There are several variations of breast surgery that target aesthetic concerns such as increasing size or correcting asymmetry with breast implants, decreasing breast size with breast reduction, or restoring a perky breasts with a breast lift. Sagging and loss of chest volume is an unfortunate side effect of aging for women, especially following pregnancy and breastfeeding. These breast changes can be uncomfortable and frustrating, in which case a breast lift could be the right plastic surgery procedure for you.
If you’re interested in a breast lift, please contact our board-certified plastic surgeon in Pennsylvania today at 484-222-0010 to schedule your breast surgery consultation. Dr. Jean and our skilled staff at Main Line Plastic Surgery serve clients in the Bryn Mawr area including Philadelphia, Newtown Square and Bala Cynwyd, PA, as well as South Jersey.
Candidates for a Breast Lift
Many women struggle with sagging breasts, which can happen as early as your mid-twenties or sooner. You may not notice the initial signs, but a good candidate for a breast lift often has:
- Lost a significant amount of elasticity and requires the assistance of underwire or sports bras to lift the breasts.
- Noticed a growing amount of bouncing while running or working out but doesn’t have extremely large breasts.
- Considered another breast surgery and believes a breast lift could be combined to provide optimal results.
You’ll need to be over 18 to qualify for a breast lift or any other cosmetic plastic surgery procedure. (This does not include breast reduction, which, when medically indicated, can be performed for patients as young as 16). It’s also important to be in good health, a non-smoker, and a stable body weight.
The cost of a breast lift is variable and can be discussed during your consultation. We can help you figure out the best way to finance your plastic surgery procedures without breaking the bank. Main Line Plastic Surgery accepts cash, check, major debit and credit cards, and you may qualify for CareCredit®, a loan for cosmetic procedures.
How Does a Breast Lift Work?
A breast lift (mastopexy) can be performed alone or in combination with another breast surgery or body contouring procedure such as a mommy makeover. The most common procedures a breast lift is paired with are breast implants or fat grafting to increase volume in the lifted breasts.
During your breast lift, excess skin will be removed and your nipple and breast tissue lifted, leaving you with the perky breasts you desire. There are many different types of breast lift which are appropriate for different degrees of breast droopiness to give the best results. Dr Jean performs all of these techniques and will discuss them with you during your consultation
See BEFORE-AND-AFTER PHOTOS of Breast Lift Surgery.
Many women note a decrease in breast size after mastopexy even though most times no breast tissue is removed. This decrease in size is due to the removal of excess skin and firming up of the overall breast. However, if you would like to maintain or increase the size of your breasts, you may choose to have breast augmentation with breast implants or fat transfer at the same times as your breast lift. Our plastic surgeon can discuss the many different options for your breast lift during your consultation and answer your questions and concerns. Dr. Jean will customize your plastic surgery to fit your unique goals for your breasts and overall shape.
During your recovery, you’ll need to avoid pulling, tugging, or lifting anything with your arms. You can resume normal daily activities after a few days, but you’ll need to follow Dr. Jean’s instructions and don’t push yourself too hard too fast.
How Long Does a Breast Lift Take?
While the surgery itself generally requires 2-4 hours, the entire visit will take 5 or more hours of your day. A typical breast lift is an outpatient procedure, so you will return home once we clear you to do so, likely an hour or so after waking up from surgery. The duration of the procedure varies based on several factors, including whether a modified procedure like an augmentation-lift is being performed. We will let you know what to expect ahead of time, so you can plan accordingly with the spouse, family member, or friend bringing you to surgery. They will need to drive you home as well, and someone will need to stay with you around the clock for at least 24 hours.
What Are the Benefits of a Breast Lift?
Although the full benefits of a breast lift will be unique to the individual, some of the favorable outcomes include:
- Removes excess, sagging breast skin
- Removes lax and drooping breast tissue
- Tightens the overall shape of the breasts for a defined breast contour
- Lifts the position and projection of the breasts
- Reduces the size of stretched areolas
- Improves the nipple projection and overall appearance
Many women experience these benefits as an extra oompf in confidence, a nice boost in their body image. Feeling good about the way you look and feeling comfortable in your physique can have a positive impact on so many areas of your life.
What Are the Risks/Complications of a Breast Lift Procedure?
As a fully informed patient, you should know both the benefits and the risks of any procedure you choose to undergo. Like all surgeries on the body, a breast lift does carry the potential for certain side effects and complications. Dr. Jean will make sure you know all of them. They include:
- Irregular breast contour
- Breast asymmetry
- Bad reaction to anesthesia
- Temporary or lasting breast or nipple numbness
- Fluid buildup
- Other surgical risks
Dr. Jean and the staff are highly trained and experienced in providing sterile procedures. We have well-established safety protocols to promote safety and reduce the likelihood of complications. Rely on Dr. Jean to carefully assess your candidacy and make sure this is the right procedure for you.
When Will I See Results After a Breast Lift?
At first, your breasts will be swollen and tender. Don’t let the immediate healing phase discourage you - your results will be worth it! Although you may certainly notice an immediate difference, give it 1-2 weeks for some of the swelling to subside. Then you will see an even clearer picture of the final look.
The majority of swelling will be gone in about 6 weeks. Your incisions will have gotten a bit lighter in color, and your breast tissue will have adapted to the new position and breast size. You’ll be looking at your most final results at 6 months. At this point, the vast majority of swelling is gone, and incisions are lighter and flatter.
What Should I Expect at My Breast Lift Consultation?
The consultation with Dr. Jean is really the next step in the process, once you’ve decided you may want a breast lift. This consultation is scheduled at a convenient time for you, and you can rest assured that it will include plenty of time to ask questions and raise concerns.
The consultation is a comprehensive evaluation of your goals, medical history, current breast shape and size, and current skin elasticity. The consultation includes an in-depth overview of the procedure, recovery, results, costs and financing, and risks and benefits.
Dr. Jean will take measurements of your breasts, and assess the breast size, shape, and position to make sure a lift is the right procedure for what you want to achieve. There may be other breast surgeries that you should consider, such as a combination lift-augmentation, to improve both size and shape. Dr. Jean will discuss the steps performed during the procedure, as well as things like anesthesia and incisions. He will inform you of all the risks you must weigh, and provide ample time to answer your questions about the procedure.
Schedule Your Breast Surgery Consultation
If you’re interested in a breast lift or any type of breast surgery, please contact Dr. Jean today at 484-222-0010 to determine the best way to reach your desired appearance and shape. Main Line Plastic Surgery serves clients in Bryn Mawr, Villanova, Bala Cynwyd, Philadelphia, Newtown Square, and surrounding Pennsylvania areas.