Over time, you might find that your breasts lose their shape and firmness. A breast lift (also called a mastopexy) can raise and firm your breasts, giving you an uplifted and youthful appearance.
Whether you’ve experienced sagging or droopiness due to pregnancy, weight loss, or general aging, a breast lift can help you achieve the figure you desire.
Before undergoing breast lift surgery, it is important that you are generally healthy overall. This includes being at a stable and healthy weight and a nonsmoker. There are several signs you can look for to judge whether you are suited to a breast lift as opposed to another procedure, such as a breast augmentation.
Breast lift candidates generally have nipples that point downward and fall below the breast crease. They also typically have stretched skin and enlarged areolas. Finally, some patients may be candidates for breast lift because one of their breasts is lower than the other. Your candidacy for breast lift surgery will be determined by Dr. Rosenberg after a consultation.
The cost of a breast lift varies depending on the extent of your surgery, the geographic location where you have your surgery, and other factors. The national average cost for a breast lift is about $4,800. Some additional fees that affect how much a breast lift costs may include anesthesia, facility costs, your surgeon’s fee, prescriptions and medication, and medical tests.
The breast lift procedure is used to correct sagging or drooping breasts by removing excess skin and tissue and repositioning the nipple. It is usually performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, and side effects may include temporary swelling, bruising, and numbness.
Three incision patterns can be used for breast lift surgery: periareolar, “lollipop lift,” and “anchor lift.” The periareolar approach is the least extensive yet provides the least amount of options for lifting skin and tissue. The anchor lift, on the other hand, involves a circular incision around the areola, a vertical one down to the breast fold, and a horizontal one along the breast fold. While these various incision techniques all heal well, the more extensive the procedure, the more visible the scar.
Most patients can return to work and light activities in one week following a breast lift. Concerns about scarring and risks of the procedure can be discussed with your plastic surgeon.
Mastopexy, or breast lift, can be performed either by itself or in conjunction with breast implants to improve the results of breast enlargement. Options like implant size and placement and the location of the incision are based on your goals and can be discussed with your surgeon. It is important to choose a qualified physician like Dr. Rosenberg and to have realistic expectations about the procedure. At The Plastic Surgery Center in Maryland, comprehensive breast enhancement is our area of expertise.
Depending on your desired surgery outcomes, a breast reduction can often be combined with a breast lift for maximum results—creating a smaller, more youthful, and uplifted shape.
Dr. Rosenberg might recommend a breast lift along with your reduction if you’ve experienced any changes or losses in your skin’s elasticity from:
At The Plastic Surgery Center in Maryland, our reputation sets us apart. As one of the premier plastic surgery centers in Baltimore, we are able to ensure that every patient receives personalized care of the highest quality.
Our goal is to safely create beautiful, natural-looking results. We also make patient education a top concern. Even common procedures, like breast lifts and augmentations, are carefully explained. Our plastic surgeons want to be sure you are fully informed about your choices, so you can make the decision that is right for you.
During your breast lift consultation, you can discuss your goals for the procedure with your surgeon. You should also be prepared to discuss any medical conditions, allergies, previous treatments, or medications so they can determine whether you are healthy enough for the surgery. Finally, your surgeon will examine the breasts and potentially take measurements or photographs. They will explain a recommended plan and the results you can expect from a breast lift.
Before your breast lift, you can ask any questions you might have during a consultation. Some common breast lift questions include:
Is a breast lift covered by insurance?
Breast lift is generally considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance.
Do I need a breast lift or just implants?
Implants will provide a minimal lift only. If you are very saggy or have a low nipple position most likely you will need a breast lift.
Do you lose sensation with breast lift?
For most patients with a breast lift, sensation is intact after a lift. There is a small risk of decreased sensation or numbness after a lift.
Does insurance pay for breast lift?
Insurance usually will not pay for a breast lift which is often considered cosmetic.
How do you shower after a breast lift?
You should be able to shower usually 24-48 hours after a breast lift.
Is getting a breast lift safe?
A breast lift is a commonly performed procedure and has a low risk and be safely performed.
Will a breast lift reduce cup size?
A breast lift generally will reduce the size slightly. This will vary depending on the original size and sagging of the breast.
Will a breast lift remove stretch marks?
A breast lift can remove stretch marks of the lower part of the breast only.
Will breast lift affect breastfeeding?
In most cases a breast lift will not affect breastfeeding.
Does a breast lift cost more than implants?
Although breast augmentation accomplishes different goals than a breast lift, after the costs of anesthesia, operating room costs, and surgeons fees, the procedures tend to be about the same price.
Does a breast lift leave scars?
A breast lift is a surgical procedure requiring a few incisions. Because of this, some amount of scarring is likely, although they will be small and fade over time.
Does a breast lift make your nipples less sensitive?
It is unlikely that you will lose nipple sensitivity due to breast lift surgery, although the risk increases if you combine this surgery with implants.
Do you still have feeling in your nipples after breast lift?
Yes. In a majority of cases, any nipple sensitivity loss after breast lift surgery is temporary.
How long does it take for breast lift scars to heal?
As it is for most surgical procedures, healing from incisions varies by patient. However, full recovery from breast lift surgery can take between 6 months and a year.
How long do breast lift results last?
The length of noticeable results of a breast lift vary widely by patient. Factors include the extent of surgery, the goals of the patient, and the effects of aging.
How much does breast lift cost?
The average breast lift costs $4,800, but additional fees such as anesthetic, operating room, and other costs can make it more expensive.
How long does a breast lift take?
From arrival to departure, a breast lift can take about 5 hours of your day before you are cleared to go back home.
What is a non surgical breast lift?
There are many non-surgical solutions to lifting and toning breasts, however none of them are as effective or even recommended for those seeking substantial results.
How soon after breast lift can I exercise?
Although recovery times vary by patient, most people can return to light exercise after a month, and heavy lifting after 6 weeks.
How long does a breast lift last?
On average, the results of a breast lift will last about 10 to 15 years. The longevity of the procedure will depend on the individual.
How painful is a breast lift?
The procedure will be performed under general anesthesia, so you wont feel anything until after you wake up. You may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort as you recover.
What types of breast lifts are there?
Some of the most common breast lift techniques include crescent, vertical, anchor, peri-areolar (donut lift), wrap around, partial, or vampire.
What is a crescent breast lift?
This technique only requires one incision, which results in a virtually invisible scar. It is great for those who only have minimal sagging.
How long does vampire breast lift last?
The results of a vampire breast lift typically last for about two years.
If you are interested in enhancing your appearance and improving your confidence with a breast lift, contact our cosmetic surgeons today. View breast lift before and after photos of actual clients in our plastic surgery results gallery.