How Long Does a Breast Lift Last? We Answer Your Questions

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Genetics, gravity, weight changes, and pregnancy can change your breasts’ perky position and shape. A breast lift reshapes drooping breasts, lifting and tightening them to restore a more youthful appearance.

After a breast lift, you may wonder if gravity, age, and weight fluctuations might affect the longevity of your breast lift results. How long does a breast lift last? Is there anything you can do to enhance or prolong your results? We’ll answer those questions in this blog post, but first, let’s explore what happens during a breast lift.

What To Expect During the Procedure

During your breast lift surgery, your surgeon will remove excess breast skin and tighten and reshape the remaining tissue to lift the breasts and give them a more youthful appearance. Your surgeon may also reposition your nipple and areola to suit your newly lifted breast.

You should see complete results from your breast lift within a few months, as it takes time for swelling to resolve and your breasts to settle into their ultimate position.

How Long Will Your Breast Lift Results Last?

Although breast lift results can be long-lasting, they are not permanent. Gravity and aging will continue to affect your breasts. Each person’s experience is unique, and there is no standard time frame for how long your results will last. Some people enjoy their results for many years, while others decide to have a less extensive second breast lift after just a handful of years.

The longevity of your results can depend on several factors.

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Diet
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Overall health

You should also be aware that a breast lift can’t add much volume to breasts. If you desire more upper pole fullness or an increase in size, you can pair your breast lift with breast augmentation.

What Can You Do To Maintain Your Breast Lift Results?

Many of the factors affecting the longevity of your breast lift results are out of your control. However, you can take a few steps to ensure you enjoy your results for as long as possible.

Take Care of Your Skin

While skin health has a lot to do with genetics, a balanced diet, regular exercise, ample hydration, and good skin care can keep your breast skin strong and supple. Healthy skin can also optimize your breast lift results and show them off to their best advantage.

Manage Weight Fluctuations

Weight fluctuations are a normal part of life, but it is a good idea to keep your weight within a few pounds of your weight at the time of your breast lift. Constant weight ups and downs can impact your breast lift results and create the need for a revision procedure too soon.

Support Your Breasts

Wearing supportive bras that fit correctly help sustain your breast lift results, mitigating some of the effects of gravity on your breast tissue. Your plastic surgeon can recommend the type of support to look for.

You can see how beautifully a breast lift can perk up the breasts by browsing through our patients’ before and after pictures. If you’re ready to explore breast lift surgery, request a consultation at our Birmingham, AL, practice or call us at (205) 933-9308 to schedule an appointment.

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