A breast lift is a surgical procedure in which the structure of the breasts are altered to correct sagging and drooping. A breast lift is similar to a breast augmentation procedure, but instead of enlarging the breast through the use of implants, the doctor lifts or raises the breasts to a more natural height, making them fuller and more firm. During this process, the areola and nipple are also adjusted to compensate for the new height. A breast lift is often recommended after a woman has had several pregnancies and breast fed her children. Sagging breasts may also be the result of excess weight loss that has weakened the breast tissues.
During a breast lift, several procedures may be used to restructure and add shape to the breast. If the woman has lost an extensive amount of breast tissue due to breast feeding or weight loss, the use of implants may be needed to recreate the prior shape and size of the breast. The woman may choose to use larger breast implants if she has the excess tissue to sufficiently cover the breast. During a lift, the doctor raises the breast to a more natural height. Once the height is achieved, the areolas and nipples will also have to be moved to a more natural position. This creates the look, texture, and feel of the woman's natural breasts allowing her to feel more confident about her appearance.
Breast lift procedures may involve the entire reconstruction of the breast. With this type of procedure, the recovery time can take from four to eight weeks for the surface area of the tissues to heal. The depth and extent of the reconstruction may add to the patient's healing time. If the patient follows the doctor's instructions concerning rest and proper wound care, the healing time will go smoothly. In many cases, a patient may choose to have the breast lift procedure performed in conjunction with an abdominoplasty or other types of cosmetic procedure. The doctor may adjust the length of the recovery time so the patient can heal sufficiently before resuming regular activities.