Women work hard to fight the signs of aging, but many factors including gravity, skin tone, pregnancy, breast-feeding and weight loss can take a toll on your breasts. While sagging breasts can undermine everything else a woman does to look and feel young, the good news is a breast lift helps Vancouver women recapture their firmer, uplifted shape.
To learn more about rejuvenating your breast shape with breast lift surgery, request a consultation with Dr. Peter Lennox, an RCPSC-certified plastic surgeon. Or, call our office at (604) 876-6552 to schedule your appointment.
Before & After Breast Lift
This woman, age 55, wanted to improve her breast shape without implants. She underwent a bilateral breast lift (mastopexy) with removal of a small amount of tissue on the left side to improve her symmetry. Vsit our photo gallery for other breast lift patients.
Reasons for a Breast Lift
A breast lift improves the position and shape of your breasts by removing excess skin and tissue while repositioning the nipple, areola, and breast higher on the chest. It is an effective procedure for women whose breasts have:
- Lost elasticity and firmness
- Flattened or stretched
- Sagged causing droopy nipples or enlarged areolas
Your Breast Lift
There are several ways to perform breast lift surgery. Dr. Lennox will discuss which technique is best for you based on the extent of the sagging. Often, a breast lift requires 3 incisions: around the areola, from the areola to the crease under the breast, and occasionally a horizontal incision along the fold below the breast (see illustration).
Although there is always scarring with an incision, Dr. Lennox is adept at strategically placing the incisions so they are easily hidden under clothing. With proper care after surgery, scars will fade and lighten over time.
Recovery & Results
Women typically recover from a breast lift within a matter of days and are up and moving the day after surgery. You'll wear a soft, surgical bra for the first few days followed by a support bra for several weeks. It's common to have some bruising along the incisions, with bruises diminishing in about 7 to 10 days.
Dr. Lennox will give you thorough instructions for returning to work as well as resuming your workouts and other day-to-day activities. Every woman's results are different, but a breast lift is a relatively pain-free way to achieve the uplifted, shapely breasts of your youth.
If you have questions about getting a breast lift, please visit our Breast Lift FAQs page.
Breast lifts are a growing part of Dr. Lennox's practice, and many women often schedule complementary procedures at the same time including breast augmentation to add fullness to the breasts or a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to flatten the abdomen. When performed together, the procedures are commonly referred to as a "mommy makeover."
Before & After Breast Lift
This 47-year-old woman wanted to improve the shape and position of her breasts, fill out her upper breasts, and improve her symmetry. Dr. Lennox performed a combined breast lift and augmentation. Read more about her case.