INITIAL RECOVERY TIME: 10 DAYS
FINAL RESULTS: 6 MONTHS
It’s a truth universally accepted that our bodies, including our breasts, will change over time. Whether it’s the normal course of aging, weight fluctuation, or pregnancy and childbirth, many women start to notice their once shapely breasts are looking a little saggy or droopy. This is totally normal, but that doesn’t mean you have no options. When performed by an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon, a breast lift (also known as mastopexy) is a safe and effective way to lift and reshape the breasts for a more youthful look.
A breast lift can restore a more youthful, shapely appearance by tightening the skin, reshaping the breast tissue, and raising or repositioning the nipple areolar complex as needed. If your breasts have a deflated appearance or you would like more fullness, Dr. Chen may recommend combining your procedure with a breast augmentation.
The best way to determine if a breast lift is the right option for you is to meet with a board certified plastic surgeon. During a personal consultation, Dr. Chen will examine your breasts, listen to your goals, and make expert recommendations about the perfect solution for you.
That being said, here are a few things most of Dr. Chen’s breast lift patients have in common:
The cost of a breast lift surgery in Richmond can vary based on your personal needs and aesthetic goals. Please contact Dr. Chen for a personal consultation to discuss your breast lift options.
Your breast lift will be fully customized to your body proportions, the severity of breast sagging that needs to be corrected, and your ultimate aesthetic goals. Dr. Chen uses breast lift techniques that result in the least visible scarring, but what incision technique will be recommended for you will depend on the size, shape, and condition of your breasts.
A Richmond breast lift procedure can be completed in a few steps: first, Dr. Chen will make incisions per one of the techniques highlighted above, through which he will remove excess tissue. He will then lift remaining tissue to reshape the breast, and reshape or reduce the nipples and areolas as needed to create a beautiful, natural looking result.
After your breast lift procedure, you’ll wake up in a comfortable recovery room with special bandaging over your breasts. While you can return home the same day (with a designated driver!), you’ll need to take some time to fully wake up from the anesthesia. You will be sent home with specific after-care instructions, and Dr. Chen will prescribe you oral pain medication to help manage any discomfort.
Most of our patients switch to over-the-counter alternatives within just a few days—and many return to a desk job after a week or two. Your breasts will be swollen and bruised for about two weeks, and this will reduce over time. However, it’s important for your comfort, healing, and results to avoid strenuous activity and follow post-op instructions (including wearing any special undergarments) until Dr. Chen gives you the “all clear.” And please continue to protect your incisions with SPF when exposed to the sun!
While your final breast lift results will be obstructed by a bit of post-surgical swelling and bruising, most patients already see improvement within just a few days. Our patients report falling more and more in love with their results over the course of around four to six months, at which points your breasts should be completely healed and looking great. If you had breast implants placed during your lift, your healing time may differ based on the implant type and placement techniques.