What is a Breast Lift?A breast lift is a surgical breast enhancement procedure that is used to restore the cosmetics of the breasts after they have changed in size, shape, or perkiness. Many women experience loss of shape and size after pregnancy and childbirth, whether or not they have breastfed. Even women who have not had children often notice sagging and loss of firmness due to aging and hormonal changes. The breast lift procedure removes excess skin and lifts the breast tissue for a rejuvenated appearance.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?If you are considering a breast lift, then it’s important to ensure that you are a good candidate for the surgery before you proceed. The best candidates for a breast lift are women who are in good general health, with sagging and loss of firmness in the breasts. Some women choose to wait until they are done having children, since subsequent pregnancies can have an impact on the results of the surgery (though becoming pregnant will not be dangerous after a breast lift). Patients should have realistic expectations about the results of the surgery, and they should be aware of the limitations of the procedure. It is a good idea to look at a wide range of before and after photos prior to scheduling a breast lift in order to get a realistic idea of the results that can be expected. Your plastic surgeon will discuss your candidacy with you prior to the surgery to make sure that it is safe for you to undergo the procedure.
Your Breast Lift ConsultationBefore you can undergo a breast lift procedure, you will need to discuss your surgery with one of our talented plastic surgeons in Chicago. In order to evaluate you and plan your surgery properly, our surgeons need to meet with you in a consultation to determine your goals for the procedure and assess your candidacy. Your consultation is a valuable opportunity for you to get to know your surgeon and to ask questions about your upcoming procedure. You should come into the meeting with any concerns you have so they can be addressed directly by an expert. It’s a good idea to come up with a list of questions before your appointment so that you don’t forget to ask any of your most important questions. During the consultation, you’ll discuss the surgery with your plastic surgeon, and you will learn more about the techniques that will be used during the procedure. Don’t be shy; this is a learning opportunity for you, and your input will help your surgeon tailor the procedure to suit your needs.
The Breast Lift ProcedureTypically, breast lifts are performed under general anesthesia, as it is a fairly invasive procedure. Depending on the degree of lift you would like to achieve, your surgeon will use one of three different incision patterns. Once the incisions are made, your surgeon will begin to reshape the breast tissue. The underlying tissues will be lifted, and your breasts will be shaped into a more youthful contour. The nipple and areola will be lifted and repositioned, resulting in a “perkier” appearance. If necessary, the areola will be reduced in size and reshaped, according to your wishes. Your surgeon may need to remove excess skin and tissue for a firm, attractive breast contour. Once the breast has been reshaped, the incisions will be closed and the procedure will be complete. The entire process usually takes one to three hours, and is generally performed as an outpatient procedure.
Breast Lift RecoveryOnce you’re out of surgery, the work of recovery begins. It’s important to give yourself plenty of time to rest following the surgery, so be sure that you understand all the instructions provided by our doctors and take enough time off of work to allow for proper healing. It’s a good idea to arrange for someone to help you around the house for the first few days after surgery, especially if you have young children in the house. In the first few days following surgery, you will be wearing surgical dressings and a special compression bra to give the tissues the support they need and to prevent as much swelling as possible. Generally, you will need to allow about 2-3 weeks of recovery time before you can expect to start returning to normal activities. Lifting will be severely restricted, and you’ll have to hold off on strenuous activities, such as exercise, for several weeks after surgery. It will take several months for all the swelling to subside and for you to see the final results of the procedure.
Real Patient Testimonial
Very friendly and welcoming both at the front desk and during my consultation. I was disappointed to find out that I would need a breast lift in order to have an augmentation which almost doubled the price. I do understand that it was necessary and I hope to be able to move forward with the procedure, but if course I was hoping to pay the price advertised. All in all the doctor (azizi I believe) was very nice and professional, and if I can make it work financially, I will definitely be coming in to work with him.