All About Breast Lifts

By lifting sagging tissues and reshaping the breasts into a rounder, firmer contour, a breast lift can help you cheat gravity and enjoy a more beautiful, youthful breast shape once again.

If you cannot seem to find a bra that is comfortable and “does its job” well, or if you are unhappy with the way your breasts look in or out of clothing, having a breast lift can help give you a breast contour that will make getting dressed every day a lot more enjoyable.

How do I know if I need a breast lift?

There is no single rule that determines whether or not you need a breast lift; however, there are some general characteristics that indicate a good candidate for breast lift surgery:

  • Nipples point downward, not forward
  • The nipple/areola complex sits below the inframammary fold (the crease underneath the breast) when viewed from the side
  • Breasts are moderate to severe asymmetry in shape or size
  • Breasts lack fullness or firmness

Breast lift surgery is tailored to address each of these issues and give you firmer, rounder, and perkier breasts with improved symmetry. A breast lift, with or without implants, is commonly performed as part of a mommy makeover to help restore more youthful breast and body contours following pregnancy and breastfeeding.

If you are unsure whether or not a breast lift might help you, take a look at our breast lift before and after gallery to see what is possible. Or, give us a call for a consultation with Dr. Movassaghi. We’ll be happy to discuss your options for improving your breast shape.

“Knowing how I used to look before having my kids, I had a hard time accepting what I was left with. I now feel more confident than I did even in high school. Your work is amazing and I truly appreciate what you’ve done for my self esteem.”*

—Actual Patient

Will I need to get breast implants too?

A breast lift can be successful with or without breast implants; it all depends on your aesthetic goals. If you are happy with your current breast size when you are wearing a bra, a breast lift alone will give you firmer, perkier breasts without substantially changing your breast size.

However, if you would like to have larger breasts, or if you have lost a great amount of tissue volume (common after significant weight loss or pregnancy), having a breast augmentation at the same time as a breast lift can help you improve both shape and size.

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Breast augmentation can be performed during the same operation as a breast lift, and the recovery process is typically the same as that required with a breast lift alone.

Breast Lift Incisions

All surgical procedures require incisions that result it some scarring, including breast lift surgery. However, an experienced plastic surgeon will take care to place incisions in inconspicuous locations so they can easily be hidden beneath a bra or bikini top. Typically, one incision will be made around the edge of the areola (a “peri-areolar” incision), and in some cases a second will be made in the crease underneath the breast. With proper care, the resulting scars will heal into very thin, often barely perceptible lines that will fade significantly over time.

Breast Lift Surgery & Recovery

Breast lift surgery is done on an outpatient basis under sedation and local or general anesthesia. Dr. Movassaghi performs surgery at McKenzie Surgery Center or Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon. During breast lift surgery, the nipple areolar complex is repositioned higher, excess skin is removed, and the breast is reshaped into a more pleasing contour and position. If you are having a breast augmentation at the same time as a breast lift, Dr. Movassaghi will insert your chosen implants through the same incisions required for the breast lift.

You will go home wearing a supportive, soft shelled bra with only light dressings over the incision lines. The bra is worn as a “dressing” for 4 to 6 weeks. Most patients find soreness and discomfort tolerable and only require pain medication for the first few days after surgery. You will be walking around the same evening as your surgery, and light activities may be started in 7 to 10 days. Typically, patients with a desk job feel ready to return to work after only a week or so, and a fitness regime may be gradually resumed after about 3 weeks.

It’s important to remember that the recovery timeline after breast lift surgery will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of surgery and your body’s own healing processes. You can help ensure an optimal recovery by following your plastic surgeon’s instructions to the letter.

How long will breast lift results last?

By taking good care of yourself and leading a healthy lifestyle, you can enjoy the benefits of breast lift surgery for many years. With the excess, sagging skin gone and your breast shape improved, having a breast lift is akin to starting over with regards to the gradual effects of gravity. In fact, you should continue to enjoy a better breast shape than you had before, even as you experience a natural amount of sagging years down the road. However, any future pregnancies or a significant weight change likely will impact your results. Therefore, we typically recommend postponing breast lift surgery until you are finished having children.