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How Long Do Breast Lift Results Last?
Mar 1, 2022
More than 87,000 women a year opt for a breast lift, and you’ve been thinking about joining them. You’ve done your research — you’re ready to finally get that breast lift and boost your self-confidence. But before you do, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon about aspects of the procedure you may have overlooked.
In Fort Worth, Texas, you have an excellent resource in Dr. Kiran Polavarapu at Polavarapu Plastic Surgery. Not only is she board-certified, Harvard-trained, and highly experienced, she also has a reputation for being one of the rare plastic surgeons who treats her patients with dignity, respect, and charm.
When it comes to breast lifts, also known as mastopexy, Dr. Polavarapu stresses the importance of being fully informed and engaged in every decision regarding your procedure. To that end, she’s highlighting one of the most frequently overlooked aspects of breast lift surgery — the longevity of the results.
What a breast lift can — and can’t — do
Managing your expectations and understanding the limits of your plastic surgery ensure that you’ll be satisfied with your results when the procedure is done and your incisions have healed. That’s why Dr. Polavarapu spends a lot of time in the early stages of consultations and examinations talking with you about what’s possible and what’s not.
Here’s what a breast lift can do:
- Reposition sagging breasts to a higher location
- Reshape distorted breasts
- Create symmetry and balance
- Reduce the size of an enlarged areola
Here’s what a breast lift can’t do:
- Make your breasts bigger
- Make your breasts smaller
- Repair damage from surgery or injury
Knowing exactly what this procedure is capable of helps you make the right decision for you. Whether you’re trying to reverse the signs of aging, restore your pre-pregnancy perkiness, or balance out two uneven breasts, a breast lift may be the solution you’re after.
How long will your breast lift results last?
Most women want to know what their newly lifted breasts will look like. They may even ask questions about potential risks. But most forget to ask about how long the results will last, and that’s a big miss.
Dr. Polavarapu makes sure to include this important information when she discusses your procedure with you because it may affect your decision.
Because there’s no set answer to this question, it’s going to take some careful thought and consideration on your part. While your results should last for several years, they aren’t permanent. Several factors come into play and affect your surgical results, including
- Genetic makeup of your skin
- Loss of collagen
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Type of bra you wear
- Strenuous activity
Some of these variables are in your control, and some aren’t, but it’s a good idea to know these factors so you can make an informed decision about if and when to have breast surgery.
How to make your results last longer
There are few things you can do to boost the results of your breast lift surgery.
First, make sure you follow our postoperative instructions carefully. The better you take care of your incisions, the better your results will be. Treat your breasts gently as they heal, avoiding any excess force, pressure, or friction.
Next, give your healing breasts every advantage by eating a healthy diet and not smoking. Your breast tissue needs a full range of nutrients and the absence of toxins for optimal cell renewal.
If you have a lot of weight to lose, it may be best to postpone your breast lift surgery until after you reach your healthy weight, as significant weight loss can alter the look of your lifted breasts.
Similarly, if you still plan to have another baby, now is not the best time for a breast lift because your breast size will fluctuate throughout your pregnancy and breastfeeding period.
Wear a supportive bra to prevent your postsurgical breasts from jostling. Repetitive tugging and bouncing damages the underlying tissues and shortens the lifespan of your results.
If you want to increase your cup size in addition to repositioning your sagging breasts, now is the time to add breast augmentation to your surgical procedure. Dr. Polavarapu can combine the two techniques and add breast implants at the same time, saving you from a second surgery.
To schedule a breast lift consultation with Dr. Polavarapu, call our friendly staff or request an appointment online.
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