How Long Does a Breast Lift Last? By Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center on January 04, 2022

A side-by-side comparison of a woman’s breasts before and after breast lift surgeryAt 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

Skin Elasticity

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

Breast Support

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.

Weight Fluctuation 

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.

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Dr. Gregory T. Mesna

Mesna Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center

Gregory T. Mesna MD, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of top-level experience. He performs a wide range of surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance and rejuvenate the face, body, and breasts. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American College of Surgeons (Fellow)
  • The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • The Minnesota Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

You can request a free consultation at our office in Minneapolis, MN, by contacting us online or calling (952) 927-4556.

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