What is a breast lift?
A breast lift is a surgical procedure to reshape the breasts and address nipple placement by removing excess skin and relocating the breast tissue higher.
Think of it like bringing your breasts back up to where you would like them (maybe back to where they were originally, before the aging process, having kids, or weight loss).
A breast lift can also reshape and resize your areolae. At Amelia Aesthetics, bra line liposuction is included with a breast lift for added shape and contour.
Keep in mind breast lifts mainly address breast shape and nipple placement. If you want to significantly change your breast size, you’re likely looking at a breast augmentation or breast reduction.
You can learn more about breast lifts, breast augmentation, and breast reduction with the full video series in the free Bustmob Academy app.
How is a breast lift done?
During your breast lift procedure, your board-certified plastic surgeon will remove excess skin and relocate your breast tissue up on the chest wall.
Breast lift surgery can vary depending on your goals and anatomy so, unfortunately, there isn’t a straightforward answer to if you’re a breast lift candidate or what the exact cost will be.
But, after an exam and a conversation with your surgeon during your one-on-one consultation, you’ll know exactly what type of breast lift is right for you, along with details on your recovery, and costs.
You can learn more about breast lift recovery in the free Bustmob Academy app and get a breast lift quote instantly using Amelia Aesthetics’ online pricing tool.
What are the types of breast lifts?
There are four types of breast lift incisions:
- Donut lift: incision around the areola
- Lollipop lift: incision around the areola and down the breast
- Crescent lift: incision along the top of the areola
- Anchor lift: incision around the areola, down the breast, and along the breast crease
Typically, what differentiates the breast lift types is the incision and the amount of skin being removed.
The type of breast lift you’ll need is based on your anatomy and the amount of skin that needs to be removed in order to achieve your aesthetic goals.
The most common types at Amelia Aesthetics are the anchor lift and the lollipop lift. Learn more about the different incisions in the free Bustmob Academy app.
What happens to the nipples?
Before you panic, your nipples and areolae remain attached to your body throughout the entire procedure. As we mentioned, you can choose to have your areolae resized, but even so, they are not removed.
Can a breast lift add volume?
As magical as a lift is, it cannot add volume to the breasts. If you’re looking to significantly increase cup sizes, you’ll likely want to consider a breast augmentation procedure with breast implants, though by no means required.
Of course, it is completely up to you and your goals whether you choose to have a breast lift without implants or a breast lift with implants.
You can learn more about a breast lift vs augmentation in the free Bustmob Academy app.
Not sure about breast implants?
An auto-augmentation breast lift may be a good option for you. In a nutshell, auto-augmentation is a procedure that moves breast tissue from the bottom of the breasts to the middle of the breast to give a little upper pole fullness.
Of course, auto-augmentation doesn’t add volume as an implant does, but it can be a great option if you’d like to stay around the same size.
Auto-augmentation doesn’t necessarily add volume to the breast, but it can help maintain your original breast size by moving the tissue behind the areola, which can give the illusion of more volume.
Dr. Jeremy Pyle, a board-certified plastic surgeon of Amelia Aesthetics Raleigh, does a fantastic job explaining what auto-augmentation is and isn’t. Click the image below to watch.
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