Do I Also Need a Breast Lift? (photo)

I am three weeks post op with 295 cc mentor modplus implants. My ps said I was had borderline sagging and opted for just the implants. Do I look like I need a lift also?

Doctor Answers 14

Breast lift only if you do not like the appearance of your breasts


Thank you for the question and the photo.  A breast lift is designed to lift the nipple/areola and to lift and tighten the breast tissue higher up on the chest wall.  You can pursue a breast lift if you do not like the position of your areola or if you do not like the amount of breast tissue below your implant.  It is hard to tell with certainty from the photo but it appears that you may benefit from at least a purse-string lift (donut lift) which will allow more skin below your areola to show on front view.  However, I would give some more time as some improvement might be seen with additional healing.

 All the best,

Dr Remus Repta

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 165 reviews

A Breast Lift May be Beneficial with Your Implants

A #mastopexy or breast lift operation is designed to improve the shape and position of the breasts without reducing their size. It is the most suitable for #breasts which sag or droop (ptosis) as a result of development, aging, pregnancy, breast-feeding and weight loss . Some patients will experience better results to restore superior fullness if an #implant is used at the time of mastopexy; better known as #AugmentationMastopexy. Also, a breast lift may also be achieved with current implants if a patient is satisfied with their current size, type and volume. 

Altogether, the surgery will create an elevated, more youthful breast contour. Also, the nipple and areolae of the desired size and correct height may also be addressed. I prefer to use a #shortscar technique, #LollipopScar or #DonutLift” rather than the majority of surgeons in the United States that use an anchor pattern lift which involve more significant scarring.The best method and #technique for your #procedures will be discussed in greater length during your one-on-one consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

Do I also need a breast lift? (photo)

Hello! Thank you for your question!  The mastopexy procedure raises the breast, which ultimately provides a more youthful and perky breasts. This is done by removing the extra loose skin and rearranging the surrounding breast tissue in order to reshape and support the newly formed breast. At the same time, the nipple-areolar complex (NAC) is raised to the ideal position above the fold beneath your breast (the inframammary fold) as well as being placed at the most projecting portion. Oftentimes with age or following pregnancy, the NAC becomes widened and enlarged. This may be reduced in size during the breast lift procedure.

It is common for the breast to lose its firmness and uplifted appearance over time, which is also accentuated with age, pregnancy/breast feeding, weight gain/loss, and gravity. This results in breast ptosis, or sagging of the breast, with a “deflated” appearance. Women seek the mastopexy procedure to regain the previous youthful appearance of her breasts and women report increased confidence, self-esteem, and femininity once achieving this desired shape and fullness. Breast lifts may or may not be performed with implants – the implant would add increased size but also greater fullness in the upper pole of the breasts which creates more cleavage.  Hope that this helps!

Lewis Albert Andres, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Donut Lift Needed 3 weeks after Breast Augmentation?

       Wait 6 months for the implants to settle and tissues to relax.  Then if you would like a circumareolar lift to bring your nipple areola complexes up 2 cm or so, that can be done.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

Can Appearance improve with a lift?

Hello and thank you for your question and photo.

You are very early in your post-operative healing and the implants continue to evolve over months.  In the end, whether or not you 'need' a lift will depend on your satisfaction with your final result.  Things to consider, are you already have a pretty good result.  you will have more scars with a lift.  You are trading higher nipple placement and tighter skin for visible scars.  I recommend you have this discussion with your plastic surgeon once your result is mature.

Best Wishes!

Pablo Prichard, MD

Pablo Prichard, MD
Phoenix Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Too Early

You must wait to see where the implants settle over next 6 weeks,allow your body to accomdate for implants.

C. Andrew Salzberg, MD
Westchester Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Breast lift? after implants

At three weeks post-op I would do nothing. Give it a few months to see how the implants settle first.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.1 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Do I Also Need a Breast Lift

If this were a six month photo, I would say a lift is in order if you are displeased with the current appearance. 

But this is a 3 week photo, and it is common for the implants to be "high riding" and there is a tendency for them to "drop" over a number of months. With a bit of patience, you may well be rewarded for considering your surgeon's judgement in your decision to hold off on the lift.j

Thanks for your question, best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Too Early

The photograph is taken at an angle pointing down and it's hard to say from that point of view whether or not you need a lift.  Three weeks postop is very early and nearly all implants will sit and ride high. I explain to my patients that they must wait for at least 3-6 months depending on the size of the implant and the amount of loose skin before knowing when an implant will have definitively settled in.  At this point, I would trust your doctors recommendations and be patient to see your final result at around 3 months. From what i see, I dont feel like you need a lift.

Patrick W. Hsu, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Decision for breast lift

Since you are only 3 weeks post surgery, allow yourself complete healing before deciding whether you need breast lift or not. Just based on photo, you appears to be at borderline for breast lift. If you are unhappy with location of your nipple areola complex then you can improve it with breast lift. You will have more scar as result of the the lift. If you are satisfied with your breast shape and location of areola then you don't need the lift. Wait 3 to 6 months for the implant to settle and augmentation is completely healed. 

Best Wishes,


Stewart Wang, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

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