Breast Lift

A breast lift (also known as Mastopexy) is indicated for women with sagging breasts, but without excessive breast tissue. Sagging breasts can occur with weight loss, pregnancy, and aging. A breast lift will also reduce the size of an enlarged areola. The breast lift restores a youthful look to the breast and reshapes and lifts the breast and nipple.


Who is a candidate for breast lift surgery?

Healthy women who have sagging breasts and who ideally have completed childbearing. Women with low or down pointing nipples, or deflated unshapely breasts are great candidates. Patients with a good shape but lower positioned nipples may benefit from a lift of just the areola.


What are the different types of breast lift surgery?

The type of breast lift and scars will be based on the amount of lift needed. Smaller lifts typically require scars around the areola, whereas larger lifts may require additional incisions extending to the lower aspect of the breast. A full breast lift will result in an incision extending to underneath the breast.


Procedure Details

Breast lift surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia in the hospital and the surgical time lasts between 2-3 hours. Incisions placed around the areola and lower part of the breast will be determined based on the skin laxity. The skin is lifted, and excess skin is excised. The breast tissue is sculpted into a more youthful shape. The incisions are closed with sutures. The breast is covered with a light bandage. After surgery patients return to home and light activity is tolerated.


Recovery

Most patients experience discomfort and swelling. Patients typically can return to work in one week. Heavy exercise is usually permitted at 3 to 4 weeks after surgery. Scars will continue to fade over the next 6 to 12 months and are generally well tolerated by patients.


Cost

Breast lift surgery, on average costs $5,000-6,000. After consultation with Dr. Carpin, a final quote for surgery will be customized for each patient.


Risks

Breast lift surgery typically results in swelling, pain, and scaring. Additional surgical risks will be discussed in consultation.


FAQ

How long do results from breast lift surgery last?
Patients will see immediate results, and results are long lasting. However, with aging and effects of gravity the skin may again relax with time.
What other procedures can be combined with breast lift?

A breast lift can be combined with a breast augmentation if an increase in breast size and upper fullness is desired long with a rejuvenated shaped.

Consider a breast reduction, if you would like your breasts smaller and lifted.

What are alternatives to breast lift surgery?
Patients with a small amount of breast sagging may be able to achieve a small lift with breast augmentation alone. Tear drop (anatomic) shaped implants tend to have a slightly better lifting potential for dropping breasts.

Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss if you are a surgical candidate, and to review the risks, benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of the procedure.


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