Introduction to

Breast Lift

Whatever the cause, many women feel as though their sagging or drooping breast tissue ages them prematurely in terms of their appearance. 

A breast lift is designed to provide added structure so that the breasts appear more buoyant and youthful. The overall silhouette of the patient is also considerably transformed, though the breast size does not change significantly.

Getting Started on Breast Lift

If you’re interested in a breast lift procedure in Chicago, your first step with Dr. Ogilvie would be to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, you and Dr. Ogilvie will discuss your desired results and determine whether a breast lift would best suit your needs. In some cases, Dr. Ogilvie might suggest patients undergo a breast augmentation or breast reduction in order to achieve the desired transformation.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ogilvie, contact our Chicago office to make an appointment.

Actual Patient

Before & After Photos

Who is a Good

Candidate for Breast Lift?

If you want to know more about whether you might personally be a good candidate for a breast lift procedure, contact Dr. Ogilvie’s office to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, you’ll be able to ask any and all questions concerning your breast lift procedure.

Is a Breast

Lift Right For Me?

Generally speaking, the best candidates for breast lift will:

  • Want to address significant sagging of the breasts.
  • Want to address significant changes in orientation of the breasts.
  • May want to address changes in symmetry due to excess tissue around the breasts or changes in orientation.
  • Notice a significant amount of excess skin or tissue around the breasts (not necessarily in terms of volume, however). 
  • Sometimes wish to combine breast lift with other breast enhancement procedures.
  • Be generally healthy enough for surgery.
  • Be aware of what realistic breast lift results tend to look like.

The Breast

Lift Procedure

Mastopexy, or breast lift, is performed on an outpatient basis. This means that patients will arrive at the surgical facility, undergo their procedure (which usually takes a few hours to complete) and return home once the initial effects of anesthesia have worn off. This means that patients will return home on the same day as their surgery.

Breast lift procedures generally proceed in this way:

Anesthesia — Breast lift surgery is most often performed under general anesthesia. In some cases, local anesthesia may be used instead. You and Dr. Ogilvie will make this determination before your procedure begins.

Incision — There are several different incision types that may be used for breast lift, depending on how much excess skin is present. The least invasive incision is a circular one made around the areola. There is also a so-called “lollipop incision”, which may require a lateral extension. Lastly, an anchor-type incision may be required if there is significant excess skin to remove. When an incision is less invasive, it will usually heal more quickly but surgeons will have less flexibility in terms of making changes.


and Results

It can take several weeks to fully recover from your breast lift procedure. Mobility, for example, maybe initially limited. Additionally, swelling and bruising may make it difficult to see or appreciate your results at first. Once bruising and swelling subside, you will notice that your breasts appear much more buoyant and supported. Your silhouette will also look significantly more youthful.

If you want to get started on your breast lift, contact Dr. Ogilvie to schedule a consultation.


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