Over time, breasts can lose their shape due to motherhood, weight loss, or a natural loss of elasticity in the skin. The result is sagging breasts that have lost their youthful shape and appearance.
A breast lift addresses these issues by removing excess skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and repositioning the nipples. It can be done as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with others. It’s a popular option to include with a mommy makeover or other breast augmentation procedures.
Best Candidates for Breast Lifts
Most healthy women are eligible for breast augmentation of some kind. Good candidates for breast lift procedures are those who fall within these guidelines.
Generally happy with the current size of their breasts
Seeking a firmer, more youthful breast shape
Non-smokers in good health
Have realistic goals
During your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ashpole, you will discuss your goals in detail along with breast lift costs in Chicago. Dr. Ashpole may suggest other procedures to help you achieve the cosmetic results you desire.
Breast Lift Techniques
Dr. Ashpole regularly performs a variety of breast lift procedures. During the initial consultation, he will explain the options and differences in detail. The recommended technique will depend on the patient’s goals, degree of droop, and current breast size.
The Anchor Technique
Named for its anchor-shaped incision, this is the most common type of breast lift surgery. It offers the most dramatic degree of lift, unlike less extensive methods. This is recommended for women with a severe degree of droop.
The anchor technique is an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia. Three incisions form the anchor shape.
One is around the areola, and one is vertical from the areola to the crease. The third is horizontal along the breast crease. Dr. Ashpole uses these incisions to remove excess skin and reshape the breast.
Other Breast Lift Techniques
Less invasive techniques are recommended for women with milder degrees of droop. They effectively improve breast shape, but with fewer incisions.
The crescent lift requires only one small incision along the top of the areola. The circumareolar lift, also known as the “donut lift”, involves a circular incision around the areola. Lastly, the vertical lift uses an incision just from the areola to the breast crease.
Breast Lift Recovery Process
It’s normal to experience some pain, bruising, and swelling after the procedure. Most women can return to work and normal activity within 10 days. Exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for several weeks, though.
If you are considering a breast lift, discover what breast augmentation options are right for you. Reach out online or call Ashpole Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ashpole.