Breast Lifts 101


Breast lifts aren’t just for patients who are genetically predisposed to having lax breasts. Breast lifts are incredibly helpful procedures for women who have breastfed their children and find that after concluding breastfeeding, their chests have deflated. It is also an efficient procedure for patients who have previously undergone massive weight loss or breast implant removal and undergo a breast lift to elevate the chest and allow for a more feminine and youthful silhouette.

What is a breast lift?

A breast lift tightens and tones the skin and breasts by removing any excess lax skin from the chest and contouring the breasts for a more rejuvenated look. Different types of breast lifts include the anchor breast lift involving an incision around the areola and a line that connects down to the breast crease and spans left and right like the shape of an anchor; the periareolar breast lift involving an incision around the areola; and a lollipop breast lift involving an incision similar to the anchor just without the incision spanning left to right in the breast crease. 

You may feel you need a breast lift if you had multiple pregnancies and breastfed your child/children, experienced extensive weight loss, and/or had implants removed, all resulting in sagging breasts and skin. A breast lift can also help some patients who experience back discomfort, shoulder and neck pain, as well as headaches and migraines. Also, a breast lift procedure does not involve or require implants, however, women who would like to combine implants with a lift can certainly do so to achieve more projection and a larger cup size.

How do you prepare for breast lift surgery?

Before undergoing breast lift surgery, you’ll want to have maintained a consistent ideal weight without fluctuating. This will assure the longevity of your results without the need for follow-up procedures as gained weight post-recovery can change the look of your chest and results. You should be generally practicing a healthy lifestyle involving physical movement, healthy eating, good sleep, and reduced stress which will in turn keep your immune system up and allow for a more seamless recovery. Of course, a shower and hair wash before surgery are recommended, as well as abstaining from any medications including herbal medications that your surgeon advises against before and after surgery to reduce the risks of swelling or bleeding.

A breast lift procedure can take anywhere between one to three hours depending on the patient and the amount of skin and/or fat removal, as well as whether implants are involved. Patients typically go home from Toronto’s Elements Spa the same day of the procedure and can expect the first phase of recovery to last up to two weeks. Depending on how quickly you recover, your full results will be apparent closer to three months after your procedure.

Every woman is unique, therefore, board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Adibfar customizes his breast lift procedures to best suit his patient and her distinct body and desires.

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