A woman’s breasts change over time and often suffer a loss of elasticity due pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight fluctuation, aging, gravity and heredity. Additionally, the areola can become enlarged over time. Also known as mastopexy surgery, a breast lift raises and firms sagging breasts. For patients at La Peer Health Systems, a breast lift can also resolve areola issues and provide a breast contour that is firm and shapely. If you are interested in learning more about breast lift surgery, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with the board-certified surgeons in our Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery department.
Is Breast Lift Surgery for You?
A breast lift may be a good option for you if:
- You are physically healthy and maintain a stable weight
- You do not smoke
- You have realistic expectations
- You are bothered by a feeling that your breasts sag or have lost shape and volume
- Your breasts have a flatter, elongated shape or are pendulous
- When unsupported, your nipples fall below the breast crease
- Your nipples and areolas point downward
- You have stretched skin and enlarged areolas
- One breast is lower than the other
Our expertise allows us not only to equip you with information, but also to provide you with top-notch patient care so that you are confident in your treatment decision. We strive to ensure that you feel comfortable and relaxed every step of the way.
The breast lift surgical procedure usually takes one and a half to three hours. IV sedation or general anesthesia is administered to ensure you experience no discomfort during your procedure. After the incision is made, the underlying breast tissue is lifted and re-shaped to improve the breast contour and firmness. The incision type will depend on the patient’s breast size and/or shape, the size and position of her areolas, the degree of breast sagging, and elasticity and amount of extra skin. Next, the nipple and areola are repositioned to a more natural-looking position. If necessary, enlarged areolas are reduced at the perimeter. Any excess breast skin is removed to compensate for a loss of elasticity. Lastly, the skin is tightened and the incisions are closed with sutures, skin adhesives and surgical tape.
Patients enjoy immediate results after breast lift surgery. You’ll notice that some of your incision lines are concealed in the natural breast contour while others are visible. Incision lines are permanent, but over time these lines will fade significantly. While swelling may occur, this too will resolve in due time.
You can enjoy long-lasting results after breast lift surgery, however maintaining one’s weight and keeping a healthy lifestyle are crucial to retaining the beautiful results.
Recovery After Breast Lift Surgery
After surgery, bandages will be used to minimize movement of the breasts and stimulate the healing process. Once the bandages are removed, the patient will need to wear a special surgical bra for several weeks. During recovery, it’s essential that patients 1) get plenty of rest and 2) limit movement to help the body heal. Some patients experience minor pain, but in most cases discomfort can be easily treated with over-the-counter pain medication. It is critical that you follow the post-operative instructions as outlined by your surgeon in order to have a speedy, safe and complication-free recovery.
Breast Lift FAQs
Q: Will insurance cover my breast lift?
A: The answer to this question varies. While it is possible that your insurance may cover a portion of your procedure, breast lifts are generally viewed as cosmetic plastic surgery, a fact that results in minimal to no insurance compensation. It’s always a good idea to submit your claim to your insurance company if you’re serious about undergoing a breast lift in case it may be covered or applied toward your deductible.
Q: How much will a breast lift cost?
A: Breast lift prices can vary widely, however La Peer offers patient financing plans. Feel free to call our office at 310.360.9119 to get more detailed information regarding cost.
Q: What can I expect during my initial consultation?
A: During your appointment, we will discuss:
- Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
- Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
- Use of current medications, vitamins, supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Previous surgeries
- Family history of breast cancer and results of any mammograms or previous biopsies
A board-certified plastic surgeon will also:
- Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
- Examine your breasts and take detailed measurements of their size and shape, skin quality, placement of nipples and areolas
- Take photographs for your medical record
- Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
- Discuss likely outcomes of breast lift surgery and any risks or potential complications
- Discuss the use of anesthesia during your breast lift
Q: Are there any risks associated with breast lift surgery?
A: As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks involved. Patients can expect minimal bruising, mild discomfort, and some swelling in the weeks following the procedure. However, all our doctors possess extensive experience and training to ensure optimal results for our patients.
Q: Can a breast lift cause me to lose sensation in my nipples?
A: While there is some risk of breast lift surgery leading to a loss of sensation in the nipples, this result is rare. The doctors at La Peer take the proper steps to ensure the safety of our clients at all times.
To Speak with a Plastic Surgeon
If you would like to learn more about breast lift procedures at La Peer, or if you would like to visit our Beverly Hills location for an initial consultation, please contact us at: 855.360.9119.
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