As women breastfeed or get older, the breast tissue may stretch, leading to sagging and drooping breasts. But a breast lift can raise the breasts and give you a younger, perkier look.
This popular cosmetic procedure can lift the breasts to give you a more attractive appearance and boost confidence. You also may have breast augmentation at the same time as a breast lift to increase lost volume.
Dr. Smita R. Ramanadham can perform a breast lift that offers you the look and self-confidence you seek. She is a double board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast procedures in the New Jersey, New York City, and Tri-state areas.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Dr. Smita may recommend a breast lift to raise the breasts because of age, breastfeeding, and other factors.
She can perform your breast lift with a variety of procedures. The one Dr. Smita chooses in your case depends on the shape and size of your breasts and the amount of lift needed.
Before surgery, Dr. Smita will ask you to stop taking medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin. If you smoke, you’ll need to stop about a month before your breast lift. Smoking interferes with the healing process and may cause problems with the incisions.
The breast lift procedure generally involves these steps:
- Smita will mark your breasts while you’re standing to determine the degree of lift required.
- You’ll receive anesthesia to put you to sleep for the duration of the breast lift.
- She’ll make incisions around the areola. It will go down the front of the breast from the areola bottom to the breast crease. It also may extend from the sides of the areola.
- She’ll lift and reshape the breasts to give you the ideal profile. Also, she will move up the areolas and may decrease the breast size as needed.
- Smita will remove excess skin to make the breasts firmer and higher.
- She’ll close your incisions with sutures and skin adhesives. Then, she’ll try to place the incisions where they are less visible.
Before and After Images
Benefits Of A Breast Lift
Pregnancy, weight loss, aging, and other factors can make the breasts age faster, which can cause excessive sagging.
Many women feel self-conscious and unattractive because of their sagging breasts and want a breast lift to make them look more feminine. Also, the procedure repositions the nipples higher on the chest to give the breasts the ideal appearance.
Most women who have a breast lift report feeling more attractive and self-confident, which can also help in the bedroom.
Breast lift surgery also has one of the highest satisfaction rates of all cosmetic procedures.
Ideal Candidates For A Breast Lift
Dr. Smita will have a consultation with you to determine if you’re a good fit for this procedure. You may be an ideal candidate for a breast lift if:
- You are in good health and near your ideal weight
- You aren’t a smoker
- You are concerned that your breasts droop or aren’t as attractive as they were
- Your breasts are pendulous or flat
- Your areolas and nipples point downward
- Your breasts have enlarged areolas and stretched skin
- One breast is higher than the other
Surgery Preparation For A Breast Lift
Before having a breast lift, Dr. Smita may ask you to do the following:
- Have a medical evaluation and blood bests
- Stop taking certain medications or begin taking some
- Have a mammogram before and after the procedure to watch for changes in the breast tissue
- Stop smoking
- Not to take herbal supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs, and aspirin because they can cause bleeding.
You will need to have someone take you to and from the surgical center. Also, you should have a friend or relative stay with you the first night after surgery.
Breast Lift Risks And Complications
Breast lift surgery is highly advanced, and most patients seldom have serious problems. But a breast lift is a serious surgery, so complications are possible. The most complications and risks of a breast lift are:
- Anesthesia complications
- Hematoma or bleeding
- Breast asymmetry
- Breast shape and contour problems
- Changes in breast or nipple sensation, which can be long-term or short-term
- Fluid accumulation
- Incisions don’t heal
- Revision surgery
- Loss of areola or nipple
- Cardiac and pulmonary problems
- Fatty tissue may die
Dr. Smita will talk to you before surgery about the potential risks. Please remember to ask her any questions you have during this consultation.
Breast Lift Recovery
Most breast lift patients take off three to seven days from work to recover. You should avoid strenuous physical activity for the first three weeks after surgery, but it helps recovery to go for a daily walk.
It takes from six to 12 weeks for your breasts to reveal their final shape. Scars will take up to a year to fade but are usually difficult to see after full recovery.
Pain after a breast lift is moderate, and you may only need over-the-counter pain drugs, but Dr. Smita can prescribe a painkiller if needed.
During the breast lift, Dr. Smita can also do breast augmentation, which can be done with implants or fat transfer. Fat transfer can remove fat from a problem area, and it’s then injected into the breasts for a small size increase.
For patients interested in other procedures, please discuss your goals with Dr. Smita about your goals.
Breast Lift FAQ
Below are the most common questions we receive about breast lifts:
How Long Does A Breast Lift Last?
Many of Dr. Smita’s patients report their breast lifts last 10-15 years, but some may want to make minor changes sooner. Remember that your body and breasts will continue to age after a breast lift, so you may need revision eventually.
Is A Breast Lift Worth It?
Yes. Lifting the breasts will give them a more shapely and younger appearance, leading to increased self-confidence.
Remember that breast lift surgery won’t increase their size, so consider breast augmentation if that’s what you want.
What Is A Natural Breast Lift?
A natural breast lift hides the incisions in various positions, so there are no visible scars after surgery.
A traditional breast lift leaves scars on the front of the breasts, but they usually fade substantially after a year.
Will A Breast Lift Reduce My Cup Size?
After this procedure, many patients find they wear a bra size about one cup smaller. This is because Dr. Smita will remove some breast skin and tissue during the procedure.
If you’re concerned about the breasts being smaller, you may want to have breast augmentation, as well.
What Is A Lollipop Breast Lift?
This procedure is intended for women who need more lift. It involves making incisions around the areola and the straight one that runs from the areola bottom to the middle of your breast crease.
How Painful Is A Breast Lift?
Most of Dr. Smita’s patients report a mild to moderate amount of pain, usually within two or three days of the procedure. She can prescribe pain drugs if needed, but many can use over-the-counter pain medications.
What Can Go Wrong With My Breast Lift?
Some typical side effects from this procedure include mild to moderate pain, tingling, tightness, or numbness. The pain usually fades after the first few days. But you may have sensation changes that take a few months to resolve.
Can I Go Without A Bra After My Breast Lift?
You’ll need to wear a supportive medical bra for the first few weeks. This will reduce swelling and speed healing. It also helps to keep you comfortable.
Does Anyone Ever Die From A Breast Lift?
Deaths during breast lifts and augmentations are infrequent in the United States. You can feel confident that Dr. Smita, a double board-certified plastic surgeon, has the training and skill to ensure you have a safe and highly satisfying procedure.
Is It Safe To Have A Breast Lift?
Any surgery has risks, especially when there’s anesthesia. But breast lift surgery is very safe when done by a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. Smita and her staff will check on you during recovery and are always available if you have concerns.
When Can I Get A Breast Lift?
You can have a breast lift at any age if your breasts are no longer developing. Many women have the procedure after pregnancy or significant weight loss.
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