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Breast lift surgery, also called mastopexy, improves the shape of the breasts and lifts them into a more youthful position on the chest. With every breast lift patient, I consider their goals for the procedure, personal preferences, physical anatomy, and health history to create a surgical plan and outcome that is completely customized. The new, youthful breast contour and sense of confidence this procedure brings demonstrates its beautiful results and high rate of satisfaction.
Aging, pregnancy, and weight fluctuations can all contribute to breast sagging and volume loss. Many patients have excess breast skin, a pendulous breast shape, and nipples that point downward or fall below the breast crease. A breast lift will correct all of these concerns. The sagging skin that results from volume loss will be improved with a breast lift; however, the volume cannot be restored or enhanced without accompanying the breast lift with a breast augmentation.
Asymmetrical breasts are very common. Genetics, weight fluctuations, aging, and pregnancy can influence the size and shape of each breast and make them appear different from one another. A breast lift can be performed on one or both breasts to provide symmetry and balance. In some cases, breast augmentation on one or both breasts may be needed to complement this procedure.
The size and shape of a woman’s breasts are affected by pregnancy. Whether or not a mother chooses to breastfeed, her breasts will go through a significant amount of changes from the beginning of pregnancy to after childbirth and lactation. Volume loss, changes in shape and size, and ptosis do occur. The breast lift procedure will provide a youthful result that restores the breasts to their pre-pregnancy youthfulness.
Breast lift revision is usually chosen to improve aesthetics, to accompany a revision augmentation, or to correct scarring.
With aging and exposure to the elements comes skin laxity and thinning.
In order to more fully support the breasts in their new higher position, acellular dermal matrices (ADMs) may be used, which reinforce the breast tissue to provide lasting results. The breasts are lifted to a higher position on the chest, and the shape is improved to restore youthfulness.
Whether your skin laxity is minimal, moderate, or severe, I offer a surgical approach that will meet your needs.
Incision techniques include a circumareolar incision, the lollipop incision, and the anchor incision, which are explained in the FAQ section below.
Volume loss can lead to asymmetry and an overall change in breast shape.
Adjusting the breast tissue and removing excess skin will improve the breast shape to be much rounder, more youthful, and more natural looking. Any symmetry problems can also be corrected with this procedure.
The breast lift is often performed along with a breast augmentation or other Mommy Makeover procedures to achieve the ultimate final result.
Depending on your desires, a breast lift can be combined with a breast augmentation, tummy tuck, liposuction, or another procedure of your choice. The advantage of combining procedures is less time in surgery and recovery as well as a lower overall cost compared to getting each surgery done separately.
The breast lift is a very rewarding procedure for those who have sagging, deflated breasts or asymmetry.
The increased confidence and sense of femininity achieved with a breast lift can improve a woman’s overall quality of life. Relationships, career opportunities, and social experiences improve as she feels more empowered by her appearance.
Recovery from breast lift surgery is roughly two weeks.
As you follow postoperative instructions to take any prescribed medications, limit heavy lifting, and avoid strenuous exercise, the recovery process should be fairly easy. Patients should arrange for someone to drive them home after surgery and assist them for the first 24 hours. Planning ahead for meals, help with childcare, and routine housework for the first two weeks will help simplify the process. .
Scars with breast lift surgery are minimal and fade with time.
As with any surgery where skin is removed, scars are unavoidable after breast lift surgery. We use a variety of techniques to accelerate healing and minimize the appearance of scars, including silicone sheeting, silicone gel, laser treatments, Dermapen®, Embrace®, and LED light therapies.
Breast lift surgery cost will vary depending on many factors, including the extent of the procedure and whether it is combined with other procedures.
Patients will find that the cost of a breast lift will also vary based on the geographic location of your surgeon and the different fees that may be applied. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the national average surgeon’s fee for breast lift surgery in 2015 was $4,419.
Any discomfort as a result of breast lift surgery can be managed with prescribed medication and typically does not last for more than seven days.
The use of an intraoperative field block during surgery helps reduce pain. After surgery, compression garments help patients with any swelling and pain, and they will help accelerate the healing process overall.
200cc high profile silicone implants combined with a short incision lift
371cc moderate plus profile silicone implants to improve deflation
371cc moderate plus profile silicone implants combined with a short incision lift
339cc moderate plus profile silicone implants
The best candidates for breast lift surgery are women with sagging, deflated breasts who do not need additional breast volume. To add volume, a breast lift can be combined with a breast augmentation. Patients who experience the best results do not smoke and are finished having children.
Generally, one of three incisions can be used for breast lift surgery, and the one used will depend on the extent of correction needed. For the correction of slight sagging, an incision around the areola is sufficient (circumareolar incision), and the scar is difficult to detect since it follows the line of skin pigmentation. For more improvement, a vertical incision from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease is added to the circumareolar incision. Many refer to this combination as the lollipop incision. The vertical incision is the most visible but will fade significantly with time. To correct severe breast sagging, an incision that follows the natural crease beneath the breast accompanies the lollipop incision, and this is called the anchor incision.
Results with breast lift surgery are permanent unless the patient gains a significant amount of weight or becomes pregnant, since both will influence breast volume and sagging. If subsequent weight gain or pregnancy does occur, usually some extent of the results will be maintained. Your breasts will look better than they would have had you never chosen to get the procedure.
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