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Breast Lift
Breast Lift with or without Augmentation

The indications

Age, hormones, weight loss and multiple pregnancies can all contribute to sagging breasts. Though your breasts may be of adequate size, they may droop or have ptosis and may lack firmness or substance. Moreover, breasts may appear pendulous and the nipples may point downward or lie below the breast crease. A breast lift or mastopexy will reshape sagging breasts to a more naturally rounded shape and reposition the breast mound and nipple to a more youthful position on the chest wall. The lift however does generally decrease the size of the breast by putting the tissue into a smaller skin envelope. Occasionally, a lift may be suggested if the nipples are at different levels. Sometimes only one breast may be lifted. Lifting weights will not elevate the breasts, because it is the ligaments which attach the tissue to the chest wall that are stretched and lax. The breasts have to be repositioned on the chest wall in order to lift them. Finally, a breast lift does not interfere with breast feeding.

The procedure

A breast lift literally lifts sagging breasts by moving the nipple upward and excising excess skin to shape and contour the breast tissue. Unlike a breast reduction, no breast tissue is removed. However, incisions used in the breast lift can be similar to those in a reduction. These incisions may be around the areola, vertically from the areola down to the breast crease, or horizontally at the breast crease. The type of technique used will depend upon the amount of sagging and will be discussed at the consultation. In some cases, a breast augmentation may be performed at the same time. Normally, an implant is placed when the patient wants to be bigger and fuller in the upper pole of the breast mound. Breast lifts, with or without augmentation, are an outpatient surgery and typically done under general anesthesia. These combined procedures can take up to 3 hours.

You can expect

You will experience discomfort for the first few days. There will be some swelling and bruising lasting up to 2 weeks. Normally, there will be bandages on the breasts for the first week, and then steristrips thereafter. Usually, the patient will go without a bra for the first 2 weeks. The patient can go back to a sedentary job after one week. Sutures are removed after 7 to 10 days. The scars will be red and firm at first and will slowly fade in 6 to 12 months. As with all procedures, the results may not be permanent, and there maybe recurrent sagging of the lower pole of the breasts (“bottoming out”) necessitating a secondary procedure.

A word about financing

Breast lifts can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. Visit them at www.carecredit.com. Patty would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.

Insurance Notes

A breast lift is considered a purely aesthetic procedure and as such is not covered by insurance.


 

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