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What You Need to Know about a Breast Lift

Overview A breast lift is a procedure to lift sagging breasts, resulting in a more youthful breast contour.
The Ideal Candidate Women who want to elevate their breasts, making them appear fuller.
Target Areas Breasts
Average Cost $7,700
Recovery
  • 1-2 weeks off work
  • 6-8 weeks without strenuous exercise
Overview
A breast lift is a procedure to lift sagging breasts, resulting in a more youthful breast contour.
The Ideal Candidate
Women who want to elevate their breasts, making them appear fuller.
Target Areas
Breasts
Average Cost
$7,700
Recovery
  • 1-2 weeks off work
  • 6-8 weeks without strenuous exercise

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What is a Breast Lift

A breast lift is a procedure that is done to elevate a woman’s breasts, helping them appear fuller and shapelier, by removing excess skin and lifting the breast tissue to the correct location on the chest. The procedure may also incorporate an areola lift, which is done to alter the height of the areolas and reduce their size.

After a breast lift procedure, patients typically look forward to a fuller, elevated contour and a youthful-looking shape.

Dr. Sleightholm’s Approach to Breast Lifts

Dr. Sleightholm specializes in body shaping procedures, including breast lifts, and takes great pride in working with patients to understand their needs and help them achieve their desired result.


During a consultation with Dr. Sleightholm and a surgical consultant, you can expect to discuss your goals and desired results. It is important to be open and honest about your expectations during your initial meeting, as that will allow Dr. Sleightholm to make relevant, appropriate recommendations and enhance your overall satisfaction.

Dr. Sleightholm will work with you to assess your needs and determine the approach that will be best suited to you.


Dr. Sleightholm begins the procedure by removing excess skin.

Then, your breast tissue will be lifted to the proper location on your chest. Finally, Dr. Sleightholm reshapes the breasts to create a desirable contour. If your procedure incorporates an areola lift, Dr. Sleightholm will reposition it higher and possibly reduce its size.


You should expect to spend the first 48 hours after your breast lift resting at home and avoiding any sudden or frequent arm movements. When you feel ready, you should start taking short and gentle walks to encourage good circulation. Take pain medication and antibiotics precisely as instructed in order to keep pain under control and reduce risks of infection.

Your cosmetic surgeon will request that you wear a surgical bra to support your breasts as they heal. You will be able to bathe after four days, though keep in mind that you might require assistance as your arm movements will be restricted. You can take your surgical bra off and wash it at this stage, making sure you allow it to air dry completely before putting it back on.

In general, healing takes six weeks to eight weeks after a breast lift surgery. Patients are typically able to resume normal activities (strenuous exercise included) after that time.

Surgical Procedures That Can Complement a Breast Lift

Breast Augmentation

Liposuction

Tummy Tuck

Breast augmentation is a procedure to enlarge breasts by one or more cup sizes and enhance their shape. This is done by placing implants underneath the chest wall muscle or behind existing breast tissue. In either situation, the implants are centred beneath the nipples.

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Liposuction permanently removes excess fat in cosmetically important areas to sculpt an improved body contour. Some of the areas commonly targeted include the hips, abdomen, arms, thighs, love handles, spots around the chest, buttocks, neckline, and areas around the chin.

Liposuction is popular for both men and women, especially those who want to eliminate unwanted fat in one or a few key spots.

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A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess stomach fat and skin while also tightening the mid and lower abdominal muscles to reduce stomach protrusion. This helps patients achieve flatter, firmer midsections and healthier, more youthful appearances.

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Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation is a procedure to enlarge breasts by one or more cup sizes and enhance their shape. This is done by placing implants underneath the chest wall muscle or behind existing breast tissue. In either situation, the implants are centred beneath the nipples.

Learn more.

Liposuction

Liposuction permanently removes excess fat in cosmetically important areas to sculpt an improved body contour. Some of the areas commonly targeted include the hips, abdomen, arms, thighs, love handles, spots around the chest, buttocks, neckline, and areas around the chin.

Liposuction is popular for both men and women, especially those who want to eliminate unwanted fat in one or a few key spots.

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Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess stomach fat and skin while also tightening the mid and lower abdominal muscles to reduce stomach protrusion. This helps patients achieve flatter, firmer midsections and healthier, more youthful appearances.

Learn More

Find out If a Breast Lift Will Be Right for You

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Frequently Asked Questions about Breast Lifts

How are breast lifts done?

Patients meet Dr. Sleightholm and a qualified consultant for a consultation. Together, you will discuss your expectations and desired outcomes. This conversation helps determine the procedure’s results.

Dr. Sleightholm begins the procedure by removing excess skin.

Then, your breast tissue will be lifted to the proper location on your chest. Finally, Dr. Sleightholm reshapes the breasts to create a desirable contour. If your procedure incorporates an areola lift, Dr. Sleightholm will reposition it higher and possibly reduce its size.

Overall, this is how the breast lift procedure creates a more youthful look.

Will the procedure leave a scar?

There will be scarring around areolas and vertical lines from the areolas to the crease below each breast. Some patients may leave the procedure with a scar in the breast fold.

But with time, scars flatten and fade. Eventually, an untrained eye will not notice them.

Will a procedure hurt?

Patients receive breast lifts while under general anesthesia. After the procedure, you may feel moderate pain. However, it is easily controlled with pain medication.

Are there breast lift risks?

There are certain risks associated with breast lifts. Thankfully, they are rare and you can contact Dr. Sleightholm should you have any concerns.

Procedure-related risks may include:

  • Asymmetry:Typically, breasts are not perfectly symmetrical before the procedure. Though this is not a health risk, slight asymmetry may remain after undergoing a breast lift operation.
  • Loss of Sensation:This is uncommon. However, partial or complete loss of sensation on a patient’s nipples and breast skin can occur. Sensation usually improves over time.

As well as these two breast lift risks that may occur after the procedure, sagging could reoccur over time.

Will I have to take time off work or my daily routine?

Patients can resume light activities after about 10 days. Shortly after – if you feel ready and willing – you can resume work and your day-to-day routine.

Keep in mind that you must wear a supportive bra for six week after receiving breast lifts.

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