Breast Lift

Women work hard to fight the signs of aging, but many factors including gravity, skin tone, pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight changes can take a toll on the breasts. While sagging breasts can undermine everything else a woman does to look and feel young, the good news is breast lift surgery helps Vancouver women recapture their firmer, uplifted shape.

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

Understanding Breast Lift Surgery

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.

Breast Lift Incisions and Scars

Complementary Procedures

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.”

Dr. Peter Lennox

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Engaging, well-educated, and extensively trained, Royal College-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Lennox has earned the trust of his peers, his patients, and his students.

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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.

To learn more about rejuvenating your breast shape with breast lift surgery, request a consultation with Dr. Peter Lennox, a Royal College-certified plastic surgeon. Or, call our office at  (604) 876-6552 to schedule your appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for a breast lift?

Many women who are in generally good health and would like to alleviate breast sagging are candidates for a breast lift. One easy way to determine whether you’d benefit is to stand in front of a mirror and see whether your nipples either point down or are below the crease where your breasts connect to your chest. You also may be a good candidate if:

  • You are satisfied with the size of your breasts but want to restore a youthful perkiness
  • You have breasts that are asymmetrical
  • Your breasts have a deflated appearance

How much does a breast lift cost?

The cost of breast lift surgery at our Vancouver practice is different for each patient. Factors such as the amount of correction necessary and whether the procedure is combined with other surgeries affect the total costs. Dr. Lennox and our team can provide you with a detailed quote during a consultation. He aims to keep his prices competitive with those of other Vancouver plastic surgeons, and he offers financing to help patients fit the procedure into their budgets.

What will the scars look like?

Unfortunately, scars are an inevitable tradeoff in any plastic surgery. Experienced surgeons are trained to make incisions so that the resulting scars are as inconspicuous as possible. At Dr. Lennox’s Vancouver practice, most breast lift procedures involve an incision around the areola and then vertically down the lower part of the breast. This is called a “lollipop” lift because the 2 incisions resemble a lollipop shape. In some cases, a third incision running horizontally just above the inframammary crease is necessary. That method is called an “anchor” or “inverted T” incision. Regardless of which incisions Dr. Lennox uses, he is careful to keep them very fine so that they quickly heal and fade until they are nearly invisible.

What is a “doughnut” breast lift?

The doughnut breast lift, also called a Benelli lift, is a technique in which a circular incision is made around the areola. Excess breast tissue is removed, lifting the breast, and the incision is sutured much like a drawstring. Although patients often ask about it because it limits scarring to the nipple area, the doughnut lift is appropriate only for patients with smaller breasts and minor sagging.

Do I also need breast implants?

It’s important to understand the different goals of breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. If you want to increase the volume of your breasts in addition to lifting them, then you should combine a breast lift with implants. Dr. Lennox can evaluate your breasts and recommend a plan that addresses all your goals.

Is breastfeeding possible after a breast lift?

It is possible to breastfeed after a breast lift if your nipples remain attached to the underlying breast tissue. This is possible for many patients, and Dr. Lennox can take your desire to breastfeed into account during surgical planning.

How long do the results last?

When the surgery is performed by a skilled physician such as Dr. Lennox, its results can last for many years. The procedure turns back the clock, but it doesn’t stop it from ticking. Aging will continue to have an effect on the appearance of your breasts, but you shouldn’t notice significant sagging for more than a decade. Fluctuating weight or pregnancy, however, may affect your results.

Can I Have Plastic Surgery If I’m Overweight?

Patient safety is our priority at Lennox Cosmetic Surgery. Because of that, Dr. Lennox requires women and men to have a body mass index (BMI) below 30 before they can undergo elective cosmetic surgery. According to Canadian guidelines from Health Canada, anyone with a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese and has a high risk of suffering complications following plastic surgery. A BMI between 25 and 29 is considered overweight.

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