A breast lift, or mastopexy, reshapes and lifts sagging breasts. Breast lifts can also reduce the size of enlarged nipples, and often enhance the contour and shape of the breasts without any need for breast augmentation.
Breast lifts are available for women with fully developed breasts that sag or have nipples that point downward. Common causes of reduced elasticity and sagging of the breasts include:
- Weight fluctuations
Dr. Ashruf at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery of Maryland incorporates high definition Brazilian techniques to create a lifted, youthful breast profile that increases self-confidence. Some women choose to enhance the size and volume of their breasts during a mastopexy, which is often referred to as a combination breast lift augmentation.
Breast Lift Procedures
Breast lift procedures are performed with the use of general anesthesia to ensure that you feel no pain during the procedure. First, Dr. Ashruf creates several incisions around the areolar skin – the deeper pigmented skin masks breast lift scars – and cuts away excess skin from the skin envelope on the underside of the breast. The incisions are then closed with stitches, and your chest is tightly wrapped with supportive gauze.
What to Expect After a Breast Lift
Immediately following the breast lift procedure, you will remain in our surgical center under the close supervision of our highly qualified nurse practitioners to ensure that no complications arise. Patients are encouraged to allow themselves one full week of rest and relaxation following the breast lift procedure.
Strenuous activities, such as exercise and heavy lifting, should be avoided for up to six weeks after the breast lift procedure. It is important to attend follow-up appointments with Dr. Ashruf over the course of the healing process to ensure you get the best results from your procedure.
Contact Cosmetic Plastic Surgery of Maryland
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Salman Ashruf uses high definition Brazilian cosmetic techniques to create dramatic breast lift results. Our state-of-the-art facilities welcome patients local to Annapolis, as well as national and international patients. Our patient coordinators are happy to aid our out-of-town patients with comfortable travel itineraries and to recommend nearby executive hotel accommodations.
Learn more about how a breast lift can rejuvenate your appearance and increase your self-confidence by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Ashruf at Cosmetic Plastic Surgery of Maryland in Annapolis using our online patient contact form or by calling (410) 609-6023.
Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Lift
How long is the recovery time for a breast lift?
You should expect to take about two weeks away from work and social events to recover from your breast lift. However, it can take a few months to fully heal as your swelling subsides.
Do you lose feeling in your nipples after breast lift?
It’s possible to experience decreased sensitivity in your nipples after a breast lift, especially with certain incision patterns. Your plastic surgeon can recommend your best options during your consultation if nipple sensitivity is a concern.
Does breast lift surgery include areola reduction?
Although not every breast lift candidate will require areola reduction, a breast lift is often the best way to achieve this result.
Should I include breast augmentation with my breast lift?
Breast augmentation and breast lift can be an effective combination for some patients. If sagging is a concern and you want to add more volume than you naturally have, then consider adding implants. If you only want to address sagging, then a breast lift by itself can be a great option.
What conditions are improved by a breast lift?
A breast lift is one of the best options for sagging, stretched breasts. It can also correct tuberous breasts, sometimes with the addition of implants. It’s also an effective way to correct asymmetry.
Are my results permanent?
Yes. Although your breasts can continue to change over time because of things like weight fluctuations or pregnancy, a breast lift can achieve long-term results.
Should I worry about scarring?
There are certain incision patterns available that can make scarring less visible. Additionally, you can take steps during your recovery to reduce visible scarring, so Dr. Ashruf will discuss your best options.
Does a breast lift make the breast smaller?
Although some tissue is removed during a breast lift, your breasts will remain the same size. A breast lift simply restores them to a more upright position.
Should I wait to have a breast lift until after having children?
Yes. Having children after your breast procedure can negatively affect your results because of weight fluctuations and breast changes from nursing. For this reason, a breast lift is a common part of a mommy makeover procedure.
Is it possible during a breast lift to improve breast symmetry in size and shape?
A breast lift is an effective way to address asymmetry because your plastic surgeon can approach each breast individually based on your needs. The use of implants can also be an effective way to make the breasts more symmetrical.
Do you lose sensation with breast lift?
Some patients may temporarily experience changes in nipple sensation, which should resolve within 6 to 8 weeks following the procedure.
Does a breast lift leave scars?
A breast lift will leave scars, as incisions are needed to lift the breasts. Most scars will heal and fade within 2 years, but will always be present.