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A breast lift can be a truly transformative procedureespecially after pregnancy or considerable weight loss. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your breasts, a lift may be what you’ve been looking for, and we'll be excited to restore the appearance of your breasts and help you love the way you look.

Breast Lift Surgery

Changes in weight are often one of the primary motivational factors for a breast lift, as periods of weight gain or loss (along with other life events like pregnancy and breastfeeding) can sometimes rob the skin of its ability to contract and conform to these new proportions, leaving the breasts looking drooping and saggy.

Your breasts can also simply lose the plump, firm look of youthful breasts as your skin ages, losing its natural elasticity in the process. As your skin stretches to support the breast tissue, it can cause your breasts to sag lower on the chest wall.

With time, this stretched skin and the weight of breast tissue causes the nipples to drift lower on the breast mound, appearing closer to, or even below the breast crease. These aesthetic problems can be fully resolved with a custom breast lift at Mangat Plastic Surgery in the Vail Valley.

Breast lift at Mangat Plastic Surgery: Create a more youthful figure.

The ideal candidates for breast lift surgery include women who:

  • Have experienced pregnancy
  • Have breastfed
  • Have lost weight
  • Have naturally large breasts; larger breasts sag more quickly than smaller breasts
  • Have difficulty finding clothes and bras that fit
  • Experience discomfort wearing a bra
  • Have noticed a loss of cleavage due to breast sagging
  • Want a more youthful, lifted breast contour
  • Do not smoke
  • Are in good overall health
  • Understand that surgery will result in some scarring on the breasts
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How is a breast lift performed?

Our breast lift surgeons in the Vail Valley perform the following lifting techniques to restore a youthful, round, lifted look for saggy, deflated, or droopy breasts:


Crescent

In the crescent lift, a small crescent-shaped piece of skin is removed from the upper portion of the areola to lift the breasts. This approach is most appropriate for women with mild sagging who have elected to have breast implants placed at the time of breast lift surgery.

Doughnut

The doughnut lift, also called periareolar or Benelli lift, involves an incision that encircles the entire circumference of the areola. This approach is best suited to women with large areolas (the size of the nipple can be reduced in this approach), women with slightly drooping areolas, women who are undergoing augmentation with a breast lift, and women who need a moderate skin tightening around the breast tissue.

Lollipop

With the lollipop lift, the incisions resemble a lollipop. An incision is placed around the nipple along with a vertical, centered incision to the breast crease. This approach allows our surgeons to treat more significant sagging and excess skin than can be achieved with a crescent or doughnut lift.

Anchor

The anchor technique is appropriate for women with severe skin laxity and drooping nipples. During surgery, an incision is made down the center of the fold of the breast, along with a curved, horizontal incision in the breast crease.

Why undergo a breast lift at Mangat Plastic Surgery?

Mangat Plastic Surgery is the longest-established specialty plastic surgery practice in the Vail Valley. Recognized for unparalleled surgical results and a natural-looking, “never had surgery” look.  Dr. Copit offers his specialized skills to patients in our state-of-the-art surgical facility. Founded 26 years ago in the Vail Valley of the Colorado mountains, Mangat Plastic Surgery is a top-level aesthetic practice with specialists in breast surgery.

  • Our concierge-style services are in a safe, discreet, private clinic, where we offer personalized care and advanced patient health and safety protocols.
  • Dr. Steven Copit performs custom surgeries at our Vail Valley clinic and his clinic in Philadelphia.
  • An acclaimed surgeon, he serves as Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery and as a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  
  • Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons brings an extraordinary level of experience to custom breast lift surgery and employs the latest techniques to achieve superior results.

What is the surgery like?

A breast lift involves the following set of steps:

  • The incision locations are marked
  • General anesthesia is administered 
  • The breasts are protected with an antibacterial wash
  • The incisions are meticulously placed
  • Excess skin is removed
  • The skin is tightened around the breast tissue
  • The nipple structure is re-positioned
  • The incisions are carefully closed with tiny sutures
  • Tape and bandages are applied to reduce swelling

What is the recovery process after breast lift surgery?

Recovery from breast lift surgery is reasonably easy to experience, and the excitement of knowing your breasts will once again look plump, round, and youthful makes the entire procedure extremely rewarding. To manage any discomfort, we'll prescribe you pain medication and make sure you're pain-free and comfortable in the early stages of your recovery. The general rules for healing are as follows:

  • Keep your head elevated during waking and sleeping hours
  • Plan to rest for the first two or three days after surgery, and take at least one week off of work
  • Use a soft ice compress to reduce pain and swelling
  • You can shower in a few days, after being cleared by our surgeon. Do not take a bath, sit in a hot tub, or swim in a pool for a month after surgery, to avoid the risk of infection
  • Wear a soft bra for one month after surgery; we recommend a wireless bra or sports bra
  • Do not engage in everyday activities for at least three to five days after surgery
  • Avoid strenuous exercise or activities for four to six weeks, slowly working back into your regular exercise routine after getting the go-ahead from our doctors

Is the recovery painful?

The following issues are common in the days after breast lift surgery, though they are easily managed with pain medication:

  • Swelling
  • Discomfort
  • Bruising
  • Itchiness or numbness at the incision sites
  • Nausea on the day of surgery

What are the side effects?

Rarely, breast lift surgery can result in surgical or post-surgical complications. The possible risks of breast lift surgery include:

  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia or healing materials (bandages, tape, pain medication)
  • Infection
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Slow healing of the incision (especially common in smokers)
  • Loss or reduction of nipple sensation
  • Bleeding (hematoma)

When will I see the results?

While the results of breast lift surgery can be seen immediately, the best results are seen within three months to one year after surgery. At the three-month point, the vast majority of the swelling will have subsided, and the scars should be healing nicely. By one year after surgery, all residual swelling will be gone, and the scars will have faded as much as possible.

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