How is a breast lift surgery performed?

Pregnancy, weight fluctuations, the loss of the skin’s elasticity and the effects of gravity over time can all contribute to the saggy appearance of a woman’s breasts. A breast lift removes excess skin and tightens surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new contours, creating a lifted, youthful appearance.

A breast lift is performed under either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Dr. Wiener will use an incision pattern and technique tailored to your needs. This will be determined based on the size and shape of your breasts, the size and position of areolae, the degree of sagging and the skin quality, elasticity and amount of extra skin.

The three most common incision patterns are around each areola, around each areola and vertically down to the breast crease, like a lollipop shape, or around each areola, vertically down to the breast crease and horizontally along the crease, in an anchor-shaped pattern.

Once Dr. Wiener makes the incision, breast tissue is lifted and reshaped, improving contour and firmness. Sutures are layered deep in the breast tissue to support the new shape. The nipple and each areola are repositioned to a more youthful yet natural height. Enlarged areolae are reduced in size, while excess breast skin is removed to help with elasticity.

Once remaining skin is tightened, the incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesives or surgical tape. There will be a scar that fades and improves in appearance over time, as many of the incision lines will be concealed in the contours of the breast and in the natural transition between the areolae and breast skin.

Results are immediate, but final results will reveal themselves once swelling resolves and incision lines begin to fade. A breast lift isn’t as painful as an augmentation as no muscle is involved in the surgery. Most patients get back to work in a week. Full recovery will take up to six weeks. Plan to take at least a week off of work.

If you are interested in learning more about a breast lift, schedule a consultation with Dr. Wiener by calling (773) 763-3990.

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