Breast Lift

Procedure: 3-4 hours
Recovery: 10-14 days

Due to aging or childbirth, many women find that their breasts have begun to sag, losing their elasticity and firmness. Dr. O’Brien performs a breast lift to recreate the appearance of “perky” young breasts.

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift is a surgical procedure used to improve the appearance of sagging breast and to restore their youthful position. Dr. O’Brien will remove the excess skin that creates the sagging appearance, then raises the nipple so it is approximately even with the lower crease of the breast, creating the appearance of a more youthful breast. The breast lift can be performed alone, but is often combined with a breast augmentation to restore volume, achieving optimal enhancement.

Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?

If you are unhappy with breasts that have begun to sag and lose their elasticity and firmness, you are a good candidate for a breast lift. Many women opt for the breast lift procedure after pregnancy and breastfeeding, after undergoing a dramatic weight loss, or from the effects of aging and gravity. To be a successful candidate, patients must be in good health and hold realistic expectations for their procedure. A consultation with Dr. O’Brien will determine your eligibility for a breast lift.

What is the breast lift procedure process?

The breast lift is performed under sedation or general anesthesia to ensure the patients comfort during surgery. Next, the incisions are made depending on the pattern that Dr. O’Brien recommends and the extent of sagging present. Options include around the areola, down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease. Excess skin can then be removed, and the breasts are lifted, repositioning them to a more youthful position. The incision sites are then closed with sutures and bandaged.

How long is recovery from a breast lift?

Most women are able to return to activities with restrictions between 24–48 hours after their breast lift procedure. During this time, patients can expect some swelling, redness, and soreness. These can be managed with an over-the-counter pain medication, ice packs, and ensuring that you wear your support garment. You can resume normal activities and sports, usually in four weeks.

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