Breast Lift Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Baker suggests that patients take about five days off from work for the early recovery. After one week, they may return to non-vigorous activities but should limit exercise and heavy lifting for an additional two to four weeks.
Women who want more children should wait to have a breast lift as sagging breasts can occur again after they have a baby.
Yes. Many breast lift patients are mothers who would like to improve their appearance after childbirth and breastfeeding. A tummy tuck and liposuction can be paired with a breast lift and allow women to enjoy dramatic results. This combination of procedures is known as a Mommy Makeover.
Patients who undergo a breast lift can expect long-lasting results. However, just like other parts of the body, breasts will continue to age. Fortunately, the breasts will always appear in better shape than if the procedure was never performed. If a patient desires a perkier shape later down the line, another breast lift may be performed.
While a breast lift will improve the shape and position of a woman’s breasts, it will not increase their cup size. Since a breast lift is designed to create firmer, perkier breasts, those who would like to increase breast size may benefit from breast implants instead, or a combination procedure. The lift corrects the sagginess, implants are used to increase the size or round out the breast. This can be done at the same time or at a later time, depending on the patient’s anatomy and aesthetic goals.
After breast lift surgery, there will be scars. However, Dr. Baker is meticulous about suturing the skin at the time of surgery and strives to ensure that all incisions are placed in an area where they can be hidden by bras and bikini tops. Most patients love the results of breast lift surgery and are not concerned by the minimal scarring.
These terms refer to the incision pattern. A lollipop lift is a vertical breast lift with a scar around the areola and a vertical scar. It can be used to address mild degrees of sagging and/or if some persistent sagginess is ok with the patient. If sagging below the breast fold is more significant, then the anchor or T lift provides the most effective lift as the stretched out skin in the lower part of the breast can be shortened and tightened via the horizontal incision. Of the three incisions (around the areola, the vertical, the horizontal), the horizontal is the least visible and adds much to optimizing the breast shape aesthetically.
The donut (or periareolar) lift is a procedure to raise a low areola while the breast mound is not really saggy. It is often coupled with a breast implant to increase breast size, especially in patients with a ‘tubular breast’ anatomy. Patients have to be well selected to benefit from this.