Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure that can elevate your breasts to a more youthful position. Also known as mastopexy, a breast lift is chosen by women who are affected by breast sagging, also called ptosis, caused by weight fluctuations or the aging process.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Beth Collins performs breast lift here in Guilford (just outside New Haven, CT) for women who desire an elevated, more youthful breast appearance, and the improved self-confidence that can accompany such a change.

Breast Lift Candidates

If you are considering a breast lift, it’s a good idea to consult with one or more plastic surgeons around Branford, New Haven, or other nearby communities so you can determine whether the surgery will meet your goals. While breast lift surgery is designed to correct breast droop or sagging, there are varying degrees of severity among women who are affected. Dr. Collins will evaluate your breasts and may classify you in 1 of 3 possible groups:

  • Mild breast droop
  • Moderate breast droop
  • Severe breast droop

By assessing the position of the nipple in relation to the breast crease, the degree of breast droop can be measured. This classification helps Dr. Collins determine the ideal technique for your breast lift, assuming you are a good candidate.

What Happens During Surgery?

This outpatient procedure will require approximately 1 to 3 hours. General anesthesia is common, while local anesthesia may be an option for select patients (in limited incision techniques). The goal of the breast lift is to tighten and elevate the breast tissue, moving the nipple and areola to a higher position.

Incision patterns vary in breast lift surgery. Dr. Collins may choose to utilize an anchor or lollipop shaped incision, or a more limited approach that removes a circle of skin around the areola. Loose skin and glandular tissue are tightened or removed, effectively lifting the breast for a younger-looking shape and appearance.

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Beth Collins, M.D.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Beth Collins offers a blend of clinical expertise and warm, open communication to ensure beautiful results from your chosen procedure. Learn more about her experience and explore what she can do for you.

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Breast Lift Recovery & Results

Recovering from breast lift surgery will take at least 1 to 2 weeks while you relax and allow proper healing. Exercise needs to be postponed for about 6 weeks in most cases. The surgical incisions (and sutures) will be covered with gauze and tape, which is removed within one week. Dr. Collins will advise you to wear a special bra for several weeks, which is designed for proper support after cosmetic breast surgery. Discomfort (expect some swelling, aching, bruising and changes in sensation) will be managed with prescription pain medication.

Like all surgical procedures, a breast lift has associated risks. The results are considered permanent, but cannot prevent the normal effects of aging that occur years later.

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Related Procedures & Breast Lift Alternatives

Breast lift techniques are closely related to breast reduction. Both procedures involve reshaping of the breast by a plastic surgeon, so you may find out during your consultation that breast reduction is a more suitable procedure.

Many women believe that breast augmentation (with saline or silicone implants) is the right procedure for lifting the breasts, which is incorrect. It can, however, be combined with a breast lift when volume needs to be restored. It is also important to realize that no exercise routine, cream, or pill can significantly lift the breasts in the same way that a skilled plastic surgeon can with a breast lift.

Learn more about breast lift with Dr. Collins. Request your consultation online or call us at (203) 689-5295 to schedule your visit.

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