Pregnancy, weight fluctuations, gravity, and breastfeeding all take their toll on your breasts and body. A breast lift, or mastopexy, is a plastic surgery procedure that reshapes and lifts droopy breasts. Our experienced surgeons at Denton Plastic Surgery perform breast lift surgery to restore youthful, lifted, round breasts.
Why Choose Denton Plastic Surgery for a Breast Lift?
As leading plastic surgeons for cutting-edge cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Flugstad and Dr. Rivet are dedicated to being among the most talented breast surgeons, beloved for their deep commitment to patient care and natural-looking results.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?
If you are a healthy individual who does not smoke and maintains your weight, but your breasts have lost their shape and firmness, you may be a candidate for a breast lift.
A breast lift may be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation if you feel your breasts are too small, or if they have lost volume due to weight loss or breastfeeding. During your procedure, Dr. Flugstad and Dr. Rivet can correct overlarge areola (the dark skin around the nipple) and alter nipple location for a firm, youthful look.
What Conditions Can a Breast Lift Help Me Address?
Many women look to a breast lift when their once perky breasts begin to sag. This can be due to a variety of changes to your body, such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight gain and loss, and aging. Over time, skin can lose some of its elasticity, causing the breasts to appear longer or lower on the chest. In addition, the nipples can start pointing down. A breast lift can raise the breast and nipple position to an ideal location and remove excess skin, leaving the breast looking rounder, firmer, and more youthful.
What Are the Types of Breast Lift Techniques?
Several different techniques can be used depending on the result you are looking to achieve. Not every patient is eligible for each technique, and the degree of breast ptosis will mostly determine the appropriate technique:
- Lollipop lift: This approach uses an incision around the areola and one straight down from the areola to the breast crease.
- Anchor lift: Similar to the lollipop lift, but an incision is also made along the inframammary fold.
- Crescent lift: To address minimal sagging, a small incision is made along the top of the areola to raise the positioning.
- Donut lift: Similar to a crescent lift, but the incision runs around the entire areola. It can also be used to reduce areolar size.
What Happens During a Breast Lift?
You have had a consultation and made your decision to move forward with surgery. But what are the steps to undergoing a breast lift?
- During surgery, our surgeons place incisions around the areola, vertically down the lower portion of the breast, and sometimes in the breast crease. Only a private examination will reveal which incisions will be required in your case.
- The nipple and areola will be relocated to a higher position on the front of your newly-shaped breasts.
- The breast tissue and skin are reshaped to create a pleasing, rounded breast mound.
- If the areolas are too large, they are reduced in size for a more attractive look.
- Sutures are carefully applied to close the incisions, giving the breast its new lifted, rounded contour. Sutures for a breast lift are self-absorbing.
- If you have decided to undergo a breast augmentation in conjunction with your breast lift, breast implants are placed in a surgical pocket beneath the breast tissue or under the chest muscle.
The surgery takes approximately three hours and is usually performed while you are under general anesthesia.
What Is the Cost of Breast Lift Surgery?
As with any surgery, the cost of a breast lift will vary based on your individual treatment plan. During your consultation, the doctor will gain a better understanding of the concerns you want to be addressed and what type of procedure may be a good fit. This, in addition to factors such as the following, can all affect pricing:
- The complexity of the surgery
- The type of technique being used
- Whether a breast augmentation or other procedure is also being performed
- Fees from the surgical facility and anesthesiologist
Oftentimes financing or payment plans are available to help manage costs.
What Is Involved in Breast Lift Recovery?
At Denton Plastic Surgery, we make every effort to keep the incisions from your breast lift surgery as inconspicuous as possible so you will be able to wear low-cut clothing and swimsuits without concern that your scars will be visible.
Your breast lift recovery will include the following:
- There will be some soreness, swelling, and bruising.
- You will need to take it easy and will need to take off work for about one or two weeks.
- Your new breasts will begin to take shape as the swelling subsides.
- Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication prescribed on an individual basis.
- Any numbness in the nipples and the breast skin fades over time as the swelling subsides.
To speed healing, you will need to wear a support bra for several weeks post-surgery to help the incisions heal correctly. As soon as your incisions have healed, you can return to your normal exercise routine and other activities. Contact us today to learn more about fighting gravity and the results of childbearing, breastfeeding, and age with a breast lift.
What Are the Risks of Breast Lift Surgery?
There are many benefits to a breast lift, but every surgery comes with potential risks as well. Working with experienced plastic surgeons can help you feel more confident that your doctor complies with strict safety and training requirements. They will let you know about any risks and how they are managed.
Breast Lift Surgery Frequently Asked Questions
Can I combine a breast lift with breast augmentation?
Yes, a breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation to add additional volume and fullness to the breasts while also elevating their profile.
Will breastfeeding affect the results of my breast lift?
Breastfeeding can affect results because the breasts become fuller and heavier during lactation. Let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding or plan to in the future.
Will cup size change after a breast lift?
Since a breast lift changes the shape and position of your breasts, it can also impact their size. Your cup size may technically become slightly smaller, but because of the idealized shape, your breast will look fuller.
Is the placement of the nipple and areola affected by a breast lift?
Yes, the nipple and areola are typically raised higher on the breast, so they fall above the breast crease and point forward or slightly upward.
What type of breast lift leaves minimal scars?
With each procedure, the doctor strives to leave as minimal scarring as possible, but it all depends on the extent of changes necessary.
To schedule a consultation or for more information, patients can contact our office at (940) 287-3795.