About Breast Lift Surgery
Mastopexy (known as a breast lift) is a body contouring procedure that lifts and reshapes the breasts by trimming away loose skin and surgically tightening the surrounding tissue to result in a more youthful and healthier look. This body contouring surgery is performed for women who have lost breast firmness, size, and shape and who are experiencing breast drooping due to breastfeeding, weight loss, aging, or gravity.
Breast lift surgery has the goal of lifting and reshaping breasts that are beginning to sag or droop. Drooping of the breasts, loss of fullness at the top of the breast, and the fall of the nipple inevitably happens in all women particularly after having children. Breast lift surgery is a technically challenging procedure that can restore your natural fullness and elevate the nipple to where they belong.
Breast lift is as much an art as it is a technically demanding procedure. The art is to provide you with the size and shape that you want and that fits your body with least number of incisions. In general, there are 3 techniques for performing a breast lift. The technique that is appropriate for you depends upon how much droop, how much extra skin, and whether or not you would benefit from adding more volume with an implant. Many patients will need to add an implant in addition to the lift to provide volume. A donut-style breast lift is appropriate for only the smallest lifts. A lollipop-style breast lift is appropriate for middle sized lifts. An anchor-style breast lift is appropriate for patients that have a lot of extra skin and need a large lift.
Outstanding advancements in mastopexy techniques have made this surgical procedure so effective and successful that new statistics by the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons) reveal nearly a 70% increase in demand since 2000. Dr. Phillip Chang, a plastic surgeon in Leesburg, VA, performs this procedure at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. By integrating the latest methods, Dr. Chang can choose the appropriate technique based upon the degree of sag present, keeping in mind the desired result.
There are women who come to Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center desiring to have fuller breasts with breast implants, but after a private assessment, you may discover that a cosmetic breast lift surgery could be better instead of an augmentation. The reason is due to the amount of sagging that is shown.
Patients whose breasts have lost a significant amount of laxity in most cases need a skin removal and tightening surgery to reduce skin looseness and bring the breasts to a perkier position. If you have nipples that droop downward and your breasts sag significantly below the crease line, a cosmetic lift can dramatically help their appearance.
Candidates contemplating a breast lift ideally will be in good health and at a healthy weight. Even though additional volume with implants may be desired, in a large portion of cases a surgical lift is all that it takes to add the shape and size that is hoped for.
You are a good candidate for a breast lift if :
- Your breasts droop and appear deflated
- Your nipples are lower than your under-breast crease
Breast Lift Reviews
"Dr. Chang made a changed my life for the better. I had a tummy tuck, breast lift and reduction, and liposuction and he performed these procedures beautifully. I now have a waist and flat tummy; two things I never dreamed could be possible. I traveled all the way from California to Virginia in order to be his patient. He works with your natural shape and makes the most of your existing strengths. You will not be disappointed!"- J.M. / Google / Aug 07, 2013
"Dr. Chang is AMAZING!!! I love him and his entire staff!!! After breast feeding 4 kids I totally needed help!!! I went to Dr. Chang for a consultation and he and his AMAZING staff explained the entire procedure and totally put me at ease. It was a quick and easy procedure and my down time was literally 2 days if that!!! I have very little scarring and have referred at least 10 girlfriends to him for same procedure!!! He has done breast lifts, tummy tucks, augmentations, and lipo for so many of my girlfriends and they all LOVE him!!! He can use me for a reference anytime!!! Not only does he do surgery he and his nurses do my botox and IPL's each year!! LOVE him and his staff!!!!"- C.G. / Google / Aug 07, 2013
The goals of breast lift or mastopexy surgery are to lift the breast, reduce stretched out breast skin, elevate the nipple to the level of the under-breast crease, and to add volume to the breast if needed using implants or fat transfer. If you need a lift in addition to a breast implant, the procedures can be done at the same time or done at separate times. It is important for you to know that revision breast surgery may be required in up to 20% of patients if the procedures are performed at the same time. A breast lift takes usually two to three hours or more and is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia.
Surgical goals for a breast lift or mastopexy:
- Elevate the breast in its entirety
- Elevate the nipple and areola to the level of your inframammary crease
- Reduce the size of the areola to about 4 cm in diameter
- Reshape the breast. This might require an implant if you don't have enough breast tissue to give you roundness and approariate cleavage
- Perform the surgery safely
Types of Breast Lift Techniques:
Breast Lift with Donut Style Incisions -
Breast lifts using a donut-style incision are performed for only for patients who need a very small lift. If the areola size is too wide or the areola needs to be lifted more than about 2 cm, the donut incision will widen with time. This means that even though the length of the incision is shorter compared to the others, gravity will widen the incision and make it more visible.
Breast Lift with Lollipop Style Incisions -
Breast lifts using a lollipop incision are designed for middle sized reductions or for patients who need the nipple to be lifted by more than 2 cm. The donut incision around the areola is extended downward which takes the tension off the areola. In this way, the scar around the areola is less conspicuous even though the overall length of the scar is longer. This technique also provides for excellent cleavage.
Breast Lift with Anchor Style Incisions -
Breast lifts using anchor-style incisions are designed for larger lifts with a lot of skin to be removed. The donut incision around the areola is extended downward which takes the tension off the areola. An incision is then made along the infra-breast crease to remove extra skin and fat that tends to bunch up in this area.
What To Expect
Recovery for any type of breast lift is more extensive than a surgery with implants only. After the procedure, you will wear a medical compression bra to minimize swelling. Some patients will require a drainage tube inserted near the location of the incision to help with excess fluid leakage that can often occur after a surgery of this nature that is usually removed in the next few days. Dr. Chang or a member of his team will provide in-depth, home treatment care instructions to help with your healing process. Aesthetic results after a breast lift surgery are most noticeable after a few weeks as the breasts take their higher placement on your bust-line. Your breasts will feel and appear natural, and you will feel younger, prettier, and in sync with your frame.
Pain after a breast lift:
- Breast lifts are not particularly painful unless an implant is placed at the same time. This is because muscle is usually not involved.. A special thing that we do with all our patients is place long acting pain medicine directly into the muscle providing good pain control for the first day.
- Most patients will take a prescribed narcotic pain medication for at least 2-3 days.
- Patients can change to advil or tylenol after 3 days.
- Patients can purchase a pain medication called experil from the surgery center. This provides near-complete pain relief for 3 days.
Return to work after a breast lift surgery:
Most patients will :
- Return to work in about 7-10 days ( but will still be sore )
- Return to light walking and 10 pound weights in 5 days
- Return to aerobic exercise and 20 pound weights in 21 days
- Drive in 7-10 days or have stopped narcotic medications for 48 hours
When will you see the final results of a breast lift:
- Feel engorged for 3 months to 6 months depending upon whether implants are added.
- Decreased or sometimes increased sensitivity in the nipples for 3-6 months
- Scars will not whiten for 12-18 months ( use scar creams for silicone sheets for up to 3 months )
- Final shape is not apparent for 6 months to a year
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a breast lift cost?
During your initial appointment, Dr. Chang will pay attention to your wants and goals before creating your personal treatment plan. Following that, he can estimate your cost. When done well, a breast lift will significantly enhance your physical appearance, so it is important to concentrate on having a skilled surgeon with years of training, like Dr. Chang, rather than a low price. To help make surgery affordable, Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center will help you find low-interest financing.
Do I need a breast lift or breast implants?
Whether you should have a breast lift, implants, or both depends on your specific goals. Oftentimes, a breast lift will enhance the form and fullness of your breasts with no need for implants. Dr. Chang will evaluate your physical condition and also listen to your goals at your consultation, then make a decision whether you would benefit from implants, a lift, or an augmentation plus a lift.
Will my nipples be moved?
Generally, the nipple-areola complex will be moved up in the breast lift. If your areolas are excessively large or stretched, then Dr. Chang can incorporate an areola reduction in your surgery. This may be discussed during your appointment so he can choose the ideal incision pattern to use in your breast lift.
How long will my results last?
With good care following surgery, your results can last for several years. Your breasts will still age normally, which means you could start to see loose and sagging skin in time. Factors such as significant weight loss or gain can change your results, therefore it is best to stay at a steady weight following your breast lift. Pregnancy or breastfeeding following a breast lift may also alter your results, which is why Dr. Chang suggests patients wait until they are done having kids to get a breast lift.
Can a breast lift fix asymmetry?
A lift may improve asymmetry in your breasts if they're different in size, firmness, or level of sagging. Dr. Chang will evaluate the physical condition and appearance of your breasts in your consultation, and talk about how a breast lift will be able to help you. In your surgery, he will adjust the tissue so your breasts are equal in position and size for symmetry.
What are the risks and complications of breast lift surgery?
As with any surgery, there are associated risks. Only you can decide whether a breast lift can achieve your goals and whether the recovery and risk profile are acceptable to you. The most common complications are problems with delayed healing, infection from the stitches, minor tissue loss in areas of delayed healing, residual fullness in the lateral breast, and widened or thickened scars. It is important for you to know that revision breast surgery may be required in up to 20% of patients if implants are added at the same time.
Although infrequent, the risks and complications of breast augmentation can include:
- Bleeding, hematoma, or bruising
- Infection particularly from the absorbable sutures
- Loss of sensation of the nipple
- Widened or thickened scar
- Asymmetry (unevenness between two sides)
- Delayed wound healing with skin or tissue necrosis
- Extra skin at the ends of the incisions
- Unsatisfactory results that may require additional procedures. Patients will generally be responsible for any associated facility fees.
- Revision for brest lift surgery with or without implants can be up to 20%
Why should you choose Dr. Chang to perform your breast lift surgery?
Breast lift surgery is not only technically demanding but it is an art that requires the highest level of surgical skill to perform to give you the best cosmetic results. For this reason, it is very important for you to choose a surgeon that not only has a high degree of surgical skill and experience, but one who who can artistically combine all of the tools and techniques available to provide you with a individualized and unique experience and natural appearing outcome.
Dr. Chang is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has gained a national reputation for providing his patients with natural and sensually feminine results. His work has been featured in national publications such as New Beauty magazine, his YouTube channel that has highlighted his surgical techniques has attracted thousands of followers, and he has been voted Top Plastic surgeon year after year. He is expert in performing the donut technique, the lollipop technique, and the anchor technique of breast lift surgery
How much does a breast lift cost?
The cost of a breast lift depends on the type of breast lift that you require as well as the addition of any other procedures. Cost should be only a small factor in choosing the plastic surgeon that you want to provide you with the breast that will be part of you for the foreseeable future. The prices listed below are subject to change. Facility center fees are only estimates
- Surgeon’s fee - Donut breast lift - $4,000.
- Surgeon’s fee - Lollipop breast lift - $6,000
- Surgeon’s fee - Anchor breast lift - $6,500
- Surgery Center Fees - $ 3,000
- Silicone Breast Implants - $ 2,400
- VIP Members may have a discounted rate
Surgical breast lifting has transformed the lives of numerous Leesburg, VA individuals. If you are troubled by hanging, sagging breasts that interfere with your daily activities or stop you from sporting the clothing styles you desire, a mastopexy at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center may be the answer to your problems. When you have your initial private one-on-one consultation, a thorough breast assessment will be performed by Dr. Chang and your desired outcome will be discussed. We will provide a tailored plan for treatment to assist in transforming your breasts. We encourage you to contact Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center and speak to a patient coordinator to schedule a consultation.