Breast Lift / Mastopexy
With time, the effects of gravity, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and weight loss can result in decreased skin elasticity and sagging of the breasts. Your breasts may appear deflated as a result of lost volume and/or the nipple/areola may be enlarged from prior stretching. Fortunately for many women, these concerns can often be effectively addressed with a breast lift.
What is Breast Lift Surgery?
A breast lift (also known as a mastopexy) can reshape the breasts and tighten the existing skin. In addition, a breast lift can create fuller, more natural-appearing breasts and raise the position of the nipples. In some cases, the insertion of breast implants can be combined with a breast lift to create fuller, firmer, more youthful breasts. There are a number of plastic surgeons performing breast lifts; however, not all techniques are the same. Most of the traditional mastopexy techniques only excise the excess skin and rely on the skin to maintain the result over time. This generally results in recurrent drooping of the breasts with time since loss of skin elasticity was the source of the initial problem. Our Jacksonville plastic surgeons believe that, in addition to the removal of skin, the breast gland has to be reshaped and elevated to create a longer, more natural-appearing outcome. In addition, they use your own body’s tissue to augment your breast shape and volume. Our doctors have experience with the latest techniques that minimize scars and allow the breasts to have more projection, results that last longer, and have a natural shape.
Our breast surgery team will guide you through the process step by step. At Florida Plastic Surgery Group, we believe that patients, their desires, and anatomy are all unique. Therefore, our doctors evaluate each patient and create a customized surgical plan for all of their patients.
What are the Benefits of a Breast Lift?
Breast lift surgery offers numerous advantages. This popular procedure can successfully address common concerns that affect many women, ultimately helping to renew the breasts with beautiful, natural-looking results. Some of the potential benefits of breast lift surgery include:
- Elimination of excess breast skin that is causing a sagging or drooping appearance (breast ptosis)
- Tightening of the remaining skin for a firmer, smoother look
- Moving the breasts to a higher position on the chest for a more youthful and “perky” aesthetic
- Enhancement of breast contour and shape
In addition to the many benefits offered by breast lift surgery as a stand-alone treatment, this option can be added to a Mommy Makeover procedure for women who are considering more comprehensive rejuvenation. Our plastic surgeon will be happy to talk with you about your goals and answer your questions during the initial consultation.
Who is a Candidate for a Breast Lift Surgery?
If you have lost shape and volume in your breasts after pregnancy or significant weight loss, you may be a candidate for a breast lift. Ideal candidates are in strong metabolic health, emotionally stable, and realistic in their expectations. Our doctors at Florida Plastic Surgery Group will evaluate your medical history to ensure you have no pre-existing conditions that might complicate your surgery. Since future pregnancies can compromise the results of your breast lift, it is best to wait until you are finished having children before undergoing this procedure.
Should I Combine My Breast Lift with Augmentation?
A breast lift can be performed in tandem with breast augmentation to add volume to the breasts while giving them a firmer appearance. Medically referred to as an augmentation mastopexy, this procedure can give the breasts a firmer, more youthful appearance while adding volume to the breasts with silicone breast implants or saline breast implants. A breast lift with implants can address a number of concerns and provide a more comprehensive rejuvenation of the breasts.
Learn more about breast lift with implants.
How is the Breast Lift Procedure Performed?
A breast lift is performed by making incisions around the nipple-areola complex and possibly below in a vertical direction. The nipple is left attached to the breast tissue so that the blood vessels and nerves going to the nipple are preserved. The excess skin tissue is removed, and the breast is reshaped and elevated to create a natural shape and contour that is better proportioned to your body. In some instances your body’s own tissue is utilized to create a fuller upper pole of the breast. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
What is Breast Lift Recovery Like?
When you first return home, your breasts will be covered with a surgical bra to assist with healing. After a few days, this can be replaced with a soft support bra that should be worn at all times throughout your recovery process. Any pain or discomfort can be managed through the use of pain medication. Your breasts will be swollen and bruised at first, and you should refrain from vigorous exercise until one of our plastic surgeons informs you it is safe. As long as your job is not physically demanding, you should be able to return to work after about a week of downtime.
Will I Have Breast Lift Scars?
Like virtually all surgical procedures, it is not possible to have a breast lift without scars forming at the incision sites. However, in the hands of our skilled cosmetic surgeons, scarring can be minimized to the point where it is hardly noticeable. Furthermore, your incisions will be made in areas that are easily covered by a bra or bathing suit. Your scars will appear red for the first few months after surgery, but over time they should progressively fade.
How Long Will My Breast Lift Results Last?
Most patients undergo a breast lift to address ptosis (sagging), a natural condition where the connective tissues in your breasts begin to weaken and stretch. Age, pregnancy, and weight loss can all lead to ptosis, and these factors will still affect your breasts even after a breast lift has been performed. However, a breast lift can significantly interrupt this process and mitigate its effects. How long your results last will ultimately depend on:
- Your skin’s elasticity
- Your diet and lifestyle (use of a bra, sun exposure, weight gain/loss, etc)
- Your breast size
Our doctors can address each of these factors with you in more detail during a personal consultation. With the right care, you can enjoy the results of your breast lift for many years to come.
Is a Breast Lift Without Surgery Possible?
While you may find numerous articles, tip-sheets, and guidelines claiming that certain types of “breast lift exercises” can provide a lift to breasts affected by ptosis, there is simply no way other than breast lift surgery to provide a significantly effective solution. To be sure, exercise is an ideal way of keeping your body in good shape; however, it cannot eliminate loose, excess breast tissue or move the breasts to a more youthful position on the chest. Breast lift surgery can truly rejuvenate the breasts by reducing excess skin, tightening and firming the remaining skin, and effectively addressing the appearance of sagginess.
How Much Does Breast Lift Cost?
Our plastic surgeons customize every breast lift procedure to the individual patient’s needs; therefore, the total cost of breast lift surgery varies. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has estimated that the average price of breast lift surgery in 2016 was $4636. While this figure is intended to represent a national average, it’s important to be aware that the ASPS estimate is typically reflective only of the surgeon’s fee, and does not take into account factors such as the facility and anesthesia fees, the costs for post-surgical garments, the complexity of the operation, and other components that will be part of the overall price. Associated costs can add significant unexpected additional financial burden to unprepared patients. Our quotes always include all associated costs, and are generally in the $6,999 range. When you come in for your initial consultation for breast lift surgery and your treatment plan is created, a member of our team will provide you with a price estimate that incorporates all associated costs of the procedure. They will also talk with you about the wide array of payment methods we accept, which include plastic surgery financing arrangements through CareCredit® or ALPHAEON™ CREDIT. Qualified applicants can find a wide selection of payment plans with these reputable companies, helping them bring the cost of treatment into their budget in the most convenient way possible.
If you are considering breast lift surgery and would like to learn more about this procedure, please don’t hesitate to contact Florida Plastic Surgery Group today. We look forward to answering any questions you may have, and we will be happy to assist you with scheduling your initial consultation.