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Guide to Breast Lift Surgery

Breast Lift (Mastopexy) in Charleston, SCThere’s much more to breasts than just size. The shape and position of the breasts also play a very important role in the appearance of the breasts and the overall proportions of the body. So when an increase in size alone cannot help you achieve your ideal breasts, a breast lift may be the perfect solution. Here’s our guide to breast lift surgery.

When to Consider a Breast Lift

There are several reasons a woman might want to consider breast lift surgery. The first is to address any changes that have occurred in the breasts due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging or weight loss. All of these events can cause the breasts to droop and lose volume. A breast lift can restore a shapely, youthful perkiness to the breasts to enhance your figure and your self-esteem.

Additionally, patients who are unhappy with the shape of their breasts or the positioning of their nipples may also want to consider a breast lift. If you notice any abnormalities, such as lopsidedness or nipples pointing downward, a breast lift can be an effective solution.

Types of Breast Lifts

There are a few different breast lift approaches, and the technique that your treatment involves may depend on the size of your breasts, your desired results and your personal preference. Keep in mind that combining this procedure with a breast augmentation, which is a very popular option, may also influence the approach used.

  • Crescent Lift – The crescent lift technique involves an incision around approximately one half of the nipple – forming a crescent shape. This technique is usually reserved for patients who only require small amounts of lifting.
  • Peri-Areolar or “Donut” Lift – For patients with mild breast sagging, this may be an effective option. With the donut lift technique, an incision is made around the full circumference of the nipple. This also allows changes to nipple size and positioning.
  • Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift – The lollipop breast lift is performed just like the donut lift, but with an extra incision extending downward from the nipples.
  • Inverted T or “Anchor” Lift – The anchor lift approach is used for patients who require the most extensive amounts of surgery. This begins with a lollipop lift incision, with an additional incision across the fold underneath the breast.

Life After Breast Lift Surgery

You will be able to return home a few hours after your surgery, often with a surgical bra, soreness and swelling. For the first week after your procedure, it is important to rest as much as possible and to avoid any strenuous activities. You may want to secure some time away from work in order to recover. Additionally, we recommend sleeping on your back for the first several weeks after your procedure. Within a month or two of treatment, you will be back to your usual activities. The results from your breast lift surgery can be permanent, but keep in mind that pregnancy and fluctuations in weight can alter your results.

Is a Breast Lift Right for Me?

The best way to determine if a breast lift is a good fit for your goals is to schedule a consultation at Port City Plastic Surgery. Contact us today to discuss your needs with Dr. Widenhouse, and begin your journey to achieving your perfect breasts.


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