Should You Get a Breast Lift? 4 Signs It’s the Right Time

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Women today have more breast enhancement options than ever before. The breast lift is popular among my plastic surgery patients in Sacramento because it removes saggy tissue and gives the breasts a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Pregnancy, weight changes, and more can affect how your breasts look. If you’re interested in a breast lift and want to know if it’s right for you, here are a few common signs.

Sign #1: You are happy with the size of your breasts but would like to improve the shape

Unlike with a breast augmentation, a breast lift doesn’t change the size of the breasts themselves. A lift instead makes your breasts appear perkier by removing loose, saggy skin and placing the breast higher on the chest wall. Women looking to increase or decrease size in addition to lifting the breast may be candidates for other enhancement procedures. A breast lift can easily be combined with a breast augmentation or breast reduction to achieve this look.

Sign #2: You have healthy motivations for pursuing the surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a very personal decision. You should be interested in the procedure because you feel it will improve your self-image or your physical comfort, not because an outside source is pressuring you to make a change. Choose a breast lift because you think it will enhance your quality of life. Never choose plastic surgery to impress or please someone else.

Sign #3: You can comfortably take time off to recover

Like any surgery, a breast lift requires some downtime afterward, so you don’t want to feel like you have to rush back into your full daily routine. Patients need to take enough time off to fully rest and recover. Often, you’ll need to wait 3 to 4 weeks before resuming exercise or other major physical activities. Check out RealSelf’s breast lift page for more information about breast lift recovery.

Sign #4: You know the surgery is financially realistic for you

Breast lift surgery is a long-term investment. It is important to prepare your budget and make sure the procedure is financially feasible for you and your family. If you’re interested in doing more research, browse our financing page, and explore your options. Our practice offers many payment choices, and we are happy to work with you to make this procedure accessible and affordable for your budget.

If, after a bit of personal self-reflection, your answer to these 4 questions is yes, then you may be ready to discuss a breast lift with your plastic surgeon. Feel free to browse our breast lift before-and-after photos to see examples of real patient results and to get an idea of whether the procedure is in line with your goals.

If you would like to learn more about your best breast lift options from a plastic surgeon here in the Sacramento area, request a consultation online. You can also call our practice at (916) 929-1833 (Sacramento) or (916) 773-5559 (Granite Bay).

Originally published April 2020; Updated March 2021

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