Breast lift surgery, medically called mastopexy, raises sagging breasts by removing excess skin and breast tissue, rearranging breast volume, and tightening the skin. The surgery also repositions the areolae and may involve nipple reduction.
While a breast lift alone will not significantly change the size of your breasts, the operation can often be combined with an implant or fat transfer breast augmentation in a single procedure. Like any surgery, it carries risks, although it is considered among the safest cosmetic plastic surgery procedures. The surgery also ranks very high in-patient satisfaction. In one national patient survey, 93 percent of respondents ranked the surgery as “worth it.” Breast lift surgery is one of the specialties of the pair of surgeons at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix, AZ.
Drs. Tim Matatov and Joseph Zakhary are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are among the most respected and experienced plastic surgeons in Arizona. Patients at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics consistently give the surgeons high marks for their personal communication skills and ability to really listen to their patients. Women considering breast lift surgery in Arizona are encouraged to schedule an initial consultation with the doctors and staff at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix.
Breast lift surgery can help restore elasticity and firmness in your breasts, and can be an effective ally for women who are battling “gravity.”
It also can counter some of the breast sagging you may have experienced during and following pregnancy. You might also consider breast lift surgery if your nipples point downward, or if one of your breasts falls lower than the other. A breast lift can be performed on breasts of any size, although women with smaller breasts may have longer-lasting results. The procedure is considered cosmetic surgery. Breast lift surgery can enhance your appearance, improve the fit of your clothes, boost your self-confidence and elevate your enjoyment of life.
If you are considering a future pregnancy, you might delay breast lift surgery, since during pregnancy your breasts may stretch and negate the results of the lift. While breast lift surgery typically does not limit breastfeeding, some women have reported a reduction in their milk production.
Other risks include scarring, changes in breast sensation, and, in rare cases, partial or total loss of the nipples and areola if blood flow is interrupted during a breast lift. Like any other surgery, additional possible complications include bleeding, infection, an adverse reaction to anesthesia, and possible allergic reaction to materials used during or following the procedure.
While many women can benefit from a breast lift to counteract the physical changes of aging, breastfeeding, or weight loss, the procedure is not right for everyone.
Depending on the extent of breast laxity, your surgeon at Southwest Breast may discuss the following types of breast lifts with you:
This type of breast lift has an incision around the areolar border, followed by a vertical incision down the lower pole of the breast. The incision pattern resembles the shape of a lollipop. This method is also known as a vertical breast lift.
The anchor breast lift is similar to the lollipop incision with an added curve at the inframammary fold. The resulting scar looks similar to the shape of an anchor. This method has the most extensive scarring and provides the most lift.
Formally known as the periareolar or Benelli breast lift, this technique has a circular incision 360 degrees around the areola. It is best for patients who have mild to moderate ptosis and those needing an areola reduction.
For patients who only need a small amount of lifting, this method accomplishes this through a crescent-shaped incision at the areolar border.
Your Southwest Breast surgeon can perform a breast lift with or without breast augmentation. Breast augmentation, also called breast enhancement, generally refers to placing implants into the breast pocket. This is done to restore upper pole volume to the breasts and may further enhance the lifting effect of your breast lift procedure.
Your doctor might recommend you undergo a baseline mammogram before the procedure. That will help the doctor identify any post-surgical changes in your breast tissue. If you smoke, you should stop.
You will probably need to avoid some medicines or supplements that could increase bleeding. You’ll want to arrange for some help during your recovery, including someone to drive you home after the surgery. It’s important to be in good shape in advance of your surgery. Be active. Work out. And here’s an opportunity to lose some weight if you need to!
The procedure will be done in either a hospital or an outpatient surgical facility. While some breast lifts are performed under sedation and local anesthesia which numbs only parts of your body, general anesthesia is more widely recommended.
Your surgeon might make incisions around the areola or extending downward from the areola or perhaps horizontally along the breast creases. The technique chosen by your surgeon will determine the location of the incisions and any resulting scars. The surgeon may use stitches deep within your breasts to lift and reshape them. Excess breast skin will be removed and your nipples may be shifted to higher positions. As the procedure concludes, the surgeon will then bring together the breast skin and close your incisions using stitches or surgical tape.
The operation typically takes two to four hours. Your breasts will then be covered with gauze and a surgical support bra. Typically this procedure does not require drain tubes, however on occasion small tubes may be placed at the incision sites to drain excess blood or fluid. After your body clears the anesthesia, you can go home the same day. Most patients need only over-the-counter pain medication.
Schedule a breast lift consultation at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix. To go forward, you’ll need to provide your full medical history including the results of any mammograms or breast biopsies. Inform the doctor if you have a family history of breast cancer. You will then undergo a physical exam to assess your treatment options. Finally, make sure you express your goals and expectations and discuss them fully and realistically with the surgeon.
Since the procedure is generally considered cosmetic surgery, probably not. The average cost of breast lift surgery ranges from $8,000 to $13,000, but that can vary widely depending on the complexity of your procedure and the type of anesthesia you have.
Always insist on a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon because ultimately the least expensive surgery is the one done right the first time. Check with your doctor to see if financing and payment plans are available. Many women have found that breast lift surgery has improved and enhanced their appearance, their self-confidence, and their overall enjoyment of life.
But this is a procedure that requires the very best surgeons and the very best care. Drs. Tim Matatov and Joseph Zakhary have the training, the experience, the dedication, and the personal commitment to their patients to make sure your breast lift surgery is performed at the highest level. Breast lift surgery could very well be right for you. You’re invited to schedule your initial consultation at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix, AZ today!
After making a full recovery, you can enjoy the benefits of having more youthful and perky breasts.
You should see results immediately. From there, expect to see 75 percent of your final results in three to four months. The remaining improvement may take up to a year. You should be able to return to an office job after a week. Following your surgery, any drainage tubes that were inserted will be removed within a few days.
If non-dissolvable stitches were used, they will be removed in the doctor’s office one to two weeks following your surgery. Your breasts will be swollen and bruised for up to one month. You will have at least some soreness around your incisions, and you may experience some numbness in your nipples and areola for about three months. Avoid straining, bending, lifting, and sexual activity for up to six weeks.
Numbness can persist in the nipples and areola for three months. Changes in nipple sensation are temporary, although some patients may experience prolonged numbness. Others report a slight increase in nipple sensitivity. Most patients do not notice any permanent changes in sensation after making a full recovery.
To maximize and maintain your results, it’s important to avoid significant weight gain. You’ll need to wear a support bra for several months after your surgery and should avoid going braless for an extended period.
Many patients will enjoy permanent results from their breast lift. For others, sun exposure, smoking, genetics, and larger breast sizes may make a future revision advisable, but usually not for a decade or perhaps even much longer.
Breast lifts (mastopexy) aim to lift the breasts and apex to a more youthful position. However, it will not stop the aging process. As the skin and underlying tissues continue to lose elasticity, the breasts may develop ptosis and require a second lift.
Both have a high safety profile. Rarely, patients may experience issues including but not limited to capsular contracture or implant malposition after breast implants.
While there are non-surgical breast lift options advertised to firm and lift the breasts, the results are modest compared to breast lift surgery. All forms of surgery produce a scar. Your surgeon at Southwest Breast will minimize scarring as much as possible and provide aftercare instructions to promote scar fading.
Unlike breast reduction, the purpose of a breast lift is not to reduce the size of overly large breasts. To elevate the breasts to a perkier position, your surgeon may remove some of the breast tissue. If you are averse to losing any breast volume, your surgeon may recommend options such as prosthesis (breast implants) to accompany your breast lift surgery.
Your journey to better begins with a consultation at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics. Our plastic surgeons set the standards for plastic surgery through their innovative procedures and meticulous attention to detail. Discover a better experience by booking your consultation at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics today.