The Ultimate Guide to Breast Lift Surgery: What You Need to Know

There’s much more to breast aesthetics than just size. Many women consider breast augmentation when they’re unhappy with the appearance of their breasts when in reality a breast lift is a much better fit. If you’re considering breast surgery, then meeting with a board-certified plastic surgeon is the first step and can help you determine which option is best for your goals. Here’s a guide to the breast lift, another option worth knowing about as you consider your options at Straith Clinic, Detroit’s most trusted and renowned plastic surgery clinic.

What is a Breast Lift?

The breast lift is a procedure designed to lift and rejuvenate sagging breasts. The breast lift doesn’t add or take away volume – rather, it restores the breast tissue to a more upright position and excises extra skin. The nipple and areola can also be repositioned and reduced if needed, bringing the entire breast into a more natural-looking contour and proportion.

Why Choose Breast Lift Surgery?

There are a few reasons why the breast lift is the ideal choice for some women. These include:

  • Restoring the breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding: Childbearing can cause the breasts to sag and stretch, causing a “deflated” appearance.
  • Restoring the breasts after significant weight loss: Losing weight can take away volume from the breasts, leaving behind sagging, stretched skin.
  • Restoring naturally drooping breasts: Some women simply have sagging or drooping breasts (such as tuberous breasts) even if they haven’t experienced childbearing or significant weight loss.
  • Restoring asymmetry: Although all breasts are asymmetrical, some women have a noticeable difference in position or shape.

How to Tell If You Need a Breast Lift

The best way to determine if you need a breast lift is by consulting our board-certified plastic surgeons, Dr. William Sabbagh and Dr. Marissa Baca. However, you can get a general idea of whether a breast lift will help from the following points:

  • Do your nipples point downward? Normally, nipples point outward from the chest wall. Nipples tend to point downward as the skin of the breast begins to stretch and sag. A breast lift can reposition them so they point forward.
  • Do your nipples sit below the breast crease? The crease beneath the breast (where a bra wire sits) is a good indicator when it comes to a breast lift. If the nipples sit below this crease, a breast lift can help.
  • Do you like your breasts when you wear a bra? If you like your breasts and their size when wearing a supportive bra, but don’t like them when you take it off, a breast lift may help. It can help them appear rounder, fuller, and perkier even without a bra.

Types of Breast Lifts

A variety of incision patterns are available and can be chosen based on your unique needs. They include:

  • Peri-areolar incision: Called the donut incision, this option corrects mild sagging. The incision runs around the pigmentation of the areola, allowing it to be easily concealed. It can also be beneficial in reducing the size of the areola.
  • Vertical incision: Called the lollipop incision, this option corrects moderate sagging. It involves one incision around the areola and another vertically down to the breast crease. It’s one of the most commonly used incision patterns.
  • Inverted T incision: Called the anchor incision, this option can correct extensive sagging. It involves three incisions – one around the areola, one down to the breast crease, and one horizontally along the breast fold. It may involve a breast reduction, as well.

Breast Lift in Detroit, MI

At Straith Clinic, we offer exceptional results with the expertise of our board-certified plastic surgeons. To learn more about the breast lift, contact our office today by calling or filling out our online form.

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