What Happens During Breast Lift Surgery?

Published on March 16, 2023
By Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana

A breast lift is a popular cosmetic procedure. It helps restore the youthful appearance of sagging breasts. It involves removing excess skin and tightening the remaining tissue. Women who experience changes in their breast elasticity due to aging, weight fluctuations, pregnancy, or breastfeeding may opt for this procedure.




Breast lift surgery offers several advantages for women dissatisfied with the appearance of their sagging breasts. The benefits include the following:


  • Improvement in breast shape

  • Restoration of elasticity

  • Increased confidence

  • Long-lasting results

  • Minimally invasive techniques

  • Minimal scarring

  • Customized to meet individual needs and goals


A qualified and skilled plastic surgeon can help you achieve a youthful, lifted appearance that can last for many years.


What to Expect


Understanding each step of the process is crucial for a satisfactory experience. You can expect the following:


Initial Consultation


The first step in breast lift surgery is an initial consultation with a cosmetic surgeon. The surgeon will assess the patient's health, medical history, and cosmetic goals. They will examine the patient's breasts and discuss the best options for the procedure. Breast lifts can be performed independently of breast implants, or they may be done in the same surgery. Patients should be open and honest about their expectations or concerns.


Preoperative Planning


After deciding to proceed with the procedure, the patient must undergo preoperative preparation. This usually involves a series of exams and appointments. The surgeon will provide detailed instructions on preparing for the procedure. These include discontinuing certain medications and avoiding certain foods or habits like smoking and/or vaping.




Breast lift surgery usually takes place under general anesthesia, so the patient will be asleep throughout the procedure. Anesthesiologists will administer the anesthesia and monitor the patient's vital signs.


The Operation


The surgery usually takes two to three hours, depending on the procedure's complexity. The surgeon will make incisions along the breast crease and around the areola. They will then remove excess skin and tighten the remaining tissue for a lifted appearance. The doctor may use dissolvable sutures or stitches to close the incisions. If so, these will eventually fall out on their own. All other sutures will be removed in the office 7 to 10 days after surgery.




After the surgery, a surgical team member will take the patient to a recovery room. The doctor will monitor the patient for any adverse reactions. The patient must wear a special support bra to aid in proper healing. She may experience some discomfort, bruising, and swelling that should subside in a few days. Taking a few days off from work is best to allow for proper healing.


Follow-up Consultations


Several follow-up appointments with the surgeon are necessary to track the patient's progress and ensure the healing process goes smoothly. The surgeon will provide instructions on how to care for the incisions and prevent complications.


Final Results


The final effects of the breast lift surgery will be visible within a few months as the swelling and bruising subside. The patient's breasts should appear youthful, lifted, and with improved shape and appearance. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight can help the patient enjoy her new appearance for years.




Breast lift surgery is a safe and effective way to restore the youthful appearance of sagging breasts. By following the steps outlined above, patients can ensure a positive and satisfying experience. It is crucial to choose a qualified and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who can help achieve the desired results.


For more information on breast lift surgery, contact Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of Acadiana at our Lafayette, Louisiana office. Call (337) 504-3640 to schedule an appointment today.