If you want to improve the appearance of your breasts, you may want to consider both breast augmentation and breast lift procedures. While breast augmentation increases breast size, a breast lift helps sagging breasts regain a more youthful contour.
The breast lift procedure is a favorite for women who have undergone childbirth and is a common component of mommy makeover surgery. However, you needn’t have had children to benefit from the removal of loose skin and a repositioning of the nipples to a higher, perkier, and more appealing location. The result is a firmer breast appearance with the illusion of added volume.
At our Naples, Florida breast surgery practice, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña has performed the breast lift procedure on women with all size breasts. Even small cup sizes can’t hide from the effects of aging – and women with large breasts may find that sagging brought about by the aging process or breastfeeding can result in emotional discomfort. If you are self-conscious about sagging breasts that have lost volume, please schedule a consultation to learn more about the breast lift procedure.
To learn more about breast lift surgery in Naples, Ft. Myers, Bonita Springs, and surrounding areas, please call Peña Plastic Surgery at 239-348-7362 today.
- Am I a Good Breast Lift Candidate?
- Breast Lift with Implants
- The Breast Lift Procedure
- Breast Lift Incision Options
- Breast Lift Recovery & Results
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Are You a Good Breast Lift Candidate?
A breast lift can be the best remedy for breasts that are sagging from age, motherhood, or extreme weight loss. Gravity can take its toll on the youthful positioning of your breasts and leave you longing for younger days. A breast lift (mastopexy) can restore your breasts' youthful appearance and make you feel more confident and comfortable with your body.
Meeting with Fort Myers cosmetic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña is the best way to determine if a breast lift is right for you, but in general, you are a good candidate for a breast lift if you:
- Are bothered by sagging, drooping breasts
- Are close to your ideal weight
- Are in good overall health
- Have realistic expectations for your results
During your consultation with Dr. Peña, you will discuss whether you are an ideal candidate based on these and other factors. If you are troubled by the look of your breasts for any of the following reasons, a breast lift may be the right procedure to achieve your aesthetic goals:
- Nipples that point down
- Nipples that hang below your breast crease
- Stretched skin or enlarged areolas
- Flat or elongated breasts
- Asymmetrical breasts
If you are a good candidate for a breast lift, Dr. Peña will talk with you about what kind of results you can expect from the procedure.
At our cosmetic surgery facility, we will use Vectra 3D imaging to take images of your body. With specialized computer software, Dr. Peña can manipulate your images to show you what your likely results from breast lift surgery will be.
He may recommend that you also consider breast augmentation with your breast lift if you are seeking fuller, larger breasts. A breast lift cannot make your breasts larger. A breast lift changes the position of your breasts, so they may appear larger, depending on your body, but a breast lift will not actually enlarge them.
Breast Lift Surgery with Breast Implants
When performed alone, breast lift surgery can be used to improve the firmness and perkiness of the breasts. This procedure allows Dr. Peña to address ptosis (sagging) and produce a more youthful and lifted appearance, but it does not address issues with breast size. In fact, it is common for breasts to be reduced by one or more cup sizes following recovery from breast lift – a factor that may be an issue for women with less natural breast tissue to begin with.
Many of the factors that cause volume loss also cause ptosis. This makes breast augmentation a naturally complementary procedure to breast lift. Dr. Peña will assess your frame and listen to your concerns during your initial consultation to help you determine if combining these procedures is right for you.
Women who desire a fuller chest, better cleavage, or more ideal symmetry may benefit from combining lift with augmentation. Your personal desires and aesthetic goals will be discussed in detail during your consultation, better enabling Dr. Peña to guide you towards those procedures ideal for your needs.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Each breast lift procedure performed by Dr. Peña is customized to meet the exact needs of the patient. When you come to our office for your initial consultation, Dr. Peña will listen closely to your concerns and desires, carefully assess your frame, and begin to customize your options to help produce optimal results.
Generally speaking, however, your breast lift procedure will likely contain the following steps:
- After intravenous sedation, Dr. Peña will infiltrate breast tissue with an anesthetic solution, then make incisions in the agreed upon location. He then gently removes excess skin from the breast area, including the areolas and breast creases.
- If you are having a breast lift and breast augmentation simultaneously, the implants will be inserted at this time.
- The nipples and areolas are repositioned to a higher location.
- Sutures are used to close the incisions.
The average breast lift takes two to three hours depending on technique and the amount of tissue that requires manipulation. The technique performed by Dr. Peña will depend on the amount of sagging involved and your desired results. During your initial consultation, Dr. Peña and his breast lift staff will go over the steps of surgery and explain the recovery process in detail.
Breast Lift Incision Options
Dr. Peña offers three incision options for breast lift surgery. These are:
This is one of the oldest and most common incision types for a breast lift. It allows for the most excessive skin removal and greatest lift, but it does leave more scarring than other incisions do. The incision is performed in three steps:
- Around the areola
- A vertical line down to your breast crease
- A horizontal line along your breast crease
The anchor incision is ideal for women whose breasts are sagging or drooping to a high degree. It is often used for women who are having a breast reduction with their breast lift.
The lollipop incision is so called because it makes the shape of a lollipop. Dr. Peña will make the incision around your areola and then make a vertical line down to your breast crease. Women who are only experiencing a moderate amount of breast sagging and who are not having a breast augmentation in addition to their breast lift would be good candidates for this option.
Also called the peri-areolar incision, the donut incision is made around your areola. This type of incision is not as common as the other breast lift incision types because it does not allow for as much lift of the breast. However for women with only a mild amount of breast sagging to correct, this can be an ideal incision.
Dr. Peña will talk with you about which incision should be used in your procedure. Although some scarring will occur with any incision type, these incisions will not leave excessive scarring. Depending on your incision type, the scars may be concealed at the edge of your areola or in your breast crease.
Every patient is different, and the incision selection should be made based on your desired results and your body. Using the Vectra 3D imaging in our facility, Dr. Peña can manipulate images of your own body before surgery to show you how your decisions can affect the outcome of your procedure.
Breast Lift Recovery and Results
Recovery is an important part of your breast lift procedure. Taking proper care of yourself during recovery will help you to heal more quickly and feel more comfortable while healing. We will provide you with specific post-operative instructions to follow to ensure your best recovery. Below is a general outline of what you can expect during your breast lift recovery.
The First Week
Following your breast lift surgery, you will need to wear a surgical bra to support your breasts and help reduce swelling. This will also help to encourage your breasts to heal in the proper shape. A drain may be inserted for the first couple of days to remove excess fluids. At your first follow-up appointment with breast surgeon Dr. Peña, the drain may be removed.
You must arrange someone to drive you home and stay with you over night. Remember to rest on your back with your torso propped up. Get plenty to eat and drink. Staying hydrated and keeping a healthy diet will help your body recover well.
You should arrange for someone to drive you home after your breast surgery and to take care of you for a few days. Taking at least four days off from work is essential to getting the rest you need during this crucial recovery time.
This is also the time to begin light exercise. Taking short walks as soon as you feel up to moving around will help stimulate healing within your body. Strenuous activity should be avoided though. Avoid heavy lifting and don't do anything to put unnecessary stress on your body.
Additional Recovery Time
Going into your second week of recovery, you should begin to feel much better. You can return to work, as long as it is not strenuous, and you can resume most of your normal activities. You should still ease your way into exercising, especially if you've had breast augmentation also.
After breast augmentation, specific exercises that move implants around are instructed to prevent hardening around the implant. However, the exercise "pectoral flies" should be avoided indefinitely. Exercising with breast implants will feel much different than your pre-surgery routine. Never push yourself to do more than your body is capable of. Remember that although you are feeling much better, you are still in the recovery process.
Any swelling, bruising, or tenderness you've been experiencing should start disappearing within two weeks. Your incisions will turn pink and bump out, but as they heal, they will become less and less noticeable.
As you recover, check in with Dr. Peña about when you can engage in more strenuous activities. After about a month, you should be able to resume running and aerobics and will likely be ready for swimming and spending time back in a hot tub.
Why Choose Peña Plastic Surgery
Dr. Manuel Peña is a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience. All of the breast lift procedures performed by Dr. Peña are completed in an accredited surgical facility where your safety and comfort are top priorities.
Dedicated, caring, and skilled, Dr. Peña is committed to producing the most natural-looking results and incorporates techniques and technologies that help ensure optimal outcomes. If you have questions about breast lift surgery or if you are ready to schedule a consultation, please call us at 239-348-7362 to set your appointment up today.