A breast lift procedure, which is also called mastopexy, is gaining in popularity. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 90,000 were performed in 2013. This accounts for a 70 percent increase in the number of lifts since 2000, mostly for female patients between ages 30 and 54.
Dr. Gorin is here to provide reliable breast lift answers for patients with questions about cost, safety and after care. As with breast implant surgeries, each patient will have a unique experience with mastopexy, and most details can be provided during an initial consultation.
Details about breast lift procedures
The aim of this procedure is to restore beautiful breasts for patients. The breast itself and the areola are surgically adjusted into a youthful and perky position, just like that of natural breasts. Here are some common causes for changes to the size and contour of breasts:
- Weight gain or loss
- Gravity effects
- Changes to skin quality
Ptosis, or sagging breasts, leads many patients to seek surgical ways to restore their feminine physique and the confidence of having a full, round bust line.
What to expect during a bust lift
Mastopexy involves an incision around the areola which, if needed, continues down the breast with a possible short extension in the fold. Through this approach, the amount of repositioning and recontouring needed is customized based on the needs of each individual patient.
While some patients view a lift as an alternative to breast implants, it is possible to undergo both a lift and implant surgery for large breasts. As with any cosmetic surgery, each patient has their own preference and comfort level with these procedures.
Costs and risks of breast lifts
The national average cost for mastopexy runs a wide range, based on unique state laws and availability of breast surgery experts. We remain competitive with many other local offices. Please call, e-mail, or come in for more information regarding costs for the procedure.
Health risks and complications of lifting breasts
As with most breast enhancement surgery, the risk of operative complications or long-term issues has been greatly reduced over the years. Smokers are advised to quit, which ensures that they are a good candidate for surgery.
Following a breast lift, most patients are able to return to work within a week and get back to strenuous activity after two to three weeks. Breast symmetry, sensation and scarring concerns can be addressed with thorough after care and follow-up visits with the surgeon. A lift should not affect breastfeeding, since milk glands are often untouched during the procedure.