Breast Droop (Saggy Breasts)
To determine the degree of your breast droop, look in the
mirror, and carefully inspect your breasts. If your nipples
have drooped to the level of the crease beneath your breast,
then you have mild breast droop (also known as Grade I
If they have drooped below this line, then you have moderate
droop (also known as grade II ptosis).
If they are pointing toward your shoes, then you have severe
droop (also known as grade III ptosis).
Some women would prefer to have breast implants (rather than
a breast lift) to fix their saggy breasts. However, this does
not work. Simply put, if your nipples and breasts are droopy
and you want them lifted, then you need to have a breast lift.
Incisions and Scars in Breast Lift
Scars are the greatest drawback of a breast lift. They
will be around the nipple, and may also extend from the nipple
down to the crease, and along the breast crease. The extent
of scars is often related to the degree of droop: the greater
the droop, the more extensive the scars.
Any woman considering a breast lift must realize that she
is exchanging one cosmetic breast problem (saggy breasts)
for another cosmetic breast problem (scars). In general, women
with mild droop do not find this exchange worthwhile. Women
with moderate or severely saggy breasts do find this exchange
worthwhile. This remains a personal decision.
Another thing to consider is that most scars, even those which
are initially unfavorable, fade over time.
Breast Lift: During and After Surgery
Length of surgery: 1-2 hours (2-3 hours if performed
Length of stay: Outpatient (home same day).
Discomfort: Mild to moderate. Anticipate 2-7 days of
prescription pain medication.
Swelling and Bruising: Improve in 3-10 days.
Bandages: Will be removed in 1-7 days.
Stitches: Will be removed in 5-7 days.
Back to work: 3-7 days.
Exercise: May be resumed in 2 weeks.
Final result: Will be seen after the scars have matured,
which will be about six months.