Breast Lift

The optimal patient for a breast lift is a woman who desires the restoration of her breasts to their youthful appearance. Over time a woman may notice that her breasts have begun to sag or droop. The drooping of the breasts is common and in many cases due to the natural effects of aging, pregnancy, weight loss, and/or heredity. Many women combine breast lift surgery with breast augmentation which includes the use of implants, this option helps enhance breast volume that may be lost over the years. At the Thompson Center for Plastic Surgery, we rejuvenate the breasts by eliminating excess skin and tightening supportive tissue to bring back a youthful breast appearance. A breast lift may also include repositioning and reduction of the size of the areola, which may have darkened or drooped over time.

Breast lift candidates

Breast lift surgery is a highly individualized procedure. You should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

Who is a good candidate for breast lift surgery?

You may be a candidate for breast lift surgery if:

  • You are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
  • You do not smoke
  • You are bothered by the feeling that your breasts sag or have lost shape and volume
  • Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulous
  • When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
  • Your nipples and areolas point downward
  • You have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
  • One breast is lower than the other

Breast Lift Consultation

During your breast lift consultation Dr. Thompson will discuss:

  • Your surgical goals
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drug use
  • Previous surgeries
  • If you have a family history of breast cancer
  • The results of any mammograms or previous biopsies
  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your breasts and may take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality and placement of your nipples and areolas
  • Take photographs
  • Discuss your options
  • Recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of breast lift surgery and any risks or potential complications
  • Discuss the use of anesthesia during your breast lift