Breast Lift FAQ
If you’re a candidate for a breast lift, you probably want to know more about what to expect. Here, Dr. Joseph J. Castellano answers the most commonly asked questions our patients have about breast lifts. You can also request a consultation with Dr. Castellano, who has helped men and women from Tampa-St. Petersburg to Orlando feel and look their best through a variety of cosmetic procedures. What is a breast lift?
A breast lift, sometimes referred to by the technical term mastopexy, lifts and reshapes the existing breast tissue. In some cases, a breast lift may also include resizing and repositioning the nipples for a more aesthetic look.
How is a breast lift different from getting implants?
Like breast augmentation, a breast lift is an enhancement procedure that improves the shape and appearance of your breasts. However, a breast lift will not add more volume to your breasts, and the procedure does not require any implants.
Am I a candidate?
The best candidates for a breast lift are those women who have a generous amount of natural breast tissue, but who are unhappy with the shape or placement of their breasts. Women who have ptosis, or a droopy appearance to their breasts, are also good candidates for a breast lift. Women considering a breast lift should be in good physical and mental health, not currently pregnant or nursing, and should maintain realistic expectations about their results.
Can a breast lift be combined with other procedures?
Will a breast lift increase my cup size?
Although a breast lift will definitely improve the shape and placement of your breast, it will not add volume. As a result, most women find they still wear the same bra size following their breast lift, although their breasts will sit higher on the torso, and have a perkier, firmer look and feel.
I’m thinking about breast implants. Should I get a breast lift at the same time?
Dr. Castellano will discuss your options during your consultation to decide whether or not combining procedures is right for you. Not every woman needs or wants to include a breast lift with their augmentation. However, in the right candidate, combining procedures can deliver beautiful results.
I’m thinking about breast reduction. Will I need a breast lift at the same time?
This is an option that Dr. Castellano will discuss with you during your consultation. It’s very common to incorporate a breast lift along with reduction surgery in order to give the breasts a higher placement and firmer texture, as well as reshaping the remaining breast tissue.
What should I expect during surgery?
Before your procedure, Dr. Castellano will discuss your appearance goals so that he has a clear understanding of your hopes following the procedure. During surgery, he will take one of a few different approaches for lifting and reshaping the breast. Most often, the first incision follows the curve of the areola, followed by a vertical incision down the underside of the breast. This is referred to as a lollipop incision. Alternatively, the incisions may continue along the inframammary crease below the breast on either side, resulting in an anchor-shaped incision. After the breast tissue is reshaped, the nipple and areola can be reduced in size and repositioned, if needed. Finally, Dr. Castellano uses a special layering technique to close the incisions, which will reduce skin tension in order to achieve less noticeable scarring.
What should I expect during recovery?
Following your breast lift, you can expect to feel a little sore and uncomfortable at first, usually accompanied by some swelling. Dr. Castellano will ask you to wear a special garment to support your new shape and help you feel more comfortable. Most breast lift patients are back to their normal daily routine within a week or two, but more vigorous activities should wait until you feel more comfortable.
Will I have scars after my breast lift?
Scars after a breast lift are inevitable, but Dr. Castellano makes every effort to ensure that you’ll heal beautifully. He also carefully places incisions where they’ll be hidden by your favorite bra or bikini top. Most women are so pleased with their end results that scars are not a concern.
How long until I see results?
You should notice a difference almost right away after your breast lift, with the effects becoming more apparent as post-operative swelling dissipates. Most patients can see their final results after a few months, although some continue seeing improvements even longer.