Lift and Shape Your Breasts
A Breast Lift or Mastopexy can help patients regain their youthful shape and lift breasts that have sagged as a result of weight fluctuations, pregnancy, loss of the skin’s natural elasticity or simply the effects of gravity. The breast tissue is elevated, excess skin is removed, and the nipple and areola is moved to a higher position. The size of the areola can be reduced and Dr. Wiener of Chicago can combine the lift with a breast implant for added volume and firmness.
A variety of incisions are utilized, depending on the degree of breast lift that is needed. Minor lifts are done through incisions around the areola only. More significant lifts require an incision that extends vertically down the lower one-half of the breasts beneath the areola and sometimes horizontally in the fold beneath the breasts. The addition of a breast implant can fill some of the excess skin and minimize the length of the lift incision needed.
In Chicago, Dr. Wiener uses a medical grade adhesive to close most of the breast lift incisions in order to minimize scar visibility for his patients. In addition, a special scar treatment gel will be used, beginning 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. This is continued for 6 months after the surgery. View Art of Plastic Surgery’s patient’s breast lift results in our gallery.
Breast lift surgery is done under general anesthesia or in smaller lifts, under local anesthesia with sedation. Operation time varies from one to three hours, depending on how extensive the lift is, and whether or not an implant is added to the procedure.
Who is a good candidate for a breast lift?
Are breast lifts expensive?
There are smaller breast lifts options done through smaller incisions that require less work (crescent). These lifts are a lower cost ($1000-1500). There are medium sized lifts (circumareolar) that cost more ($2000-3000). And there are full lifts for more severe drooping that involve more surgical time and a greater degree of reshaping and repositioning of the breast tissue ($3000-5000). This pricing may fluctuate based on each patient’s individual needs and does not include anesthesiology fees. For further questions on breast lift financing, call (773) 763-3990.
What risks are included in breast lift surgery?
What are the different types of breast lifts?
Is there much pain associated with a breast lift?
What is breast lift recovery like?
After breast lift surgery, patients often feel tired and sore. Some degree of swelling and mild bruising is seen as well. If a submuscular breast implant is added, discomfort could be slightly more significant. Pain is controlled with oral pain medication and arnica, a natural anti-inflammatory is used to decrease bruising and swelling. Most patients can get back to work in 1 week, however, more extensive procedures may require additional recovery time. A full recovery, with patients returning to their normal activity level will take up to 6 weeks.