Would you like to perk up your breasts for a more youthful look? Are you eager to improve the shape and look of your bosom but not necessarily interested in increasing its size? A breast lift in Chicago may be just what you’re looking for. This treatment, performed at the office of Dr. Gutowski in Glenview, IL, can reshape and reposition your breasts, giving you a silhouette that’s curvier and more youthful. Best of all, it offers long-lasting results.
How Long Will My Breast Lift Last?
This treatment permanently reshapes and repositions the breast tissue, giving you long-lasting results. Your body will continue to age, and gravity will continue to tug at the body, so your results may evolve a little over time. Your genes and the health of your skin may also influence your results. But most women enjoy their results for 10 to 15 years or even longer.
How Can I Best Maintain My Results?
Commit to a Healthy Lifestyle
Eating healthfully, not smoking, drinking plenty of water, and staying active are all ways of keeping your body and your skin in good condition after a breast lift.
Build Your Chest Muscles
Working out with weights is a great way of maintaining muscle tone and staying in great shape. And if you’re able to target the muscles in your chest, that can help keep your bosom lifted and correctly positioned. Strengthening the chest muscles can also ward off sagging.
Wear Supportive Clothing
Gravity is always pulling on the body and the breasts. Wearing supportive undergarments, especially when you’re exercising or running, can help keep the bosom in place and properly shaped.
Maintain a Steady Weight
Significant shifts in your weight can influence your results. That’s because if you drop a notable amount of weight, the fat in your bosom will decline. And gaining a lot of weight stresses the skin and the breasts. Ideally, patients are at an optimum weight before undergoing a breast lift and are finished bearing children.
What Is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, which is referred to in medical terms as mastopexy, involves the reshaping of a patient’s existing breast tissue and the removal of excess skin and tissue that is contributing to sagging. Patients who have had this treatment performed enjoy breasts that are firmer, perkier, and more shapely. And for patients with breasts that are drooping to the point that they’re no longer correctly positioned on the chest, this treatment can help.
How Does This Differ From Breast Implants?
A lift differs from an implant because it doesn’t focus on increasing the size of the breasts. Occasionally patients who have lifts performed have breasts that appear larger, simply because they’ve been reshaped and repositioned. But lifts really don’t aim to increase the size of the bosom.
Some patients, however, opt to combine a lift with implants, a combination of that gives them a bosom that is both larger and more shapely. Combining the treatments can make the patient’s recovery more efficient. Some individuals also opt to combine a lift with breast reduction.
What Happens During a Lift?
This treatment is usually performed on an outpatient basis using anesthesia. We may make some marks on your skin that we’ll use as guides during your treatment, which will last about two hours. Incisions are then made around the areola. For some patients, incisions may also extend vertically down the breast to the fold beneath. There may also be a horizontal incision along the breast crease.
Any extra skin will be removed, and the breast tissue will be reshaped. We may also reposition the nipples as a part of the breast lift treatment. Before your treatment date, we’ll talk with you about the changes you want to make and design a custom approach that will best address your concerns.
How Much of a Recovery Is Involved?
The length of time in recovery after a breast lift varies among patients depending on the extent of the reshaping done. Most patients can get back to their regular schedules within a couple of weeks. It’s a good idea to wait six to eight weeks before getting back to strenuous exercise.
Why Should I Consider a Breast Lift in Chicago?
A Curvier, Perkier Bosom
Most patients pursue this treatment for its cosmetic benefits. If your breasts have started to sink or flatten, reshaping them and getting rid of excess skin on the chest can restore them to their youthful, perky appearance. This treatment can also bring the breasts up to a more natural position on the chest, improving the overall balance and proportion of your body.
A Restored Nipple
Some patients find that the nipple area stretches over time and sinks lower on the breasts. This can take a toll on the overall shape and appearance of the bosom. A breast lift can reduce the size of a stretched-out nipple to a more natural diameter and reposition it on the bosom. Patients are often surprised at how much of a difference improving the nipple can have on the look of the bosom.
A Chance to Eliminate Chaffing
Do you sometimes experience irritation beneath your breasts or along your bra lines? Because this treatment gets rid of the excess skin on the chest and around the breasts, that type of chafing will be much less of a problem.
A More Active Lifestyle
A sagging bosom can make exercise difficult and uncomfortable, even if you’re wearing highly supportive undergarments. Restoring the shape and position of the breasts can make it easier to work out and lead an active lifestyle, whether that involves time on the treadmill or calisthenics.
A Convenient Treatment
Because a breast lift in Chicago is an outpatient treatment, you won’t have the hassle of a hospital stay. You’ll be able to recover at home and get back to your regular schedule in just a few days. This is a convenient treatment that offers great results.
An Improvement That Lasts
You’ll notice an improvement in your body as soon as this treatment is over, and aside from committing to a healthy lifestyle, you won’t have to go to extraordinary lengths to maintain your results. One of the big advantages of a breast lift in Chicago is the long-lasting results it offers.
A Greater Sense of Confidence
Patients who have undergone this treatment say it helps them feel great about their bodies again. You’ll no longer want to hide behind baggy shirts and big scarves. Your physique will be curvier and more youthful. You’ll want to show it off, and you’ll experience greater self-confidence.
Who Is a Candidate?
You’re in Good Overall Health
The best breast lift candidates are non-smokers who are in good overall health with no significant underlying conditions. This treatment is not recommended for patients with breast cancer, uncontrolled diabetes, or breast skin that is dry or broken. Patients with Cellulitis, a breast tissue infection, are also not candidates.
You Want to Improve Your Bosom
Patients who seek this treatment out are often looking for relief from sagging breasts, breasts that are unevenly placed or shaped, stretched out nipples, or a bosom that has lost its shape and volume. If you’re unhappy with your bosom and want to take steps to improve it, a breast lift in Chicago can help. Lifts are also sometimes performed to help patients who have had a mastectomy or experienced a traumatic injury.
Your Nipples Fall Below the Breast Fold
If the nipple area of your bosom falls below the crease beneath your breasts, that is a sign that the sagging you are experiencing is enough to consider a lift. The pencil test is another way of measuring the extent of your sagging. If a pencil placed beneath the breast stays in place on its own, you may be a good candidate for this treatment.
You Have a Mature Bosom
Cosmetic breast treatments are not performed until the patient’s bosom has fully matured, usually around the age of 18.
Your Weight Is Stable
Ideal patients are at a stable weight and are not planning to become pregnant or shed a large number of pounds.
You Understand the Treatment
Lifting and reshaping your bosom can offer exciting results, but the best patients are realistic about the outcomes this treatment can accomplish.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Are My Breasts Starting to Droop?
It’s not uncommon for patients to notice some sagging in their forties. This happens naturally as the body ages and the skin begins to lose elasticity. Weight fluctuations, a smoking habit, genetics, and having larger breasts can also contribute to sagging.
Is a Breast Lift or Augmentation Better for Me?
Once we’ve talked with you and evaluated your bosom, we can help you decide whether a lift, augmentation, or a combination of the two treatments will best meet your needs. A lift is usually the best option for patients who want to lift and reshape sagging breasts. If you’re interested in increasing your bosom by a cup size or more, augmentation may be the recommended option.
How Can I Get Started With This Treatment?
If you’re interested in pursuing a breast lift in Chicago, the first thing to do is schedule a consultation with our practice. We’ll use the time during that appointment to talk with you about what you’re hoping to accomplish. We’ll evaluate you as a candidate and work with you to determine if this is the best treatment for you.
Is It Possible to Breastfeed After a Lift?
Although we often recommend that patients hold off on breast lifts until after they are done having children, it is usually possible to breastfeed after this treatment.
Does This Treatment Increase My Risk of Breast Cancer?
No. Nothing about this treatment will increase your risk of breast cancer.
Are Both Breasts Treated at the Same Time?
Yes. Both of your breasts will be lifted and reshaped during the same treatment.
What Other Breast Treatments Do You Offer?
In addition to breast lifts, our practice offers breast augmentation, breast reduction, and breast revision treatments. Breast revision can address a variety of issues associated with implants that are already in place.
Take the First Step Toward a New Silhouette
Is your bosom starting to betray your age? Are you tired of using loose clothing to hide sagging, depleted breasts? A breast lift in Chicago can restore the youthful contours of your figure in one easy treatment that offers long-lasting results. What are you waiting for? Call the office of Dr. Gutowski in Glenview, IL, and schedule your breast lift consultation today!