Breast Lift Surgery Specialist in Bay Area, Menlo Park, CA

Breasts may lose elasticity and sag with age, pregnancy, and weight changes. A breast lift is a surgical procedure used to improve contour and tighten the breasts. It can also help to address asymmetry and other flaws. Breast lifts offer several benefits, including immediate breast lifts that make the breasts appear firmer, perkier, and younger. Explore the transformative journey of a breast lift with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jane Weston, MD. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 1047 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025.

 

Table of Contents:

What is a breast lift?
How often do you need a breast lift?
What should I expect during and after my breast lift?
How long does a breast lift last?

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift is a surgical approach to reshaping and enhancing the breasts to provide a more youthful and symmetrical appearance. It’s common for factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, changes in weight, and the natural aging process to lead to sagging breasts and a loss of firmness. A breast lift can effectively address these concerns by removing excess skin, tightening the surrounding tissues, and repositioning the nipples to create a lifted and more attractive appearance.

Breast lift procedures are tailored to personal preferences and needs, with variations in technique based on the degree of sagging and the desired outcome. During the breast lift, the surgeon strategically places incisions to minimize visible scarring. The surgeon will skillfully sculpt the breast tissue to achieve a natural-looking and proportionate result. In some cases, the surgeon will recommend that the breast lift be combined with breast augmentation or reduction to enhance the results.

How often do you need a breast lift?

On average, you can anticipate that the results of your breast lift procedure will last for 10 to 15 years. It’s important to keep in mind that while a breast lift can significantly improve firmness and shape, the treatment doesn’t stop the aging process. So, over time, things like gravity and hormonal changes will contribute to gradual changes in the appearance of your breasts.

Most people find that the initial results of their breast lift last for an extended period of time. On the other hand, some people opt for a revision procedure to address changes in breast tissue and further enhance their aesthetic goals. A thorough discussion with a plastic surgeon is crucial for making informed choices about breast lift frequency based on your health and goals.

What should I expect during and after my breast lift?

During your breast lift, you will be sedated or under general anesthesia. The choice depends on your preference. The surgeon will skillfully create incisions to reshape the breast tissue as well as remove excess skin. After the procedure is complete, the incisions will be closed with stitches, and you will be moved to the recovery area. The process only lasts 2 to 3 hours, and you will be able to return home on the same day.

When you return home, your breasts will be wrapped in gauze. You’ll be provided with a surgical support bra to wear for the next few days. Small tubes may be placed at the incision sites to provide drainage for any excess blood or fluid.

For the first few weeks, it’s strongly advised to refrain from sexual activity. Ask the healthcare provider about when you can safely resume daily activities such as washing your hair, showering, and bathing. You should wear your surgical support bra for the first 3 to 4 days and then transition to a softer supportive bra for the next 4 to 6 weeks to facilitate a smooth recovery.

In the initial weeks post-surgery, it’s common to experience swelling and bruising, which is a natural part of the healing process. Additionally, discomfort around the incisions is common, accompanied by a temporary red or pink hue that gradually subsides over several months. Some people also experience temporary numbness in the nipples, areolae, and breast skin.

To minimize discomfort, taking prescribed pain medication during the initial days is recommended. Furthermore, activities requiring straining, bending, or lifting should be avoided. Also, your sleep position matters; you should sleep on your back or side to avoid pressure on the breasts. As you heal up after your breast lift, regular follow-ups with the doctor will ensure that your recovery is progressing as expected.

How long does a breast lift last?

The longevity of breast lift results is between 10 to 15 years. While this procedure can significantly improve breast firmness and appearance, it’s essential to understand that a breast lift won’t halt the ongoing changes that occur over time. If you are in the Bay Area, Dr. Jane Weston specializes in cosmetic surgeries and offers consultations for patients who want to explore the benefits of breast lift treatments.

If you are struggling with sagging breasts and want to improve the shape and rejuvenate the appearance of your breasts, talk to our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Jane Weston, to decide if the surgery is right for you. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 1047 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025. We serve patients from Menlo Park CA, Palo Alto CA, Woodside CA, Belmont CA, Redwood City CA, Mountain View CA, and surrounding areas.