How Long Does a Breast Lift Last?
At Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center, our talented Minneapolis, MN, plastic surgeon, Gregory T. Mesna, provides patients with a wide range of rejuvenating procedures that can reverse the effects of time, like a breast lift.
If you’re considering a breast lift, then you might be wondering: How long does a breast lift last? Here, Dr. Mesna explains the average lifespan of a breast lift, as well as factors that can influence that timeline.
Breast Lift Lifespan
Age, gravity, and genetics all play a key role in the appearance and function of skin and breast tissue. These factors do not stop influencing skin and breast tissue following a breast lift procedure.
Subsequently, it’s difficult for plastic surgeons to give an exact life expectancy for breast lifts. In general, many patients can enjoy their results for 10 years or more. Nevertheless, it’s common for breast-lift recipients to seek minor cosmetic adjustments after the 10-year mark.
Factors That Influence the Lifespan of a Breast Lift
Understanding factors that can influence the lifespan of your breast lift will help you calibrate your expectations. Common influential factors include:
- Skin elasticity
- Breast support
- Weight fluctuation
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Time, gravity, and genetics influence the way skin ages, but environmental and lifestyle factors also affect skin’s elasticity. For example, sun damage, poor nutrition, and alcohol and tobacco use can all impact collagen and elastin production, resulting in prematurely-aged skin.
To improve skin elasticity and increase the lifespan of your breast lift, Dr. Mesna recommends:
- Wearing sunscreen daily
- Eating a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet
- Limiting alcohol and tobacco use
Gravity is a constant downward force that inevitably leads to sagging skin and breast tissue. Counteracting the effects of gravity on breast tissue requires support, chiefly through supportive bras. Wearing supportive, properly-fitting bras may allow you to enjoy your breast lift for much longer than 10 years.
The structure of skin is 80% collagen. Weight fluctuation can degrade the delicate collagen fibers in our skin. This leads to prematurely saggy skin, especially after significant weight loss.
Keeping your weight consistent will limit collagen and skin damage. As a result, you can enjoy the effects of your breast lift for longer.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Weight loss following pregnancy can lead to unexpected effects, such as sagging skin and breast tissue. Additionally, milk production can give breast tissue a deflated look after breastfeeding.
Dr. Mesna recommends waiting until you are finished growing your family to pursue a breast lift. Otherwise, you may not notice the effects of your breast lift for as long as you had imagined.
Schedule Your Breast Lift in Minneapolis
Patients can combine a breast lift with other appearance-enhancing procedures, like breast augmentation. If you’re ready to explore your aesthetic goals, then it’s time to contact our Minneapolis plastic surgery center now at (952) 927-4556 or online here. It is our pleasure to offer complimentary breast lift consultations for new and existing patients.