We all know the power of gravity: how it pulls what was once up down. The force’s effect on breasts can make women look out of proportion, older than they actually are, and can change the way you look in clothing.

Many women in this situation who are considering breast augmentation also consider a breast lift. The procedures—both available at Dr. Ed Breazeale’s Knoxville practice—are different, but complementary.

A breast lift, in particular, gives many women a new, more youthful look by elevating their breasts and giving them a new contour. The procedure can also alter the nipple and areola areas so they will be sized appropriately and appear at an ideal height on the breast.

All of this combined will make your breasts have more projection, which means they’ll stand out more and appear to be perkier as opposed to hanging and sagging.

When you come in for a consultation, ask Dr. Breazeale if a breast lift could help enhance your appearance. He will assess your overall proportions and listen to your aesthetic goals in order to determine the best way to achieve your desired outcome.


Before and After Images

See the results of previous procedures and view before and after images in our Breast Lift Gallery.

Who is a Candidate for a Breast Lift?

You may want to consider a breast lift if:

  • your breasts sag due to hereditary factors, age, or the effects of pregnancy and nursing.
  • implants inserted via breast augmentation would not make the desired difference.
  • your nipple and areola are larger than you would like.
  • one breast hangs lower than the other breast.
  • your breasts appear flatter or longer than you would prefer.
  • the skin on your breasts appears stretched and loose.

Dr. Breazeale and his entire staff are absolutely amazing. Dr. Breazeale has a wonderful way with each patient.

What Can You Expect From a Breast Lift?

A breast lift surgery is an outpatient procedure that requires that patients be sedated and undergo either local or general anesthesia.

There are several incision options, but the process at The Breazeale Clinic typically involves incisions around the areola and below the breast. These locations are chosen for a variety of reasons, including their ability to hide scars. Dr. Breazeale will reposition the nipple-areolar complexes higher as necessary, remove excess skin, reshape the breast, and move the breast into a position that will allow for greater projection. The end result will be breasts that project more and appear to be pointing outward instead of down.

An implant may be inserted as a part of this procedure, but that depends on a variety of factors—including health and the overall desired results.

After the surgery, you’ll wear a bra, keeping your incisions covered by light dressing. You’ll wear the bra itself for two to three weeks. This is the same time frame after which sutures are typically removed.

Discomfort just after the procedure can be controlled with medication that can be taken orally, and breast lift patients can resume normal light activities in just seven to 10 days.

There are some risks involved with a breast lift, as with all surgeries, though complications that occasionally occur tend to be minor. Talk to Dr. Breazeale about any concerns you may have.

What Are My Options in Addition to a Breast Lift?

As noted above, a breast enlargement via implants may enhance the results of a breast lift. There are different kinds of implants available, each with their own unique benefits. Be sure to learn more about your options so you can find out how augmentation can improve the appearance of your breasts in conjunction with a breast lift.

A breast reduction is also an option that could help you get the results you’re looking for when it comes to how perky—as opposed to droopy—your breasts are.

The specific risks and the suitability of these procedures can be determined only at the time of a consultation with the doctor, as every woman’s body is unique.

See What a Breast Lift Can Do

Here at The Breazeale Clinic, we offer the Vectra 3D imaging system, so you can get an idea of what you’ll look like after getting a breast lift. This process allows you to virtually “try out” various breast procedures—not just a lift—so you can be sure you’re choosing the route that will lead you to the look that’s your perfect fit.

If you do choose a breast lift, know that you’re not alone. Research conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, of which Dr. Breazeale is a member, reveals that the lifting procedure has grown in popularity by 75 percent since the year 2000. At this point, lifts are proving to be a fast-growing trend, outpacing augmentation when it comes to gains year to year—though implants are still the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States.