Breast lift surgery helps correct excessive breast sagging to give the breasts a more youthful appearance. Once the breasts have begun to sag, often after pregnancy or fluctuations in body weight, only surgery can restore them to a perky position. This procedure elevates the nipple and areola while reshaping and tightening the breast. A breast implant does not lift a sagging breast, it just makes it a bigger version of the shape it already has.
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What Is a Breast Lift?
Also called mastopexy, a breast lift is a surgical procedure meant to address noticeable sagging in the breasts. This involves altering the contour and elevation of the breasts and typically requires some degree of skin removal and repositioning of the nipple and areola. Sagging breasts can be caused by significant weight loss, aging, pregnancy and breastfeeding or just because of the natural shape of the breast tissue.
Signs You Could Benefit from a Breast Lift
If your nipple and areola have descended toward or below the lowest point of the crease below your breast or are pointing downward, a breast lift may be right for you. If fullness in your breasts has decreased as well, then Dr. Swetnam or Dr. Stubbs may also recommend breast implants.
A procedure that combines a breast lift and breast augmentation can be an option for some women. In some cases, a full lift and an augmentation are more safely performed as separate procedures.
How Breast Lifts Are Performed
There are several methods in breast lift surgery; the one chosen depends on how much lift is needed. Surgical incisions are always required around the nipple and may additionally be made vertically from the nipple to the crease and possibly in the crease itself. Excess skin is then lifted or tightened to elevate the breasts. Internal sutures may be used in selected cases for more support.
Breast Lift Recovery and Results
Most patients return to work after about one week and resume exercise in three weeks. Mild bruising and some swelling should be expected, and medications will be prescribed to control discomfort. Patients are advised to wear a surgical bra night and day for two weeks. Scars will initially be pink and slightly raised, but they will fade and flatten out in the months that follow surgery, continuing to improve for up to one year and longer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
There is no set price for a breast lift, even from a specific cosmetic surgeon. Because cosmetic surgeries are tailored to the patient’s needs, the costs reflect this. To get a precise quote, you need to sit down with Dr. Swetnam or Dr. Stubbs. Your cost will include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia fee, facility/OR fee, and may include other costs as well.
Will a breast lift improve back, shoulder and neck pain?
Because sagging breasts tend to move and pull more than perkier ones, it could. However, if your breasts are causing you pain, it is more likely that their volume is the biggest contributing factor, not their elevation. It is common to combine a breast lift with a breast reduction specifically to address this issue.
How do I find the best breast lift surgeon near me?
Start by researching breast lift surgeons near you and go over their patient reviews. Stick with the best reviewed, then head over to their websites to see their before and after photos of breast lift patients to see if there are some that align with your goals. Next, schedule consultations with 2 to 3 surgeons that seem like a good fit and select the one who feels like the right person to partner with for your surgery.
What are the scars like after a breast lift?
This all depends on the approach that best meets your needs. If you have minimal sagging, your surgeon can make smaller incisions and strategically place them so they aren’t too noticeable. If you have significant sagging, the lollipop incision will likely be needed, which leaves larger, easier-to-see scars. But keep in mind that in most cases, these will be covered with clothing and your scars should fade over time.
How soon after weight loss or pregnancy can I get a breast lift?
As a rule, your weight should be stable for at least six months before getting a breast lift, since gaining and losing weight can cause your breasts to sag again. Some surgeons prefer that your weight be steady for at least a year. Your weight is typically considered stable if it stays within about a 10 pound range.
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