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How Do I Know If I Need a Lift?

That’s a question many of us ask when we start our breast enhancement journey.  How do I know if I need a lift? At Robbins Plastic Surgery we want to educate you on a breast lift and answer your most commonly asked questions.  So, let’s start with what a breast lift means and what it entails.

Breast Lift in Nashville TNA breast lift or mastopexy refers to lifting the breast tissue and nipples and areolas back to the right position.  A breast lift or mastopexy can be performed with or without a breast implant.  (Check out our other blogs on the different breast implants available on the market.)  Weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging can all play a part in the position of our breasts.  

Here are some most commonly asked questions about a breast lift or mastopexy:

What do the scars look like for a lift?

The scars for a breast lift or mastopexy can vary depending on the individual and how droopy the breasts are prior to surgery. The scars may be around just the areola which is called a periareolar lift.  This is needed in someone who is just a little droopy and needs the nipples and areola brought back to the right position. If someone is truly droopy and a periareolar lift is not enough to get the nipples and areolas in the right position again then an anchor scar may be required.  This is where an incision is made underneath the breast in the crease, a vertical incision and around the areola. This technique allows for a full lift of the breast.

How long will the scars be present?

Scars start off pinkish/red in color initially.  These will fade as time goes if they are not exposed to the sun. This process of fading takes several months.  Using a silicone-based scar cream, Biocorneum will help speed up and improve this process of fading.  

Can I get an implant placed at the same time as a breast lift?

Yes, you can absolutely have an implant placed at the same time as a breast lift. 

How long does a breast lift take?

The surgery takes approximately 2-2 ½ hours.  

Do I go home the same day as my surgery or do I have to stay the night in the hospital?

After having a breast lift, you will go home the same day.

What is recovery like after a breast lift?

You may shower after 3 days following a breast lift.  Then you will wear a sports/compression bra for 6 weeks following your surgery.  You will be up walking after your surgery.

When can I go back to working out at the gym after a lift?

You may return to the gym after 3 weeks and will have no restrictions following your breast lift.

When can I return to work?

If you work a desk job, you may return after 10-14 days.  However, if you have a physically demanding job you may want to wait until 3 weeks following your surgery.

At Robbins Plastic Surgery we provide quality care with a warm, inviting environment.  At your consultation with Dr. Chad Robbins, he will spend time discussing surgery, recovery and educating you on recommendations to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.  You will then be able to make a decision that is best for you. Dr. Chad Robbins is a board certified and Mayo trained plastic surgeon practicing in Nashville, TN. He was voted Nashville’s best Nip and Tuck doctor by the Nashville Scene.  Dr. Chad Robbins is a top contributor for Real Self.   Our office is located at 503 Spruce Street in the heart of Nashville, TN.  At Robbins Plastic Surgery, we offer a private surgery center for our patients.  This allows for a private, convenient, and high-quality experience for our patients.   Call us today at (615) 401-9454 or check us out online at www.robbinsplasticsurgery.com.