Breast lift surgery, also known as “mastopexy,” corrects sagging, pendulous breasts by removing excess fat and breast tissue and tightening the skin. The breasts are raised to a higher position, made firmer, and shaped into a more youthful contour.
Reasons to Undergo Breast Lift Surgery
Having uplifted breasts with a pleasing shape can improve a woman’s confidence and self-image. The following circumstances are often unavoidable and can result in a breast appearance that is less than ideal.
As we age, our skin loses collagen and elastin – structural proteins that keep the skin firm and tight. As these proteins deteriorate over time, the skin stretches more easily and loses its ability to return to its original form. This leads to thin, loose breast skin that cannot support the tissues and often results in sagging or pendulous breasts.
Weight gain causes the breast skin to stretch to accommodate for the increase in volume due to excess fat cells. After weight loss, the skin is often unable to shrink back completely because it has been stretched too much or for too long. This can result in breasts with loose, wrinkled skin and a deflated shape.
Similar to weight gain, pregnancy causes the breasts to swell and the skin to stretch to accommodate for the increase in size. After pregnancy and breastfeeding, the breasts can return to their pre-pregnancy size but may have loose skin or change shape.
Breast Lift Options
- Ideal For: Slight sagging
- Technique: A crescent of tissue above the top of the areola is removed
- Benefit: Least invasive; produces inconspicuous scarring
- Ideal For: Minimal sagging and slight nipple asymmetry
- Technique: A doughnut-shaped area of tissue around the areola is removed
- Benefit: Produces inconspicuous scarring around the areolas
- Ideal For: Moderate sagging and stretched nipples
- Technique: A lollipop-shaped incision around the nipple and down to the breast crease is used to remove excess tissue
- Benefit: Effectively lifts low-hanging breasts
- Ideal For: Moderate or severely sagging, pendulous breasts
- Technique: A lollipop-shaped incision that also extends along the breast crease is used to remove excess tissue
- Benefit: Provides the most significant lift to the breasts
Common Breast Lift Concerns
During the procedure, medications will be administered for your comfort. Minimal pain and discomfort generally exist after the procedure and can be controlled with prescribed medication.
Most patients are able to return to work within a week of their surgery, but should avoid strenuous activities for several weeks. Dr. Yonker will give you specific instructions to follow to ensure you have the safest and most effective recovery.
The location of the incisions and resulting scars will depend on the degree of correction needed and the technique used. With all incision techniques, the scars will be as inconspicuous as possible and continue to improve over time.
Duration of Results
The resulting uplifted breast position and improved breast shape will be long lasting. However, the breasts will continue to age naturally and may be affected by weight fluctuations.
Breast Lift FAQ
Who are the best candidates for a breast lift?
The best candidates for a breast lift are those who have drooping or sagging breasts. Ideal patients are also in good physical health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations about the procedure.
What complications can occur with a breast lift?
As with any surgery, there are risks and complications that can develop after a breast lift. Although rare, the more common complications include bleeding, infection, and numbness. Following your surgeon’s instructions will help reduce your risk for complications and ensure you have the safest recovery possible.
How much does a breast lift cost?
The cost of a breast lift will depend on several factors, including how much ptosis (drooping) is present and the surgical technique to be used. A quote for the procedure can be provided after a consultation appointment with Dr. Yonker.
Is a breast lift covered by health insurance?
Most health insurance companies do not cover the costs of a breast lift, as this procedure is usually for cosmetic purposes only and not deemed medically necessary by insurance.