Once the incisions are made, Dr. Vallecillos will lift and reshape underlying tissue, reposition the nipple and areola and (if necessary) reduce the size of the areola, and remove any excess skin.
Sutures are placed within the breast tissue to provide internal support, and the incisions are closed.
Breast Lift & Breast Augmentation
When fuller, rounder breasts are the goal, a combination breast lift and breast augmentation surgery may be necessary.
There are several methods available for breast augmentation, including saline and silicone implants, as well as autologous fat transfer. Dr. Vallecillos will discuss beforehand with you which method is best for your desired outcome and individual circumstance.
Breast Lift & Breast Reduction
When smaller breasts are the goal, a combination breast lift and breast reduction may be best.
During the breast lift procedure, extra breast tissue will be removed and the remaining tissue and skin lifted and firmed.
Breast Lift FAQs
Who is a candidate for a breast lift?
You should consider a breast lift if you are an adult woman who is at a stable weight, is not planning any future pregnancies, and wishes to correct breasts that are loose and sagging, which may include enlarged areolas.
What is the recovery time for a breast lift?
For the first few days after surgery, you will have drainage tubes relieving excess fluids from the surgical sites. The breasts will be bandaged temporarily, and should remain on until removed by Dr. Vallecillos in a follow-up consultation. You are allowed to move around normally; however, actions that involve lifting, straining, or strenuous exercise should be avoided until the breasts have completely healed. Sexual activity should be limited during the first week after surgery.
Most patients can return to work within two weeks after surgery, provided that their job does not require the aforementioned physical activities. Dr. Vallecillos will most likely recommend that you wear a special supportive bra or ace bandage for several weeks to provide compression on the breasts while they heal.
Are there risks or side effects with a breast lift?
Breast lift surgery, like most surgeries, does carry with it a risk of infection, excessive bleeding, blood clots, and scarring. If you choose to undergo a breast lift in combination with a breast augmentation with implants, risks may include diminished sensitivity in the areola, permanent pigmentation problems, tissue necrosis, and asymmetry of the breasts.
How long do the results last?
The results from a breast lift should be long lasting. Once corrected, the breasts should remain relatively stable, assuming the patient’s weight does not fluctuate greatly. Over time, however, skin inelasticity due to aging and gravity may make another procedure necessary to retain the desired results.