What is a Breast Lift?
A breast lift, also known as a mastopexy, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that reshapes the breasts and raises the nipples to correct drooping and sagging. Many factors can cause the breasts to droop, sag, and elongate. Often these conditions arise due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight gain or loss, and aging. Gravity is not a friend, and, unfortunately, diet and exercise usually can’t correct the issue once sagging has occurred.
Your Customized Breast Lift Procedure
The extent of breast lift surgery is largely dictated by the amount of drooping you’re experiencing, as well as whether you’d like breast implants to augment your natural breast tissue. In mild cases, incisions for breast lifts can be limited to around the nipple, however, in most cases, excess skin from the bottom part of the breast needs to be removed as well.
Many times, the breast has also become deflated, otherwise described as a loss of volume. This can be treated with implants with a breast augmentation at the same time as your breast lift if desired. A breast lift might also be performed after breast reduction surgery to reduce the size of the breasts.
During your consultation, Dr. Shaddix will examine your breasts and medical history to help guide you in finding the procedure that can best help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
The Breast Lift Procedure
A breast lift is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure where you can return home later the same day. The type of techniques required depends on the extent of drooping of your breasts and your desired goals from breast surgery. The lift may simply involve the removal of excess breast skin around the areola, or, for other cases, an incision vertically from the lower border of the areola to the crease under the breast is added. For the most significant cases, the incision must be extended along the crease under the breast.
As mentioned, many times the final outcome may be improved drastically by the addition of an implant. The purpose of all the different breast lift techniques is to reshape the breast, raise the nipple to an appropriate location, tighten the skin, and restore a perky appearance.
Dr. Shaddix has lots of experience in all of the various techniques to resuspend, reshape, and rejuvenate breasts for the best breast lift results in Pensacola.
Regardless of the specific techniques or surgical plan utilized, absorbable sutures are used to close the incisions, so there are no stitches to remove. Dr. Shaddix uses specialized techniques to limit swelling and discomfort, conceal scarring, and give you a quicker and smoother recovery.
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Recovery After Breast Lift
The recovery from a breast lift requires rest and limited activity for a short period so your body can heal. The discomfort after breast lift surgery is usually mild and well-controlled with the medications prescribed by Dr. Shaddix.
After surgery, you will have a surgical dressing placed to limit swelling. After this is removed, you will be asked to wear a supportive bra for approximately one month. As with all surgery at Shaddix Plastic Surgery, you will be given detailed before-and-after surgery instructions, and Dr. Shaddix will be available to answer questions and guide you along the way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a breast lift covered by insurance?
As an elective cosmetic surgery, health insurance usually does not cover its costs.
Do I need a breast lift or just implants?
If youre happy with the current size of your breasts, but wish they were firmer and perched higher on your chest, you may benefit more from a breast lift than from implants.
Does a breast lift leave scars?
As an invasive surgery, yes, a breast lift will leave minimal scarring. Some incision options are nearly invisible, while others will be easy to conceal under clothing and swimwear.
Do you lose sensation with breast lift?
Any loss in sensitivity to the breasts and/or nipples after a breast lift is temporary, and sensation will return gradually throughout the recovery process.
Does a breast lift cost more than implants?
As a breast lift is a slightly more complicated and time-consuming procedure, it can be more expensive than a breast augmentation with implants, depending on your condition, goals, and personalization of the procedure.
Is getting a breast lift safe?
Strenuous exercise should be avoided for about six weeks. However, light exercises like stretching and yoga can be resumed after a few weeks after consulting with Dr. Shaddix.
How long will swelling last after a breast lift?
Most of the swelling will reduce within a week and after 2-3 weeks, there will be a significant reduction in swelling so you can start seeing your results. It can take six weeks or more for the swelling to completely go down.
How can I speed up my recovery after a breast lift?
After a breast lift, make sure to follow all post-op instructions from Dr. Shaddix. This includes wearing your compression garment at all times, limiting physical activity, and keeping your incisions clean. Staying hydrated, eating healthy foods, and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes will also help speed up your recovery.
Will a breast lift remove stretch marks?
Since a breast lift removes excess skin from the bottom of the breasts, stretch marks can also be minimized or removed with that skin. However, stretch marks on the top or sides of the breasts will not be removed with a breast lift.
Is a breast lift dangerous?
A breast lift is generally a very safe surgery, especially when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Shaddix. Like any surgical procedure, there are minimal risks of a bad reaction to the anesthesia, bleeding, and infection.
Does insurance pay for breast lift?
Most insurance companies will not cover the cost of a breast lift surgery. However, there are some exceptions. To learn more please contact your health insurance company.