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 are moved to a higher position. The size of the areola can be reduced and Dr. Wiener of can combine the breast lift with breast implants 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 our office in Chicago IL, 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.
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.
If you are interested in a mastopexy in Chicago, IL and surrounding areas, contact Dr. Wiener today to schedule a consultation. You can also read more about butt augmentation and the other services offered at The Art of Plastic Surgery on our blog.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast Lift?
Anyone whose breasts are drooping, either due to pregnancy and breastfeeding or weight fluctuations and the effects of aging, is a good candidate for a breast lift.
How Much Does a Mastopexy Cost?
There are smaller breast lift 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). There are also 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.
What Risks are Included in Breast Lift Surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with surgery such as bleeding or infection, but this is a very low percentage. The main issue with breast lift surgery would be poor scarring. The bigger the lift, the longer the scars, and scar quality can’t be completely predicted. Even so, less than 10% have poor scarring (thick or discolored scars). Dr. Wiener monitors mastopexy scars closely and uses silicone gel creams, lightening creams, laser treatments, and sometimes steroid injections to deal with thick or discolored scars.
What are the Different Types of Breast Lifts?
As noted, Crescent Lifts remove a little skin from the upper edge of the areola and lift it a little. Circumareolar Lifts remove a “doughnut” of skin all around the areola, and this tightens the skin but doesn’t lift the nipple much. With this lift, the scar ends up at the edge of the areola all around. Full Breast Lifts involve the scar around the areola and traveling down the lower/middle aspect of the breast (and sometimes into the fold under the breast as well) for more severe drooping.
Is There Much Pain Associated with a Mastopexy?
A breast lift is not as painful as a breast augmentation because no muscle is involved in the procedure. It is still recommended to take a week off of work as there will be a pain for the first several days that settles into soreness for another week.
What is Recovery Like from a Breast Lift?
After surgery, patients often feel tired and sore with some degree of swelling and mild bruising. 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.
When Can I Return to Work After a Breast Lift?
As noted, Chicago patients should plan to take about a week off of work to recuperate from a breast lift procedure.