Breast Lift

Breast lift surgery, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure designed to lift and reshape sagging or deflated breasts. This procedure aims to restore a more youthful and firm appearance to the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. Breast lifts are one of Dr. Landis’ most commonly performed surgeries.

Reasons for Breast Lift Surgery:

Breast lift surgery is suitable for women who are experiencing one or more of the following concerns:

  • Sagging breasts: Over time, breasts may lose their natural shape and firmness due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuations, aging, or genetic predisposition. A breast lift can address these issues and restore a more youthful position and contour.
  • Inadequate breast volume: Some individuals may have naturally small or deflated breasts, which can contribute to a sagging appearance. A breast lift can be combined with breast augmentation using implants to increase breast volume and achieve the desired shape.
  • Nipple and areola position: In addition to lifting the breasts, a breast lift surgery repositions the nipples and areolas to a more aesthetically pleasing location on the breast mound. This can help create a more balanced and proportionate appearance. The areola is also often made smaller in women with large areola.

Procedure:

Breast lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia and takes approximately two hours, depending on the complexity of the case. Dr. Landis will make incisions to access the underlying breast tissue, remove excess skin, and reshape the breast. There are different types of incisions that can be used during breast lift surgery, including:

  • Anchor incision (inverted T): This is the most common incision technique, involving an incision around the areola, vertically down the breast, and horizontally along the breast crease. It allows for significant reshaping and lifting of the breast.
  • Lollipop incision (vertical): This technique involves an incision around the areola and vertically down the breast but does not have the horizontal incision along the breast crease. It is suitable for individuals with moderate breast sagging.
  • Donut incision (periareolar): This technique involves a circular incision around the areola. It is suitable for individuals with mild breast sagging and minimal excess skin.

Dr. Landis will then reshape the breast tissue, reposition the nipples and areolas, and remove any excess skin. The remaining skin is tightened and closed to achieve the desired lift and contour. In some cases, breast implants may be used in conjunction with a breast lift to enhance volume and shape. The incisions are closed with dissolvable suture, surgical tape dressings applied, and the patient is placed in a post-operative bra.

Recovery and Aftercare:

After breast lift surgery, patients may experience temporary soreness, swelling, and bruising. A supportive bra is provided on the day of surgery and is worn continuously for the first week to minimize swelling and provide support during the healing process. It is essential to follow Dr. Landis’ post-operative instructions regarding medication, wound care, and physical activity restrictions.

Breast lift patients are instructed to rest at home for one week, refraining from driving or lifting anything greater than 5 lbs. Patients may shower 2 days after surgery, but may not submerge in a bath tub or pool for 6 weeks. After one week a patient may return to normal daily activities and a desk job. Patients with a more physically demanding job may require more time off work. All patients are cleared at 3 weeks to slowly resume exercise activities. 

Potential Risks and Complications:

As with any surgical procedure, breast lift surgery carries certain risks and potential complications. These may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Asymmetry or uneven results
  • Skin or tissue loss
  • Anesthesia risks

 Dr. Landis will discuss these risks with you and address any concerns or questions you may have before deciding to undergo breast lift surgery.

Cost:

Breast lift cost includes the surgeon fee, facility fee, anesthesia fee, and any labs or imaging that may be required before or after surgery. The total cost for a breast lift ranges from $6,500 -$10,000 and varies if any additional surgery is required. Dr. Landis will formulate a plan specific for each patient and a detailed estimate will be provided. CareCredit is available to our patients, and we’d be happy to discuss this option with you!

Conclusion:

Breast lift surgery is a personalized procedure that should be carefully considered in consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. It is important to have realistic expectations and understand the potential risks and benefits associated with the procedure. By thoroughly researching and discussing your goals and concerns with Dr. Landis, you can make an informed decision about breast lift surgery and achieve a lifted and rejuvenated breast appearance!