It seems to be that these days there is no end to what can be done non-surgically, from fat elimination and skin tightening procedures to cellulite busting treatments and even non-surgical facelifts.
At The Plastic Surgery Clinic, we’re all for non-surgical treatment options. We will always recommend the least invasive, least aggressive treatment option for you if that’s the procedure that will guarantee you the best result. At the same time, in some cases, surgery is really the only way that you’re going to achieve the look that you’ve been dreaming of.
The non-surgical breast lift is the newest trend we’re seeing in the cosmetic industry. Is the non-surgical breast lift real? For sure. Is it as effective as a surgical breast lift? Well, that’s something we thought it might be a good idea to get into here.
What is a non-surgical breast lift?
A non-surgical breast lift purports to lift and tighten sagging breasts without the need for anesthesia, with minimal downtime, and with no scars—the driving force behind the popularity of the non-surgical breast lift.
There are currently a number of methods by which a non-surgical breast lift can be achieved from laser treatments and thread lifts to dermal fillers and even PRP (platelet-rich plasma) aka a vampire breast lift.
As much as many of these treatments may have their merits, if you’re considering a non-surgical breast lift, the one with the highest success rate would probably be BodyTite.
That being said, when it comes to the non-surgical breast lift, and this is generally true with all non-surgical treatments, but especially with the non-surgical breast lift, the result that it can offer is very subtle. With BodyTite we’re talking about approximately a two centimetre lift, and maybe up to possibly five centimetres if you’re lucky and your body responds well to the treatment.
In other words, a non-surgical breast lift generally won’t improve on more severe sagging that’s come about from pregnancy or breastfeeding, major weight loss, or the aging process.
Is a non-surgical breast lift worth it?
Well this really depends on whether you’re the right candidate or not. A non-surgical breast lift using something like BodyTite can be quite effective for someone who has very mild sagging, good skin elasticity, who’s still pretty young, and whose body will more easily produce collagen to maintain the result. We’d say anyone between their 20s and 40s with really mild sagging.
There are some things to keep in mind. As much as a non-surgical breast lift option like BodyTite is pretty appealing, it’s still semi-invasive, it’s usually most comfortably done under light sedation and you do need to account for at least a few days of downtime and can expect about two weeks of bruising and swelling.
Your result will probably last on average about two years, so nowhere near a permanent result that surgery could offer, and the procedure is still pretty costly, on average about $6000.
When is a surgical breast lift the better option?
To be totally honest, from our experience, we would probably say that when it comes to the breasts and your breast lift options, we’ll probably almost always recommend surgery.
Well, there are truly very few women who will be the perfect candidates for a non-surgical breast lift, and the ones that are, probably don’t need any intervention at all. When you factor in cost, less intense but still necessary downtime, longevity and the extent of the result, we would probably say just wait until you truly need a breast lift.
Many issues that cause breasts to sag can’t be resolved with a non-surgical breast lift. The main thing that a non-surgical breast lift can achieve is to tighten mildly lax skin. However it can’t improve the breasts’ connective tissues, or remove excess skin, which are often the driving forces behind sagging breasts.
We also find that patients seeking a breast lift are often looking to restore volume at the same time, in which case a breast lift with implants or a breast lift with auto-augmentation would be the best option. In some cases women are looking to reduce the size of their breasts. Some women may also need to adjust the placement or reduce the size of the nipples for a more balanced or symmetrical result. These are issues that can only be addressed with surgery.
So what about those scars?
It seems that many women are seeking out the non-surgical breast lift in order to avoid scarring. We totally get this. Our goal is to make those scars as imperceptible as possible. Our surgeons even pioneered a revolutionary approach to the breast lift known as the “lollipop” technique that eliminates the need for the incision in the bra crease, which is traditionally required with this surgery.
Trust us. We totally understand that you don’t want to get a breast lift and then be anxious about wearing your bra or bikini because you feel self conscious about conspicuous scars. With excellent techniques and the proper after-care, your scars will fade and become unnoticeable, while also achieving a majorly transformative result that’s only possible thanks to surgery.