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Breast lift can remedy a number of factors that can contribute to sagging breasts, also called ptosis. Changes from weight loss, motherhood, or age can inspire a woman to seek solutions. A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, can help correct sagging breasts by restoring them to a more youthful position.
Why Choose Facial Aesthetic Concepts?
If you’re considering a breast lift to correct sagging, Facial Aesthetic Concepts can help you achieve your ideal figure.
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- At Facial Aesthetic Concepts, we provide each one of our patients with outstanding, personalized care. Our highly skilled staff and surgeons work with you to provide you with the care and results you deserve.
During your one-on-one consultation you can learn more about Facial Aesthetic Concepts and breast lift surgery. Schedule your consultation online.
Dr. Zamani is a double-board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast & body contouring. She has performed hundreds of surgical procedures & is joining FAC from her practice in Toronto. Select appointment times are now available!
Best Candidates for Breast Lift
The best candidates for a breast lift are women who are unhappy with the current position of their breasts. For women who would like to return their breasts to a more youthful position as well as add volume, a combination breast lift with augmentation could be the best option.
Generally healthy women who are able to maintain a stable weight make the best breast lift candidates. If you’re uncomfortable with sagging breasts that have lost their shape, you could be an ideal candidate.
There are different degrees of ptosis that a breast lift could help correct. With the potential to address everything from a slight droop as the result of age and downward pointing nipples to stretched skin or one breast that sits lower than the other, a breast lift could help correct your breast position and help you achieve the silhouette you desire. If your nipples are positioned lower than the natural crease below your breasts, breast lift surgery may be right for you.
What to Expect with a Breast Lift
During your breast lift consultation, the doctor will discuss the methods of breast lift surgery. Together you will discuss your concerns, how they can best be addressed, and what results you can realistically expect to achieve. Your consultation is also the time to ask any questions you may have about the surgery, recovery or results.
In breast lift surgery, the most common place for an incision to be made is around the areola. Once the incision has been made, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and reshaped. This can result in improved firmness and a more pleasing breast contour. The nipple and areola will be repositioned to suit the new shape of the breast. Excess skin from the breast may also be removed.
Breast Lift Benefits
- Rejuvenation: Breasts that sit higher on the torso tend to look younger.
- Appealing shape: When your breasts are lifted, your surgeon can create a rounder shape that does not look as pendulous.
- Firmer breasts: Sagging breasts often look deflated with age, but by tightening the breast skin, your breasts should have a fuller, more youthful appearance.
- Nipple projection: Over time, your nipples start to point downward and rest on the lower part of your breast. Breast lift can reposition the areolas to a more central position and ensure that the nipples poke straight forward for a perky appearance.
Mastopexy Procedure Details
Before your surgery, you will receive general anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Zamani then begins by removing some of the loose skin from around your breasts so that they can rest at a more elevated position on your chest.
Dr. Zamani can utilize a few different types of techniques when performing mastopexy:
Lollipop lift: A circular incision is made around the areola, along with a vertical incision that extends from the bottom of the areola to the lower breast crease. This approach is the most helpful for most women.
Anchor lift: For women with more serious breast sagging, adding a horizontal incision along the lower breast crease to the lollipop lift (hence creating an “anchor” shape) is usually the best option.
Donut lift: Also known as the Benelli lift, this is a less invasive technique that only requires an incision around the areola.
Crescent lift: This is the least invasive technique, where incisions are limited to the top half of the perimeter of the areola. Crescent lift is generally recommended only for women with mild breast ptosis.
Your Breast Lift Recovery and Results
Immediately following surgery, you should able to see a noticeable difference from your breast lift. Final results, however, may not be apparent for several months due to swelling. Wearing bandages after surgery can help reduce swelling and may speed up healing time. A small tube may also be placed under the skin to drain excess fluid from the area during recovery.
Many women feel comfortable returning to their normal routine roughly a week after surgery, but you will need to avoid strenuous activity for several weeks. We will provide you with a comprehensive care plan for your individual recovery and achieving your best results.
If you’re unhappy with your sagging breasts, a consultation can be an excellent first step toward creating your ideal figure and returning your breasts to a more youthful position. Contact us online or over the phone at (949) 313-2600.
Breast Lift FAQs
How much does a breast lift cost?
The average cost of a breast lift in the United States is $4,816. This price is only for the surgery itself and does not factor in other costs that come with getting a breast lift. These include everything from the facility fees to the anesthesia. Factors that can raise or lower the cost of the surgery include the city you live in, the experience of your surgeon and whether or not you want to combine your lift with another procedure.
If you have concerns about making the cost of a breast lift work for your budget, ask about our financing options.
How do I find the best plastic surgeon for a breast lift near me?
The breast lift is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. This means that there will be numerous surgeons near you offering the surgery, many of them with significant experience. To get the best experience, look for a surgeon who can show you before and after photos that match your expectations and then sit down and speak with them. You want the doctor to be excited about helping you, and you also want them to make you feel comfortable and empowered as their client. A good relationship with your provider is important when it comes to plastic surgery.
How much pain will I experience after my breast lift?
Discomfort is an inherent part of surgery, no matter what type you are considering. However, there are ways to manage this discomfort and keep you comfortable while you heal. Expect that your chest will be tender for about a week after the surgery, with the pain steadily lessening each day. There may be a burning sensation around the nipples and occasional sharp pains, which also tend to resolve within a week or so for most clients.
What should I expect from breast lift recovery?
The length of recovery varies between individuals, as everyone heals at their own rate of speed. Expect to be home and fully resting for at least 2 days after surgery. Once you are feeling up to it, you can be lightly active. After a week, you will be free to go back to work, and after 6 weeks, you should be back to your usual activities. Swelling and bruising can last up to 4 weeks.
What are the risks associated with a breast lift?
A breast lift is a relatively safe procedure, but as is the case with all surgeries, it comes with risks. The biggest risks with surgery of any sort are infection, adverse reactions and excessive bleeding. We will explain the signs to watch for and what to do if you feel something is wrong.
How do I know if I am a breast lift candidate?
While there is information online about who makes a good candidate for a breast lift, you won’t know if it is right for you until you schedule a consultation. At this appointment, you and your surgeon will discuss what you want to get from a breast lift and if any other procedures can help you reach your aesthetic goals.
How can I prepare for my breast lift?
When we schedule your surgery, we will give you a list of things to do to get ready for the procedure. Expect items such as stopping smoking, eating a healthy diet and not eating for eight hours before surgery. Your surgeon will provide you a more detailed list during your consultation. Following our directions is critical to getting the best results from surgery.
Will breast lift affect the size of my breasts?
Breast lift is mainly concerned with the position of your breasts. While the procedure can improve the shape of your breasts, it does nothing to alter the total volume of your breast tissue. If you would like your breasts to look bigger, you are likely a good candidate for combining breast augmentation with breast lift. Your surgeon can insert breast implants through the same incisions to achieve your dream breast profile.
How long will my breast lift results last?
Although breast lift is highly effective at rejuvenating your breasts, they cannot pause the aging process indefinitely. After a decade or more, skin laxity may start to pose cosmetic issues again — but your breasts should continue to look better than if you never had the surgery at all. If you want to re-elevate your breasts later, you may be a good candidate for breast lift revision.
What kind of scars will I have after breast lift?
All surgical procedures require incisions which leave some scarring, with breast lift being no exception. Your surgeon will use a delicate technique to ensure that the scars heal optimally and fade significantly over time. Most incisions are placed along the natural lines and folds of your breasts so that they are more easily concealed. Ultimately, most women agree that the scars are well worth having perkier, higher breasts.