Age, pregnancy, breastfeeding, significant weight loss, and chest injuries can cause sagging breasts. A breast lift, medically known as a mastopexy, is our most popular procedure is surgical procedure that makes your breasts look younger by tightening and lifting sagging breast tissue. Surgical implants can also help to rejuvenate aging breasts.
How long does a breast lift last?
When you have breast lift surgery, you instantly restore the youthful look of your breasts and make them perkier than before. However, you can’t halt the aging process that contributes to sagging.
A person’s general health, skincare routine, and genetic makeup all contribute to the aging process of their skin and tissues. If you’re overweight or have very little muscle tone, then your breasts will have less support than someone like me who is relatively thin and fits into my clothing well. Weight fluctuation can also be an issue. If your weight shifts drastically over time then it’s reasonable to expect that your breasts will change shape too (this is especially true if they are initially quite small). Pregnancy and breastfeeding shorten the life of any lift as well.
Women who have had breast lifts are satisfied with their results for the rest of their lives. While some patients choose to have the procedure redone (with or without an accompanying augmentation or reduction) in 10-15 years or never, others choose to have it redone alone or with the addition of a new implant at the same time.
What is a breast lift?
You’ve probably heard of breast augmentation and mastopexy to remove excess skin and reshape your breasts. A breast lift is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and repositions your breast tissue higher on the chest wall. It can reshape your breasts, but not change the size of your breasts. Your surgeon will discuss with you what size of the implant(s) you would like and which would be the best option for you as an individual case depending on your aesthetic goals as well as what’s happening in your body at that time.
A mastopexy is a procedure to remove excess skin and tissue, reshape the breast, and reduce sagging. Mastopexy can be done alone or in conjunction with breast augmentation. The goal of any breast surgery is to provide natural-looking breasts, increase the weight and perkiness of your breasts, firm up sagging breasts, and restore approximately the amount of volume lost.
Breast lift recovery
Recovery time depends on several factors and can change from person to person. Generally, most patients go back to work/resume daily activities within a week of their surgery. After two weeks, the stiffness, soreness, and swelling that accompanies surgery will likely be significantly reduced. It’s important to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for the first four to six weeks after the surgery. While this may feel long, allowing your internal incisions to heal and your tissue to settle is critical to achieving the best possible results.
Is there anything I can do to make a breast lift last longer?
Losing inches around your bust line is a common consequence of a mastopexy procedure. But the good news is: there are several things you can do to preserve the result of your mastopexy for as long as possible. Long-lasting results can be achieved by doing the following:
- Take care of your skin
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Wear proper support
Choosing the right plastic surgeon
A breast lift is a reconstructive surgery procedure that aims to give you a boost and reconstruction of your breasts. After undergoing this surgery, your chest area will be more lifted and defined in the area around your breast(s). Your surgeon will need to discuss the details of your procedure with you. This process will involve developing a personalized treatment plan and requesting any additional imaging studies or consultations for additional surgeries as needed.
You want the best quality, and you’ll probably read reviews online before choosing the right surgeon. Certified surgeons must pass the entire six-year plastic surgery training program to be eligible for certification.
You should find a surgeon with extensive before-and-after photos of previous surgeries, so you can make your own decision if you want the best outcome.