Interested in a Breast Lift in Chicago?
A mastopexy, otherwise known as a breast lift, surgically raises and reshapes the breasts, which may have experienced sagging due to weight loss, aging, pregnancy, or other factors. This procedure trims away excess skin and tightens the surrounding tissues to create an uplifted, more youthful breast contour. Upon completion of the surgery, breasts will be located higher on the chest and will feel firmer. The procedure can also reposition the nipple and areola or resize them to further improve their appearance.
Because the breast shape and size isn’t changed in a breast lift, it is a more commonly requested procedure than a breast augmentation or a breast reduction, while still creating the desired effect.
Who Is a Candidate for a Breast Lift?
This procedure is an effective, safe option for women who want to change the appearance of drooping breasts. However, there are some restrictions regarding who is eligible for a breast lift. Women who qualify must fall into one or more of these areas:
- Breasts have lost shape or volume
- Nipples or areolas point downward
- Breasts are sagging
- Breasts have become flat or elongated
- One breast is positioned lower than the other
In addition to these criteria, women should also be in good overall health, be able to maintain their weight, and understand the potential outcomes for a breast lift surgery. Women who are still planning to have more children should wait to have this procedure because pregnancy and periods of nursing can have negative effects on the outcome of the breast lift.
About the Breast Lift Procedure
Breast lifts are commonly performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia and are typically completed in one to three hours. The length of time depends on the size and shape of the breasts, how much they sag, and how much excess skin is present. Our surgeon will make one of several incisions, such as:
- A lollipop shape around the areola and down the breast
- A doughnut shape with two rings around the areola, which is ideal for small breasts and leaves minimal scarring
- A lollipop shape, along with an anchor shape, which is best for significant sagging.
Once the incisions are completed, excess breast tissue is removed and reshaped to improve the contours. The areola and nipple can also be resized and/or placed higher on the breasts. Finally, the excess skin is removed to create a tight, well-defined appearance. Upon completion of this procedure in Chicago, Naperville or Schaumburg, IL, our surgeon closes the incisions with stitches and monitors the healing process.
Your Breast Lift Recovery
You are likely to experience soreness, swelling, and bruising for several days after your breast lift. We typically wrap your breasts in a surgical bra or other elastic bandage for a week. After this, you must wear a good support bra at all times for a month. We remove your stitches after one to two weeks. Most of our patients return to work after one week of recovery, though strenuous activity and exercise should not be resumed for a month. We will provide specific instructions to ensure an optimal recovery.
The End Result
You will experience immediate results from your breast lift, which will continue to improve once the swelling reduces and the scars fade. As long as you have realistic expectations and have discussed your goals with us, you should be fully satisfied with the end result. We can’t guarantee the results will be permanent, but your new breast lift should provide a youthful appearance for many years.
Understand the Risks
Like all surgeries, there are risks to getting a breast lift, even though it is a relatively safe procedure. Some of these risks can include:
- Negative reactions to anesthesia
- Excessive bleeding
- Permanent scarring
You can reduce these risks by following our instructions for before and after treatment.