The term ‘breast lift’ is an umbrella under which we have a wide variety of plastic surgery types. While it is true that some women may achieve the effects similar to a mild breast lift without any surgical procedure, many need the help of a surgeon in order to achieve a younger look of their breasts.
In general, breast lift surgery involves the removal of excess skin and tightening of tissues. Breast lift surgery gains a firmer, perkier, and more aesthetically pleasing shape to sagging breasts.
Sometimes some breast reconstruction surgeries are performed with a breast lift procedure. For example, a breast lift with augmentation (with implants) is recommended in order to achieve fuller, perkier breasts. Even sometimes, breast lift and reduction procedures are performed at the same surgery session. Due to the diverse forms this surgery takes, we would like to answer a couple of popular questions regarding it, hoping that in this way, we will alleviate some of the common misconceptions.
1-Who Decides for a Breast Lift?
Aging is an individual process. Everybody ages at a different pace and there is a number of factors affecting the way our body looks as the years pass by. Sooner or later, women start to realize that their breasts do not look as good as they used to. Others were never quite satisfied with the perkiness of their breasts and decided to change it once the possibility appears. For both of these groups, it seems like a good solution.
In short, if you are physically healthy and in a stable weight, not smoking, having nipples and areolas almost point downward, having a breast is lower than the other, bothering by the feeling that your breasts sag or have lost shape, you may be a candidate for breast lift surgery.
Moreover, it is not being said that only women with large breasts have to undergo this procedure. Breast lift for small breasts is a real thing, since all sizes may become saggy with time and under the influence of other factors.
It is important to remember that the scope and aim of the surgery differ from that of a breast augmentation. In breast lifting the main focus is the shape rather than the size of the breasts.
2-What Are the Types of Breast Lift?
To put it simply, there are two main types: with and without breast augmentation.
• Breast Lift without Implants – in it, doctors focus solely on the shape of your breasts and usually slightly decrease the size of it in order to give them a more youthful look. Using techniques such as anchor-shaped incision, doughnut incision or lollipop incision, surgeons remove the excess breast and skin tissue and move the nipple upwards; there is no implant using in this surgery.
• Breast Lift with Augmentation – as the name suggests, in it, the specialists not only remove the excess fat and skin but also place implants into breasts in order to give them even perkier look. As a reminder, breast augmentation is performed in two ways. One is breast implants; the other is fat transfer to the buttocks. In this case, we are considering the type of breast augmentation with implants. Nowadays, you can choose between silicone implants (including the newest generation, so-called ‘gummy bear implants’) and saline implants of various generations; however, nowadays there aren’t significant differences between them. Hence, it is more of a matter of preference and your doctor’s field of experience.
Apart from these two, some doctors experiment with so-called ‘laser bra lift’, in which the patient’s skin is used to support the newly lifted breasts. However, as for now, there isn’t any data regarding the long-term breast lift before and after results.
3-What to Choose: Breast Lift or Breast Implants Without Lift?
This decision depends on your main expectation about your breasts. If you suffer from saggy breasts and your nipples point downwards rather than upwards, a breast lift may be a good option. On the other hand, breast implants without lift are a good choice for women who do not have a problem with skin and tissue aging but want simply to increase the size of their breasts.
4-Breast Lift Recovery Tips
The key is to not overwork yourself, especially during the first days after the surgery. Take a week or two off work and enjoy some quality rest at home. Although you’ll be able to get up and walk around the same day of surgery, try to sit back for the first few days. You may also expect to sleep on your back for the first several weeks or more after the surgery. If you are used to sleeping on your side or stomach, get some extra pillows to help keep you from turning over during recovery.
Compression garments recommended by doctors will help you diminish the side effects such as swelling. Your drainage tubes will be removed after a few days, and you will be able to come back to your normal life in a week or two, although, try to avoid strenuous physical activities since they may compromise the procedure.
5-Are There any Breast Lift Scars?
Breast lift scars are a real problem and the reason why many women are hesitant about this procedure. However, as we develop the new techniques of breast lift, minimal scarring becomes a norm. Hence, if you take your recovery seriously, most of the people will never realize that you had the procedure, especially, that the incision lines are safely hidden under your underwear. If you still have some scars that bother you after a certain time of your surgery, laser therapy could be your key to get rid of the pigmentation difference causing for your breast lift surgery.
6-Regarding Breast Lift Costs
Breast lift surgery costs vary between the clinics as well as the countries. Many people are surprised that it pays off more to travel to some far-off destination, pay for the accommodation and have the surgery there rather than undergo it in the nearby clinic. As an example, the costs in Turkey start at €2.250 which seems very affordable. Additionally, all the high quality and well-equipped Turkish clinics generally offer price packages including not only the procedure itself but also necessary medicines, hotel, and airport transfer.
This content is edited by Flymedi Medical Editors in March 2019.