Perky breasts appear to be more youthful looking breasts. A breast lift is a surgical procedure to literally lift your breasts to a higher point on your chest wall. Whether you were born with sagging breasts or your breast shape has simply changed due to age, weight loss/gain or pregnancy, a breast lift will help revitalize your breasts, restoring a more youthful contour to your entire torso.
During your initial consultation, Dr. David Sieber will work with you to understand exactly what it is that you don’t like about your breasts, and will formulate a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your desired breast shape. This may involve a breast lift alone or a breast lift with an implant if there’s a need to replace lost breast volume.
Breast Lift Improvements
A breast lift either with or without an implant can:
- Create a more youthful shape
- Improve saggy appearance
- Remove excess skin
- Improve breast symmetry
- Replace lost breast volume
- Length: 2-3 hours
- Anesthesia: General
- Inpt/Outpt: Outpatient
- Side effects: Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness
- Recovery: 3-7 days
To find out more about a breast lift with Dr. David Sieber at Sieber Plastic Surgery, call us today at: 415-915-9000 or schedule a consultation here.
Breast Lift Technique
One of the most common concerns for women seeking a breast lift are the scars. The reality is that every surgical procedure is going to leave some kind of scar. It’s a trade off for lifted skin. However, these scars can be minimized with exemplary surgical technique and the latest scar management therapies. Dr. Sieber has done advanced training with some of the best breast surgeons in the country and understands the importance of delivering the least conspicuous incision lines possible. One of the ways to do this is by choosing the appropriate incision type for your individual anatomy. The three types of incisions that Dr. Sieber uses for a breast lift are:
This incision traces around the pigmented skin of the areola. While this incision can allow for very good scar healing, it also may disrupt the milk ducts and glands which can affect your ability to breastfeed in the future.
This incision begins with a periareolar incision and then runs vertically from the bottom of the areola to the bottom of the breast.
This incision follows the same path as a keyhole incision, but also runs horizontally along the breast crease in either direction for a short distance.
After making the incisions, Dr. Sieber will then reshape the breast tissue to create a rounder, fuller breast while at the same time lifting the breast mound to a higher position on your torso, restoring a perkier, younger looking profile. Breast lift surgery is a same-day procedure performed under general anesthesia.
Preparing for Breast Lift Surgery
As with any major surgery, all medications and supplements which cause an increased risk of bleeding should be stopped 2 weeks prior to surgery. Please see our list of medications and supplements to avoid. As always, make sure to check with your doctor before stopping any medications.
Recovery from Breast Lift Surgery
It’s normal to feel some soreness and sensitivity during the first few days after your breast lift surgery. You may also have some areas of numbness, but these will gradually improve with time. Most women should plan to take off at least a week from work. After surgery, you will need to refrain from any rigorous activity for the first 2 weeks, and shouldn’t lift anything heavier than 10 lbs. You may begin to perform light exercise 2 weeks after your surgery, but should avoid chest exercises such as push-ups. You may begin more intense exercise at 4 weeks, and will be released to full activities at 6 weeks post op. Most women can see their final breast lift results within 2 to 4 months, but scars can take up to a year to totally heal and fade.
Q: I have big areolas. Is there anything that can be done about that at the same time?
A: Many women find that as their breast tissue has stretched out over time, so have their areolas. As a part of breast lift surgery, the areolar size is reduced so that it is in proportion to your newly lifted breast.
Q: I want fullness and cleavage in the top of my breasts. Will breast lift surgery help with this?
A: A breast lift will remove excess skin, and reposition your breast tissue and nipple higher on your chest wall. However, many women opt to have a breast implant placed at the same time as their breast lift surgery to restore fullness to the top part of the breast. Ask Dr. Sieber if you are a good candidate for a breast implant at the time of your breast lift consultation.
Q: My breasts look like they are different sizes. How do I get them to look more similar?
A: A breast reduction, breast augmentation, and breast lift can all help to create more breast symmetry. The right procedure is going to depend on your individual anatomy. While no two breasts are exactly alike, wanting them to be more similar in size and shape is a realistic goal. Dr. Sieber will help guide you to the procedure that is right for you and your desired look.