How Long Does a Breast Lift Last? Find Out From Schaffer Plastic Surgery 

Whether due to natural aging, pregnancy, breastfeeding or weight loss, breasts can and do sag with skin and tissue changes. A breast lift is a surgical procedure used to lift the breast and reposition tissue to restore a more youthful shape and appearance. 

Dr. Christopher Schaffer at Schaffer Plastic Surgery is an expert who has performed many successful breast lift procedures. The breast lift procedure is exceptionally popular because it can be used to make a drastic positive difference in breast shape and provide long-lasting results. However, how long does a breast lift last? Take a look at what to expect with breast lift longevity below. 

What Is a Breast Lift?

A breast lift, medically referred to as a mastopexy, is a surgical procedure involving the removal of excess skin to give the breasts a more lifted, defined shape. Patients choose to have a breast lift when they feel dissatisfied or self-conscious about breast sagging. The procedure may also be elected if the breasts have an uneven level of sagging. For example, if one breast seems to sag lower than the other. 

Breasts are often perceived as “sagging” if the nipples are pointed downward or the breasts appear flattened or long. 

Sagging breasts occur for many reasons, such as: 

  • Age-related skin and tissue changes 
  • Changes in breast size during pregnancy or breastfeeding 
  • Changes in weight, such as drastic weight loss 

During a breast lift, the surgeon will reposition breast tissue, remove excess skin and reposition the nipple. A breast lift can also be done alongside breast implants or reduction. 

Techniques Involved in a Breast Lift

Techniques for removing breast lifts can vary significantly, and the specific technique chosen by your plastic surgeon plays a pivotal role in determining both incision locations and resulting scars. It is important to undergo a thorough consultation with an experienced surgeon to determine which technique is best for you and your specific concerns.

Your surgeon may opt for incisions in the following areas:

  • Encircling the areola (the darker region surrounding the nipples)
  • Extending vertically from the areola to the breast creases
  • Progressing horizontally along the breast creases

To reshape breast tissue, the surgeon may strategically place stitches deep within the breasts. Additionally, stitches may be installed to reduce the size of the areola. This meticulous process involves the removal of excess breast skin and repositioning the nipples. Finally, the surgeon skillfully combines the breast skin, closing the incisions using stitches, surgical tape or skin adhesives. The full procedure takes about two to three hours, and most patients return home the same day. 

Longevity of a Breast Lift: What To Expect

The results of a breast lift are long-lasting, but over time, your breasts may experience some sagging again. Most patients see results last for at least 10 to 15 years, but individual results can vary. Some patients also choose to make small changes after a few years simply to maintain the results. 

An additional breast lift may be necessary after several years to maintain your desired results. The rate at which this occurs can be influenced by genetics, age, and habits when it comes to bra wear.

Recovery Period Post Breast Lift

Patients are typically advised to schedule a minimum of three to four days off from work after their breast lift procedure. For occupations involving bending or lifting, additional time off may be necessary. Gentle walking can resume on the day following the breast lift, and then you can work toward gradually integrating other activities over the next few weeks. Dr. Schaffer will provide detailed guidance on your recovery journey following the procedure.

Breast Lift Revision Surgery: An Overview

For those seeking enhancements after an initial breast lift, the breast lift revision surgery offers an opportunity to refine results. This procedure addresses issues such as lacking optimal symmetry, lifting tissues that may have sagged after the original procedure and ensuring results align with your personal breast-shape preferences. While many opt for breast lift revisions due to initial procedure dissatisfaction, the surgery can also serve to refresh and prolong the lifespan of the results.

Cost Considerations

Breast lifts are elective and typically not covered by insurance, and costs vary based on the procedures chosen. For manageable monthly payments, consider exploring financing options through CareCredit, which offers financing specifically for health-related procedures, including elective options. 

Determining Candidacy for a Breast Lift

Women who are in good health and have a loss of breast tissue or concerns about sagging are generally good candidates for breast lift procedures. However, it is important to undergo a thorough medical evaluation and consultation to discuss candidacy and treatment goals before deciding if a breast lift is right for you. 

Looking To Restore Your Self-Confidence With a Breast Lift?

A breast lift can completely alter how you feel about your breast shape and appearance and give you newfound self-confidence. If you are interested in breast lift or breast lift revision, be sure to work with one of the most trusted plastic surgeons in the field, Dr. Schaffer. Contact Schaffer Plastic Surgery for more information or to schedule a consultation by calling 205-619-9905.