A breast lift is a very popular cosmetic surgery procedure in Seattle for women who want to take back their figure after giving birth, aging, or experiencing major weight loss. Sagging breasts occur when the natural suspensory ligaments of the breasts are pulled by gravity.
Women with larger breasts experience drooping of the breasts more than women with smaller breasts; however, even women with smaller breasts can experience this problem. After childbirth and breastfeeding, breast tissue shrinks, causing the breasts to become flatter and saggier. This also happens when you lose substantial amounts of weight, your breasts may eventually appear “deflated.”
Oftentimes, breast lift surgery is performed along with an abdominoplasty, or a “tummy tuck,” for Seattle women who want to fully restore their body.
Saggy breasts appear heavy and breast lift surgery can give the breast a perkier, more youthful appearance. The amount of “lifting” required to return breasts to their most aesthetic position varies dramatically from patient to patient.
Normally, a surgeon repositions the nipple and areola as well as the breast tissue to a higher level. A breast lift also involves the removal of excess skin from the lower portion of the breast and the reshaping of the remaining breast skin. This procedure typically takes 2-3 hours, and the recovery time is approximately one week with minimal exercise.
When considering breast lift surgery, the elasticity of the skin, the size and location of the areolas, and the amount of breast tissue remaining in each breast must be considered. For breasts with minimal sagging, a small removal of skin will usually provide the desired results. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Haeck will discuss different options to meet the needs and expectations of each individual patient.
After surgery, you will generally require plenty of rest and activities should be somewhat limited for a speedy recovery and faster healing. Bandages will be applied to assist with the healing process and to reduce any movement of the breasts. Afterwards, the patient will need a specialized surgical bra for few weeks. Minor discomfort is normally treated with oral medication.