At Aesthetica Surgery & Spa near Columbus, Ohio, breast lift is a very popular procedure for women who want perky, shapely breasts and the confidence and youthful look that goes along with them. If breastfeeding, weight changes, gravity — or a combination of all 3 — have caused your breasts to sag, a breast lift performed by Dr. Anne Taylor can raise and sculpt them so that you don't have to rely on sturdy bras for shape and support. Dr. Taylor is an experienced, highly trained, board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic breast surgery. At her elegant, boutique-style practice, patients get remarkable results and an unsurpassed level of personal attention and care.
Breast Lift Before & After Photos
Is a Breast Lift Right for You?
A breast lift is an excellent surgical option if you wish to restore a more youthful appearance to your breasts. Gravity and aging gradually cause breasts to sag, as your skin becomes less elastic and connective tissue weakens. Pregnancy and breastfeeding also take a toll on the appearance of your breasts and many of Dr. Taylor's patients in their 20s, 30s, and 40s want to regain their pre-pregnancy shapes. Women may combine a breast lift with breast augmentation, or with body contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck, as part of a mommy makeover. Some women with overly large breasts may combine the breast lift with a breast reduction. These are actually similar procedures.
A Customized Procedure
Each woman who consults with Dr. Taylor has a unique combination of physical characteristics that will come into play when developing a surgical plan. Dr. Taylor takes this, along with your aesthetic and lifestyle goals, into account as she works with you to determine the best approach to your breast lift. One of the primary considerations when planning for your breast lift is the incision pattern.
Your choice of breast lift incisions depends on how much your breasts sag. After a physical assessment, Dr. Taylor recommends the incision that she believes will produce the best results based on your cosmetic goals. The 3 primary incisions used for breast lift operations include:
- Periareolar: An incision encircles the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. The procedure is sometimes called a "donut" lift based on the round incision. This option may be appropriate for women with mild sagging. It is suitable for patients who want to combine a lift with breast implants.
- Lollipop: In this pattern, a vertical incision extending from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease is added to the periareolar incision. This allows for more significant lifting and reshaping, and is suitable for women who have a moderate degree of sagging.
- Anchor: Women with severe sagging require the addition of a horizontal incision along the breast crease in order to create optimal results. An anchor lift combined with breast implants is common, and can produce beautiful results, restoring the size and shape of the breasts.
Common Breast Lift Incisions
Your breast lift procedure is performed in a state-of-the-art, fully accredited surgical center. In most cases Dr. Taylor performs the operation with the patient under general anesthesia, carefully monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Dr. Taylor chooses the incision pattern that will best allow her to shape existing breast tissue and create contours that appear aesthetically pleasing and natural. She lifts and reshapes the breast tissue, removes excess skin, then repositions the nipple and areola to an elevated location. If necessary, Dr. Taylor reduces the size of enlarged areolae and ensures the breasts are symmetrical before closing the incisions.
I love what I do. What could be more rewarding than helping someone feel beautiful?
— Dr. Anne Taylor
A breast lift procedure is an outpatient operation, meaning you return home the same day. Make sure you arrange to have a family member or friend drive you home. Your breasts are wrapped with special bandages and a surgical bra to provide support and protection. An appointment is scheduled for the day following your surgery to remove the wraps and reveal the results. You'll also need a ride to and from our office for this appointment. If Dr. Taylor used surgical drains to help remove fluid after the operation, these are typically removed at this first post-operative visit.
Dr. Taylor covers the incisions with surgical tape. Your sutures are beneath the skin. Each patient's recovery is unique, but you'll receive detailed instructions that can help minimize discomfort and shorten the recovery's duration. Pain relief medication is prescribed to help maintain your comfort.
Specific guidelines for resuming daily activities are provided, as well, but most patients are able to return to work within a week after the surgery.