Breast Lift: What You Need to Know Before Surgery

When patients come for a breast lift consultation at my Fairfield, CT, practice, they are often concerned about sagging breasts, and not necessarily looking to increase breast size. These women are ideal candidates for a breast lift. The breast lift procedure is very popular with women who have had children because pregnancy and breastfeeding often result in significant ptosis (sagging). And with age, regardless of whether or not you’ve had children, the breast skin loses elasticity and breasts begin to descend and lose their round, uplifted appearance.

In this post, I will explain some critical aspects of preparing for this popular and effective procedure. My goal is to educate you and help you become more comfortable and confident proceeding with a breast lift.

The Consultation

I always advise patients to do extensive research when selecting a surgeon. When considering the physician’s qualifications, look for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery; training at reputable institutions; years of experience performing breast lift; and an extensive before-and-after photo gallery featuring excellent breast lift results. Other important questions to ask at your consultation:

It is important to find a surgeon you trust, so if any of these answers do not meet your standards, you should keep looking. Your surgeon’s credentials, knowledge, and demeanor should give you peace of mind about your procedure.

I give patients my undivided attention during our 1-hour consultation, with the goal of getting to know about their lifestyles, desired outcomes, concerns, and goals. My goal is to never have a patient leave our consultation with unanswered questions.

Incision Options

I have performed thousands of breast lift surgeries, and one of the top concerns patients have is the size and placement of incisions. For breast lift surgery, most surgeons offer 3 options for the incision: periareolar, lollipop, and anchor.

For patients who only need minimal lifting, a periareolar incision can be a good option. It is a donut-shaped incision made around the nipple.

lollipop incision adds a vertical incision beneath the periareolar incision that runs down the breast to the breast fold. This is best for women with a moderate degree of sagging.

The anchor incision is good for patients that require substantial lifting and removal of fat, breast tissue, or both. It adds an incision in the breast crease to the lollipop incision, forming a pattern that resembles an anchor.


It’s understandable that you should want to be prepared for your recuperation after surgery, and have questions about what to expect. This is one of the most common concerns I address in consultations.

The surgery itself takes, on average, around 1 to 2 hours, and you will stay in post-op observation for about 1 to 2 hours after surgery. You will be discharged into the care of a friend or relative who will drive you home. I advise my patients to rest for the first few days, and I prescribe prescription pain medication to help with postoperative discomfort. Typically, patients can resume their daily activities after about 7 to 10 days. After 4 to 6 weeks, patients can resume more strenuous activities and their exercise routines.

If you are curious as to whether or not you are a good candidate for a breast lift, you may find this blog post helpful. If you have more questions about a breast lift, I invite you to request a consultation or give my practice a call at (203) 336-9862 to schedule an appointment.

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