Breast Lift

Cosmetic lifts for the breast

Breast lift and augmentation surgery, also known as mastopexy, aims to raise and reshape breasts that are starting to sag and droop. This can happen for several reasons. For example, gravity takes its toll on older women, but women with large breasts and women who have had children may experience sagging at a younger age. A breast lift will not alter the size or firmness of your breasts.

Breast Augmentation Costs

The price of plastic surgery breast lifts range from about $3,500 to around $6,000, depending on the surgeon you choose and the facility where you have the procedure performed. Your breast lift cost will be higher if you choose a more experienced doctor, but this can be well worth the extra investment.

Patient Evaluation

To evaluate your candidacy for mastopexy, be prepared to discuss the following topics with your surgeon:

  • Your current and past health status, including your surgical history
  • Your tobacco, alcohol, drug, medication and herbal supplement use
  • Known drug allergies
  • Any history of breast cancer in your family

Your doctor will also:

  • Evaluate your overall health
  • Examine and measure your breasts, and take photographs to be kept in your medical records
  • Discuss the likely outcome of treatment, the different options you have available given your expectations and the type of anesthesia that will be used during the procedure

Breast Lift and Augmentation Procedures

Traditional mastopexy procedures involve an incision along the underside of the breast as well as an anchor incision between the areola and the bottom of the breast. This allows the surgeon access to the breast tissues to be altered and frequently produces excellent results; excess skin can be removed, the orientation of the breast can be rearranged and the areola can be shifted around to dramatically alter the appearance of the breast.

The Benelli breast lift is a popular alternative to the traditional mastopexy; it is a less invasive procedure which confines incisions to the areola area. Patients who desire a flatter, rounder breast shape can benefit from a Benelli lift. Another technique you might consider is a laser breast lift; it is noninvasive, and can result in a smoother skin tone and a reduction in fluid and excess fatty tissue deposits in the breast.

Breast Lift with Implants

If you're getting breast implants in addition to a breast lift, your doctor may use a breast lift hammock technique. In essence, this involves saving any excess fat your doctor removes to lift your breasts to be used to enlarge their size and support your implants.

Plastic Surgery Breast Lift Risks

You should have a comprehensive understanding of the potential risks and side effects of breast lift surgery well in advance of the procedure. While this is a safe operation, especially when performed by an experienced surgeon, all surgeries carry risks and mastopexy is no different. Some of the risks involved include:

  • Scarring, bleeding, infection, blood clotting and slow healing from incisions
  • Changes in breast and nipple sensation; these can be permanent
  • Asymmetry of the breasts, or irregularities in shape and contour
  • Skin discoloration
  • Blood vessel, nerve, muscle or lung damage
  • Persistent post-operative pain
  • Anesthesia risks

Recovery from Mastopexy Surgery

You should expect to wear a special support bra throughout the healing process. Following the surgery, your breasts will be wrapped in a special dressing designed to protect the incisions from bacterial infection.

Your surgeon may also fit you with a special tube or drain that will collect excess fluid that can build up during the post-operative period. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully regarding its proper use if it's prescribed in your case. Some bruising and swelling are common; your doctor will examine you for possible complications when you come in to have your stitches removed, which will probably take place about a week after surgery.

Non-Surgical and Natural Alternatives

If you'd like to explore the possibility of getting a breast lift without surgery, you have options available to you. Massage techniques are often used in natural breast lift procedures, which can be performed by a trained masseuse or on your own. It's important to use these techniques properly, though, since improper breast massaging can damage the tissues and actually worsen the sag and droop.

Some creams and lotions claim to deliver a scarless breast lift, but the best these products can do is improve the appearance of your skin. You should be wary of unsubstantiated claims made by manufacturers of pills, creams and lotions; you're better off to try a specially supportive bra to see if it helps you achieve the results you want.