What You Need To Know About Breast Lift Surgery

Over time, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, and aging can cause the breasts to lose shape and firmness. If you’re struggling with breasts that don’t look as perky or lifted as they used to, a breast lift may be the perfect solution. A breast lift is a surgical procedure used to address sagging breasts and restore a more youthful and lifted appearance. If you’re considering the procedure, there are a few things you should know beforehand.

Are You a Good Candidate?

At Daniel Q. Richardson, MD Plastic Surgery, we prioritize your safety and satisfaction. During your consultation, Dr. Richardson will evaluate your medical history, discuss your expectations, and assess your breast anatomy to determine if you are a good candidate for a breast lift. Ideal candidates typically:

  • Experience sagging or drooping breasts
  • Have nipples that point downward or fall below the breast crease
  • Are in good overall health
  • Have realistic expectations about the results

Breast Lift Procedure

The breast lift procedure involves a number of different steps. Once the anesthesia is administered, Dr. Richardson will place the incisions, reshape and lift the breast, close the incisions, and then prepare you for the recovery process.

Incision Placement

Dr. Richardson strategically places incisions to minimize the appearance of scarring. The three common incision patterns used are:

  • Around the areola
  • Around the areola and vertically down to the breast crease (lollipop incision)
  • Around the areola, vertically down to the breast crease, and along the breast crease

Reshaping and Lifting

Next, excess skin is removed during the procedure, and the breast tissue is reshaped and lifted to achieve a youthful contour. The nipple and areola are also repositioned higher on the breast mound for a completely natural appearance.

Closing the Incisions

Once the desired shape and lift are achieved, the incisions are closed using sutures. Drains may be placed to collect excess fluid and promote healing. From there, you start your healing process.

Recovering from Breast Lift Surgery

After your breast lift procedure at Daniel Q. Richardson, MD Plastic Surgery, you will receive detailed instructions on caring for your incisions and managing any discomfort during the recovery period. Following these instructions carefully is crucial for proper healing. Some common aspects of the recovery process include:

  • Wearing a supportive bra or compression garment
  • Avoiding strenuous activities and heavy lifting
  • Attending follow-up appointments with Dr. Richardson to monitor your progress and check for any complications

You will have some swelling and bruising after the procedure and during the first weeks of recovery. You will likely see the full results a few months after the procedure.

Schedule A Consultation

Ready to take the first steps toward embracing your body with a breast lift? Now is the perfect time! If you’re considering a breast lift and would like to learn more about the procedure, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Daniel Q. Richardson, MD Plastic Surgery in Gulfport, MS today. During the consultation, Dr. Richardson will address any questions or concerns you may have and provide personalized recommendations based on your unique needs and goals.

To schedule your consultation, call us at (228) 897-1400 or use our online contact form. Our staff will be more than happy to assist you in setting up an appointment.


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