About Breast lift Surgery
A Breast Lift is a type of surgery that it intended to to correct the size, contour and elevation of sagging breasts. You may also hear the term, Mastopexy, which is another name for a breast lift.Year after year, the elasticity of your skin weakens. As a woman, one of the first and worst places you'll notice this occurring is in the breast area. Breasts will lose their perkiness, droop and possibly lose volume, resulting in a wholly undesirable appearance. Unfortunately, it's an undeniable sign of aging.
A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure and confidence by restoring the natural looking shape that you once had!
What Breast Lift Can Do For You
A breast lift will correct the breast’s form and shape, raise the nipple-areola complex up to a higher position, reduce the size of the areolas, as well as resize the breasts.
Results of a good breast lift include:
- Nipples and Areolas pointing up
- Breasts sit evenly with each other
- Creating a breast shape that is more circular than cylindrical
- Making sure the size of the breasts are more even with each other
- The nipples sit and the level of the inframammary fold (breast crease)
Most importantly a breast lift will help you to love your breasts again!
Step-by-Step Visual to the Breast Lift Surgery
Before a breast lift; as you can see the nipples point down.
Next, incisions are made according to the amount of lift that you need. Excess skin is removed and the nipple is moved up.
The skin will then be sewn together, allowing for maximum lift in the breast area.
The final result of your breast lift: perky, round and youthful breasts!
|If you feel that your breasts are not as perky, youthful and well-formed as they used to be, a breast lift at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic may the solution for you. In a free consultation you will learn all about the procedure including the cost, which starts from $8,000 (includes general anesthesia). To read more information on this, please visit our page on Breast Lift Cost.|
How do I know if I am a Good Candidate for the Breast Lift Surgery?
The degree of droop (ptosis) will vary between women however, here are some factors to look for in your breasts to determine if you will need a breast lift. Having some or all of these characteristics will help you make a decision:
- Nipples and/or areolas point down
- Loss of volume in the breasts
- Breast skin has been stretched; loss of skin elasticity (such as after weight loss or breastfeeding)
- Areolas are stretched
- One breast is lower than the other
- The breasts lie flat against the chest wall
- Pendulum shaped breasts
Since you are altering your body we recommend that the best time to proceed with plastic surgery is when you are mentally, physically and emotionally prepared.
Other factors that make a good candidate are:
- When you are at a stable weight
- Generally healthy
- Do not smoke or are planning to cut back
- You are not planning to have more children or breastfeed in the future
General Overview of a Breast Lift Surgery
A breast lift is an outpatient surgery so there is no need for an overnight stay. It is usually performed under general anesthesia in 1.5- 2 hours. Most breast lifts performed at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic involve using either Lollipop or Wise Pattern method (as you will see below) as these tend to provide the most dramatic results. Once you are sent out from the Operating Room, generally you will be in the Recovery Room for 1-2 hours. When you able to be discharged from the clinic your breasts will be wrapped in a thick bandage as well as the incisions covered with gauze. The nurses and plastic surgeon will explain to you and your caregiver how to take care of your breasts for the next little while. Pain medication will be prescribed to help alleviate any discomfort and in some cases an antibiotic will be given.
Book a Consult
The first step to finding out how breast Lift can help you is by visiting us for a free consultation. You will be able to not only have your questions answered, and learn all about the surgery, but you can see how certain breast shape will look on you through our 3-D Visualization technology.
Types of Breast Lifts
There are actually several methods that plastic surgeons can choose from when performing a breast lift. How they choose, is based on several factors including the size of your breasts, the amount of excess skin you have, the size of your areolas and how much of a droop the breasts have. The different techniques that plastic surgeons use are based on the type of incisions that they will need to make:
- Benelli Breast Lift: Using only incisions in the shape of a “doughnut” that are made around the areola, this type of breast lift is great for breasts that need minimal correction.
- Lollipop Breast Lift: Incisions are made around the areola in a circle, and then just one vertical line downwards towards the breast crease, thus resembling the shape of a “lollipop”.
- Wise Pattern Breast Lift: Also referred to as an Inverted-T, Inferior Pedicle, or Anchor Breast Lift, this type is needed on breasts that need a large degree of correction. This type of lift has incisions that are taken one step further from the Lollipop Lift by making a horizontal incision in the breast crease.
- The “Crescent” Breast Lift: This type is very rarely used, as it is only meant for breasts with a low degree of sag. The incisions are made to resemble that of a “crescent” and are placed in the upper portion of the areola.
Breast Lift with an Implant
For women that need volume and a lift in the breasts, an Augmentopexy (Augmentation Mastopexy), which is also referred to as a Breast Lift with Implants can help achieve just that. Depending on the placement of the breast implant, a lift can occur as a result for women with a low degree of droop, without the need to make any incisions. For women who have a moderate to severe breast droop, breast lift incisions along with breast implant insertion will be needed, for a more dramatic result.
Breast Lift Scars
Scarring is one of the tradeoffs that you will have after proceeding with a breast lift. The plastic surgeons at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, try as hard as they can to make incisions in the most easily concealed locations. You need to remember that the scars will fade over time, but in some cases will be permanently visible. Some plastic surgeons may advertise scarless options, but what you need to understand is that less scars means less lift and less results. We have various breast lift scar reduction methods to help you properly fade them out.
A breast lift is a safe procedure when it is performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon, however with any surgery there will always be risks and worse case scenario, complications.
Following your pre and post operative instructions will help alleviate some potential complications. To find out more please visit here for more information.
The recovery will depend on your health, but in most cases patients return to work within a few days to a week. In a proper consultation with us, we will explain how you can maintain the results of your Toronto Breast Lift surgery.
The full results can take up to several weeks to several months for all the swelling to subside, however once the final results are apparent you will be ever so fond of how youthful and perky your breasts have become!
Breast Lift Q & A
Can I get a breast lift without implants?
Yes! If you have enough tissue or are happy with the current size of your breasts, a breast lift can benefit you and give you back that perky, full look.
Do non-surgical breast lift procedures work?
Many patients have asked if creams and ointments recently being advertised work to lift breasts. The short answer is “No”. Unfortunately, there is no way to lift your actual breasts without having surgery, and a breast lit surgery would be most effective.
How long with a breast lift last?
A breast lift should last you the rest of your life, or a very long time if you maintain a consistent weight. There are newer techniques now used to add support during the procedure, and not simply pull the skin up as with past techniques.
Can losing weight affect my breast lift?
Any drastic changes to the body can affect your breast lift. However, with this type of procedure, the tissue is moved and placed higher on your chest wall and then secured. It is recommended that you be at your ideal, healthy, maintainable weight before you go for surgery.
Does a breast lift make my cup size smaller?
It will lift and reshape the tissue into a firmer, more flattering shape. If you would like to reduce your breast size, some tissue can be removed in conjunction with this procedure. This would make it a breast reduction and breast lift combination procedure.
Should I get a breast lift after pregnancy?
Many women find a breast lift after pregnancy / when they are finished breast-feeding beneficial to restoring their body to its original shape. You should also ask yourself if you are finished having children before you decide to have this procedure.
Is it possible to get full looking breasts with a breast lift?
Many women have good cup sizes, but the fact that their breasts sag makes the distribution surface larger. By lifting and placing the natural tissue higher on the chest wall, your new lift will confine and keep your breast tissue in place. You can always opt to get breast implants with the lift.
What kind of procedures can I combine my breast lift with?
You can combine this procedure with several others such as breast augmentation, breast reduction, and a Mommy Makeover (Almost any other surgical procedure can be done at the same time as a breast lift).
Can I get a breast augmentation after a breast lift?
Of course you can, though we suggest that you do both together if you are already quite sure you want to have the augmentation done.
Can a breast lift remove stretch marks?
This depends. Since skin is removed during the breast lift procedure, your surgeon may eliminate skin that is affected by stretch marks. However, if stretch marks are in areas where the removal of skin is not beneficial for the procedure, then they will not be removed.
Most patients find that some of the stretch marks that appear near the areola or on the lower part of the breast are generally eliminated because of the techniques involved during surgery.
If you are concerned with stretch marks, there are other ways to eliminate their appearance. You may want to consider Laser Fractional Resurfacing.
Are the results from a breast lift permanent?
Yes. However, factors such as age, pregnancy, and massive fluctuations in weight may influence results from a breast lift.