How long will my breast lift last?

How Long Will the Results of My Breast Lift Last?

Breast lift is a highly sought-after plastic surgery procedure among women who want to restore the perky and firm-looking breasts they have lost over time, after pregnancy and breastfeeding, or weight loss. Over time and due to changes in breast size, the ligaments that hold the breast on the chest loosen, and the skin stretches, which causes the breasts to sag and the nipple to move to a lower position. The procedure removes drooping, saggy skin and repositions the breast mound and the nipple-areolar complex higher on the chest wall. The result is a youthful and more attractive breast contour.

If you are considering breast lift, you may be wondering how long the results will last. The short answer is that it depends, and results vary from patient to patient. Here, Dr. Dennis Bucko and Dr. Brad Mozaffari, both board certified plastic surgeons serving patients in La Jolla and the surrounding San Diego area, discusses the factors that affect the longevity of breast lift results.

Sun Protection

Although genetics play a big role in skin elasticity, there are several things you can do to improve the quality and firmness of your breast skin. One of the most important things you can do after breast lift is to practice proper sun protection. Overexposure to the sun can cause hyperpigmentation, age spots and wrinkles, not to mention break down the collagen in the breast skin, causing it to loosen and sag. To enjoy your breast lift results for many years, apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on the breasts and wear protective clothing when possible.

Weight Fluctuation

Gaining and losing weight repeatedly can cause skin, including the breast skin and breast ligaments, to stretch and sag. One of the best things you can do to prolong your breast lift results is to maintain a healthy and stable weight by eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly.

Smoking

You already know this but it bears repeating: smoking is terrible for your health. When it comes to your skin, smoking damages collagen and elastin, leading to the development of wrinkles and sagging skin on the décolletage and breasts.

Bra Support

A well-fitting and sturdy bra supports your breasts and protects them from the effects of gravity. Proper bra support is especially important during exercise. When the breasts bounce around, it puts stress on the breast skin and collagen. Regardless of whether you undergo breast lift or not, it’s important to invest in a couple of well-fitting bras and sports bras.

The best thing you can do to ensure beautiful and long-lasting results with breast lift is to work with a qualified and reputable plastic surgeon like Dr. Bucko and Dr. Mozaffari. To learn more about breast lift, schedule a consultation with Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center. Please call (858) 453-8484 or email our office today.