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What Will My Breasts Look Like Immediately After Breast Lift?

Women seek out breast lift to correct sagging (ptosis) brought about by nursing, pregnancy, aging and other factors. Breast lift improves the overall shape of the breasts and restores their youthful position on the chest. At the Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Samuel Pearl and Dr. Alexander Ereso have the experience and knowledge to take you through the breast lift process step-by-step, including what your breasts will look like immediately after the procedure.

What Breast Lift Can Achieve

Breast lift, also known as mastopexy, raises the breasts, nipples and areolas higher on the chest. Breast lift alone does not add fullness to the breast, and for this reason, some women choose to combine breast lift with the placement of breast implants for bigger and perkier breasts. After breast lift alone, the breasts typically retain a natural teardrop shape, with more fullness on the bottom. If a patient desires to add fullness to the top of the breast or to create a rounder shape, implants are required.

Incisions and Appearance Right After Surgery

Your doctor will determine which surgical technique is best for you based on  how droopy the breasts are, along with other factors such as whether you are getting implants. Incisions vary, depending on the specific surgical approach. Some scarring will be present after the procedure, but the scars are easily hidden by a bathing suit or bra. Common types of incisions follow the shape of an inverted T, donut or lollipop.

Right after surgery, it is not unusual to have swelling and even some asymmetry between the breasts. Swelling can last six to eight weeks. Even after the swelling subsides, the breasts continue to settle into their final shape for up to a year after surgery.

If a patient also has implants placed during the breast lift, they may appear too high on the chest shortly after surgery, but will drop into a normal position over time.

Expect Improved Breast Appearance

Women who undergo breast lift surgery can look forward to achieving a more youthful and flattering appearance, and enjoying more confidence and satisfaction in life. Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso look forward to seeing you in the office for a breast lift consultation. To make an appointment, please call (650) 964-6690.