Breast Lift

Factors like aging and childbearing can cause the breasts to sag and lose their youthful position. The breast lift is one effective way to restore the breasts with long-term results.

What is a Breast Lift?

Known as mastopexy, breast lift surgery is different than breast augmentation. Breast lift raises and firms the breasts, restoring them to a more youthful position. Using a breast lift, your plastic surgeon can remove excess skin and tighten the surrounding tissue to raise and reshape your breasts. It’s commonly combined with breast augmentation to simultaneously add fullness and projection to your breasts.

There are different types of incisions used during a breast lift:

  • Crescent Lift
  • Periareolar (Donut)
  • Vertical (Lollipop)
  • Full Mastopexy or Anchor Lift

Your specific needs will determine which type is the most appropriate. During a consultation, your plastic surgeon will assess your breasts and take specific measurements to determine where the nipple and areola should be positioned in relation to the breast crease (inframammary fold).

What patients are saying

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“I was not sure what to expect on my first visit. I was greeted by two friendly receptionist who offered me water and snacks and guided me through the paperwork.
Dr Watterson’s assistant help answer my questions and concerns and to feel comfortable and at ease.
Dr Watterson is a gem and made sure I knew exactly what to expect and what the procedure will entail.
I am excited for the upcoming surgery and know it will be a success”

“I’m extremely pleased with the results from my surgery with Dr. Watterson. I had implants removed, a reduction and lift. I had three other consults before meeting with Dr. Watterson and all of those doctors said I needed to do this in two surgeries. Dr. Watterson confidently assured me that he could do this in one surgery. Dr Watterson is capable and kind. I’m very happy with the results.”

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Who’s a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?

Good candidates for a breast lift are women who have experienced sagging and stretching because of aging or pregnancy. Many women mistakenly believe that breast augmentation is the best option for restoring the breasts, but the breast lift can sometimes be a more effective option. A quick way to determine your best option is by placing a pencil underneath the fold of the breast – if it stays in place, a breast lift can help. Another indicator is if your nipples point downward or exist below the crease of the breast.

You should also be in overall good health to be considered for a breast lift. It’s often included in a mommy makeover procedure or as part of body contouring after weight loss. If these apply to you, you should be fully recovered from childbirth and at a stable and healthy weight.

What Happens During a Breast Lift?

A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia. To begin, your plastic surgeon will perform the predetermined incision pattern. The underlying breast tissue is reshaped, and implants are placed if needed. Then, the skin of the breasts is lifted and any extra is excised, and the nipple is repositioned. Once complete, the incisions are closed, and you’ll be fitted with a surgical bra for your recovery. Afterward, you can return home.

Breast Lift Results and Recovery

You should plan to take 1-2 weeks to recover after breast lift. It’s important to wear your surgical bra as much as possible to relieve tension on your incisions and support your new breasts. You should sleep in an elevated position and avoid sleeping on your side or stomach. You’ll be given detailed instructions on how to take care of your incisions, drains, and swelling, as well as instructions on taking your prescribed medications. It’s important to limit your activity level and avoid lifting your arms above your head. Make sure to arrange for help with child or pet care, as well as tasks around the house for a few weeks. It can take a few months for residual swelling to subside, but you’ll enjoy long-term results with a breast lift.