Breast Lifts (Mastopexy)
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, raises the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to create a more youthful breast contour.
In some women, the skin is not strong or resilient enough to support the weight of the breast, causing the breasts to sag. With this condition, called ptosis, there is too much skin compared to breast tissue. To give the breast a lift, the excess skin must be removed. If you're considering a surgical breast lift, one way to see if it might help you is to put a pencil under your breast and see if it stays there. If it does, a breast lift might be an option.
You may choose to have this procedure if you are bothered by the appearance or feel of breasts that are droopy, flat, or have an areola that’s gotten larger. These effects can happen because of:
- Weight change
Women usually get this procedure on an outpatient basis, meaning there's no overnight stay. It takes about 3 hours and is usually done under general anesthesia.
Some women also get breast implants at the same time as their breast lift.
Complications after breast lifts are relatively rare. The main three are bleeding, infection, and scarring. We will give you instructions for preparing that will help lower your risk of complications. Those instructions will include such things as not smoking, making sure you are off medications that may make bleeding more likely, and taking antibiotics if necessary.
You should also start planning for the recovery period. For instance, you will have to avoid heavy lifting for at least 4 to 6 weeks after your breast lift. If you have young children, you may need to line up help.
There are several surgical techniques used including:
- Wise pattern. The incision, in the shape of an anchor, goes around the chest and below the breast.
- LeJeour. The incision goes around the areola and down.
- Donut or peri-areolar. The incision goes around the areola only.
This surgery involves some degree of permanent scarring, but products are available that may help to minimize the appearance of scars.
How much does a Breast Lift cost?
Your total cost, therefore, may include the likes of the surgeon’s fee, prescriptions for medication, post-surgery garments, medical tests, surgical facility costs, and anesthesia fees. Prices for a breast lift will differ from patient-to-patient and surgeon-to-surgeon, depending on numerous factors. This includes the geographic location of the office, the type of procedure used, and the experience of the surgeon. The surgeon’s level of experience and your comfort with him are just as critical as the final cost of the breast lift surgery. For more information, please contact us.