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What Is a Breast Lift?

With aging and pregnancy, the breasts can lose volume and start to sag. A breast lift from our experienced plastic surgeon is designed to elevate the nipples, areolas, and breast tissue to a more youthful position. A breast lift can be combined with breast reduction or breast augmentation procedures to address patients’ unique concerns and achieve excellent results.

What Are the Benefits of a Breast Lift?

Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, offers many advantages for the right candidate. A breast lift can elevate sagging tissues, eliminate excess skin, reposition and resize the nipples, and create a more youthful appearance to the chest. Breast lift surgery alone often cannot improve volume, but we offer a range of options, including breast lift with implants, to restore the shape and fullness of the breasts with natural-looking results.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Breast Lift?

If you are 18 or older and healthy, mentally stable, and realistic about the limitations of breast lift, you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Breast lift is not recommended for:

These concerns may be better addressed by a breast reduction or breast augmentation. However, in many cases a breast lift is successfully combined with breast reduction or breast augmentation. Discuss your individual situation with Dr. Charles Perry.

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What Is Involved in the Breast Lift Procedure?

There are several techniques that can be used to accomplish this type of breast surgery at our practice, and the surgical method the surgeon chooses is dependent on your breast size and degree of sagging.

Concentric Breast Lift

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For women with relatively small and less droopy breasts, a concentric (also called “doughnut”) breast lift is ideal. In this technique, the surgeon will cut a circular strip of tissue from around the areola, the skin is removed, and then the nipple and areola are moved upward, restoring a youthful profile to the breast. *The advantage of this approach is that the incisions are relatively small, simplifying healing and minimizing visible scarring.

*Individual Results May Vary

The Lollipop Breast Lift

Lollipop ImageIn a variation of the concentric breast lift, Dr. Perry extends the excision down to the crease of the breast. This incision allows more skin to be removed and the breast to be lifted more dramatically.

Anchor-Shaped Breast Lift

Anchor ImageFor women with larger breasts, the more classic anchor-shaped breast lift incision is generally more appropriate. This approach utilizes an incision around the areola, and another incision extending down to the lower breast fold. Some skin is removed, and the sides of the incision are brought together, elevating the nipple and areola and giving the breasts a new shape. This technique utilizes larger incisions than the concentric breast lift but is necessary to effectively lift larger breasts.

What Should I Expect During Breast Lift Recovery?

Everyone heals at a different rate, and you should listen to your body to determine when you are ready to move onto the next stage of recovery. Most patients take one week off from work, and during this time you should get plenty of rest and avoid bending or lifting. You will wear compression garments for about one week and, depending on your situation, you may have drains placed as well. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress. After about one month, you should have a good idea of your results, although there will be some residual swelling for some time. You may not even notice this effect, and it should fade within one year.

What Things Should I Consider Before Undergoing Breast Lift Surgery?

Women thinking of undergoing breast lift surgery should consider the following:

Breast symmetry

If your breasts differ in size or shape going into surgery, it is unlikely they will be completely symmetrical afterwards.

That breast lift, by itself, cannot restore volume to the breasts

Breast lift can only bring your breast tissue upwards and excise excess skin. In many cases, breast lift combined with breast augmentation—sometimes called a breast lift with implants—is the best way to restore volume to the breast.

Breast lift can be performed simultaneously with breast reduction

This combination procedure is designed to reduce the size and heaviness of breasts, in addition to lifting them for a more youthful appearance.

Breast lift can reduce the size of the areolas

This is done in addition to the usual lifting of the nipple and areola during the surgery.

The results of breast lift do not last forever

While breast lift can create a more youthful looking bust line, it cannot permanently halt the natural aging process.

Pregnancy will largely negate the results of breast lift

As pregnancy stretches the breast, making breast lift not recommendable for women who may become pregnant in the future. However, breast lift will not affect your ability to breastfeed.

Scarring

Breast lift, especially the traditional anchor-shaped technique, will leave a scar. Even if you refrain from smoking and carefully follow all instructions, scars are to be expected after breast lift surgery.

Financial responsibilities

Breast lift surgery is performed on a fee-for-service basis, meaning that the surgery is not covered by health insurance. Your total surgical fee will include the cost of surgical supplies, anesthesia, laboratory tests, medications, surgery center charges, and possibly more. If you experience complications, you will incur additional expenses. However, if the complication is considered a health risk, your health plan will cover the cost of hospitalization, anesthesia, and/or additional surgery.

What Are the Risks of Breast Lift Surgery?

We encourage patients to become educated on the risks of breast lift surgery, so that they can make an informed decision about whether the surgery is right for them. Some of the risks of breast lift surgery include:

Bleeding or infection

Patients can experience a bleeding episode during or after breast lift surgery, and infection is a risk of any surgery. These complications may require a return trip to the hospital and, in the case of infection, treatment with antibiotics.

Reactions to anesthesia or surgical materials

Anesthesia-related reactions are the most common of any type of surgery. They cannot be predicted and can cause serious injury or even death. In addition, surgical materials such as tape, sutures, or medications can cause an allergic reaction. Usually this reaction is localized and easily addressed.

Numbness

Some temporary numbness is to be expected after breast lift; in some cases, this numbness will persist for months or even permanently.

Poor healing

Breast lift will leave scars, even if all post-surgical instructions are followed. However, poor healing sometimes occurs, especially if the patient smokes during the healing period. In some cases, this poor healing requires additional surgery to correct.

Risks related to breast implants if augmentation is performed

If breast implants are used to restore volume and fullness to the breasts during a breast lift, they introduce another set of risks.

How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?

The price of breast lift surgery on average is $4,207*; however, this number reflects only the cost of the surgeon’s fee. Anesthesia and hospital facility use will also incur costs you will be responsible for. During your initial consultation, Dr. Perry and our medical team will go over the details of your treatment plan and review the total cost of your program. This is not the habit of all plastic surgeons, so we encourage our patients to ask what is included in any estimate they receive. If you want to consider plastic surgery financing, we work with several reputable agencies with appealing terms. We can explore that avenue at your first appointment as well.

*According to 2017 stats by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Complete Pre- and Post-operative Instructions for Breast Lift Patients

Following the surgeon’s instructions before and after breast lift surgery is crucial to a smooth healing period and a good surgical result with minimal scarring. We have compiled this comprehensive list of pre- and post-surgery instructions for you to reference. Study the instructions before surgery. Then, print them out and bring them with you on your surgery day.

Breast Lift Instructions (printer-friendly)

Please contact Chrysalis Cosmetics today to learn more about breast lift surgery, or to schedule a consultation.

*Individual Results May Vary

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