Breast Lift

Breast lift is a popular surgery that can improve a woman's silhouette by making her breasts more perky and youthful. This procedure lifts and reshapes the breasts so that the areolae are the most forward-projecting part of the breast and is ideal for women whose breasts have good volume, but are sagging. Dr. Swanson uses the new "minimal incision" technique for breast lifts, which keeps scars to a minimum. As an added bonus, this procedure may reduce the size of the areola (the pinking skin surrounding the nipple), which sometimes expands during pregnancy or weight changes.

Contrary to popular belief, this surgery should not interfere with breast-feeding, but pregnancy and breast-feeding can cause the breasts to sag again in the future. For some women, breast augmentation alone will provide the desired result, but for others a combination of a lift plus augmentation will be a better option.

Breast lift surgery is a safe and effective way to restore a more youthful shape to the breasts. It is an outpatient procedure, which means that you can return home the same day that you have surgery. As long as your job does not involve lifting or extreme reaching, you can expect to return to work within a week to ten days. As you can see from the photos, this common surgery can make a huge impact on your overall silhouette. 

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: When is a breast lift recommended?

A: When the nipple is near the bottom of the breast, instead of perched on the most forward-projecting part of the breast, a breast lift is needed to reshape the breast tissue. A breast augmentation alone will not fix this issue.

Q: Are there different types of breast lifts?

A: Traditionally, an anchor-shaped incision has been used, but Dr. Swanson almost always uses the minimal incision technique, which includes incisions around the areolae and straight down the bottom of the breast, eliminating the horizontal incision.

Q: Do you always need implants with a lift?

A: No. If you are happy with the size of your breasts but not the shape, a lift alone will frequently be enough. However, if there has been extreme damage to the skin due to pregnancy or weight changes, it may not be possible to get enough upper breast fullness without an implant.

Q: How long is the recovery?

A:  With a breast lift alone, it is possible to return to many activities within one week. Usually, you can return to exercise within two weeks – except for swimming and other water sports. It is important that surface healing is complete before jumping into the pool, which usually takes about three to four weeks.

Q: What about scarring?

A: Time is the best healer. For patients with natural color in their skin, a bleaching agent can be applied to the scars to reduce the potential for darkened scars. For those with a tendency to develope thickened or reddened scars, a silicone cream can help. However, for the vast majority of patients, the improvement in silhouette is worth the trade-off.

Q: Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?

A: Women who are happy with the volume of their breasts, but dislike their shape are good candidates for breast lift surgery. Women who want to improve both the shape and size of their breasts are better candidates for a combination of breast augmentation and breast lift surgery.