Breast Lift Techniques
Breast lift surgery involves removing excess skin and reshaping the remaining tissues to produce fuller, firmer breasts. During this procedure, the nipple and areola may be repositioned or reduced, if necessary. Depending on the severity of their breast ptosis, patients have the following breast lift incision options:
- Two concentric incisions are created around the areolas.
- The areolas may be reduced using this technique.
- This approach is ideal for patients with mild breast ptosis.
- An incision encircles the areola and follows down the lower breast tissue to the breast crease.
- The areolas may be reduced and slightly repositioned using this technique.
- This approach is ideal for patients with moderate breast ptosis.
- An incision encircles the areola, continues down the lower portion of the breast, and follows along the breast crease.
- The areolas may be reduced and repositioned using this technique.
- This approach is ideal for patients with severe breast ptosis.
Breast lift surgery is typically performed using general anesthesia. Usually, this outpatient procedure lasts a couple of hours. During your surgical consultation, Dr. Goldschmidt will devise a unique breast lift plan that reflects your aesthetic goals and anatomical needs.
Patients are advised to get out of bed and take short walks as soon as they are able. Doing this promotes circulation, which helps reduce the risk of developing blood clots. Patients tend to encounter the most discomfort during first few days of recovery, but pain can be managed with prescription medication. Rigorous movement and exercise must be avoided for several weeks. Patients may resume working one week after their breast lift procedure as long as their occupation does not involve heavy lifting or strenuous activity.
Experiencing significant difficulties after breast lift surgery is rare. Following all aftercare instructions helps minimize the risk of potential complications. Some of the most common risks associated with breast lift surgery include:
- Blood clots
- Changes in sensation
- Bleeding or hematoma
- Abnormal reaction to anesthesia
Patients should see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of their breasts immediately after their breast lift procedure. Residual swelling may obscure the final results for about one month. There is always a risk of developing visible scars, but any scarring usually fades over time. Dr. Goldschmidt places all breast lift incisions in discrete locations that can be concealed by undergarments and clothing. Breast lift surgery results are considered permanent, but aging, weight fluctuations, and pregnancies that occur after your procedure can alter the outcome.