A breast lift usually requires one to three hours and is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. During the surgery, you will be fully asleep. Or, if you prefer, there is the option of having a local anesthetic with an IV sedation administered, in which you will be somewhat awake, but completely relaxed throughout the entire process.
The specific method chosen for your breast lift will depend on your anatomy and ultimately how you wish to look post-surgery. The most common method of breast lift surgery involves three incisions—one around the areola, another vertically from the bottom edge of the areola to the crease underneath the breast, and the third horizontally beneath the breast in the natural curve of the crease. Our surgeons are especially skilled in keeping the scarring to a minimum.
After the incisions have been made, excess breast skin is removed, and the remaining tissue is reshaped with the nipple and areola being moved to a higher position. The areola is often stretched when breasts sag, so they can also be reduced in size, if desired, to make them more proportionate with the rest of the breasts. Liposuction is sometimes used as well to improve the contour of the breasts, especially on the sides.
Because the nipples and areoles remain attached to the underlying tissue, sensation is usually preserved, as well as the ability to breastfeed. It is significant to note, though, that having children or breast feeding following a breast lift will likely result in recurring tissue laxity and drooping.