Over the years, factors such as pregnancy, nursing, and the force of gravity take their toll on the appearance of a woman’s breasts.
As the skin loses its elasticity, the breasts often lose their shape and firmness as they begin to sag. Breast lift, or mastopexy, is a surgical procedure to raise and reshape sagging breasts.
Mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola, the darker skin surrounding the nipple. If your breasts are small or have lost volume – for example, after pregnancy – breast implants inserted in conjunction with mastopexy can increase both their firmness and their size.
If you’re considering a breast lift, this information will give you a basic understanding of the procedure – when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. It may not answer all of your questions because every treatment will vary depending on individual circumstances. Please be sure to ask Dr. Clayton or one of his helpful team members to clarify anything about the procedure you don’t understand.
- 1 About
- 2 Benefits
- 3 Candidates
- 4 Before and After Photos
- 5 Consultation
- 6 Preparation for Breast Lift
- 7 Breast Lift Surgical Procedure
- 8 Recovery
- 9 Results of Breast Lift
- 10 Complementary Procedures
- 11 Cost of Breast Lift in Utah
- 12 FAQ
- 13 References
A breast lift is a surgical procedure that removes unnecessary, excess tissue and skin. The remaining breast tissue is lifted to a higher position that returns a younger profile to the patient’s body. A breast lift commonly helps to boost a patient’s confidence and body-image. We strive for you to reach your body goals and be excited about your results!
A breast lift has many advantages and commonly provides our patients with:
- Higher breasts
- Improved symmetry
- Re-positioned areolas
- An improved breast shape
A breast lift commonly helps patients feel more comfortable in their clothing. Sagging breasts may not look ideal in clothing items such as swimsuit tops. A breast lift will help bras and swimsuits be more comfortable and attractive. For your best results, trust Clayton Plastic Surgery.
A breast lift can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon. The best candidates for mastopexy are healthy, emotionally-stable women who are realistic about what a breast lift can accomplish. The best results are usually achieved in women with smaller, sagging breasts. Breasts of any size can be lifted, but the results may not last as long in heavy breasts.
Women with larger, sagging breast may require a breast reduction to achieve optimal results.
Many women seek out a mastopexy because pregnancy and nursing have left them with stretched skin and less volume in their breasts. However, if you’re planning to have more children, it may be a good idea to postpone your breast lift. While there are no specific risks associated with the breast lift that affect future pregnancies (for example, mastopexy usually doesn’t interfere with breastfeeding), pregnancy is likely to stretch your breasts again and offset the results of the procedure.
Before and After Photos
You will have the opportunity to personally meet with the surgeon who will perform your surgery. In this meeting, you will discuss your aesthetic concerns and what your goal is for your appearance. Your surgeon will ask about your allergies, medications, past surgeries and ask about your general health. An examination will be performed on your chest that includes photographs and measurements.
At Clayton Plastic Surgery, we will help you envision your end result so you can better inform your goals and expectations. Once all this information has been shared, your surgeon will walk you through the procedure steps and recovery process.
Preparation for Breast Lift
There are a few steps you can take to ensure you have a positive, healthy breast lift experience.
You will want to pick up prescriptions before your surgery and coordinate rides. Having a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment will be very helpful. You may also want to have a friend or loved one stay with you for the first few days of your recovery. Having someone around will help you rest and focus on your recovery. While you are on pain medication, it is advised to avoid driving.
Twelve hours before your surgery, you will want to stop consuming everything except water. Dress comfortably and wear clothes that can be easily removed without adding pressure to your chest. For best results, follow your surgeon’s detailed instructions.
Breast Lift Surgical Procedure
Mastopexy usually takes between one and a half to three and a half hours. Techniques vary, but the most common procedure involves an anchor-shaped incision that follows the natural contour of the breast. Incisions outline the area of skin to be removed and the new position for the nipple.Skin formerly located above the nipple is brought down and together to reshape the breast. Sutures close the incisions, giving the breast its new contour.
The incision outlines the area from which breast skin will be removed and defines the new location for the nipple. When the excess skin has been removed, the nipple and areola are moved to a higher position. The skin surrounding the areola is brought together in a tighter position to reshape the breast. Stitches are usually located around the areola, in a vertical line extending downwards from the nipple area, and along the lower crease of the breast.
Some patients, especially those with relatively small breasts and minimal sagging, may be ideal candidates for modified procedures requiring less extensive incisions. One such procedure is the doughnut (or concentric) mastopexy, in which circular incisions are made around the areola, and a doughnut-shaped area of skin is removed.
Breast Lift with Implants
If you’re having an implant inserted along with your breast lift, it will be placed in a pocket directly under the breast tissue, or deeper, under the muscle of the chest wall. After surgery, the breasts are higher and firmer, with sutures usually located around the areola, below it, and in the crease under the breast. If your expectations are realistic, chances are you’ll be satisfied with your breast lift.
After your surgery, your breasts will be swollen and sensitive. Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medications prescribed by your surgeon. Your breasts will be bandaged and a compression garment will need to be worn to help your breasts adjust to their new contours. This garment will help control swelling and improve blood flow in the chest as well.
Small, hollow tubes called drains will likely be placed temporarily in existing incisions to help remove excess fluids. These drains will be removed after a few days in a follow-up appointment.
You will want to avoid strenuous activity and lifting for about six weeks until your incisions have healed.
Most patients can return to work after a week. Your recovery process and timeline will be unique to you. Take recovery one day at a time and be sure to get lots of rest.
Results of Breast Lift
Your results will be immediately visible, but will continue to improve as the swelling decreases. It may take a few months before your final results have set in but these results will be long-lasting. With a healthy lifestyle, your breast lift will last years. However, no surgery can permanently delay the effects of gravity and aging.
Breast augmentation is commonly performed alongside a breast lift. Breast augmentation is a surgical procedure that enhances the volume and shape of the breasts. When performed with a lift, you will have a comprehensive change that will create incredible results.
Breast augmentation is performed with implants or a fat transfer.
Clayton Plastic Surgery offers saline and silicone breast implants. Both are made with a silicone based shell. However, a saline implant’s shell is filled with a saline solution and a silicone shell is filled with a silicone-based gel. These implants come in different sizes and shapes that allow you to customize your treatment.
A fat transfer breast augmentation is performed when fat is removed from an area of your body with liposuction. The fat is then purified with a centrifuge or filtration system. Once cleaned, the fat will be placed in syringes and strategically inserted into your breasts. The fat will provide a natural feel and appearance. This treatment will provide a comprehensive change in your appearance as two areas of your body will be contoured.
Both treatments have pros and cons, but to truly know which treatment is ideal for you, we recommend you meet with one of our surgeons.
Cost of Breast Lift in Utah
At Clayton Plastic Surgery, we understand that each patient’s anatomy is unique. We pride ourselves on taking the time to meet our patients, understand their goals and create a treatment plan that naturally enhances their anatomical features.
Our personalized approach causes prices to fluctuate between patients but we are more than happy to provide estimates if you give us a call at (801) 937-9650. If you are interested in turning back the clock and enhancing your chest, schedule a consultation with one of our highly trained surgeons!
A breast lift is not a simple operation, but it’s very safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications or a reaction to the anesthesia. Bleeding and infection following a breast lift are uncommon, but they can cause scars to widen. You can reduce your risks by closely following your physician’s advice both before and after surgery. Mastopexy does leave small scars, although they’ll be covered by your bra or bathing suit. (Poor healing and wider scars are more common in smokers.)
Your surgeon will administer the appropriate anesthesia to keep you comfortable throughout your breast lift procedure. The cosmetic care team at Clayton Plastic Surgery has your best interest at heart.
Breast lift surgery is all about raising and tightening your silhouette. If you want larger breasts, you can complement your lift procedure with an augmentation. If you wish to decrease your bra size, you can opt for a breast reduction. Dr. Clayton can help you realize your aesthetic dreams.
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- Karnes, J., Morrison, W., Salisbury, M. et al. (2000). Simultaneous Breast Augmentation and Lift. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. 24, (2), 148-154. https://doi.org/10.1007/s002660010024