- Length of Treatment:2.5-3 hours
- Anesthesia: IV Sedation
- In Patient / Out Patient: In most cases, outpatient
- Potential Side Effects/Risks: Temporary numbness, discomfort, swelling, bruising, dry skin. Permanent scarring.
- Time off Work: Usually one week
- Physical Activity: About one month
- How Long Results Last: Variable. Gravity, aging, and pregnancy can all affect result duration
What Is a Breast Lift?
Many factors can contribute to the sagging of the breasts – weight fluctuations, pregnancy, nursing, the aging process. But no matter what their cause, sagging breasts can make many women feel self-conscious, insecure, or embarrassed about their bodies. Dr. James E. Vogel can perform a breast lift to restore what nature has taken away or enhance the original breast shape—all while improving the patient’s spirit. Breast lift surgery, medically referred to as mastopexy, is designed to reduce sagging, raise the position of the breasts on the chest wall, and remove excess skin. The lift is created by tightening the envelope of breast skin and elevating the nipple position. The areola size can also be reduced with this procedure.
Benefits of Breast Lift Surgery
A breast lift is primarily used to correct any sagging of the breasts, improving its overall shape in the process. The advantages of breast lift surgery may include:
- Removal of excess skin
- Elevated position of the breasts
- Repositioned nipples
- Resized areolas
- A firmer, “perkier,” more youthful appearance
While a breast lift can dramatically improve the shape and firmness of the breasts, the procedure is not designed to add volume or increase the size of the breasts. Patients seeking to enhance the look of their breasts in these ways may be good candidates for a breast lift combined with breast augmentation. For these patients, breast augmentation is performed at the same time as their lift to provide fullness in the upper portion of the breast and to compensate for the loss of volume that occurs with the removal of breast skin. Augmentation and lifting of the breast, when done simultaneously, is called augmentation mastopexy.
Candidates for Breast Lift
Women who seek breast lift surgery typically wish to address sagging caused by pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, significant weight loss, or simply the natural aging process. A breast lift can correct moderate to severe sagging of the breasts as well as rejuvenate the appearance of the nipple-areolar complex. Dr. Vogel typically recommends women wait until they have finished breastfeeding and have maintained a stable weight before scheduling a breast lift. While pregnancy after breast lift surgery is considered safe for the child and the mother, Dr. Vogel also recommends women wait until they no longer plan to have anymore children, as pregnancy and breastfeeding can compromise the results of the procedure. A breast lift with or without augmentation can also be combined with other procedures for optimal contouring effect – for example, many patients that undergo breast lift also choose to supplement their results with liposuction or a tummy tuck.
The Breast Lift Procedure
Dr. Vogel will customize each breast lift depending upon the patient’s unique goals and concerns. There are a number of techniques that can be used, though most procedures will begin with an incision hidden along the edge of the areola that will extend downward toward the breast crease. During the procedure, any excess skin will be removed, the breasts will be lifted to a more youthful position on the chest wall, and the position of the nipples can be adjusted as well as the size of the areolas. Afterward, the breasts should have a firmer, perkier appearance with a more youthful shape.
Recovery from Breast Lift
Patients can expect mild swelling, soreness, and bruising in the days immediately following breast lift surgery. Oral pain medication can be used to easily manage these side effects, which should begin to resolve within a few days. Most breast lift patients return to work within one week. Dr. Vogel recommends breast lift patients avoid any heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for about four weeks after surgery. As residual swelling continues to dissipate and the healing process comes to completion, patients can see the final results of their breast lift procedure.
How Much Does Breast Lift Cost?
Since each breast lift surgery is custom-tailored, there is no one set cost for the procedure. According to the 2016 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of breast lift surgery is $4,636; however, this will price vary from case to case. Common factors that may influence the price of a breast lift include the technique used during surgery, the complexity of the procedure, hospital and anesthesia fees, the experience of the plastic surgeon, and the geographic location of the practice. At the conclusion of the preliminary consultation, Dr. Vogel will be able to provide you with an accurate price quote for your breast lift. If interested, you can choose from one of our plastic surgery financing options to receive installment plans with low monthly payments as well as little to no interest loans. To learn more about these options, please inquire with one of our knowledgeable staff members.
If you would like more information about breast lift surgery with or without breast augmentation, please contact the office of Dr. James Vogel today.View More Before & After Photos