When Should You Consider Breast Lift Surgery?

Most women desire perky and symmetrical breasts, however, the reality is, as women age and gravity takes its toll, breast sagging is inevitable for some. Mastopexy, better known as breast lift surgery, helps to correct sagging breasts by modifying the size, contour, and elevation of the breasts.

Recent polls have shown that breast lifts are quickly becoming one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries among women, even surpassing breast implants. Women are choosing breasts lifts over breast augmentation because rather than desiring larger breasts, they want to address breast sagging.

The Aging Process

As women age, elasticity in the breast tissue is naturally depleted and the breasts become smaller and less full.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Changes in your body are natural while pregnant. Commonly, women will see an increase in the size of their breasts during pregnancy. After pregnancy, many women decide to breastfeed, and while there are obvious medical benefits to breastfeeding your child, it can leave breasts looking deflated. For many women, the size and position of their breasts never return back to their pre-pregnancy “normal”. Breast lift surgery can help reverse these changes and restore your breasts to a more elevated position.

Your Genetics

Occasionally, the cause of sagging breasts can be attributed to a woman’s genes. If this is the case, a breast lift can help achieve the breast profile they have always wanted.

Additional factors that can contribute to sagging breasts are lifestyle choices. High impact exercises such as running and jumping can have adverse effects on the elasticity of breast tissue. It’s vital to make sure you have plenty of support when performing high to moderate impact exercise and invest in a good sports bra.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

During your search for a potential plastic surgeon, you should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. Do not assume that another “cosmetic” or “aesthetic” surgeon is the same as a board-certified plastic surgeon.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Typically, health insurance companies do not cover breast lift surgery because it is considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure; however, they sometimes make an exception to this rule if the breast lift is performed as part of a medically necessary breast reduction. Most patients will not qualify for this unless there is a significant reduction to the size of the breasts. Do your research before proceeding with this surgery and check with your health insurance provider. It is important to be clear on your financial responsibility before undergoing any surgery.

Swelling should be mostly gone by six weeks. It may take up to 3-6 months for the final results to be revealed. 

As mentioned above, vigorous exercise is discouraged for a minimum of two weeks post-surgery to avoid early complications. After that you can return to normal exercise with the exception of any chest activity (pushing, pulling, and heavy lifting) which will be limited for 6 weeks after surgery. After six weeks, you can gradually ease back into your normal routine.

We recommend elastic, stretchy bras, or a surgical, compression bra after surgery. Avoid bras that have an underwire or lots of internal padding and structure until 6 weeks after surgery. You want a bra that offers snug compression and good support without being overly tight and distorting the breasts.

We typically recommend anywhere from three to seven days, depending on your individual circumstance and work requirements. Discuss your specific work duties with Dr. Buchanan if there are any questions.