Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
A mastopexy, or breast lift, is a surgical procedure designed to raise and reshape the breasts. If you are bothered by the position or shape of your breasts, you may be a good candidate for a breast lift.
A breast lift can rejuvenate your figure by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support a new breast contour. There are three different kinds of breast lifts: concentric, vertical, and standard. The type of breast lift you may require depends on the current position and shape of your breasts. Our surgeons will be able to determine what type of mastopexy would give you the best result. The cost for breast lift surgery usually ranges from $6,000 to $9,000.
Surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. During the procedure, excess skin is removed, the areola is placed in a higher position, and the skin around the areola is brought down to reshape the breast and provide a more youthful appearance. A breast lift can also reduce the size of areolas to a more favorable cosmetic appearance.
Breast augmentation is often performed with a breast lift procedure to help restore volume or cleavage.
Are you a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?
Generally, a breast lift does not affect breast function. However, women who are considering future pregnancies should discuss this with their plastic surgeon since pregnancy almost always changes the appearance of your breasts.
The ideal candidates for breast lift surgery are women who:
- Are at a stable weight and have been so for a period of time
- Do not smoke
- Experience Asymmetry
- Have completed their family
- Are discouraged by breasts that droop or have lost shape and volume
What can I expect after a Breast Lift?
Dressings and bandages will be applied to the incisions following the procedure. Patients are also instructed to wear a surgical compression bra to ensure the breasts are properly supported during recovery.
Patients will also be provided with Arnica-Bromelain, a comprehensive post-surgery nutritional supplement system designed specifically for patients undergoing surgical procedures. The ingredients in Arnica have been shown to reduce post-surgical swelling and bruising, which can lead to a quicker, more comfortable recovery.
What are potential risks of a Breast Lift?
Like any surgery, a breast lift poses the risk of an adverse reaction to general anesthesia. This is why it is critical to share all of your medical conditions, past surgeries, and current medications with our surgeons, so they can perform your surgery with as little risk as possible. Potential risks specific to a breast lift include breast asymmetry, scarring, breast shape irregularities, bleeding, and nipple sensation changes.
Immediately after surgery, scars may appear lumpy and red but will become thin and white within 12- 18 months after the operation. Additionally, patients may notice a decrease in breast size due to excess skin being removed.
For women who have children after a breast lift, there is a slight risk that the surgery could result in difficulty breastfeeding due to disruption of the mammary ducts. In addition, a severe but rare complication of a breast lift is the total or partial loss or the nipples if blood flow is compromised. Our licensed providers at The Centre, P.C. can address any of these concerns during an initial breast lift consultation.
What if I don't have enough Breast Tissue for a Breast Lift?
Women with smaller breasts that still have concerns of breast droopiness may worry about having enough tissue for the surgery. If this is a problem, it is challenging to achieve fullness at the top of the breast. A solution is combining a breast lift with a breast augmentation using implants.
The implants fill in the upper breast area and help shape the breast into a more favorable look. Further, most women with smaller chest sizes are looking to increase their breast size along with a lift. Many women choose to combine the operations to achieve the best possible results.
Reasons to Consider a Breast Lift
A mastopexy can address several other cosmetic concerns a woman may have about her breasts, such as correcting stretched and disproportionate areolas. When the breasts are unsupported due to their position, the nipples typically fall below the breast crease. A breast lift resolves this issue by creating a higher breast placement.
Steps to take before surgery for a Better Outcome and Recovery
If you are a suitable candidate for a breast lift procedure, there are steps you must take before surgery for an optimal outcome. For example, if you are 40 or older it is required to have a mammogram prior to surgery to ensure there is nothing concerning the surgeons would find during surgery. In addition, smokers must quit entirely for at least 4 to 6 weeks before the operation.
In general, being at a healthy weight helps to speed up a patient's recovery time and reduces the chance of developing any complications or side effects. Furthermore, avoiding certain medications and arranging for help during recovery are proactive steps for smooth, healthy recovery.
Contact our office Today!
To learn more about whether a breast lift is a good option for you, call or email us to schedule your consultation today! The Centre, P.C. offers unparalleled care to patients throughout the area. If you are considering a breast lift, let us walk you through every step of the process toward a happier, more confident you. Call today at 574-968-9100 option #2.