing breast lift surgery often wonder what the incisions will look like and how bad the scarring will be after the procedure. The incisions vary depending on how severe the breast sagging is and how much tissue volume is present. The most common incisions are noted below.
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast;
- Incision made along the line surrounding the areola, plus a vertical incision down to the natural crease below the breast, and another horizontal line following the direction of the breast fold.
Breast Lift Reviews
"34DDD with a Bad Shape-lift, removal of tissue, then implants - I've been to three other surgeons over the years for consults and felt the most comfortable with Dr. Mobley and his staff. Every single member of the staff in this practice is amazing, which to me is huge. I went to a surgeon right before Dr. Mobley who was recommended to me by two friends. I liked the surgeon but didn't go with him because of his staff and the office experience. Completely the opposite at Sarasota Plastic Surgery. Dr. Mobley is incredibly talented and takes pride in his work. He has a reassuring and confident manner, which is what I needed, especially being scared to death of my first surgery. Here's something that may sound odd but that was a huge deciding factor for me: Dr. Mobley, unlike every other surgeon I had consults with, meets with you when you're fully clothed first before you get almost naked in the paper robe. I just thought that was so cool, because I get major anxiety being naked in front of a stranger, doctor or not! I felt like this gave him the chance to see me as I look every day so he could tell what kind of look to give me with my boobs. Some people may not care, but it just made me feel so much more at ease to talk to him when I was dressed. He takes all the time you need to answer questions and educate you without making you feel rushed. I'm very happy with the results of my breast lift with implants aside from an unavoidable areola size issue, but I wanted to get lipo anyway so I can get it fixed then. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr. Mobley to anyone. - - I'm 36 years old, I have one daughter who's 10. I nursed her for 14 months but my boobs have always been big and kinda low. I got married a year ago (we've been together for 7.5 years) and I guess we're not having any more kids. We talk about it every once in a while but we agree the time isn't right. Well, I'm not gettin any younger so the cutoff time is quickly approaching! Obviously I know people have babies all the time in their late 30's, early 40's-I just personally don't want to do that, especially with a daughter who's so much older. Anyway, the point is that I'm ready to get a breast lift, I've wanted to do it for years. I first had a consultation in 2008 and didn't have the $ and didn't want to go into debt for it. I've had two consultations this year and definitely preferred one surgeon over the other-the staff and the whole office experience. I know surgeon # 1 is good, I have 2 friends who have had beautiful BA's with him, but the office experience was not good which was a big deal to me. So now I'm scheduled with Surgeon #2 for 5/22. We discussed a slight reduction with a lift and implants. I love the shape of adding implants although I'm really nervous about adding something foreign to my body. We also discussed Lipo of the abdomen. I've gained about 12 lbs since I got married last year but it's stress and diet. I go to crossfit 4-5 times a week, I just can't get my eating in check. Anyway, I'm hoping to lose the weight before surgery and NOT get the Lipo. My weight fluctuates about 10-15 lbs and I'm so sick of it. I'm only 5'2 so it makes a huge difference!! I had smart Lipo in 2010 on my flanks and arms and really regretted it. I can't tell any difference on my arms at all, they've always been heavy. My flanks are ok but with my stupid weight fluctuations, the lbs I put on all went to my front stomach. When I did the smart Lipo, I wanted to get my front tummy done but they said I had an umbilical hernia (must've been born with it) and they couldn't do it. This surgeon said that's not a problem, they just avoid the hernia area. I have so many thoughts running through my mind about the whole procedure, and I'm grateful for this site. My husband says every night when I'm on my ipad, "you lookin at boobies again?", haha. I'm just learning so much from you ladies and I'm the type to want to be completely armed with knowledge!!"- R. / RealSelf / Apr 04, 2014
"Triplet Mom, 1 Year PP, Breast Lift with Implants, and Liposuction - Dr. Engle is simply the best that I’ve seen in natural-looking results. I’ve worked in plastic surgery in the past and it is common for a doc to agree with any procedure the patient wants. Dr. Engle was very open and honest with me about 1) procedures I wanted that he didn’t think I needed and 2) recommending things that he thought would give me the result I wanted. He was right about everything and it was very refreshing to have a doctor like him helping me make such a huge decision."- M. / RealSelf / Feb 26, 2018
"Breast Lift - Dr Engel has the best bed side manor I have ever encountered in a doctor."- Anonymous / RealPatientRatings / May 16, 2017
"24 Years Old, Breast Lift Without Implants. Sarasota, FL - Dr. Derby is fantastic! I'm very pleased with my decision to undergo this procedure under his care. Throughout this process Dr. Derby has always made me feel comfortable and cared for. At the initial consult, he provided a thorough explanation of the procedure and even personalized my potential plan of care using pictures & computer imaging - an impressive start to our first meeting. He was honest with what I could expect after the surgery and together we established our expectations and goals. He's kind, engaging, and always made me laugh - making it that much easier to undergo my first major surgery. It's clear Dr. Derby cares about his patients and their well-being. I am beyond happy with my results and would highly recommend Dr. Derby and his staff. - - Throughout my late teens/early twenties I never had any issues with size (I'm around a 36B/34D), but I had never been comfortable with the shape of my breasts - they were droopy, flat, and my areolas were way larger than "normal." I struggled to find suitable bras/swimwear and even my best efforts left my breasts feeling squished and squeezed into place. In my 20's I began to avoid wearing low-cut tops or dresses because I didn't want anyone to notice any odd cleavage. Still, I never thought of myself as someone who would actually get plastic surgery and I had accepted that this would just be an issue I'd deal with for the rest of my life. Meanwhile I knew the toll it was taking on my self-confidence and body image - even if nobody else noticed it, too. After about 1-2 years of researching and exploring my options I finally felt confident and ready to pursue a change. I struggled with the idea of getting a breast lift because I felt like that procedure was something only older women had done, age being the main factor for change. I was embarrassed talking about it and initially I only felt comfortable sharing my ideas by calling the procedure a "breast reduction" - that feeling slightly more conventional for someone my age. Many of my close friends were very skeptical of my decision and generally opposed it altogether. I knew they couldn't fully understand my personal struggle because they hadn't seen my bare unsupported chest. I decided to move forward with the surgery anyways. I reviewed physicians in multiple cities, and ultimately chose a surgeon based on location, reviews, and recommendations from women in my mom's circle of friends. I'm now almost 2 months post-op from a bilateral mastopexy, and I am beyond happy with my results. While outwardly subtle (my surgeon ensured my breasts would maintain their original size by using an auto-augmentation approach), the actual physical change from before and after surgery is remarkable. My new breasts are rounder and perkier, and the nipples are lifted and more appropriately sized. The best part of this entire process is that I finally feel relaxed and comfortable in my own skin. I am thrilled with my decision to undergo a breast lift at 24, and I encourage anybody facing similar issues to advocate for themselves and their own well-being!"- S. / RealSelf / Oct 26, 2016
"Dr. Mobley is the best!! - I am very happy with my results! I had a breast reduction, then years later, had a breast lift and augmentation. Dr. Mobley is very professional and the staff is so kind and knowledgeable. He is my only choice for any kind of plastic surgery."- D. / RealSelf / Jun 04, 2017
Breast lift surgery is performed using general anesthesia at a surgery facility. On average, the procedure may last up to 2 hours. The recovery will vary as some patients will have had a breast lift in combination with a reduction surgery, or with augmentation using implants. Regardless, patients will be encouraged to move around within the first 48 hours. Activities such as carrying heavy objects or any activity that puts pressure on the chest must be avoided. Most patients can resume normal activities within a couple of weeks, but exercise should not be attempted for 6-8 weeks. There will be some scarring associated with this procedure, but with extra care they will heal and fade, and many patients feel they become secondary to a more beautiful breast shape.
Breast Lift FAQs
Lift or Augmentation?
It depends on the patient’s aesthetic goals and the current breast form. A breast lift will help correct a sagging, drooping breast. Many times after this surgery, patients are happy with their breast size because the lift alone creates a fuller breast. If the patient wishes to have more volume and increase the breast size, implants will resolve this issue. Before surgery, a thorough consultation and assessment will be provided, and the surgeon will recommend if a lift alone is all that is needed, or if an augmentation and a lift may be done as a combination surgery.
It is common in a breast lift procedure that the nipple is repositioned so that it looks proportional to the newly shaped breast. When excess skin is trimmed away, a portion of an overly stretched areola (the colored skin around the nipple) is simultaneously trimmed away. The goal is for the nipple and areola to be within a normal size and position.
How Bad Is Scarring?
When incisions are made to trim away the skin, scars are an inevitable part of the process. Plastic surgeons are experts when it comes to minimizing scarring with precise techniques when it comes to incisions and suturing. A post-surgery scar care program will be provided, and patients are strongly encouraged to follow the plan so that healing is healthy and quick.
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- Recovery Time
- 2-3 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 3 Hours
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