Have you seen a change in your breasts over time? Various factors can alter the way your breast tissue sits on your chest. Things like age, pregnancy, and significant weight loss can lead to a change in breast volume and skin elasticity, causing the breasts to sag and drop downwards.
When this happens, many women want to restore their breasts to a higher, more youthful position.
A breast lift procedure can reposition your breasts and lift them into a higher position on the chest. Kadz Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills offers breast lift surgery to help patients achieve the desirable figure they truly want. To learn more about breast lifts, continue reading this comprehensive guide to the procedure.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is a plastic surgical procedure that aims to lift the breasts to a higher position on the chest. By altering the skin and breast tissue, the breasts can effectively be moved upwards to restore a more youthful, shapely figure.
What Causes Breasts to Sag or Drop?
Most of our patients seek breast lift surgery because they feel their breasts sit too low on their chests. Many women’s breasts naturally sit high when they are young and begin to drop downwards over time.
This drooping is usually due to several natural changes that occur with age. The skin experiences a decline in collagen and elastin production, which causes it to lose elasticity and firmness. This leads to sagging. There is also a natural loss in volume that occurs with age. This can cause the breasts to lose fullness and hang lower.
When it comes to sagging breasts, other factors can cause younger patients to see this change in their appearance. The volume fluctuations that occur with pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause the breasts to droop downwards, even at a younger age.
Significant weight loss is another cause of sagging breasts. When the breasts lose a large amount of volume, they will appear empty and hang lower than before.
How Is a Breast Lift Performed?
Before having a breast lift procedure, it’s important to know all that the process involves. Below is a breakdown of what to expect before, during, and after breast lift surgery.
Before you’re ready to schedule a breast lift procedure, you must book a consultation with us. We will assess your breast tissue to evaluate whether a breast lift is the best course of treatment. Some of the other treatments we offer may be more suitable to enhance your figure.
If you are found to be a good candidate for breast lift surgery, you will be able to schedule your procedure and move forward with preparation.
Before your surgical date, you will need to receive complete medical clearance from your general physician. This may involve diagnostic testing, blood panels, and more. Medical clearance ensures that you are healthy enough to have a breast lift performed, as this procedure is done under general anesthesia.
The night before your surgery, you will be asked to abstain from eating or drinking. This is a safety precaution for anesthesia. We will discuss any further details of precautions or preparation during your consultation.
Your breast lift will be performed under general anesthesia for optimal comfort. Once you are placed under, Dr. Kadz will begin by making incisions on the breast in order to remove excess skin. There are a variety of incisions that can be used to remove skin and lift the tissue. Breast lift techniques can be any one of the following types:
With a crescent incision, a small amount of skin is removed just above the areola in a half-moon shape.
Skin is removed from around the areola in a circular shape for a donut incision.
The lollipop incision is named for its shape: Skin is removed from around the areola and then in a vertical line down to the bottom of the breast.
For an inverted T incision, skin is removed from around the areola, then in a vertical line down to the bottom of the breast. An additional line is made horizontally across this downward line.
The incision and technique used during your breast lift surgery will be discussed during your initial consult. This technique is determined based on the shape of your breasts and the amount of skin that must be removed or repositioned.
Once the skin has been removed and the breast tissue has been lifted, the incisions are closed using small sutures. A breast lift procedure will usually take about three to four hours to complete.
After your breast lift is complete, you may need to remain in a plastic surgery aftercare center for monitoring. Many patients are able to return home the same day as their procedure, but others may need to remain overnight.
Once you return home, we may ask you to wear a compression garment around your chest. This promotes optimal healing during the initial weeks of your recovery.
You can expect to see the final results of your procedure about three months after your surgery. This gives the skin and tissues enough time to settle into their new position.
Breast Lifts at Kadz Plastic Surgery
Are you ready to improve the appearance of your bustline? If aging, weight loss, or pregnancy have caused your breasts to sag and drop downwards, a breast lift could be the best solution.
Kadz Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, offers breast lift procedures to help patients restore their breasts to a higher position on the chest. Contact us online or by phone to schedule a consultation.