Breast lift surgery is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the US. The surgery effectively treats saggy and hanging breasts by removing the excess skin and overhauling the breast tissue. There are different types of breast lift procedures, and if you want to know which type will suit you, you should first know whether you qualify for the breast lift surgery. Your plastic surgeon will examine your candidacy, and if you qualify for the procedure, he/she will determine the suitable breast lift type for you. The breast lift procedure delivers effective results. Your breasts will become perky, raised, and tighter after the surgery. If your breasts are poorly shaped or asymmetrical, the surgery will reshape them, so they are more balanced and well-contoured. Thousands of women undergo the breast lift surgery each year in the US, and majority of them are satisfied with the aesthetic outcomes of the intervention. Are you a good fit for breast lift surgery? Breast lift surgery can effectively correct breasts that are sagging or poorly shaped. Depending on your aesthetic needs, your plastic surgeon may suggest a breast lift surgery alongside a breast augmentation surgery. Don’t be surprised if your plastic surgeon suggests so, because some patients may require two procedures at the same time to achieve the desired results. If you are in good overall health, you may qualify for the breast lift procedure. Patients suffering from serious health issues like diabetes, cardiac problems, blood clotting, and respiratory problems must share their complete health information with the plastic surgeon during the initial consultation. If you are taking certain medications, and/or if you are a smoker, you must share this information with the surgeon as well. Additionally, you must have realistic goals and expectations to be a good fit for the breast lift procedure. Why women seek breast lifting There are different reasons why women seek breast lifting. Some of the common reasons include: • Pregnancy: Pregnancy can affect the shape and size of breasts, often leaving the patient with saggy and loose breasts. • Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding negatively affects the shape and general profile of the breasts. Many women seeks breast lift to correct the aesthetic flaws induced in their breasts by breastfeeding. • Stretched tissue: There are also many patients who use breast lifting to treat the stretched tissue around the nipple. • Massive weight loss: When a woman loses too much weight, it can result in sagging skin on the breasts. Signs of aging: Aging leads to sagging breasts, and to correct the condition, many women go under the knife. Benefits of breast lift procedures There are different types of breast lift procedures. These procedures all have the same benefits as long as the patient is healthy, some of which include: • Breast lift procedures improve the shape, symmetry, and projection of the breasts. • The breasts become perky, raised, and firmer. With an improved breast profile, clothes will fit you better and comfortably. Types of breast lift procedures During the breast lift procedure, the plastic surgeon will reshape the areola and reposition the nipple to an elevated place, in addition to excising the excess skin and contouring the breast tissue. Normally, there are 3 major breast lift types: periareolar breast lift, vertical breast lift, and inverted-T breast lift. Vertical breast lifts This breast lift, also known as ‘lollipop’ breast lift, is suitable for women having large, saggy breasts. This breast lift procedure involves a combination of vertical incision and circumareola incision down the breast crease. The vertical incision is used for the removal of the extra skin. Vertical breast lifts makes the breasts look rounder, cone-shaped, and youthful. The circular incision in this procedure is mainly used to reposition the nipple and give it an upward position, rather than being positioned downwards. With vertical breast lifts, any effects of breastfeeding can be corrected, and the breasts can get a youthful appearance with increased volume. Periareolar breast lift This type of breast lift is also known as the ‘donut’ lift. In most cases, it involves the use of a single incision, placed usually around the nipple’s edge. This technique significantly reduces the skin and breast tissue around the nipple. This breast lift type is recommended for women with slightly sagging breasts that do not require too much lifting or projection. It is a minimally invasive surgery, because it is focused more on repositioning the areola and nipple instead of skin excision. In some cases, patients with smaller breasts may require periareolar breast lift to slightly tweak the breasts. It can also be used to reshape and resize the whole areola region, and can be coupled with the breast augmentation procedure to further boost the aesthetic features of the breasts. Inverted-T breast lift Also known as the traditional type of breast lift, an inverted-T breast lift normally uses three incisions. The first incision is done vertically from the nipple down to the bottom of the breast, the second around the edge of the nipple, and the third on the fold of the breast. Plastic surgeons recommend this type of breast lift for women with excessively loose and sagging breasts, because it enables the removal of a large amount of breast tissue and loose skin. Inverted T breast lift can be performed alongside a breast reduction procedure, especially when the patient has large breasts. The anchor incision enables the surgeon to easily remove the excess glandular tissue from inside the breasts. After the surgery, the breasts will not only appear perky and tighter but will also decrease in size. This type of breast lift is good for patients who have overly large and saggy breasts. How is the breast lift procedure performed? All three types of breast lift surgeries are major operations, entailing a number of side effects and risks. It is important to have the procedures performed by a board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon. The breast lift surgery is normally performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The procedure can be completed in about two hours and allows the patient to go home a few hours after the surgery. Arrange someone in advance to accompany you at the hospital and drive you home after the surgery, because you will not be allowed to drive for one week after the procedure. Patients who choose to have the surgery under IV sedation will normally be allowed to go home after 2 hours, but those who decide to go for general anesthesia will have to spend a few hours in the hospital so their health can be monitored. After the breast lift procedure, you’ll be taken to a recovery room for supervision. In case of nausea or pain, a nurse will give you pain relief and anti-nausea medications. You must have an assistant at home to help you for the first few days following the surgery. The first 2-3 days are crucial, so you must not engage in any activities. This means you would need someone to take care of your food and other household chores. After the breast lift surgery, you will experience swelling and soreness in the breasts. You will gradually recovery from the surgical trauma and the inflammation, and other discomforts will subside. If swelling expands beyond the surgical area, you should contact your plastic surgeon immediately. You should avoid strenuous activities, as high endurance activities can negatively affect the recovery process. Conclusion Breast lifting is an effective plastic surgery to treat sagging breasts. The breasts of women become loose and drooping over time due to factors like aging, pregnancies, breastfeeding, medications, illness, gravity, and other similar factors. In order to treat the condition and restore their youthfulness, many patients turn to breast lifting surgery. Since breast lift is a major operation, you should be sure to choose only a board-certified plastic surgeon to undertake the surgery. The breast lifting procedure involves removal of the excess skin from the breasts, reshaping of the breast tissue, and repositioning of the nipples. After the surgery, your breasts will become perky, tighter, and raised. There are three major types of breast lift procedures, namely vertical breast lift, inverted-T breast lift, and periareolar breast lift. Which type is suitable for you will be determined by your plastic surgeon after thorough examination of your breasts, overall health, and assessment of your aesthetic goals.