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.
- Breast Lift Benefits
- Breast Lift Candidates
- Breast Lift Procedure
- Breast Lift Recovery
- Breast Lift Considerations
- Breast Lift Scars
- Breast Lift Risks
- Breast Lift with Augmentation
- Breast Lift and Breastfeeding
- Breast Lift Cost
- Non-Surgical Breast Lift
- Pre- and Post-Op Instructions
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:
- Individuals with untreated breast cancer or pre-malignant breast disorders.
- Individuals with any type of active infection.
- Women who are pregnant, nursing, or plan to be pregnant in the future.
- Individuals with weakened or suppressed immune systems
- Individuals suffering from any condition that interferes with blood clotting or wound healing
- Individuals with reduced blood flow to the breasts from prior surgery or radiation therapy.
- Individuals with cosmetic complaints primarily related to the volume of the breasts
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.
Our Breast Lift Before-and-After Photos
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
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
In 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
For 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:
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.
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.
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.
Are Breast Lift Scars Noticeable?
All breast lift procedures involve major surgery and will therefore produce noticeable scars; however, the extent and visibility of residual scars will ultimately depend on the breast lift technique that is performed. Some techniques require less lengthy incisions than others. Dr. Perry will determine which technique is most suitable to your needs during the initial consultation. It is important to remember that, while some degree of scarring is inevitable, Dr. Perry has performed this procedure many times and will work to minimize the appearance of scars as much as possible. Additionally, the passage of time tends to diminish the visible signs of scarring to some extent.
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.
Some temporary numbness is to be expected after breast lift; in some cases, this numbness will persist for months or even permanently.
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.
Will I Need to Add Breast Implants With My Breast Lift Surgery?
The answer to this question depends on each patient’s unique concerns and overall goals for breast enhancement. A breast lift alone can certainly provide beautiful rejuvenation of the breasts by addressing breast ptosis and giving the breasts a firmer feel and a more youthful projection; however, it cannot add volume to the breasts or enhance their size. For women who desire larger breasts along with the benefits of a standard breast lift, a procedure known as augmentation-mastopexy (breast lift with implants), may be an ideal option to consider. This treatment involves a breast lift in combination with the placement of breast implants to enlarge the breasts while simultaneously reducing signs of sagginess.
Will I Be Able to Breastfeed After a Breast Lift?
Patients who are planning to breastfeed after a breast lift should be able to do so as long as they had the ability to breastfeed before undergoing the procedure. A sizable percentage of women are not naturally able to breastfeed, but it is possible for those who are to retain that ability following surgery. With that in mind, it is very important to let Dr. Perry know during the initial consultation about your wishes regarding future breastfeeding. With that information, he can be sure to plan the surgery in such a way that the function of the milk ducts and other anatomical structures necessary to breastfeed are preserved as much as possible. Generally speaking, Dr. Perry advises patients who may be planning to nurse in the future to wait until they have completed their families before undergoing a breast lift. This is due to the fact that pregnancy and breastfeeding after a breast lift could ultimately compromise the aesthetic results.
How Much Does a Breast Lift Cost?
The price of breast lift surgery at our practice (without the addition of breast implants) usually ranges between $6,866 to $7,500, which includes the surgeon’s fee and costs associated with anesthesia and use of the operating facility. 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.
Is a Breast Lift Without Surgery Possible?
There is currently no non-surgical equivalent to breast lift surgery that can effectively achieve the same kind of results. The fact is that, while there is no shortage of claims that certain exercises can provide a “natural breast lift,” they cannot address many of the factors that cause breasts to sag in the first place. Loose, excess skin and stretched breast tissue cannot be effectively improved without a procedure such as breast lift surgery, which is designed to address those very concerns and reposition the breasts to create a more youthful and “perky” appearance.
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