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What is a breast lift?

There are many reasons why women might pursue a breast lift. Those who are finished with pregnancy and breastfeeding often find their breasts have stretched out of shape and require revitalization. Similarly, those who have undergone a significant amount of weight loss are often unhappy with the look of their breasts and the excess skin that has accumulated there.

What are the benefits of a breast lift?

  • Increased wardrobe options 
  • More youthful-looking breasts 
  • Enhanced self-confidence 
  • Improved projection of the nipples 
  • Less irritation beneath the breasts

What are the different types of breast lifts?

Peri-areolar lift—For very mild breast ptosis, the peri-areolar lift involves an incision encircling the areola and is commonly performed in conjunction with breast enhancement through implants. The scar is nicely hidden in the darker pigments of the areola.

Vertical lift for moderate breast ptosis—This is a common type of breast lift that is used for reshaping the breast with easily hidden scars. There are two incisions made: one around the perimeter of the areola and one that runs vertically from the areola to the breast crease, creating a shape that resembles a lollipop.

The inverted T lift for significant breast ptosis—For those women who have pendulous, low-hanging breasts, an inverted T or anchor lift allows the surgeon the most possibility for removing excess fat and skin. In this case, three incisions are made: one encircling the areola, one running vertically from the areola to the inframammary fold, and one running horizontally along the breast crease where it is well hidden. This type of surgery is often performed in tandem with a breast reduction.

Who makes a good candidate for a breast lift?

  • Those whose breasts have lost their shape due to pregnancy, massive weight loss or aging
  • Those whose breasts are elongated or flattened with downward-pointing nipples
  • Those with uneven, asymmetrical breasts
  • Those who are non-smokers in good emotional and physical health, with no major medical issues such as obesity, bleeding disorders, cancer or hypertension
  • Those who are realistic in their expectations for their surgical outcome

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What is recovery like from a breast lift?

For the first two or three weeks after surgery, patients can expect to feel some discomfort, bruising, tenderness and swelling. These are perfectly normal reactions and can be well treated with prescription pain medications. It's best to avoid sleeping on your stomach for several weeks and to take baths rather than showers until the sutures are removed.

You may be required to wear a compression garment or surgical bra for a few weeks after your treatment. This helps to minimize your post-operative swelling and keep your new breast shape intact. You should avoid heavy lifting, bending or strenuous activity that puts undue pressure on your chest.

Why choose Dr. Zampell?

Dr. Zampell’s ingenuity, industriousness, and raw talent combine to make her among the most sought-after reconstructive breast surgeons in Beverly Hills and beyond. She trained under the guidance of one of the field’s brightest minds, Dr. Robert Allen, creator of the autologous breast flap surgeries used around the world today. Dr. Zampell has created a patient-centric practice where each patient is regarded as an individual and their treatment is tailored to their unique anatomy, lifestyle and wishes.

Dr. Zampell is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a demanding residency in plastic surgery at the illustrious New York University Medical Center. She subsequently went on to pursue an elite fellowship in the detailed field of microsurgery at the University of California Los Angeles.

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