What is a Breast Lift?
A Breast Lift, also known as Mastopexy, is a procedure that lifts the breasts by removing excess skin which reshapes the breasts and restores a youthful contour.
Your breasts can lose their shape and firmness as part of the aging process. These changes can also be a result of pregnancy and significant fluctuations in weight.
A breast lift can boost self-confidence and self-esteem for many women.
Is a Breast Lift for me?
You may be a candidate for a Breast Lift if you are dissatisfied with the way your breasts sag.
You should be in good physical health for surgery and should not be doing it to fit an ideal image of what your body should look like.
A breast lift will not change the size of your breasts significantly, however, the procedure can be performed in combination with a breast augmentation.
Contact us to discuss if the procedure is right for you.
About the procedure
A Breast Lift is commonly performed under general anesthetic so you are comfortable during surgery. In some cases, local anesthetic is an option.
Depending on the technique used, incisions may be made around the areolae, downward from the areola to the breast crease, or horizontally along the breast crease.
Stitches may be placed to reshape your breast tissue and the size of your areolae may be reduced if necessary.
Excess skin is removed and the nipples are re-positioned. The incisions are then closed with stitches or adhesives.
The surgery should take about two or three hours, and you may be able to go home on the same day depending on the type of anesthesia administered during surgery.
Recovery from surgery
Dressings will be applied after surgery and you may need to wear a support bra that will help support your breasts during the healing process.
Swelling during the recovery period is normal and will subside over time. Pain medication may be prescribed to help manage the healing process.
You will be provided instructions on how to care for your breasts after surgery and when to follow up with your surgeon.
You are likely to feel better about your appearance as a result of a breast lift as outcomes in most cases are good.
Scars may be visible for up to a year after surgery and will becomes less obvious over time.
A healthy lifestyle will help ensure long term results, however, the aging process my cause your breasts to sag again. Maintaining your weight will also help extend the results of a breast lift.
Risks of a Breast Lift
Understanding the risks and benefits is important when deciding to have a breast lift done.
The risks of a breast lift include infection, scarring, deep vein thrombosis, bleeding, and asymmetry.
Following your doctor’s instructions will reduce the risk of any complications. Talk to your surgeon if you have any concerns about the procedure.
You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you understand all the potential risks of the procedure.
The cost of a breast lift will vary depending on the surgeon’s experience and procedure used. You will also need to consider the cost of prescriptions for medication, and follow-up care after surgery.
Health insurance plans do not usually cover cosmetic surgery, however, financing may be offered by your plastic surgeon.
Contact us to find out if you qualify.