As a woman ages and goes through pregnancies, her breasts can gradually lose youthful elasticity, causing them to sag or appear deflated. In some cases, the areolas can become enlarged, and the nipples can droop downward. Patients who want to restore their breasts to a perkier and more attractive condition may consider breast lift surgery. This procedure involves removing excess skin, reposition the natural breast tissue, and address cosmetic nipple-areolar complex concerns. Dr. Hotchandani at Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgery performs this procedure to give patients the beautiful breasts and improved confidence they desire.
Ideal Candidates for Breast Lift
As a long-standing member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Hotchandani possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the human form and aesthetics. During the initial consultation appointment, he will evaluate your needs and goals to create a personalized surgical plan for you. Ideally, breast lift candidates should be in good health and can relate to one or more of the following:
- Sagging breasts (ptosis)
- Breast volume loss
- Pendulous breasts
- Breasts that lack firmness
- Stretched areolas
- Downward-facing nipples
Breast Lift Procedure
A breast lift is an outpatient surgery that is performed using general anesthesia at our facility in Green Bay, WI. It can take one to three hours to complete. Patients must make arrangements ahead of time for a friend or family member to transport them to and from their appointment. It is also recommended to have someone there to help during the first 24 hours after the procedure.
The breast lift techniques used will depend on the amount of correction needed. Usually, incisions are placed around the areolas and sometimes down the lower breast pole to the fold. Through these incisions, excess tissue is carefully removed, and the nipple-areolar complex can be adjusted. When possible, Dr. Hotchandani places all incisions in locations that can be concealed with undergarments.
All patients must wait in the recovery room for a brief observation period before they are discharged. There may be some discomfort, swelling, bruising, and changes in sensation, but these should resolve over the next few weeks. Wearing the recommended elastic bandage and supportive bra can help make the recovery faster and more comfortable. Over-the-counter or prescription medication can also alleviate any postoperative pain.
Immediately after surgery, the breasts should feel firmer and shapelier, and results will continue to improve as the swelling resolves. It may take several weeks to months to see the final outcome. Breast lift effects results are intended to be long-lasting, especially with regular use of a supportive bra. However, due to gravity, aging, weight changes, and pregnancy, the breasts are likely to change slightly over time.
Can I combine my breast lift with other cosmetic procedures?
Patients with compound breast concerns may consider combining their breast lift with other surgical techniques. Women who desire a perkier and larger bust can achieve their aesthetic goals by opting for a breast lift with breast augmentation.
Will breast lift surgery result in scarring?
Because this procedure may involve extensive tissue removal and adjustment of the breasts, there is a risk of developing scars. However, because the incisions are carefully placed in inconspicuous areas, they should be easily covered by a bra or bikini. Scarring also tends to fade over time with proper aftercare.
When can I return to work after a breast lift procedure?
Most patients return to work in one or two weeks, depending on how physically demanding their job is. All heavy lifting must be avoided for three to four weeks.
Will I have help making accommodations if I am visiting from out-of-town?
Absolutely! At Hotchandani Laser, Vein, and Cosmetic Surgery, our staff is happy to help you find accommodations near the facility during your stay.
Will breast lift surgery make my breasts smaller?
While some tissue is removed during this procedure, the goal is not to reduce the volume of the breasts. If you struggle with overly large and cumbersome breasts, a breast reduction in combination might be a more appropriate procedure to help you reach your objectives.