- Length: 2-3 hours (Outpatient)
- Anesthesia: General
- Normal recovery: Return to work in 1-2 weeks, Resume light exercise after 4 weeks, Swelling resolves completely after 4-8 weeks, Scarring varies and will fade over time
- Possible side effects: Swelling, Bruising, Pain or Discomfort
Breast lifts rejuvenate and restore sagging breasts by removing excess skin and tightening supporting tissues. Breasts will be lifted higher up on the chest and will be firmer, tighter and display a more youthful contour. Breast lifts can also reposition or reduce the size of the areolas—the dark skin around the nipple—which may have stretched or drooped.
Women with breasts of all shapes and sizes benefit from breast lifts. You may be a candidate for a breast lift procedure if your:
- Breasts sag
- Breasts have lost shape or volume
- Breasts are flat, elongated, or pendulous (hanging)
- Breast skin and/or areola is stretched
- Nipples or areolas point downward
- Nipples or areolas are located in the breast crease when breasts are unsupported
- One breast is lower than the other
Dr. Min’s Approach to Breast Lift Surgery
Pregnancy, nursing, genetics and simple gravity can all contribute to sagging breasts. A breast lift is a common procedure that raises and reshapes sagging breasts, restoring your youthful look and confidence. Our goal is not simply to turn back the clock, but to give your body the balance and appearance that you desire.
Dr. George Min is a board certified plastic surgeon with a passion and a reputation for excellence in breast procedures. He takes a conservative approach that focuses on patient safety and natural results. Dr. Min does not believe in cutting corners, and our state-of-the-art Bellevue facility is unlike any you will find in the Seattle or Bellevue area. Our on-site surgical suite is equipped with the latest technology and is one of only a handful of locations to meet the stringent new safety certification standards.
We pride ourselves in being the best, not only in surgery, but also in patient care and education.
Your Breast Lift Options
There are several different types of Breast Lift Surgery (Mastoplexy), and our goal is not to match patients to procedures, but rather craft an approach that will deliver the results you’re looking for.
Breast Lift with Implants (Breast Augmentation)
Many patients opt to have a breast augmentation performed in conjunction with their breast lift procedure to achieve the look and feel they desire. In most cases, adding implants does not increase or adversely impact the normal breast lift recovery timeline. Learn more about different types of Breast Augmentation procedures.
Breast Lift with Breast Reduction
In some cases, particularly for patients with larger breasts that are sagging, a combination breast lift/breast reduction can provide more youthful and natural looking results than a breast lift alone.
Non-Surgical Breast Lift
Except in rare cases, Dr. Min does not recommend non-surgical breast lift procedures (often involving Botox injections), as the results are generally not as long-lasting or aesthetically pleasing as surgical lifts.
Incisions and Scar Management
All breast lifts require incisions, and patients can expect some degree of visible scarring. However, there are several techniques for minimizing scars by hiding them around the areola or under the breast. Dr. min will discuss these and other post-op techniques for minimizing visible scars. The shape and size of your incision will be determined by a number of factors, including:
- Breast size and shape
- Degree of sagging
- Size and position of the areolas/nipples
- Amount of excess skin
- Skin laxity/elasticity
Types of Incisions
“Donut” or Small Incision Mamoplexy: Generally recommended for patients with small breasts or minimal sagging. This procedure involves creating 2 concentric incisions around the areola, removing excess skin, and joining the 2 incisions at the edge of the areola.
“Lollipop” Incision Mamoplexy: This is the most common incision type. In addition to the incision around the areola, another incision is made downwards from the bottom of the areola to the crease where the breast meets the chest.
“Anchor” Incision Mamoplexy: In addition to the “lollipop” incisions, the surgeon will make a half-moon shaped incision at the bottom of the breast, forming an anchor shape and allowing for the removal of additional excess skin for patients with excess skin or unsupported breasts.
Your Initial Breast Lift Consultation
The role of the consultation is to ensure that you feel informed, confident and excited, and we’ll take as much time as we need to get there.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Min will ask you about the position, shape and size you are looking for, as well as any specific concerns you have about their feel or appearance. He will walk you through your options, explain the details of the breast lift procedure, and answer any questions you may have. You will have an opportunity to view extensive before and after photos and see examples of the different procedures you’ve discussed.
Dr. Min will then ask you questions about your health and lifestyle and assess your breasts for shape, size, symmetry, and areola position. He will share and explain his opinions with you about which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you based on your desired outcome and the results of your exam, and together you will decide on the details and timing of your procedure. In some cases, he may recommend a breast augmentation or reduction in addition to the breast lift to achieve the results you desire.
Finally, Dr. Min will make sure you know exactly what will happen on the day of your procedure, what you will experience while you recover, and what you can expect in the months and years to follow.
Safety & Risks of Breast Lift Surgery
Our approach at Newvue is always to put our patients’ safety above all other concerns, and Dr. Min is a recognized expert with an impeccable track record for breast lifts. We have invested in absolutely state of the art tools, and our on-site surgical suite is one of the first in the region to be fully approved under the stringent new safety standards.
Nonetheless, we feel it is important that all our patients fully understand the risk associated with this—or any—surgical procedure. The most important thing to know is that Dr. Min and Newvue will stand by you should any complications arise and do everything we can to help you achieve your desired result.
Risks associated with breast lift surgery include:
- Reaction to Anesthesia: Some patients experience an adverse reaction to anesthesia that may result in nausea or vomiting, allergic reactions and in very rare cases death. Be sure to discuss any medical allergies with your surgeon.
- Infection: as with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection. Infection will generally occur within days or weeks of your procedure, and in most cases can be treated with medication. In rare cases, and additional surgery may be required to treat severe infections
- Asymmetry or deformation: It is possible that, over time, your breasts could become asymmetrical or change their shape and appearance. These occurrences can almost always be corrected through a revision surgery.
- Bleeding & Hematoma: Some patients are more prone to bruising than others and, in extreme cases, may experience excessive bruising, bleeding or skin death.
Prior to Your Breast Lift Procedure
Prior to your surgery, we will schedule a preoperative appointment with Dr. Min. The purpose of this meeting is to make sure that your procedure goes smoothly and efficiently. Our staff will review your consent forms with you, answer any questions you might have, and the risks and benefits of surgery will be thoroughly reviewed. You will be given your prescriptions to be filled prior to your surgery. You will be given a list of medications and supplements to avoid for two weeks before and after surgery. If you are a smoker, you will be advised to stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery. You should not smoke for at least two weeks following surgery.
Your Breast Lift Procedure
We will do everything in our power to help you feel informed and relaxed on the day of your procedure. After you arrive at our Bellevue office, you will meet with Dr. Min and with your anesthesiologist. Once any questions you have are answered, you will be given medication to help you relax.
You will be brought into the surgical suite, where you will be prepped for surgery and given a general anesthetic. Surgery usually takes 2-3 hours.
You will wake up in the recovery room, where you’ll be closely monitored. We’ll let you know how everything went and advise you on what to expect as you recover. You’ll want to be sure to arrange for someone to pick you up and stay with you for the first couple days as you adjust.
After Your Breast Lift Procedure
You’re still our patient after you leave, and we will be there for you as you recover to answer any questions you may have and advise you on any side effects you may be feeling. You can expect to feel tired and sore after the surgery, and you will experience some swelling and discomfort at the point of your incision, both of which can be managed with medication.
Light activity is encouraged during your recovery, and you can resume regular, non-strenuous activity after a few days of rest. You should avoid strenuous activity or heavy lifting for at least 2 weeks, and avoid high impact activities (skiing, wakeboarding, contact sports) for the duration of your recovery (6-8 weeks). Your stiches will dissolve and be absorbed by your body, so you will not have to worry about getting them removed.
Here’s a timeline of a typical recovery:
First 24-72 hours:
- Rest, eat and drink normally (no alcohol), avoid activity
- Effects of anesthesia will be gone
- You can shower
- Most women can return to work at this point
- Swelling will peak and begin to subside
- You can remove your dressing and surgical bra
- Your first follow up consultation with Dr. Min
- Begin light exercise
- Second follow up consultation
- Resume normal exercise and physical activity (such as jogging)
- Resume all activities (including things like skiing, wakeboarding)
- 3rd follow up consultation
- Full results will be visible
- 4th follow up consultation
- Scarring should be noticeably diminished
- 1st annual checkup
Dr. Min and the Newvue staff are always available to help you with any questions or concerns you may have, during your recovery and after. We want to ensure that you are completely thrilled with your new look, and we’ll consider you our patient for life.