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How Long Do Breast Lift Incisions Take to Heal?

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How Long Do Breast Lift Incisions Take to Heal?

Sagging breasts are a common problem. Pregnancy, genetics, and the effects of gravity can affect how much sagging you experience. Fortunately, a breast lift can undo these changes and restore firm, youthful-looking breasts. This procedure can achieve proportionate, long-lasting results that improve your confidence. 

What is a Breast Lift or Mastopexy?

Dr. Lawton performs breast lift surgery to correct drooping or sagging breasts. A breast lift removes excess skin and repositions the breast tissue to a more lifted location. Dr. Lawton may also reposition and resize the areolas to point forward instead of downward. A breast lift combines with other breast enhancement procedures to improve your results. 

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How is a Breast Lift Performed?

Depending on your needs, Dr. Lawton may perform breast lift surgery in one of three ways. 

Around the Areola

Dr. Lawton makes incisions around the edges of the areola. The border of the areola hides the scars. This procedure allows her to remove excess tissue and strengthen the breast tissues. 

Around the Areola to the Breast Crease

After making incisions around the areola, Dr. Lawton extends the incision down to the breast crease. This gives her access to more breast tissue for more tightening and repositioning. 

Around the Breast and Out

In this procedure, an incision around the breast extends horizontally and vertically in both directions. This allows Dr. Lawton to perform significant restructuring as needed. 

How Long Do Breast Lift Incisions Take to Heal?

The healing process will depend on your body and the type of mastopexy procedure. Immediately after the procedure, your incisions will have a support garment, bandages, and sutures to help them heal. Dr. Lawton may remove your sutures after one to two weeks, but your incisions are not completely healed. 

People with less active jobs can often resume work within a week or two. You should limit physical activities, especially those that stress your incisions, for at least three to four weeks. Dr. Lawton will assess your progress during follow-up visits and instruct you when to resume activities like exercise and lifting. 

The results of your breast lift can take six months to a year to develop completely. Your breasts will settle into their new position, and residual swelling will resolve as your final results evolve. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

Can You Combine a Breast Lift With Breast Augmentation?

Breast sagging can combine with losing breast volume, giving you a drooping, flattened appearance. If you want more volume, you can have a breast augmentation and lift together. The procedure will provide well-positioned, proportionate breasts that look and feel natural. 

Can You Combine a Breast Lift With Breast Reduction?

Large breasts can sag as a result of their weight. If you have this problem, a breast reduction and lift can achieve your desired results. Both procedures can use the same incisions, resulting in no extra scars. Breast reduction has many benefits, including less back and neck pain. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

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Would you like to learn more about liposuction? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton, M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA, area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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