Can you explain a breast lift? How long it may take and its recovery time?

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Can you explain a breast lift? How long it may take and its recovery time?

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Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. The breasts may lose their elasticity and firmness which can be caused by different factors such as pregnancy, massive weight loss, lactation and aging. To reaffirm the breasts and restore the natural look your surgeon can perform a mastopexy or breast lift. A breast lift restores a firmer, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing shape to sagging breasts. This not only can improve a patient’s appearance by restoring her youthful, feminine proportions, but  also help bras and swimsuits fit more comfortably and attractively. By removing excess, stretched out skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and raising the nipple & areola into a more forward position, a cosmetic surgeon can create a more youthful breast contour. Stretched, large areolae can also be reduced during breast lift surgery, creating an overall better proportioned, natural looking breast, Actually the perkiness on a person or another, depends on patients skin and breast tissue… Breast augmentation surgery increases or restores breast size using silicone gel implants, saline implants or in some cases, fat transfer. One of the most popular and frequently performed aesthetic surgery procedures, breast augmentation has a long and successful track record in satisfying women who wish to enhance, regain or restore balance to their figures.At the first 3 to 5 months, it is too soon to determine how your results are going to be, per now, they look very nice and beautiful, you can have one bigger than the other, feel swollen and also have bruises and open wounds, it is normal and that can happen for the first 3 to 4 months until your implants have settle in. I recommend you to wait and keep using your post surgical bra, that will help you with the shape and support…

Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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Can you explain a breast lift? How long it may take and its recovery time?

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A breast lift is an operation that corrects sagging breasts.  There are different types of breast lift, depending on the degree and type of sagging, and they can take anywhere from one to two hours.  Sometimes they would require placement of implants as well if there is inadequate breast tissue.  Recovery time is quite rapid.  In a lift alone there is virtually no pain and the patient recovers within a few days.  When implants are placed as well, there is more pain due to the muscle being stretched and recovery is anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks.

Ruben B. Abrams, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lift Explained

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Hello 'BeachieBeauty', thanks for your question.  In plastic surgery, the topic of breast lift surgery is a much discussed and researched area, and there are many books and articles written on this complex matter.  In a nutshell, breast lift surgery is a technique that aims to restore a youthful contour to the breast.  There are many different techniques with various incisions to address the different types and severities of breast ptosis or sag, and the procedure and recovery time will vary depending not only on the surgery required, but the general health and any concomitant comorbidities that the patient may have.  The underlying goal is to restore lost volume and upper pole fullness, center the nipple-areolar complex on the breast mound, and tighten up any loose or sagging skin envelope problems.  A full discussion on this vast topic is not feasible in our brief column, but feel free to contact my office or your local board-certified plastic surgeon to explore your options further with you.  Good luck!

Parviz Goshtasby, MD, FACS
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon

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Breast lifting

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  • Thank you for your question about breast lifting.
    A breast lift lifts and tightens a sagging breast.
  • Surgery usually takes several hours.
  • There is an incision around the nipple and from the nipple to the crease.
  • Recovery takes about 2 weeks of no exercise -
  • There is little pain with a breast lift but doing too much the first two weeks leads to infection.
  • If only the nipple is out of position, a nipple (donut, Benelli) lift can be done.
  • Always consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

  • Best wishes. Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Defining a Breast Lift

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A Breast Lift can be a skin tightening procedure, such as a Benelli or Doughnut Lift or a true shaping Lift which will require incisions around the areola and downward, such as a Vertical Mastopexy or Lollipop Lift.  The shaping Lift will actually reshape your breasts, lift them higher and reduce a wide areola.

Christopher Costanzo, MD
Thousand Oaks Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lift / Breast Augmentation/ Breast Implants/ Anatomic Gummy Bear Implants/ Silicone Implants

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Thank you for your question.

A breast lift will reposition your nipples and reshape your breasts, giving them a more youthful appearance.  For my patients, I recommend no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 6-8 weeks following surgery.

The best way to assess and give true advice would be an in-person exam.
Please see a board-certified plastic surgeon that specializes in aesthetic and restorative breast surgery.

Dr. Schwartz
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute

What is a breast lift

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 Hi and thank you for the question. A breast lift is a procedure that involves removing loose skin to make a breast look more youthful. We often do this for women whose nipples are in a low position after  breast-feeding, weight loss, or as a result of aging. One way to think of it is as procedure for people who like the way their breasts look in a bra, but don't like how they look out of a bra. This is different from a breast reduction which actually involves removing a significant amount of breast tissue to make the breast lighter and smaller. There are many different types of breast lifts.  There are simple lifts that involve a small scar only at the top of your areola. Another lift involves a scar all the way around the areola. The next lift would be a lollipop left which involves the scar around the areola and a fine line down the middle of the breast. The biggest lift is referred to as an anchor pattern and goes around the areola, down the middle the breast, and then across the bottom fold of the breast.During a consultation you will have a chance to share your goals as well as have an examination. This is the best way to figure out what type of lift might be best for you in order to meet your goals. We would also have a conversation about whether implants would be needed in order to achieve your desired outcome.  I think  you should consider scheduling one or two consultations with board-certified plastic surgeons in your area to learn more about the process. Good luck to you. Dr. west 

Justin West, MD
Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift

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A procedure with skin removal to tighten the breast. A variable number of incisions and scars depending on the amount of skin laxity. Recovery is at least 6 weeks 

Stuart A. Linder, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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What does a breast lift do?

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There are three main things a breast lift does:

1.  Help create symmetry in size by reducing the larger breast to better match the smaller
2.  Move the nipple and areola higher up the chest
3.  Remove excess skin and tighten the breast so the shape is more attractive

The limitation of a breast lift is that it generally does not do a good job of restoring the fullness above the areola.  To get this fullness we often use a small breast implant.

Samuel Beran, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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